Cymatics and the art of waves
In any case, not everything has to be alive to react to music. Sound is a transmission of energy through waves by a fluid, such as air or water. The most scientific and purely experimental part of working with it is also one of the most extraordinary ones. You may have seen in any movie how an opera singer blows a glass to pieces using just her powerful voice. Well, this can also be done on other materials, obtaining spectacular and incredibly original results. This is what is known as cymatics, the study and application of vibratory modal phenomena, something we at Staiy find incredibly fascinating.
For more than 40 years, musicians and visual artists have played with the possibilities that cymatics offers when creating sound compositions and patterns of great beauty. By applying sound waves of different frequencies on metal plates and modulating their intensity, geometric shapes can be obtained that vary in an almost magical way. Everything that seems solid to us suddenly evolves into something different, almost liquid, almost alive. Using acoustically vibrated plates, synthesizers and other devices created for this purpose, singers like Björk or painters like Jimmy O’Neal have used cymatics to enrich their crafts. The movement of a thin layer of sand moving to the rhythm of the music on Petri dishes, or discovering how a jet of water alters its shape and builds strange angles, is hypnotic.