Planetary Cymatic Resonance
- creative field sound design
- Client Name Daniel Mair, Max Dahlhaus, Steffen Günther, Christian Schmidt, Ole Lehmann
- Project URL facebook.com
- Completion Date 03/15/2016
The concept of cymatics is an important part of the current Zeitgeist, as evidenced by the video ‘Cymatics’ from Nigel Stanford, which has more than 15 million views. An organic form of visualisation is particularly appealing since it’s not designed by people, but based on the principles of nature.
Planetary Cymatic Resonance is an audiovisual project based on a musical temperament calculated from frequencies that occur naturally in our universe. The planetary movements in our solar system create standing waves that constantly surround us, like invisible fields of information. By multiplying these resonances, we can make them audible, as well as depict them visually by using cymatics.
Similarly to the visible vibrations in the water of the speakers we use, the water of a human cell also reacts to these frequencies. It follows that the resulting visuals intrigue people. It is possible to reach trance-like states by concentrating on the sound and the visuals, which can unify spirit and mind. Using this method we can give people the sort of immediate, primal experience that is often missing in a modern society, plagued as we often are by existential fears. It encourages a holistic perception of ourselves.
Concept & Implementation
The data for creating the tunings from planetary movement was calculated by Hans Cousto and Norbert Böhm and serves as the guideline for every sound in the composition. Tempo, pitch and decay and reverb times are always coherent with the respective astronomical values.
To create cymatics, we use waterproof speakers. Alternatively, petri dishes can be attached to a speaker membrane or, with the aid of exciters, you could use a variety of containers. Fill the speaker or container with water and an audio signal will cause the water to start to oscillate and vibrate. The signal will usually need to be amplified with a bass or guitar amp. A camera with a ring light mounted on a tripod captures the resulting cymatics and the footage can either be edited in real time using a VJ program such as Resolume Avenue, or sent to one or more beamers in its raw form.
Tuning data can be found at planetware.de.