John Stuart Reid conducting cymatics experiments in the Great Pyramid

John Stuart Reid conducting cymatic experiments in the Great Pyramid in 1997 has a history stretching back to 1969, the year when man first walked on the moon.

And while Neil Armstrong was taking his giant leap for mankind John Stuart Reid, who had studied pure electronics at University, was founding his small acoustics business.

Across a span of almost 50-years his company has pioneered many innovations. A significant turning point came in 1997, 20-years ago, when Reid carried out a series of acoustics tests in Egypt’s Great Pyramid.

One of the experiments was designed to identify the resonances in the sarcophagus, by stretching a PVC membrane across its top and sprinkling on some sand–the first cymatics experiment to be conducted in the pyramid. A speaker excited the sarcophagus with a series of pure sounds.

Reid explained, “As I bent low over the membrane, watching the sand grains move, they suddenly took up the form of a shape that strongly resembled an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph.

“At this point the antiquities inspector became very excited and we proceeded to take photographs and change the frequency of the tone. With each new sound a new hieroglyphic-like form emerged. In effect each “hieroglyph” in the sand represented a sound made visible.

“I knew then, within this simple technology, lay the essence of a new type of scientific instrument.”

Following the events of 1997 his company, Sonic Age Ltd, began researching methods of making sound visible and in 2005 the first prototype CymaScope was born.

The latest model, the CymaScope Pro, has the widest bandwidth and sensitivity to date and has attracted the attention of scientists worldwide.

Early in 2017 his company was presented with an award by Acquisitions International Magazine for Best Acoustics Research Company and Most Advanced Acoustic Imaging Device.

Reid commented, “We were thrilled to receive the award from Acquisition International Magazine. I think it is fair to say that all individuals and organizations who dedicate themselves to their passion and to excellence, deserve recognition for their efforts and a full measure of acknowledgement of the difference that their work has made. We will continue refining the CymaScope instrument and in the words of Sir Humphry Davy: Nothing tends so much to the advancement of knowledge as the application of a new instrument.”

The Journal of Cymatics congratulates John Stuart Reid on his latest accomplishment in the world of Cymatics. You can read more about his work on his website here.

John Stuart Reid holds Cymatics Award 2017

John Stuart Reid in his cymatics laboratory, 2017



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American scientist Dr. Sungchul Ji has developed a novel method to digitize the CymaScope, so that sound patterns can be analyzed with digital tools, effectively creating the world’s first Digital CymaScope.

The CymaScope is an instrument that uses a membrane to imprint sounds onto a liquid surface in amazing scientific detail, allowing the once hidden realm of sound to become visible.

Dr. Sungchul Ji first encountered the CymaScope in November 2016 when its developer, John Stuart Reid, gave a lecture at the 11th Water Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria.

He says, “I began to investigate how he could digitize this important new scientific tool, which would allow me and other scientists to analyze CymaGlyphs (the name given to sound patterns) quantitatively.

“I contacted John Stuart Reid and made suggestions as to how this might be possible. Astonishingly, within the space of only a few weeks, facilitated by the timely financial support provided by GreenMedInfo, we were able to develop a digital method that allows any CymaGlyph to be analyzed numerically.”

The first project chosen for the new Digital CymaScope is to use digital cymatics to differentiate between healthy cells and diseased cells. Dr. Sungchul Ji and Mr. Reid believe that the research with the new Digital CymaScope could lead to the development of a new diagnostic tool.

You can read the complete article and learn more about the world’s first digital CymaScope here.

You can watch John Stuart Reid’s lecture on the Holographic Properties of water, which inspired Dr. Ji, here (or by clicking on the video image above).

The Journal of Cymatics congratulates John Stuart Reid and Dr. Sungchul Ji on this important discovery and development in the world of cymatics!


Cymatics On Stage: Talk By Jodina Meehan Spotlights Cymatics In Art, Fiction

December 30, 2015

This is the full version of the talk I gave at the Cymatics Conference in Atlanta this fall, including a performance of playing my ‘Cymatic Violin‘ and a LIVE reading from the first chapter of my upcoming book, CYMATICA.
If you have any questions about what I talk about in the video, or [...]

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Live Cymatics Performance To Be Held In Atlanta Nov. 6th-8th

November 6, 2015

I am writing directly from Atlanta tonight – tomorrow is the first day of the Cymatics Conference, and I am getting ready to go to dinner with Jeff Volk, Mandara Cromwell, John Stuart Reid and many more luminaries from the world of Cymatics!
If you are in or near Atlanta during the next 3 [...]

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Cymatics Artist To Read From New Novel CYMATICA Tomorrow In MA

October 22, 2015

Cymatics artist Jodina Meehan will be reading from her new novel CYMATICA in Greenfield at the Word Festival this Friday the 23rd!
The novel is the first part in a fantasy fiction trilogy featuring cymatics in a world where sound is magic. The first book is on track to be published this year and [...]

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10th Cymatics Conference To Be Held In Atlanta

August 21, 2015

Announcing the 10th anniversary Cymatics Conference, to be held at the Historic Academy of Medicine in Atlanta, GA this November 6-8 (2015)!
Doctors, therapists, scientists, and artists who work in the field of cymatics will all be there and this year there is an exciting lineup of presentations that span science, art and [...]

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New Cymatic App Lets You See Cymatics On Your iPhone

August 17, 2015

John Stuart Reid announces a new release: The CymaScope app, a cymatics app that lets you see and experiment with cymatics on your iphone or ipad.
The CymaScope app is the world’s first app to make the geometry of piano sounds and music visible. The imagery you will see is not a computer simulation; all [...]

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Cymatics In A Cathedral: Beautiful Visions

June 10, 2015

This is a guest post from John Stuart Reid.

When Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, in Portland, Oregon, decided to sponsor an art installation they chose a collaborative design by artist, Shelley Socolofsky and John Stuart Reid of
The theme set by the cathedral was that the piece should connect light and dark and be a “new [...]

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Cymatics Video Shows What Music Would Look Like As A Hologram

April 30, 2015

J.J.McGowan, a musician and digital artist from Scotland, created this cymatics video to show what music might look like if we could see it holographically in real time:

McGowan writes about the project:
“This is the short film I created for my Masters in Animation and Visualisation at the University of Dundee. The idea was [...]

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‘A Cymatic World’ Launching Now: 5 Ways To Get Involved (Be An Early Bird!)

March 28, 2015

Jodina Meehan is launching a new project on Patreon called “A Cymatic World.” It will include a three-book series about a world based on the laws of cymatics, where “sound is magic.” Click here to watch the video and see a what the book is about and how the project works:

There are 5 ways, or [...]

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