New DIY Cymatics Voicebox

by Jodina Meehan on April 9, 2010

This new cymatics voicebox finally started working beautifully this morning at about 5:45 am…

It’s a simple way to see the sound vibrations of your voice using some minimal electronics. If you’d like to try making one yourself you can download full instructions here.

In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful cymatics images I recorded in my studio this morning!

-Jodina

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Habibah May 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

Hi Jodina;

something caught my eye on this video. I noticed that at 1:01 the pattern was similar to around 1:43. You were sounding at the same frequency each time. Have you noted the repeated patterns?

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Jodina Meehan Reply:

Hi Habibah,

I didn’t notice that – very interesting and thanks for the note!
How are you measuring the frequencies on the video?

–Jodina

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Arlene May 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Dear Jodina,

Thank you for sending and sharing your cymatics voicebox with me! I have become so fascinated with the power of sound! So much so that I have become a teacher for sound healing workshops.

As I watched your video it made me think of how the clouds drift in the sky! The thought that came to me is this: perhaps not only does the wind effect the shape of the clouds from its movement but by the sound of the wind as it moves. Thereby creating the variety of beautiful shapes we love to look at.

Keep up your good work, Jodina!

Respectfully,

Arlene

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Eugenia June 6, 2010 at 10:59 am

Hi Jodina

thanks, very inspiring, could you pls give me some advice how to build one?

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lydia November 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm

so beautiful and so inspiring! i would love to know how you made it. i’n so happy i found this blog!

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MAU January 9, 2013 at 10:52 am

Brilliant! Could you post a mini tutorial on how to make this box?

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Nikolay April 6, 2014 at 10:03 am

Very nice work, Jodina. You did it again. Well done!

I’m a neophyte in this new area of visible sound patterns.

You do very well work, Jodina, by experimenting yourself based on your own DIY-models.

It’s also super-nice of you to share all your DIY-Cymatic instruments/devices with other people.

I like to build and use my own DIY cymatic instrument as a tool for sounddesign with – especially Frequency Modulation-based – synthesizers, more precisely by visualizing cymatic water images.

Concerning this “cymatic water patterns” I’m a big fan of the CymaScope Pro of John.

In the first time i prefer to start with an experimental and very basic labo-set up of my own Cymatic Sounds Pattern Visualiser to get more feeling with this very exciting field and for obtaining more indepth sights about all kinds of patterns and to understand better all the benefits of that ’state of the art’-instrument of John.

The CymaScope Pro is build for research-goals. For this purposes that ’scientific cymatic water images generated’-instrument needs to be very precisely with all kinds of subtools to guarantee constant-static conditions of (and around) the water-surface and it goes much farther than this. I do not understand all the functions of the CymaScope Pro. For instance : the intrinsic function of the ‘high/medium/low frequencies modules’ of the CymaScope Pro are – until now – an enigm for me.

In a very basic cymatic-DIY setting-up we use a sound source, an amplifier, a loudspeaker and a plastic plate filled with water for obatining very directly patterns on the surface of the water (it’s more than that but, okay).

But i guess i start to understand the basics of that CymaScope Pro modules.

For experimenting myself with such water surface images a more ‘rudimental cymatic set’ – will be quite satisfying for the first year(s).

Little by little i like to build-in more subtools (tools that will guarantee anti-micro-vibrations, anti-aircirculation, static temperature and so on) to understand what will change in the patterns itself by obtaining always the same environmental conditions of the watersurface.

For very subtile changes of modulated frequencies – what is my prefered sound synthesis method – i think it will be necesary to use the CymaScope Pro. This instrument will become better and better in time and – hopely – more accessible for a greater public.

So, I will reading very carefully all your texts and DIY-instructions and viewing all your generated cymatic images and all kinds of cymatic images that i can find in books and/or on internet.

Thanks a lot for your ‘Journal of Cymatics’.

Has a nice sunday, Jodina.

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Jodina Meehan Reply:

Thank you for the thoughtful and kind words, Nikolay! I would love to see more of what you’re working on, and make sure that you have a membership over at the School of Cymatics where you can share your work and create your own page: http://www.schoolofcymatics.com Keep writing and update me on your progress!

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Nikolay Reply:

Hi Jodina

Just to inform you about myself :

I make trance-ambient ‘micro’ – or ‘minimal’ – music(al tunes) with

1. software-synthesizers (such as Propellerhead s’ Reason);

2. a Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer of the ‘80-ties

and soon (august 2014) with

3. a Korg Kronos Music WorkStation.

My main focus thereby is ’sounddesign’ to create my own slowly evolutive soundscaping ‘pads’.

In the maintime I like very much all kinds of “visualised music” for scoping melodic lines and harmonies builded up in time, space and by using colors/lights…

In fact I discovered that i build-up very easily my musical lines in a more visualised manner by drawing my notes into figurative patterns on my Propellerhead s’ Reason Matrix Pattern Step Sequencer. It’s another approach of music making.

So, I’m somewhere a “visualised music pattern”-based music-blocks-builder (a kind of ‘composer’ that co-positionate, conjunctate and configurate notes in a 2D framework).

And a lot of sound-make-up ‘parameters’ of XXI-century analogue-, digital- and software-synthesizer are today graphically visualised on their little screen or build-in tablet and i like to use thereby – as an extra visualisation tool – the cymatic imagery to
1. express and also
2. to build-up soundparticles.

I hope there will be some logics in that (micro)-pattern-forming once i changes parameters of the synthesizer. All kinds of generated patterns (or upstarting particles of it) – by changing this parameters – will be the main focus of my artistic research.

My preferred sound-synthesis method/technique is FM-synthesis (Frequency modulation synthesis). I will send you several links about this in the near future (middle may) so you can understand the principles behind this magnificent method/technique.

I hope that all subtile changes during that FM-synthesis process can be visualised by water-cymatics (or other ‘media’ : sand, oil, …). Be sure that I will need your help for this.

And be sure i will become member very soon of the School of Cymatics, once i’ve finished my little garage-workshop-garden near my small music studio where i live also :-) )

I like to make my cymatic devices into that garage-workshop….

So, please have patience for the next upcoming two months. In that time i will be only sporadic ‘online’. I hope that i can start my cymatic journey in the middle of may. I decided to place this comment of today to ’say hello’.

In the maintime i receive all your messages on my emailbox… Thanks in advance for this.

And be sure of this, Jodina : i will keep writing to tell you about my progress in my cymatic based sounddesign-patterns once i’m installed in my ‘cymatic garage-studio’.

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Jodina Meehan November 4, 2017 at 10:16 am

Hi Gretchen, if you check you will see that the email subscription gives you free instructions for a Cymatic Sounder – not the violin. Sorry if there was any confusion, but you should have the Sounder instructions by now to use as you wish – the violin instructions are a course that do cost $27, you are correct on that. Also the email subscription gives you access to all the Journal articles and info for free :) Please enjoy and let me know if you have any other questions. thanks for writing, – Jodina

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