Cymatics Experimentation

Following on from initial digital experimentation on Rhino and Grasshopper I decided to take some Cymatic experiments physical. First of comparing the Chladni Patterns generated by Grasshopper with the actual experiment, deconstructing a speaker and manufacturing a system with which to transfer the vibrations of the speaker coil into the metal plate. When resonating, a plate or membrane is divided into regions that vibrate in opposite directions, bounded by lines where no vibration occurs (aka nodal lines) which is where the sand settles to create patterns.


A cymascope is also another popular way to visualise sound, where patterns are made by playing various frequencies and sounds through a speaker into a petri dish filled with water. Although certain frequencies produce clear patterns I found something much more enticing by trying to visualise actual songs through this mean.


I hope to be to expand on these phenomena in order find a more architectural application in the future

3 thoughts on “Cymatics Experimentation”

  1. Hello
    Am Radhika this side from India, am an architect and currently doing my thesis on incorporating cymatic patterns in architecture; but am struggling in creating these patterns in grasshopper. Could you please help me with the script of making it in grasshopper ?

      1. Hii Krishna
        I tried some grasshopper definitions but was able to create only 2D patterns but was not able to convert it into 3d ones. Would suggest you to try it out in Houdini once.

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