What is sound and can we see it?

We are so used to seeing patterns on our computer screens when we play music that we don't give it a second thought.

In 1787 Ernst Chladni experimented with the sound of a violin over a plate covered with sand and produced patterns of sand on the plate. In 1967 Hans Jenny, a Swiss doctor, artist and researcher invented the tenoscope which allowed him to study the structure and dynamics of vibrations by altering the frequency and amplitude/volume of sound. The tenoscope also allowed him to make the human voice visible without electronic apparatus.

He found that increasing the frequency increased the complexity of the pattern. If he increased the amplitude, the motion became more rapid and truculent and could even produce small eruptions. Jenny experimented with fluids of various kinds he produced wave motions, spirals, and wave-like patterns in in continuous circulation. He noticed that when the vowels of the ancient languages of Hebrew and Sanskrit were pronounced, the sand took the shape of the written symbols for these vowels, while the modern languages...did not generate the same result. When he took a vibrating plate covered with liquid and tilted it, the liquid did not run off the plate indicating that vibrations have an antigravity effect. "What Hans Jenny pointed out is the resemblance between the shapes and patterns we see around us in physical reality and the shapes and patterns he generated in his investigation." (World-Mysteries.com/Science Mysteries: Cymatics)

According to String Theory, all matter is made up of tiny strings of vibrating energy with specific frequencies. The whole universe is vibrating energy and "it is possible that crystals, plants, and human beings may be, in some way, music that takes visible form". (Cathie E. Guzetta) The whole creation would than be the Music of God to which we reflect in song.



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(Courtesy of Stephen J. Pearson)

Sing praise, sing praise, sing praise to our God.
Give glory to our King.
Sing praise, sing praise, sing praise to our God:
the Ruler of all things!

1. Great is our Lord.
God is our salvation.
All that we see — made by God's hand.
Sing of God's deeds
to all the nations!
Declare God's glory o'er the land.

2. Strength is our God.
Glory and power He!
Ascribe to God all majesty.
Worship the Lord.
Revere the Almighty!
Tremble before our Deity.

3. Heavens rejoice!
Fields are jubilant!
Trees of the forest sing delight!
God is on earth
to judge in righteousness —
to judge the people in His Light!


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