Water Resonance: Cymatics and the old ones

titiro ki te ihirangaranga o te mauri ora mo te ahurea

“Looking into the vibrational essence of life and culture”

WISN have embarked on an exciting exploration of the CymaScope as a cutting edge technology that can communicate and make visible dimensions of animal language and the voices of elders.

This enquiry is visioned and initiated by Timoti Bramley who met with John Stuart Reid, the inventor of the CymaScope, in 2016. The CymaScope is a scientific instrument that records visual imagery of sound and vibration using the membrane of water. Timoti and WISN are now exploring how the emergent science of Cymatics can play a role in their mission of helping culture connect with animal intelligence and remember relationship with the earth. 

In March 2017 WISN representatives Matthew Tucker and Kate Genevieve visited the Lake District for a research phase and training with the equipment to visualise whale song and to investigate the potentials of the technology for communicating resonance and vibration in sound. Complex beautiful images were created with multiple vortices and symmetries from Timoti’s recording of the Humpback whale; these images reveal the vibrational patterns on the water membrane as recorded by the John Stuart Reid’s Cymascope lab.

In the days that WISN spent in the Lake District we explored the possibilities for CymaScope technology for multi modal communication and to open new forms of understanding around previously invisible realities. Timoti’s practice as a sound healer is a particular inspiration for the enquiry into whether the instrument can be involved in showing the healing power of song or words spoken from a state of love, presence and ecological integrity. Subtle technologies are capable of layered expressions of ecological reality and we are interested in the potential that this may aid communicating that presence and tone are key part of meaning-making. Matt and Kate made a research website holding some of this potential for the Cymascope and WISN Between the Waves – and they share their experience on WISN’s podcast. 

You can listen to the podcast here or on WINS’s Soundcloud page.

One of the visions of WISN is embracing paradox and the seeming dichotomy between scientific and earth-centred perspectives. The WISN network connects elders in ceremony and also creates with technologies and scientific practice to boldly ask how the scientific system can meet with experiential knowledge of the earth for a better future. WISN, founded and led by Dr Apela Colorado, is currently attracting and inspiring a new generation of earth leaders, researchers, activists and technologists. 

These initial investigations into Whale song have inspired WaiKai a project held by Chyna Colorado and Alejandra Hernandez with a mission to clean up plastics using DIY inventions. Attentively listening to these Whale communication have clarified a focus on work that helps clean the oceans of plastic waste.

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