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Cymatics; The visual representation of sound

Updated: Apr 26

In the realm of sonic exploration, cymatics stands as a captivating phenomenon that intrigues sound healers, musicians and general sound enthusiasts alike.

Cymatics show us how sound vibrations can become visible through intricate patterns formed with substances like sand, water, or clay that are then vibrated on a metal plate.

Certain frequencies are emitted to a metal plate, either by machine or other sounds (such as the gong) those frequencies then create dynamic geometric shapes that mirror the intrinsic qualities of the sound waves! Pretty spectacular right?

As Gong players we work as 'sonic alchemists' coupling intuition and learned playing techniques to harness the power of those resonant frequencies produced by our amazing Gongs.

We use these frequencies to achieve positive effects for the Gong bath attendees and or our private therapy clients.

From my vantage point as a professional Gong player cymatics takes on a particularly fascinating dimension, offering a tangible connection between the vibrations emitted by my Gongs and the visible patterns that are shown to emerge in various mediums such a salt or clay in the field of cymatics.

Some, if not all of the patterns created through cymatics are simply beautiful!

The Gongs (actually my instruments are not Gongs at all they are 'Tam Tam's'- but I'll cover that in another blog...) produces an incredibility complex and rich tapestry of tones and harmonics in the vibrations produced when played , that as those vibrations then traverse through the air, they encounter different surfaces and substances, initiating a dance of sound that extends beyond mere auditory perception, In-fact its thought that only about 20% of the vibrations from a large Gong will be perceived by your ears during a Gong bath!

For us gong players, witnessing a visual manifestations of sound is akin to glimpsing into the hidden language of our art—a visual representation of the sonic landscape we craft with our Gongs, and for many of us feel intutuvily in the work, but cannot otherwise show others.

The synergy between cymatics and Gong play offers a unique way to understand the complex interplay of frequencies and vibrations and opens our imagination to begin to understand the often unbelievable and at times bizarre but always wonderful effects the Gongs have on the human experience.

The mind, the body & the emotions!

Each handmade artisan gong, with its distinct size, shape, material composition, and careful individual toning contributes to a symphony of patterns that unfold in response to the vibrations it imparts.

The intricate designs formed in cymatics serve as a testament to the Gong's capacity to create a multi sensory experience—one that extends beyond hearing to encompass the entire being of that person.

Furthermore, cymatics could becomes a tool for us Gong player's to refine our healing craft. By observing the visual patterns produced by different Gongs, we could gain insights into the unique nuances of our instruments.

This symbiotic relationship between sound and form could allows us to fine-tune our sessions, unlocking a deeper understanding of the subtle variations and harmonics inherent in our chosen beloved, often highly individual Gongs.

In a broader context, the marriage of cymatics and Gong play exemplifies the holistic nature of music—a form of expression that transcends the mere auditory domain.

The patterns etched by a Gong vibrations underscore the interconnections of sound, shape, and energy.

As a Gong-player who is interested in cymatics, this fascination has become part of my journey with sound, as I delve deeper into the mystical and quiet literally trans formative qualities of this sonic artistry.

The longer I practice the art, the more feedback I receive from individuals who's lives are positively affected by their times with the Gongs

This intersection of both sonic and visual realms provides a gateway for us sound healer- musicians to deepen our connection with our treasured spiritual instruments, offering us a glimpse into this profound relationship between the vibrations of sound and certain frequencies and the captivating; and often mandala like tapestry of cymatic patterns that unfold.

In conclusion, from the perspective of a Gong player, cymatics unveils a mesmerizing dimension where the invisible threads of sound materialize into actual, tangible, intricate patterns! 'Results you can see!' (and we all know that for a lot people seeing is believing right?)

So next time your at one of the fortnightly Gong baths in Totnes, or a 1-1 'Gong Therapy' session, lay back, relax and imagine your simply that vibration salt on a vibrating metal plate, and maybe dare to imaging what beautiful patterns and shapes the vibrations are moving in you!


You wont actually feel like your on a vibrating plate, its all blankets, cushions, and low orange lightingat at Gong bath! I promise!

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