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Extra Credit: Sound + Matter = Life by Ryan Andre Magsino

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Extra Credit: Sound + Matter = Life by Ryan Andre Magsino (Sound and Science Symposium)

Let me first start by pointing out the film which I will be referring to (all of which is available online):

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Io6lop3mk
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahJYUVDY5ek
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4jUMWFKPTY

“(The Film) has no characters, it has no people…it is to describe…the effect of Cymatic frequencies on texture, structure, water, oil. If you spare a little of your imagination as you watch the film as it runs, you will see many things that answer many questions.” - Introduction

From the film, it is deduced that sound is the basis of form and shape. From the way things align themselves to their motion, sound plays an integral part in their development. Through Cymatics, the study of wave phenomena, Swiss medical doctor and natural scientist, Hans Jenny documents how wave phenomena can supposedly “bring matter to life.” Not only does Dr. Jenny delve into the physical properties of sound, but deduces philosophical arguments stemming from the science’s significance.

Matter being subjected to wave phenomena.

Matter being subjected to wave phenomena.

After having watched the film, I cannot help but smirk when the thought of the universe forming from a “Big BANG” (emphasis on the bang). The idea of sound leading to the formation of just seems awfully redundant; but as Dr. Jenny showcases more and more examples of matter being passed through frequencies, I cannot help but arrive at such a conclusion. The implications of such a statement would be pretty grave. Does this mean to say that we are all just matter being passed through varying frequencies in this container we call the universe? If so, then could we somehow use this mentality on a macroscopic scale?

It would appear someone already came up with an answer to the previous question. Acoustic testing has many applications – one of which is used for the remedial measurements needed to bring a substandard structure up to the level required for compliance. This test is used quite commonly when engineering a building. Furthermore, it can assess how well designed and built the structure is and whether is it suitable for the intended purpose. Thus, the use of sound is essential to the development of structure especially in building a society.

An Acoustics Tester and Engineer from Stroma

An Acoustics Tester and Engineer from Stroma

Lastly, observing how sound plays a role in structure can easily be done with items found around the household. First, combine water and cornstarch to form a pasty compound. Next, place the compound inside a speaker. Last, play various frequencies through the speaker and watch the compound “come to life.” For reference, check out the following videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw4qklgNIxI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU7iuJ98fRQ