What is Sound?

Day 8 on “What is Sound?” of “Silence & Sound” Chapter

Of Remembering “Who Am I” Series

The Cymatics of Sound

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Understanding What is Sound?

It is said that sound is the source of all creation where sounds create light and forms. What exactly is sound?

Sound is made of air molecules vibrating and moving in patterns which we called it ‘sound waves’. As we hear a sound, our ears convert sound waves into neural impulses, where the brain interpret as sounds.

Everything in life is vibration.

Albert Einstein

Sound is a form of energy, just like the electricity and light.

Sound ranges from a high pitch to low pitch. The pitches depend on the frequency of the vibrations. Normal hearing is 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz. The sounds of bird chirping is 10,000 Hz. Above 20,000 Hz is what we call the ultrasound; below 20 Hz is the infrasound. Bats can hear up to 120,000 Hz, while elephant uses infrasound to communicate.

Sound Manifest In Physical Form

This is how sound looks like:

The above shows one simple experiment done by sprinkling sand on a metal plate and vibrating the plate, then vibrate a certain frequency, the sand will then form itself into patterns, some like the mandalas. With a higher frequency, the shapes produce is more complex.

From cymatics we can see the pattern of the sound. Cymatics is the study of vibrational frequencies manifested as sound and seen as form, usually on a solid metal surface. What cymatics demonstrates is that sound creates form. 

Dr. Deepak Chopra shared on Ayurveda,

“the body is held together by sound, and the presence of disease indicates that some sounds are out of tune…primordial sound is the mysterious link that holds the universe together in a web that is the quantum field”.

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Cymatics

Every Object Has A Resonant Frequency

A human voice can shatter a glass

Understand that everything, every living being has a prime resonant frequency, either it is coherent resonant or dissonant. We all vibrate energetically at a particular frequency, with lower frequency, the energy is denser and feel heavier, while with higher frequency of energy, it feels lighter.

We Are Vibrational Beings

We have optimal frequency where each cells vibrates at the frequency it was designed to. A healthy human body is said to be resonated at frequency of 62-70 MHz, if it falls to 58 MHz, this is where the disease appeared with bacteria and viruses resonate at a lower frequency.

Are you vibrating in coherent with your mind, body and emotions?

Humans And Sounds

Choir Trips – Christ Church Winnetka

Sound has been widely utilised in religion where we can see in Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism chant or pray in groups to create resonance as a tribe. By singing or chanting can dissolve disharmony and create a harmonious group.

In Hindu creation story:

Everything was so peaceful and silent that Vishnu slept undisturbed by dreams or motion. From the depths a humming sound began to tremble, Om (Aum). It grew and spread, filling the emptiness and throbbing with energy, the night has ended. Vishnu awoke.

This indicated the sound gives rise to light.

In the Bible:

In the third verse of Genesis: And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3). 

Does this indicate that sound precedes light as well ?

From the Original people of Australia creation story:

Time began when the supernatural beings awoke and broke through the surface of the Earth. Moved about the Earth bringing into being the physical features of the landscape. The three “sacred songs”.

How Important is Sound to Us?

As we are all vibrational beings, sound carries an important role in shaping who we are today. As we are affected by sound, we can be in coherent or in dissonant. Note that with destructive frequency can disharmonies our resonant frequency, so as the opposite, with harmonious frequency can harmonise our resonant frequency.

In modern music, the tuning standard in music is 440Hz, which can make people think and feel in specific ways. There is a different opinion on the tuning which some would prefer to listen to a more natural frequency at 432 Hz which bring different effect to them.

Experiment It Yourself

Listen for yourself and see how you feel. Note that we have grown up listening to a certain type of frequency, when we are introduced to something new, it is normal to feel discomfort and unfamiliar at first.

Using Coldplay’s song as an example, this is the standard tuning of 440 Hz:

This version with tuning of 432 Hz:

How’s your experience?

In the coming chapters, we will explore on the power of sound in different experiments and how sound is used as a tool for healing in ancient times and modern times. See you and enjoy the sound. =)



Published by Abbhya 阿比亚 Pan Vic Qi

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