KYMAT will be make some water-sound-picture visualizations on a few concerts.
Our friend, musician, DJ and never-tiring tinkerer Sven Meyer will present the latest findings he gained at his Hamburg-based laboratory. In his role as the Mad Professor he invites the audience to take part in an experiment. The set-up is rather simple: A camera takes pictures of a bottle lid that is filled with a sprinkle of water. Most accurately and with the fattest sounds Dr. Meyer will make the water drops go mad. Symbols and basic patterns to be found in this world will be shown along with organic patterns, cells dividing, mandalas, ice crystals, spores, tortoise shells. Thus sound takes on a new shape in the process.
The principle of images that are created by sound dates back to the 18. century. In those times, sand gathered on a metal plate that was brought to life by means of a violin, creating beautiful patterns in the process. In the 1960s, Hans Jenny took up the idea, animating water by using different frequencies. He created organically looking imaginations. Jenny coined the term „Kymatics“ for this phenomenon.
KYMAT is like a laboratory that dedicates its activities to the research of water-sound images. The fascination that such an installation evokes can be explained by its capability to make sound visible in an aesthetically striking way, thus turning it into a sensual phenomenon. It permanently produces the most spectacular, ever-changing images. In addition, KYMAT is an open type of installation that allows for spectators to interact to the images in a versatile, playful and creative way.
Water that is kept in small bowls serves as a flexible, three-dimensional sculpture that translates sound into images. By means of using loud-speakers and a clever lighting system, impressive wave patterns are created in the bowls. According to the sound frequency and the respective set-up individual, partly fix, partly “living” structures turn up on the surface of the water. These can be photographed at the Kymatik Laboratory, then turned into film material.
Those water sound pictures can be regarded as a process that shows chaos and structure in turns, the way you see it in nature all the time: in fields of valence created by electrons or atoms, all the way to complex turbulences that are the source of weather patterns. Those well-structured, still patterns and shapes can be found in the realm of blossoms, plants and animals. The shapes and patterns follow the principle of the „golden ratio“. The sound pattern of the octave precisely follows this law of nature.
Thus we can find identical patterns of vibration in sound, the planets of our solar system, the time of the day, our organs or in colours. When confronted with KYMAT, the spectator is turned into the creator of „the flower of life“.