Explorations In Underground Music
'Each note seems to have a unique character, a unique "mark". The most impressive thing is that a recent study showed that dolphins can identify these "markers" in some unknown way. The CymaScope unit records the vibration generated by each tone on the surface of distilled water. The vibration caused by the homophonic sound produces a clearly visible "mark" due to the high surface tension of the water.
Each sound has its own unique characteristic, just as each snowflake has its own unique shape. Recently, CymaScope, at the request of New Zealand artist Shannon Novak, was the first to visualize the notes. It was also used with vocal vowels and music tracks (eg, rock band Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the machine"). CymaScope has been in use since 2002. At the beginning, scientists used PVC film and then changed it into a latex film. Finally, the most ideal medium was water.
The resulting image is like a wonderful kaleidoscope, showing the sound in addition to being able to listen, but also providing a wonderful image.'