Japanese Artist Shapes Sound Through Sand, Creating Masterpieces

Cymatics has never looked this appealing.
Deniz Yildiran

What if the sound could be shaped? What would it exactly look like? Kenichi Kanazawa, a cymatics artist from Japan has the answer to that. 

Recently shared on Twitter, the artist's video of combining physics and art won recognition from many people online. 


The artist starts by randomly sprinkling some white sand onto a black steel plate then rubs it with a seemingly soft material until the magic happens. And here it goes: sound vibrations perfectly direct sands to create geometric shapes, thanks to ensuing frequencies. 

Cymatics, known as the study of wave phenomena, is considered a branch of science. The term was first named by Hans Jenny, a Swiss medical doctor and natural scientist, born in 1904. He conducted experiments with powders, pastes, and liquids to animate patterns present in nature through wave vibrations. Clearly, what he started goes on influencing many people in the present. 

Kanazawa performs his brilliant art works through different settings. This tableau-like scene is from 2003, when he took the cymatics to a next level.

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Japanese Artist Shapes Sound Through Sand, Creating Masterpieces
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Back on a little round metal, the artist perfectly blends the colors and separates them back. Now that is the question: should we be impressed by the work brought to us by his highly talented hands, or rely on pure science?

Japanese Artist Shapes Sound Through Sand, Creating Masterpieces
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There might be many ways to put art and science together like today's kind of combining through artifical intelligence. However, this artist has reminded us of all the very natural factors once again in the making. We are no doubt looking forward to witnessing more of these masterpieces. 

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