Cymatics and Music: This Looks Fake But It’s All Real. And It’s Science!

There are many ways to make sound visible, although this experiment forwarded by Bobby is a new one on me. Take some motor oil and pour it over a speaker cone that’s playing music. That’s just one of the things we see in this video featuring cymatics and music.

UPDATE: Since posting this, I’ve heard from several science teachers who use this video as teaching aids. Ian from Conestoga and Niagara College recommends we also look at this post.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Cymatics and Music: This Looks Fake But It’s All Real. And It’s Science!

  • October 12, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I use this video in all my audio classes to help students understand wavelength, harmonics, etc. Look up levitation with sound! They do some neat stuff with water floating within a sound wave.


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