Let's bring cymatics to Gratifly!
Dustyn Archer
Asheville, North Carolina
United States
2 Team Members

Cymagica at Gratifly!

The purpose and scope of the cymagica art installation series is to give participants a multisensory comprehension of the sounds that are occurring all around and within them at any moment, in a live and interactive setting.

What is Cymatics?

Sound can be made visible through the vibration of various materials, from water to oils, to sugars and sands, creating resonance patterns that give rise to symmetry, form, and pattern, mimicking various cosmic functions from simple ripple effects, to spiraling galaxy formations, to the organization of cellular organisms… all can be seen within the patterns created by sound interference, showing the sacred resonant processes that shape and connect us all.

Why is this important?

Sound has been used for millennia as a healing force, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Various multitudes of instruments have been crafted, such as didgeridoos, tuning forks, and song bowls, to channel the natural vibrations of the universe and return flow and pattern to the physical body. By merging technology and these ancient practices, we are able to create our own devices as incredible tools and visual aids that educate and inspire individuals on a variety of different levels. Since my own discovery of cymatics within the water I placed in my Tibetan bowls during my practice, I have delved deep into personal study, experimentation, and creation in an attempt to share this harmonious resonance with all.

The Opportunity at hand

This year we have the unique experience to bring this project to life at an incredible event ~Gratifly Music and Arts Festival. We want to make this experience available to a large audience, and collaborate with live music being fed from the stages. The fruition of this project would add a physical visualization of sound at an event that until now has only been done with digital media. We will also be creating an entirely interactive area for YOU to come play!

Interaction with the crowd

We will be providing instruments from guitars to synthesizers, microphones, and other implements of sonic oscillation to allow participants to see their OWN vibrations reflected back at them, and we would love to invite any musician (vocalist, instrumentalist, or even DJ!) or non-musician alike to bring their gifts and instruments to patch into the sound board we will be providing.

Humble Beginnings

What We Need

In order to create the installation we want to see, we need your help! By supporting this project, you are helping us to spread our passion and knowledge of cymatics with the world.

For Gratifly festival, we will be building a new cymatics device from the ground-up onsite. This requires materials such as powered amplifiers and speakers, waterproofing materials, and construction materials for the base of the device. We will also need to build a weather structure from bamboo and tarp.

To broadcast the imagery, we will need an HD projector and screen.We also need various vibratory media, such as fluids and particulate matter.

Here is a comprehensive list of our needs in an itemized budget.


The materials we will be vibrating include:

  • Water

  • Fluorescent Dyes

  • Glycerine (non-palm)

  • Vegetable Oil (non-palm)

  • Quartz Sand

  • Non-Newtonian fluids

  • Isopropyl

  • And of course... YOU!

This will be our sixth event performing cymatics, from small to large events, and no other event quite encapsulates the energy that Gratifly provides. In the hills of Lake Hartwell in South Carolina, Gratifly provides a vessel for personal growth and experience unlike any other. Coming early and helping build the stage and temple last year was one of the most inspirational experiences of my life, and I witnessed firsthand the power of the individual and the group to build dream into reality. This spurred me to share my gift with the live music community in a secretly educational, highly interactive and inspirational space. We would love to come inspire and show others how powerful following your dreams can be!

Thank you for your time and consideration! We're looking forward to playing around in our sonic playground with you. If you can't donate money, please consider donating your energy by sharing this campaign through social media.

See you at Gratifly! (((<3)))

Dustyn Archer

Cymagica Art Collective


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  • $1USD

    And virtual high-fives

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  • $5USD

    Send us a short sound byte, we'll take a picture, and e-mail you the file!

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  • $10USD
    Shake it

    Send us a sound file [keep it short], and we'll send you a personalized polaroid picture of your vibrations coming to life!

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  • $25USD
    Vibrate your hOMe!

    Send us a sound clip of whatever you want [a small segment is preferable, but keep it a 3 min length or less], and we'll send you an 8x8 glossy print of the cymatic patterns from your choice of 3 image files! Keep the images and use them for whatever you want

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  • $50USD
    Bouncing off the Wall

    Send us a sound file and bring your wall to life with your own 20"x20" HD glossy poster of your own cymatics! Choose the image from six (6) image files, we will print and ship, and you can do what you want with the files!

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  • $80USD

    For this level, you'll receive your own customized cymatics case for your electronics! Available cases include... iPhone: 4, 5, 5s, 5c iPad: 2, 3, 4, mini, air Samsung: S4, S5

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  • $80USD
    Large-sized Cymatics Poster

    Send a sound file, we will create a single 24”x36” large-size poster with captured image of your choice from a choice of 10 images of various liquids and dyes being vibrated. Keep the other images to use how you want!

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  • $200USD
    Cymatics Music Video

    Send us a sound file [max length 5 min], and we'll create and edit a personalized HD video of the patterns created by our cymatics device! We will include different materials and angles to provide you with a diverse array of pattern and symmetry. Also included is your choice of a single $80 perk, and all previous perks.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $500USD

    You will receive two (2) tickets to Gratifly Music and Arts Festival!! All lower level perks included! Tickets will be put in your name

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  • $1,000USD
    Magic at your Fingers

    Your very own Cymatics device handcrafted by the Cymagica team! This level includes all previous perks. Only available within the contiguous 48. If you'd like and have room after Gratifly, you can take the one we build for the event! This perk includes all other perks!

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