Each note seems to have its own imprint, a unique 'signature', so to speak. This signature also seems to be recognizable to dolphins who use it to communicate with each other.

A device called CymaScope records vibrations produced by specific sounds on a surface of distilled water. Sound vibrations leave visible traces on the surface of the water, revealing a unique design for each tone, just as each snowflake has a unique shape.

Recently, CymaScope was first used to visualize notes played on a piano, at the request of New Zealand artist Shannon Nowak. Other interesting projects performed with the device are the visualization of the vowels in human speech, as well as the visualization of world famous music hits. The end result resembles the pictures we see through a kaleidoscope. Combined with the original sound produced the pictures, an almost magical sound is produced - a musical spectacle.

"If our eyes could see the sound, we probably wouldn't see the waves as many people think. Rather, we will see beautiful bubbles in whimsical shapes. CymaScope helps us see this hidden beauty! ”- said creators John Stewart and Eric Larson.  

Apart from art, the instrument is also used in scientific circles. One of his recent accomplishments is participating in a study claiming that dolphins have their own language to communicate with. The dolphin sonar serves as a kind of "extra eye", by which they can "see" the ultrasounds and transmit them to each other in the form of sound pictures.

Researcher Jack Kasewitz uses CymaScope to decipher dolphins' audio signals. It records the sounds that dolphins make when they "see" different objects - such as a plastic cube, an inflatable toy, or a pot. The sounds are then converted into pictures and again displayed to the dolphins, but this time without the accompanying sound. The experiment shows that dolphins are able to recognize objects with an accuracy of 86%. Even more impressive is that when Kasewitz shows pictures of other dolphins who did not participate in the original experiment, they are able to recognize them with the same success. For scientists, this is a solid argument for the ability of cetaceans to communicate with each other using a technique similar to human language.  

The SpeakDolphin's ambitious blueprint for SpeakDolphin aims to completely decode this language and even use it to start a simple conversation with animals.


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