John Stuart Reid, a British acoustician, has demonstrated that sound is actually shaped like a bubble—not like a wave, as we’ve all been taught. Picture a bubble pulsing in and out. The distance between the inward pulse and outward pulse, is what we have been measuring as a wave. This idea of a pulsing bubble makes sense to me, because, when I sing and play the crystal singing bowls with a group of people, I actually feel a large dome of sound develop above and around us. It’s palpable. We’re in a bubble, literally! Take a look at these gorgeous videos that show the effect that music has on us.
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