“It’s ALL About Resonance”: an Interview with August Worley, the inventor of PYRADYM

By Bill Brackney, Asheville Independent reporter, ©2007 All Rights Reserved.

August Worley is a college professor and an energetic healer living in the mountains of Western North Carolina. He’s also an electrical engineer and the inventor of a remarkable new device called “Pyradym”. While it may sound a little far-fetched, this pyramid-shaped device generates sound, light, and a physical vibration that is helping heal people from anything ranging from headaches to phobias. Also a gifted musician, Mr. Worley has had a long and varied professional career in the electronics industry as an engineer, and at one time was touring with the reformed Emerson, Lake and Palmer as a keyboard technician. In 2002 Mr. Worley moved to Asheville, North Carolina to work as a design engineer for the late legendary synthesizer pioneer, Dr. Robert Moog.  We sat down with the inventor of this technology to ask him a few questions about his interesting new concept…

Q: How did you start bringing together the ideas related to creating an electronic instrument to be used as a sound healing device?

Well, I’ve always been what I would term a “progressive” person. Aside from learning how to play several musical instruments, I was always interested in the way that music “feels” and the way that it can make you feel. I guess I have always been aware that sound as music has a healing aspect to it as well as a transcendental aspect to it when it is appropriately organized. That led me to study the art of composition and arranging music. I had also been studying meditation, which led me to the study of toning as a way of achieving a more transcendental state of awareness. Then when I began to develop and expand my intuitive abilities, it all came together as a cohesive concept during a group meditation in August of 2003. In that meditation, I had a deeply profound vision in which I was sitting in front of a small, glowing pyramidal object that created the most wonderfully warm and somewhat “reminiscent” tone, accompanied by a physical vibration. It was a very profound experience to say the least, and one that stayed with me for months afterwards. I continued to remember the special feeling of peace and divine connexion that I had when I was in the presence of the pyramid instrument, and was subsequently guided that I should use my expertise as a electronic sound product design engineer to build one similar to the object I saw. So I guess you could say it was a natural – almost organic – process of combining my learned skills with my intuitive abilities, which I believe is pretty much how most of the best concepts become a reality – every new technology starts as a concept.   

Q: How does Pyradym work?

Basically, Pyradym generates a relaxing stereophonic sound that you listen to through a set of headphones, and along with that sound is the associated physical vibration. It’s very easy to use and intuitive to use, and it requires very little musical training whatsoever to operate. It uses the 7–tone Chakra system as a universally accepted tuning “platform”, so conceptually it’s tuned differently than a musical instrument. It also differs by focusing the “intention” of the sound generated by the instrument, and directly relates it to the human body. People can easily and readily relate with what sound and vibration associates to which body region, so it takes to a whole different level the concept of using sound to address the human body as a unified energetic system.

It’s designed to function along the same lines as more traditional mechanical tone sources such as singing bowls, but with a lot more flexibility and versatility. And it’s also portable, so you can place it anywhere – on the floor, under a massage table, on the massage table, any flat resonant surface – you can even attach it to the wall! It acoustically couples to whatever surface it’s in contact with to transmit its physioacoustic sound energy through the associated media, as well as produce audible sound through the cabinet’s sound chamber. (continue to page 2)

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