We all know how strongly sounds can affect us. Softly spoken words can melt our hearts, the jarring sound of a glass crashing on the floor or the sweetest of all: the trembling footsteps of a toddler..
These sounds, and how they affect us,
This article will summarize my findings on beneficial music, sounds and frequencies. I hope that it will help you bring
First of all, the idea that sounds affect us through us hearing them, mentally processing them into thoughts which then affects us is something we must lay to rest.
Let me recount some examples of the contrary for you..
We can start with a recent study which showed that human breast cancer cells, which obviously are not equipped for auditory processing, significantly changed behavior and hormone activity based on sounds.
Another good example are infrasounds; the human ear can hear everything from
If humans could only be affected by our subjective experience of sounds, we should not be affected by infrasound.
"There is no reliable evidence that infrasounds below the hearing threshold produce physiological or psychological effects"
If you're like me, you naturally assume that the truth is the absolute opposite of what the WHO says, and indeed that rule seems to be accurate here.. Take a look at the image below, which depicts human brain activation from 12 Hz
Some of the zones being activated in the brain scan above are involved in auditory processing, others with emotional control and the autonomic nervous system.
There are few studies proving the safety of infrasound, most of the controversy centers around the most egregious offendor, wind power plants. Our best shot at a fair evaluation of the safety of wind power plants is a grassroots organization formed by people living next to wind farms, who is conducting a large study, check it out at WindFarmStudy.com
It would upset the status quo greatly if it were accepted that infrasound can be unhealthy, yet there is plenty of evidence that supports this. If you prefer studies with large human data sets, there was a British double concert where they tried adding 17 Hz and people felt significant discomfort
I always find it amusing how the academic scientists are obsessed with reducing matters, to a comical degree. When they see behavioral changes in people from infrasound, their instinct is to look for hidden mechanisms in the ear which could theoretically react to infrasound.. I believe our time is better spent looking in the opposite direction, where we
As a sidenote, the psychological effects of infrasound are sometimes cited as a possible mechanism for paranormal phenomenon. There is a chapter on Wikipedia about how infrasound can cause ghost sightings something I have also seen mentioned in the police investigations of the infamous Dyatlov Pass incident
This might surprise you, but
As you can see, the least detrimental music in both genders were
Perhaps music can be considered as a way to defuse and regulate social tension in society rather than something that inherently makes everything better with its unceasing presence.
However, we must always remember that any study can just give us a tiny speck of the big picture, and I would be sad if anyone read this and concluded that music is bad! For instance, in this study the participants were *asked* to play music - it may not be the same thing when you spontaneously get and urge to do it on your own accord.
The point is that music
It doesn't have to be! Music can be good. The purpose of this article isn't to scare you, it's to help you improve the quality of the sounds in your life. Which brings us to our next subject..
You have probably heard about the 'conspiracy theory' that 'the powers that be' changed the tuning of music from A=432Hz to A=440Hz around 100 years ago to deliberately make it worse. I will not speculate about whether this change was purposefully made to harm us or not, but it does seem to be factual that music tuned to 432Hz is better. There are double-blinded studies showing that 432 Hz music lowers heart rate, respiration rate[9,10] and stress level
Another study shows that sleep quality improves with 432Hz music, without affecting time-to-fall-asleep which together with EEG scans implies that the mechanism is a direct calming on your brainwaves.
So, music can be both good and bad..
What do we know about silence?
The answer is that it depends on what you compare it to.
If the comparison is between silence and the anthropogenic sounds of modern society: five cars driving by, a dishwasher, the neighbours laundry machine, the subtle buzz of the light switch dimmer..
If that is the alternative,
However, think about where we came from, before we poured concrete all over it. We lived in nature, and
There is one time when nature goes dead quiet.. when a
Let's sum up where we are. Sensitive people has been telling us since the dawn of music that certain frequencies are not just more agreeable, but has a
In a grander context, that is how it typically looks in any given area.
This is a short list of some healing frequencies. They have different sources, some of them are reconstructed from Bible passages, others from audio researchers. Six of these are called
Only one of these frequencies has been studied scientifically, and the results are quite incredible..
When we say 528 Hz it can refer to two different things, either the specific frequency, or music tuned to C=528 Hz. This is commonly referred to as
Remember how I mentioned earlier how most people listen to music non-stop as a way to cope with stress? Let's have a look at how 528Hz music compares to the standard 440Hz music that most people listen to:
Wow, right? You want to know something cool? You're listening to 528 Hz music right now, as the background music of this very website. Don't you feel calm and serene?
I mentioned previously how music, even 'good' music such as Mozart and Gregorian chants, reliably suppressed testosterone. So, how does 528 Hz compare?
The study that examined the response to 528 Hz actually compared to neighbouring frequencies to see if there really was something special to that particular frequency.. and here are the results:
As you see the charts above, I want you to think back about what I said earlier about intuitive people being a reliable guide forward.
Another fun thing that has been studied in human cells is alcohol, as playing 528Hz to human cells
Finally, I want to recommend this Spotify playlist which I play on my phone every night when I sleep. You can save the playlist offline, so you can turn on airplane mode to minimize EMF during sleep.
There is one very interesting study where researchers used tuning forks with different frequencies to see if it affected
Using frequencies in a modern medical context dates back to the censored genius Dr. Royal Raymond Rife in the 1930s, but historically we can find countless examples of healing through sound. If you've ever set foot in a church then you know the profound effect of church organs playing their ethereal tones. By the way, isn't it curious that they call them
The natural soundtrack to our lives should be animals going about their day, the swirling of water, rain, thunder, the wind rustling the trees, and so on. Certain sounds are only heard in the morning, such as a rooster crowing in the morning, while some sounds are seasonal, like the many mating calls of spring.
It is actually quite easy for you to integrate some of this in our life, because science has shown us that
Here we can see the effect on
It should come as no surprise that aniety is decreased, but did you expect it to be
To reinforce this point, I have attached a recording of
It is a disgrace that our streets are not covered with speakers playing recordings of natural sounds. There is a study which shows that adding nature sounds such as bird song attenuated the negative effects from urban noise pollution such as traffic
I recommend NatureRadio.org but you can always find unlimited amounts of good material on
There will come a time where urban people are playing livestream audio from some nearby nature sanctuary. Perhaps a sheltered area, else you'd be scared to death when you suddenly heard a bear roaring in your living room one day..
There are two dimensions to this, the sounds being created and the
So far, we have only discussed the actual soundwaves, but the truth is that you have larger control over your environment.
This is a very
Contrast this against nature. Is there even such a thing as
Applying a wave movement to a dish of fluid will modulate the gravity and inertia inside the fluid. If this effect is strong enough, the normally flat state of the fluid will be too unstable to remain, and a patterned shape will emerge. Depending on the frequency, the shape will be different.
This has been know since at least the 17th century follows the same principle as a specific frequency shattering a glass, or how soldiers marching in rhythm over a bridge can collapse it.
Dr. Hans Jenny is probably the person who has uncovered most in the area of cymatics and you can read a collection of his findings here.
The same thing can be illustrated with sand, which is cool since it retains the shape after the sound ceases, unlike fluids.
Consider that your entire body is made from water. Very high volume sounds will create patterns like this inside your cells, but even
This is an emerging science, but it is clear that there is plenty of secrets to uncover. Let's take a look at a couple of cool examples.
Just as sound is made from frequency, light does, too. If you observe the planets through a telescope, you can measure the frequencies, and you can illustrate the frequency patterns by playing them as sounds to water to create
The colors in the cymaglyphs above are added in post-production to give a better "feel" for the planets vibe. This color is visible to the naked eye when you look at the planet in a telescope. Below you can see cymaglyphs for the tones of the first octave in a piano.
Since your cells have movement inside of them, they produce sounds. These sounds can be measured, and the cymatic patterns were photographed with something called a Cymascope and there is a very interesting study where they cymatically illustrated the sounds recorded from cancer cells, compared to healthy cells:
The image above does not prove much in itself, but the fact that every cancer cell cymaglyph looks ugly and every healthy cell produces something intricate, symmetrical and beautiful does. I invite you to see the full set of photos.
There is something called Mains Hum which is basically the sound that electricity in your home makes. Depending on where you live, the electrical current alternates at 50Hz or 60Hz. This generates a sound at either 100Hz or 120Hz.
It's a really annoying sound, and if you have ever heard a dimmer or light switch
You can use this to your advantage, because it means that even if you do not have an
Go to the /sound/ forum to learn more, ask questions and to share your thoughts and ideas.
I hope you enjoy this article, my biggest wish is that you have learned something you will take to heart, and my second biggest wish that you share this to friends, family and anyone you might think be interested.