The Power of Sound.

I have been a professional singer/ songwriter for 20 years, I have also developed and delivered music programs within the community with the focus on using music and creative arts as a therapy. Through my work research into sound, I am becoming aware of music,s therapeutic value. It can have a powerful effect on our brains, emotions, body and even our cellular structure.

In 2010 I developed a condition that took away my ability to speak, not being able to make sound and communicate with the outside world was the most isolating and devastating experience, which lead me into an obsession of researching other forms of communication, other than spoken word.

Through my research, I discovered that atoms, cells, and matter surrounding us are constantly making beautiful geometric patterns in resonance with the sounds that surround us every day. After breaking down notes, songs, words, wind and even light you are left with frequencies.

Early artists such as DaVinci and Galileo often used various frequency patterns in there works on churches, one being The Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland visit link. Ernst Chaldni was a musician and physicist, his most well know discovery was vibrational patterns of sand/ salt formatting on plates, they are now known as Chaldni Figures click here to view video. For a more up to date study on cymatics visit link Seeing Sound a thesis written by Stephen Lewis. Evan Grant has a detailed Ted Talk on cymatics and the formation of sound, Making Sound visible through Cymatics. Extensive research into acoustical physics and has been documented by John Stuart Reid, a lecture that was filmed in 2006, please visit link, The Shape of Sound.

Frequencies were discovered by Heinrich Rudolf Hertz whilst writing his dissertation in 1879. Wireless communication is 2.4GHz, the earths frequency is 7.83Hz, according to Winfried Schumann. Discoveries are now being made into sound being used in healthcare, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology using sound to separate cells visit video . In The New scientist 12th April 2013 addition there was a study reported called Sounds Like a Brainwave. January 2014 latest research from Science Daily, Discovery of Quantum Vibrations in Microtubules inside Brain Neurons Supports controversial Theory of Consciousness. Research by Anthony Holland using Frequency to Shatter Cancer Cells can be found here 

At present The University of Bristol, Dept. of Computer Science are making some excited discoveries. Research is being led by Dr Ben long, they are creating 3d virtual touch ultra sound, all this is possible because of frequencies.Please visit link to see video.

All this research backs up my theory that everything has a frequency, and is vibrating in order for the universe to communicate with all and everything, order and chaos in space and time.

I am starting to look at the effects of frequency on the inside of the body I have come across some fascinating research in how our cells communicate through frequency. Take a look at this paper written by Matthias Schneider, Boston University, Can Cells Signal each other via Sound Waves?

Lifes Rhythms by Mickey Hart is a musician and Dr. Adam Gazzaley is a neurologist who have been working with Emotiv to create Brain-Computer Interface which creates rhythms in response to brainwave activity, this kind of research and work really excites me, having an understanding of how the brain works and how someone in a coma state could continue to communicate with outside world is a very exciting advance indeed.

I have begun to have a new and expanded interest in searching into other forms of music such as Binaural Beats, which is rhythm. Scientist Melinda Maxfield, PhD, extensively researched rhythms used during rituals of ancient cultures and found that they generally beat at a steady rate of 4.5 beats per second. This consistent beat induces a trance-like state for tribes, due to the brain shifting into a 4.5 beats-per-second brainwave frequency, which is a  low Theta brainwave state. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of “How God Changes Your Brain” discovered that while we are deep in prayer or meditation, activity in our parietal lobes drops to almost nothing. The parietal lobe is responsible for sensory awareness and orients us in the world. Newberg believes that the drop in activity during meditation and prayer explains that sense of oneness we feel when in a deep meditative state.

For example: if a 200 Hz sound frequency is sent to the left ear, and a 205 Hz to the right ear, the brain will process those two frequencies and perceive a new frequency at 5 Hz. The brain then follows along at the new frequency (5 Hz), producing brainwaves at the same rate of Hertz (Hz). The technical term for this process is ‘frequency following response.

So this shows that even the rhythm of a sound piece has a value on the person’s wellbeing and also how the human ear reproduces the sound to the brain. I have been listening to examples of this work to get an idea, click here for an informative website about this topic.

The Solfiggio Frequencies is another theory I have been looking into, here is a brief description below:

  • UT – 396 Hz – Liberating Guilt and Fear.
  • RE – 417 Hz – Undoing Situations and Facilitating Change.
  • MI – 528 Hz – Transformation and Miracles (DNA Repair)
  • FA – 639 Hz – Connecting/Relationships.
  • SOL – 741 Hz – Awakening Intuition.
  • LA – 852 Hz – Returning to Spiritual Order.

Each frequency has a spiritual purpose. The UT,RE,MI,FA,SOL,LA is a singing scale and each note is sung using the correct syllables. It is a diatonic musical scale and singing exercise.

Through my research into Daphne Oram, Max Mathews and Brian Eno I discovered they all have in past used a technique where they use data, and markers to create the sounds they developed, for more info on this please click here 

Whilst reading through Lab Times I came across an article Musical Biology, Turning Data into Sound which is what Daphne Oram, Max Mathews and also Brian Eno have been doing. This is definatly a technique and process i will be using in my work in the near future.

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