Archive for the ‘F is for Frequency’ Category

Sound is a Bionutrient

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

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During the 1930s, Dr. Royal Rife is said to have conducted experiments where he isolated frequencies he suggested could cure cancer. Although these experiments could never be replicated, and are viewed as pseudomedicine by the scientific majority, today the use of frequencies to heal are currently underway due to advancements in science.

For instance:

According to The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill report that heat generated by radio waves erases most pre-cancerous cells associated with chronic acid reflux, providing an alternative to surgery.

At the Institute of Cancer Research, in partnership with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, the Therapeutic Ultrasound Team is doing research on the basic science behind the use of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for the treatment of cancers of the liver and kidney. The basic principle of HIFU is that high-power ultrasound beam at a focused distance is used to rapidly heat tissue to temperatures which result in cell death.
via The Institute of Cancer Research

Digital Biology

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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Digital Biology is the digitization of biological activities for diagnostics and detection. Anything that has a frequency can be digitally recorded by recording the specific spectrum of frequencies of an agent. As digital files, any biological activity can be transmitted electronically, for example as a .wav file. Health and medical applications range from the detection of viruses, bioterrorism, to the digitization of pharmaceuticals.

In a conversation with Sputnik Observatory, the late biologist and digital biology advocate Jacques Benveniste explains:

The immediate goal is towards the diagnostic side, since I could put one of these boxes any place in the world—if there is a solar battery and a little modem with a satellite, you can send a biological agent to a central laboratory to analyze it. For example, I could very well take tests from this room, put it in a detector, send it to my lab in France, and within one hour they will tell me if there is that bug, or that bug, or that bug there. That is the real progress. In fact, because we are talking about that, I believe that we are going to offer this kind of possibility to people dealing with bioterrorism because that is the ultimate detection device. That will detect absolutely everything, not only bacteria but viruses, anything that has a frequency associated to it would be detected by this kind of device.
—Jacques Benveniste, Biologist, Immunologist, sptnk 0:17:22:11

Magnify Nature and Listen Inside

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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I decided to go out and see what are the rhythms and the melodies that are emanating from our landscape? What is its wavelength? What is its rhythmic structure? And I didn’t know it then, but what I was exploring was fractal rhythms and melodies; the kind of sounds and rhythms and melodies that nature made. I’m very interested in real time and what’s going on right at the moment, and how you can change its resonance so that it becomes observable – how you can take in a fractal flow like water and rhythms, if you can find a very pure element to put in, a single overtone series to be activated, for instance by a probe, then the water is basically playing the violin.
Bruce Odland, Composer, Sound Artist, from a conversation with Sputnik Observatory

Are We Building a Society Out of Tune?

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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There is an unstoppable hum that is emitted by the Industrial Age soundscape in which we live. Sometimes the sound is subtle, like the hum of our refrigerators and computers, and sometimes it’s deafening like a screeching car alarm.

The National Institutes of Health reports, “Nonauditory effects of noise exposure are those effects that don’t cause hearing loss but still can be measured, such as elevated blood pressure, loss of sleep, increased heart rate, cardiovascular constriction, labored breathing, and changes in brain chemistry.” Moreover, the site states: “According to the WHO Guidelines for Community Noise, these health effects, in turn, can lead to social handicap, reduced productivity, decreased performance in learning, absenteeism in the workplace and school, increased drug use, and accidents.”

In conversations with Sputnik Observatory, Bill Buchen, sonic architect and artist Robert Adrian X discuss our changing urban soundscape:

The soundscape has changed a lot in my lifetime alone, and the main thing has been cell phones and fluorescent lights. Usually, in North America it comes down to 60 cycles, or some fraction of that. Like 60 x 4 equals 240, or 480, because this is the 60 cycle hum of our lives. If we’re sitting in a room, we don’t hear it all the time, but the fans are going at 60 cycles, the electric grid is, and so this has become our mantra as a society. So, wherever we go, we’ll always have this 60 cycle hum as a tamboura, a tonic note in our lives, and we run our lives according to it.
—Bill Buchen, Sonic Architect, sptnk 0:01:98:21

In an urban environment, you have all kinds of sounds which are constantly collaging – other people’s lives and experiences going on all around you. You have the radio, the neighbors radio. You never hear anything alone. In a way, collaging is a useful way of understanding what has happened in our culture with technical media producing all kinds of extra-natural events. Then the question comes up, “Is this nature too?”
—Robert Adrian X, Artist, sptnk 0:32:20:00

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Positively Left

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

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For the past several years Richard Davidson and his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been studying brain activity in Tibetan monks, both in meditative and non-meditative states.

Davidson’s group had shown earlier that people who are inclined to fall prey to negative emotions displayed a pattern of persistent activity in regions of their right prefrontal cortex.

In those with more positive temperaments, the activity occurred in the left prefrontal cortex instead.

When Davidson ran the experiment on a senior Tibetan lama skilled in meditation, the lama’s baseline of activity proved to be much farther to the left of anyone previously tested.

Davidson recently tested the prefrontal activity in some volunteers from a high-tech company in Wisconsin. One group of volunteers then received eight weeks of training in meditation, while a control group did not. All the participants also received flu shots.

By the end of the study, those who had meditated showed a pronounced shift in brain activity toward the left, “happier,” frontal cortex. The meditators also showed a healthier immune response to the flu shot, suggesting that the training affected the body’s health as well as that of the mind.

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God Vibrations

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

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The brain produces electromagnetic waves based on the functions of the neurons in the brain.

A study of 40 participants, including Christians, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists, showed the same areas lit up when they were asked to ponder religious and moral problems. MRI scans revealed the regions that were activated are those used every day to interpret the feelings and intentions of other people.

via Daily Mail
more from Scientific American

40 Hz: Adjust Your Frequency

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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Some scientists suggest that the fast, coherent EEG rhythm called “gamma” or “40 Hertz” is implicated in cognition, as it may play a role in binding together features of objects. It’s also suggested that this rhythm is important for consciousness.

In the book Fast Oscillations in Cortical Circuits, the authors Roger D. Traub, Miles Whittington and John Jefferys present suggestive evidence implicating the dysfunction of gamma rhythms in Alzheimer’s disease, and note the implications for memory and brain functions from switching from gamma to beta frequencies.

Physicist Danah Zohar, in a conversation with Sputnik Observatory, discussed the possible link of consciousness and 40 Hertz:

They think they have now found a neural basis of consciousness itself. It’s something called “40-Hz oscillation.” 40-Hz is forty cycles per second, and it makes a sound about two octaves below middle C, so it’s the sound of a rich bass playing, maybe Bach’s Cello Suites or something like that, if you could hear the brain buzzing away. They don’t know that this is where consciousness comes from, that’s almost a mystical question, “Does this mean that that’s where consciousness begins because the brain is waving?” But they do know whenever we are conscious these 40-Hz oscillations are happening.
—Danah Zohar, Physicist, sptnk 0:05:15:24

Can DNA Sing?

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

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Tune into DNA-radio. Two German biotech experts are translating the entire human genome to audio files and streaming it on the web.

After creating pictures from the human DNA code, the DNA Rainbow group converted the data to audio. The idea is quite simple: every base is read and broadcasted, converting it to a color.

“With DNA-Radio, we don’t visualize the chromosome, we sonify it and have now completed a full audio-visual DNA representation of human chromosomes. It’s like radio, everybody listening hears the same code at the same time, the audio never gets repeated.”

It will take about 23.5 years or so until all code has been distributed over the internet.


Frozen Music

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

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In the 1970s, Hans Jenny, artist, scientist, inventor and designer conducted sound experiments to see the mathematical patterns hidden in nature. His work is called Cymatics. Remarkably, Jenny’s research showed that the geometric patterns we see in nature are produced by sound—that the geometric patterns we see in nature are really sonic equations. Sound is the blueprint of form. Essentially, Jenny exhibited that all design is really frozen music.

Jill Purce, sound healer and Lee Smolin, theoretical physicist, discussed how sound creates form with the Sputnik Observatory:

I saw the patterns produced in matter, in vibration, that was the result of the Swiss doctor, Hans Jenny. He did a lot of very extraordinary experiments using all kinds of different form and matter. He used different liquids in different viscosities and different sounds, different forms of powder, lycopodium powder, that’s a very fine spore and magnetic substance, and he put them on vibrating plates and then he subjected them to different kinds of sounds. These chaotic films, heaps and piles—gradually with the introduction of sound—take on and stabilize into these extremely complex sonic patterns, which are indeed the patterns we see around us in nature. It was seeing this that made me realize that you can really understand the coming into being of form through sound in this way.
—Jill Purce, Sound Healer, sptnk, 0:22:43:08

If you have a drum and you hit the drum, you hear some frequency of vibrations from the drum. Now suppose the drum is stretched in some strange shape, then the sound of the drum would change. You could ask the question, “If you heard the drum, could you reproduce the shape of the drumhead?” The answer turns out to be, “Yes, there’s a way to reproduce the shape of the drumhead from the sound of the drum.” The sound of the drum is some spectrum of vibrations.
—Lee Smolin, Theoretical Physicist, sptnk, 0:17:43:00

Acoustic Perception

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

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Sound is:


The power of sound is being explored by artists, architects, authors, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, health practitioners, inventors, philosophers, physicists, scientists and thinkers around the world.

Futurist and author Kodwo Eshun in a conversation with Sputnik Observatory:

“The futurists invented the idea of lines of force; the idea that any object radiates a field of attraction and a field of force around it. They really understood acoustic space very early on. When (Marshall) McLuhan talked about acoustic space, what he meant was a space that you hear, not a space that you see. So that space was more in the round, because humans can hear behind their ears and hear around corners, we can hear in 360 degrees. You can hear behind your head. You have infinitely peripheral hearing. McLuhan was fascinated by this because he thought that it meant that if you could understand acoustic perception, then you could see a totally new way of understanding the world.” —Kodwo Eshun, Author, More Brilliant Than The Sun, Architectronics, sptnk, 0:50:20:23