Music and Your Health – The Relevance of Concert Pitch (432hz)
By Patrick Thilmany (The Association of North American Waldorf Music Educators)
The earliest conventions of Western music held that “Music on earth was a reflection of the greater ‘music of the spheres’, a harmony created by relative distances and rates of motions of the planets – a harmony that was constantly present, if only people were sufficiently sensitive to hear it” (Yudkin, Jeremy, Music in Medieval Europe, 1989). If we as individuals can identify with the concepts presented in this statement, and we accept that we as human beings are multifaceted creatures who must live in harmony with our environment in order to maintain our health and reach our full potential, we can begin to see into the secrets of music and its impact on our health.
Such a philosophy would indicate that music should be based in nature and the cosmic rhythms of the universe, if it is to be beneficial to humanity. From this standpoint one can extrapolate that the standard used to determine concert pitch should have an organic foundation as well. One theory of setting the standard for a concert A at 432 Hz attempts to utilize the argument that 432 Hz is based in nature. This theory would indicate by deduction that 440 Hz would then lend itself to generating an unhealthy effect in the environment. To be sure, this debate becomes a very heady and esoteric conversation. Some of the more radical proponents of 432 Hz as the true basis for concert pitch would indicate that everything in nature has a basis in 432 vibrations per second. One realm of nature that does support the idea that 432 Hz has an organic basis – that is the movement of the sun. Without going into a lengthy technical monologue we can ascertain that the note C of a scale based on 432 Hz can be reduced to a vibration rate of one vibration per second. We can further establish that the true origination for the measure of one second is based on the movement of the sun. There are further, more in depth, studies based on planetary motion and the harmonic overtones and undertones which do lend further support to the “organic” basis of 432 Hz as a solid foundation for musical structure. The tuning of a scale based on 440 Hz does not lend itself to a reduction on any basis which corresponds to a cosmic movement or rhythm. The difference between 440 Hz and 432 Hz is only 8 vibrations per second, but it is a perceptible difference in the human experience.
There are many other great wonders that 432 Hz phases into. Look at the Buddhist temple of Borobudur, in Java. At Borobudur there is a Pyramid of Mt. Meru. Meru is the world and universal mountain created by the Vedic original Germinating god, Manu, as he descended into this universe and planet. Bringing with him S-AUM-A (the plant from which the elixir of immortality is made) and Banana’s. Meru is considered to be the Sonic mandala of creation: the Shri Yantra, likened to a sonic holographic plate that upholds this universe, like a Diamond. Instigated by the living Word AUM an interesting Vedic creation “myth”, but can a sound made from a series of syllables makes a mandalic or holographic pattern? Dr. Lawrence Blair demonstrated on a tonographer (a sensitized sound plate which vibrates sand to show the wave form pattern of the sound) that the sound AUM, when sung correctly by a Tibetan monk, indeed does make this pattern of the Shri Yantra in the resonated sand. Which itself is astounding and reveals an ancient musical science. The Borobudur Meru Pyramid naturally thus would have 72 stupa’s, and there are, of course, 432 Buddha statues at this site. In this coming Age, when musical instruments are tuned at 432 cycles per second, no matter how hard the music might be, it will be harmonics that are produced. It will be healthy for the body, tuning the body, vibrating in fractal harmonics with the DNA helix sound matrix of life itself.
Those DNA helixes are musical instruments that are constantly receiving MHz of electricity and the audial currents, which require sound. If that sound is dis-harmonic, a DNA starts to resonate to external disharmonies. Should the external resonating tune sources, in a person of old age that has their DNA viruses resonating to the outside, become harmonic (such as a 432 Hz based music, with all of the over- and undertones of 432) — then the DNA viruses will remember their coherent PHI-like spiral shape And possibly form of regeneration, Since 8 Hz in DNA replication has been described by Scientific American (March 1965, p 28), to be behaving as a room temperature superconductor, the use of sound may enable such genetic alchemy.
A440 is an arbitrary standard. The American Federation of Musicians accepted the A440 as standard pitch in 1917. It was then accepted by the U.S. government its standard in 1920 and it was not until 1939 that this pitch was accepted internationally. Before recent times a variety of tunings were used. It has been suggested by James Furia and others that A432 be the standard. A432 was often used by classical composers and results in a tuning of the whole number frequencies that are connected to numbers used in the construction of a variety of ancient works and sacred sites, such as the Great Pyramid of Egypt. The controversy over tuning still rages, with proponents of A432 or C256 as being more natural tunings than the current standard.
Arithmetic Relating to the Number 432
Diameters of the Sun and Moon
The diameter of the sun is 864,000 miles (2 x 432). The diameter of the moon is 2160 miles (432 / 2).
Comment – If these measurements were not as they are, we would not experience a total eclipse of the sun. These ratios and numbers, combined with the cycle of the Precession of the Equinoxes of the Earth at 25,920 years (60×432), form an astounding coincidence, at the very least. Despite popular opinion that there may be billions and billions of worlds in the Universe, the odds are billions and billions to one that any such ratios prevail anywhere else.
A healthy, athletic adult at rest has a heart rate of 60 beats to the minute. 60 X 60 minutes X 24 hours = 86,400 beats per day.
Comment – This may be one of the reasons why the number 60 is so common in metrology. It also gives humans a special relationship to the cosmos, in the sense that it links a fundamental physiological property of the human species to the cosmic geometry symbolized by the number 432.
Precession of the Equinoxes
The Earth’s axis is inclined at 23.5 degrees to the plane of its elliptical orbit around the sun. As the Earth rotates it experiences precession, like the wobbling of a top. This wobble causes the direction of the north celestial pole to change in a circular path over time. This motion is called precession of the equinoxes and occurs in a full cycle every 25,920 years (60 x 432).
Comment – In 14,000 A.D. Vega, not Polaris, will be the “North Star”.