Copyright 2006 Tania French
One of the most common questions I get asked is this:
I’m really impressed with your explanations about the effects of music on all aspects of life. One term confuses me, though. What is high frequency music?
If you have time to answer, I would greatly appreciate it.
Dennis, have you ever entered a room that has a weird or uncomfortable feeling about it? You might just be getting uncomfortable because of low frequency sound waves.
The lowest of those are called infrasound. Theyre produced by machines like vehicles, household equipment and heating and cooling systems. It’s been known for some time that these low frequency waves can cause symptoms such as nausea, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, vibration of internal organs and a feeling of oppression.
On the other hand, certain high frequency sounds literally energize your mind. Scientists have found that sounds from 5,000 to 8,000 hertz recharge your brains batteries.
So which music qualifies in that range?
If your CD collection includes music by Mozart, Baroque Music or even Tibetan Chants, keep listening because in numerous studies, these sounds have been found to charge the cortex of the brain and stimulate health and wellness.
Then there is the really low audible 120-125 hertz range. This is where you begin to hear the kick drums and bass guitars common to rock music. These lower frequencies produce the opposite effect – they drain us.
Why is this?
Because they have wave-lengths longer than we are tall, which is why lower frequencies are FELT as well as heard. You can feel this low frequency full-body sensation at dance clubs and rock concerts. Or from listening to many FM radio stations.
Listening to motivational CDs and inspiring music has the same effect. The great thing about music is that it can be on in the background, while youre at the computer or in the kitchen or driving or washing your car and youll still be affected.
Thats what innumerable studies are showing about playing classical music in the background for all sorts of tasks. So far, its been a clear mind performance enhancing tool. What more can you ask for. Especially since CDs can be played over and over again. Its not edible, like vitamins, so you wont have to keep replenishing your supply.
This is a no-brainer if there ever was one.
Since the media mostly exposes you to low frequency sounds, I strongly suggest that you balance your brain and body by listening to high frequency classical music at least once a day. Its easy and effortless and great for you.
Think of it as nourishing brain food – it’s that powerful!