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This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such phone-tapping tales as:

- Sinister Happenings Forced UFO Hunter To Give Up -

- A Poltergeist in Bhutan -

-Man Encounters Seven-Foot Tall Alien Mantis-

AND: The 440 Hz Conspiracy

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By Tim Swartz, Tim Beckley,  Sean Casteel, Prof. Stephen Fenley,
Scott Corrales, Joseph Foster, Harry Drew, and others


Over 20 of the world's leading UFOlogists establish  that humans have done battle with aliens over and over again, shooting at them, molesting them, hitting them, running them over,  unleashing dogs upon them, and injuring -- and even killing them -- though any means possible, as humans try to combat their fear of the unknown.

In many instances the aliens have fought back. They have sought revenge, and more often than not, gotten it.   Here are over a hundred reports of the strangest close encounters with humanoids who use force to defend themselves -- such as the case of the NY hunter whose rifle was ripped from his hands, the shotgun barrel twisted, and than handed back to him. There is also the crash landing of a UFO in Kingman, AZ which involved 8 UFOs positioning themselves in the sky in combat position, apparently returning to find any  survivors of their doomed craft, and to protect themselves in doing so.  


The second part of the book's "mission," is to disprove the concept held by  many that African Americans are not prone to have UFO experiences or to hold a belief or interest in the subject. One contributor, Prof. Stephen Finley of the University of Louisiana, explains how UFOs are part of the overall "Black experience" of many African Americans. Most of his fans do not realize that Muhammad Ali had over 21 UFO sightings. A friend of researcher Tim Beckley, the late Champ explains why he was so taken up with the subject, being a part of his spiritual beliefs.

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Sinister Happenings Forced UFO Hunter To Give Up
By Mike Lockley

Brian Leathley-Andrew chronicled reports of a plethora of strange craft in the late 1960s. Press cuttings at the time suggest that, in the Swinging Sixties, the truth was definitely out there – and lurking in the skies over the West Midlands.

But his work made shadowy figures in the halls of power twitchy, Brian – who now refers to himself as Lord Brian Leathley-Andrew – believes.

They were concerned, he reckons, that he’d tripped upon dark technology being developed in secret locations. Now 71 and living in Bedworth, Warwickshire, the former electrical engineer says: “Society is being watched by the Department of Them. Say hello to System X.

“Quite clearly, I had problems with phone tapping, bloody crude phone tapping. You could hear the click.

“There were too many people looking, in hindsight.”

It has been more than 50 years since Brian turned his back on the UFO bureau and his interest in Close Encounters has diminished.

“These days I’m retired,” he admits. “I struggle to find time to tie my shoelaces.”

But he’s convinced of the validity of some of the sightings, even if work was sometimes bogged down by hoaxers.

He is also adamant that Big Brother was, indeed, watching – and listening in. His personal security, even safety, he says, were compromised.

“There were a lot of mickey-takers,” he admits. “One man sent me pictures of a UFO.

“It was the lid of exactly the same handcream my wife used. The jar was there on the table in front of me.”

Half a century on, the work of Brian’s bureau lives on through the yellowed archives of our sister newspaper, The Coventry Telegraph.

On December 3, 1968, Brian publicly admitted he was a scared man. Under the banner headline “Worried UFO Man Gives Up”, he announced the organisation’s closure.
In the bombshell article, Brian alleged:

– He had been watched by a man with a glowing orange face;
– His phone cut off whenever he attempted to talk about UFOs;
– He had a phone message from a caller “speaking unusual English”.

“I have given this thing up and destroyed all the papers,” he told the Telegraph. “There have been happenings which have worried me and frightened my wife.”

For Brian, the alarm bells rang while repairing his mother’s car.

“Suddenly, I noticed a man standing by the next door garage,” he told the paper. “Nobody had been there before.

“His face was glowing orange. As I watched, the face changed to that of an old man before my eyes. Then he turned and walked away.

“You could not describe the first face in normal terms. It had eyes, nose and mouth in the proper places – but not of the shape that we associate with the human figure.”

Soon afterwards, a visit to a fellow UFO watcher in Stoke was strangely scuppered.

“All the lights in the house suddenly dimmed as though a huge electrical load had been put in the circuit,” he said.

“This will happen once in a while normally, but it kept on happening. This is most unusual.

“All this started two days after I opened my bureau. I want to publicly warn all teenage hobbyists that this is nothing to dabble in lightly.”

Judging by the flood of reports, Brian was in the right place to experience extra-terrestrial activity. At the time, the Coventry Telegraph carried page after page of sightings.

And he was not alone in being gripped by ET fever. He believes the flood of sightings coincided with experimental research by the Government. The Rolls Royce factory was nearby, he pointed out.

Coventry folk – even city policemen – were experiencing close encounters on a daily basis.

The dramatic reports can best be described as “of their time”. Frankly, some of the Coventry Telegraph reporters seem to have approached the topic with tongue firmly in cheek.

For example…

“UFO Became A Mum” (September 28, 1968): “A flying saucer which gave birth over Willenhall has been reported to the Unidentified Flying Object Information Centre of Mr Brian Leathley-Andrew.

“An eye-witness phoned Mr Leathley-Andrew to report that the mother UFO was a giant sphere-like object seen in 1953. Sparks came from the underside of the UFO which gave birth to a small sphere. The incident was seen by people in a bus queue near Willenhall traffic island.”

And there’s more…

“Flying Saucers Not A Load of Tripe” (September 24, 1968): “Flying saucers were the greatest mystery of our time and should not be dismissed as a load of tripe, Mr Wilf Grunau told Nuneaton Rotary Club.

“Mr Grunau is managing director of the Awson Motor Carriage Company which has works at Solihull and Nuneaton. Mankind, he said, had been seeing strange things in the sky since the beginning of recorded history. Mr Grunau spoke of making two sightings himself over Coventry through binoculars. He said: ‘As a result, I believe in UFOs. All I can repeat is UFOs must be piloted by beings from other worlds or else they are a natural phenomena in our atmosphere’.”

And yet more…

“Saucer Over City Say Women” (March 31, 1969): “Two Coventry women believe there may have been a flying saucer over the city during the weekend after they were woken by an ‘unearthly’ high-pitched whining accompanied by a glowing light.

“‘I have been over all the possibilities and that is the only explanation I can think of,’ said 28-year-old Patricia Hughes.”

‘Do not be too sceptical about UFOs’

Back in the 1960s and early 1970s members of the constabulary were less shy about admitting they had seen UFOs.

After all, the whole nation were closet believers.

On February 24, 1971, four bobbies gave their story to the Coventry Telegraph.

It reported: “PC Brian Hewitt of B sub-division said: ‘We were attending a job in Lythall’s Lane at 6.15am when we all saw a strange object in the sky.

“‘It was not a meteorite or anything like that. There were three single white lights in the sky over the Nuneaton area and moving at a great spread in a westerly direction towards Birmingham. They then turned northwards.

“‘They were at the height of about two miles and the lights did not belong to the same object because they were so far apart. They appeared to be in formation.

“‘They were also travelling at a tremendous speed because an aircraft flying at, say, 600mph at that height would appear to be going very slowly.

“‘I don’t know what they could have been. I don’t believe in flying saucers or anything like that and I have tried to look at it in a reasoned way. I have checked with air traffic control at Birmingham Airport and the first aircraft to land there was later than the time we saw those lights. I cannot explain it.’”

Such was the space fever that the police actually appealed for UFO sightings.

On January 4, 1972, Warwickshire police sergeant Mike Davies told the Telegraph: “Don’t be too sceptical about UFOs.

“I ask people to whom sightings are reported to listen to what is said. Then they can deduce what the object was not, and speculate what it was. I believe there is something beyond our comprehension and our technology.

“The tendency is to take a few statements and then to make a sweeping statement about what an object was. People are too prepared to dismiss the subject.”

The officer added: “I have yet to be convinced that some information about UFOs is not withheld by the authorities.

“But supposing there was a statement that we were being invaded by people from another planet, what do you think the reaction of the public would be?”

Source: Anomalien


A Poltergeist in Bhutan
By Cropster

A fascinating poltergeist case in late 2019 had the Cropster packed and ready to head to Bhutan, a stunningly beautiful country tucked away in the eastern Himalayas between India and China.

For various reasons the trip never happened. As Covid19 was just about to hit big-time it was probably for the best, but I was deeply disappointed. The case was fascinating and I’d been waiting over 20 years since Humpty Doo to see another stone-throwing poltergeist in action.

The original story was written in December 2019 by Kuensel Online journalist, Rajesh Rai. Kuensel is the national newspaper of the Kingdom of Bhutan and it features regional news reports in the English language. Some of the photos in this post were kindly provided by the very helpful Rajesh Rai and they remain his copyright.

Rajesh’s article described how a stone throwing ghost had returned to terrorise the Ghalley family from Sombek village in Sangachholing, Samtse. The Samtse district is in remote south-western Bhutan, very close to the Indian border and politically quite a sensitive area.

The paranormal pelting had commenced on the night of November 19, when Sunil Ghalley, 15, and his grandfather Bhagilal Ghalley, 76, were sleeping in a remote cattle hut. Around 7 pm, stones started to hit their roof. Startled, they made their way to a nearby relative’s hut but the pelting continued. Now genuinely scared, they went to a nearby village for the night.

The next day Sunil’s father, Sabir Ghalley, arrived at their grazing land and was shocked when the stones began to fall again around 3.30 pm. Sabir and Sunil then moved again to a relative’s hut only to be hit with even larger stones.

“Something was chasing us. It followed us all the way,” Sabir said.

The next day, 21 November, the stone pelting began at 7 a.m. Even weirder, household pots and pans were thrown out into the open.

Local villagers observed that incidents only seemed to happen only when young Sunil was around. Sunil had recently dropped out of school after his family had claimed he had “special powers” and that he had occasionally fallen into a trance-like state.

In one startling incident, Sunil and his Uncle were returning home from a market in a vehicle with several other people and all the windows closed when stones began to hit young Sunil inside the car. It seems clear that whatever was happening, young Sunil was at the centre of it.

Bhutan is a deeply religious country, with religion embedded in almost all aspects of Bhutanese life. Whilst largely Buddhist, shamanism still is a strong force in many rural and regional areas. While practices vary, the shaman’s role is typically to act as medium between the people and what they believe must be any aggrieved spirit and work out how they can be appeased. Well, that’s the plan, anyway.

When the first shaman appeared in Sombek he was immediately struck by a flying stone. Feeling the situation demanded more spiritual firepower, he departed to consult with his master and gather reinforcements. Soon after 10 monks and a lam (a senior monk) arrived at the village to conduct rituals. At one time, there were more than 40 people in the Ghalley home but to everyone’s astonishment, stones kept raining on the roof. Village coordinator Khadka Singh Ghalley confirmed that stones had fallen during the monks ceremony.

“I am yet to understand what it is,” he said.

Sher Bahadur Ghalley, a shaman based in nearby Sipsu, spoke to the family and was sent one of the stones.

“This stone sparked and became like a magnet when I put it on a bronze plate for a ritual,” he told Rajesh. “Then I knew there was something wrong and decided to go to Sombek.”

The startled shaman felt sure he had an explanation for the puzzling pelting – it was all because of Sabir’s great grandfather. “He was a great shaman but had renounced shamanism to become a sadhu,” he said. A sadhu is a religious ascetic that has renounced a worldly life and dedicated themselves to seeking enlightenment.

According to Sher Bahadur Ghalley, Sabir’s grandfather had not been able to become an accomplished sadhu. When he died, his family had not conducted the correct death rites and that was why he was haunting the family.

The stones had continued to fall from November 19 up to November 29.
On December 3, another shaman visited the family’s house to conduct rituals and the incidents ceased. Journalist Rajesh Rai also arrived in Sombek on the same day. While he didn’t observe any stones falling, everyone he spoke to in the village was convinced the case was genuine.

“I met every everyone in the family and they had the same story” he told me. “I met some religious (people), local leaders, and their relatives, their neighbors, and they all had the same thing to say… they saw stones coming out of nowhere, you know, from the ground at times… and (they) struck on the roof.”

The quiet was temporary. On December 4, Sabir’s grandmother Man Kumari Ghalley was hit on the temple by a stone.

All fired up after speaking with the enthusiastic and helpful Rajesh in mid December, I started making plans to get to Bhutan. From Sydney, it’s around 12 hours flying time, through Bangkok then onto Paro in Bhutan. Getting to Sombek from the capital was really tricky, around 9 hours driving on largely dirt roads with the last 2 or 3 hours requiring a four wheel drive.

Travel time aside, visiting Bhutan is not a simple exercise. Access is strictly controlled and all bookings must be made via a Bhutanese tour operator or their partner. Tourists must pay USD$250 per day – in advance – for their package and must be accompanied by a registered local guide.

In addition, some parts of the country are simply off limits, Sombek included as I was eventually to find out. The government authorities I contacted were polite but very firm – it simply was not possible to visit that district as a tourist. After about a week of emails I surrendered to the inevitable. I wasn’t going to get permission and the case was going to have to run its course without me.

It appears the stone throwing at Sombek continued into 2020. When I emailed Rajesh in April 2020, he said he had been told by the head of the village that the stoning had finally ceased after a shaman was brought in two times to conduct rituals.

A year later and I still have mixed feelings about the case. I understand and respect the Bhutanese desire to protect their unique culture, but I do regret losing the opportunity to investigate an active stone throwing poltergeist. In global sense they are not that rare, so post-COVID there’s a good chance another active case will turn up in Africa, India or South-east Asia that I can get too.

Perhaps one day I’ll also get the chance to visit Bhutan and meet Sunil Ghalley. I imagine he would have an interesting story to tell.

Source: The Fortean


"Ghost" Plane Sighted over Derbyshire UK

A Derbyshire couple claim to have seen a phantom Avro Lancaster bomber in the skies above Chatsworth that vanished mid-flight into what appeared to be thin air.

The mystery aircraft was seen flying above the stately home and its grounds during the summer by Christine and Robin Gardner.

The couple recognised the famous Second World War bomber, and its distinctive sound, but were left scratching their heads as the noise of its great four engines fell silent.

Now the couple have come forward in a bid to try and unravel the truth behind what they saw that day.

Christine, 74, from South Derbyshire, said: "On August 18, I was parked up in Carlton Lees car park near the Garden Centre with my husband and a friend. Between 2pm and 2.30pm we returned to the car park and sat down to enjoy a picnic.

"Suddenly, directly in front of us at tree top height we heard the noise of an engine. We didn't hear it coming - it was just instant.

"We looked up and all three of us saw a Lancaster bomber. It dipped its wings, continued at tree top height and turned as if to fly down the valley, but the Lancaster just suddenly disappeared and the noise of the engines ceased."

The couple made inquiries with Chatsworth and the local council to see if a Lancaster had flown in the area that day, but never had any confirmation.

There are only 17 surviving Lancaster bombers in the world, but only two of them are able to fly.

Christine and Robin are sure they saw the famous war plane, but say no one else believes them.

Christine said: "We know what we saw and it was so real but no-one ever believes us.

"Surely someone else must have seen the Lancaster or heard it. It only appeared for less than a minute, but made such an impact on us."

Others have come forward to say that over the last two decades, around Chatsworth and the Peak District, they too have witnessed the same kind of plane overhead.

Pam Brooks said: "I, too, saw this 'ghost plane' about 17 years ago when we were driving through the Chatsworth estate.

"It was at about top of tree height and partially obscured by the tops of the trees but it suddenly appeared at the side of me and actually made me duck in the car as it seemed so close and very real and then it was gone!

"My husband, unfortunately didn't see it but was very startled when I ducked and said something like, Blimey, did you see that plane, it was so low and close! I'm not sure he believed me at the time but has since read reports such as yours and has been persuaded."

However, some skeptics have also been in touch with their own theories and explanations as to what the couple may have seen.

According to a sky-scanner app, on the day of August 18 at 2:40pm a Hercules Lockheed C-130 RAF aircraft was flying nearby over Lincoln, and with top speeds of 592 km per hour it is likely this plane was flying over the stately home at the time Christine and Robin spotted it.

The Hercules are based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire but routinely fly across the UK in training and routine missions.

In 2018, there were a flood of reports of ghost plane sightings across Derbyshire. Witnesses claimed to have spotted a dark-coloured war plane, flying silently through the sky.

There were reports that it came in from the Peak District as well as Ripley, Hilton, Hope, Matlock and Ambergate.

Afterwards, the RAF stated that it was their belief that it was a Hercules C-130 that had been seen.

However, one historian uncovered that a Vickers Wellington crashed while attempting to force land on the June 11, 1943 at Chatsworth Park while on a day training flight from Cottesmore.

The Vickers Wellington was a twin-engined long range medium bomber that were designed in 1930 and used in World War II.

So maybe it WAS a ghost plane, just not a Lancaster Bomber.

Source: Derby Telegraph


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Man Encounters Seven-Foot Tall Alien Mantis

A cyclist says he fled from an "evil" seven-foot tall telepathic alien mantis and has drawn a picture of the bizarre creature for the Daily Star.

Paul Froggatt, 26, likened his terrifying ordeal to a spider eating a fly on a " David Attenborough documentary".

The shaggy-haired warehouse worker insisted he was not on booze or drugs as he shared his sketch of the ET with the Daily Star.

He told of how he fled after stumbling across the creature as he cycled home through woodland in Warwick.

Paul said: "It sounds crazy but I felt I could sense its feelings towards me and it was just like pure alien hatred.

"You know when you're watching a David Attenborough documentary and you see a spider eating a fly and just a malevolent sense of evil?"

He said he was forced to quit his job after sceptical colleagues dubbed him the "Mantis man of Warwick".

But Paul added he had been left traumatised and now struggles to sleep after cycling through Oakwood and Blacklow Spinney – shortly after finishing a 12-hour shift shift at a dog food warehouse on July 16 last year.

He said: "On a Thursday morning at 5am I was cycling home from work and I saw something odd in the sky. It was a glowing orange sphere just hovering on the horizon.

"At first I thought it must be Venus or a satellite but it seemed to be much closer than either of these things.

"I stopped on my way to take some photos – the object looked a fair bit bigger in person than visible in the photos.

"This is when the object started to move around and rotate in shape. I could see it was circular with a part sticking out from the main body.

"When this started I got the chills down my back and felt like there was something wrong here, I hurried on my way home.

"As I kept cycling I could swear the object was moving along my course but I just told myself it must be some kind of optical illusion.

"I entered a wooded area and lost sight of the object through the trees. Usually at this time of morning there is a chorus of bird song and insects but the woods were dead silent."

He continued: "As I cycled down the path I came around a bend I saw something I will never forget.

"Standing a few meters ahead is what I can only describe as a humanoid praying mantis.

"This thing was at-least 7 foot tall, light green with triangular head and big oval black eyes. It had all the features of a mantis but stood on two legs and had a somehow human like shape about it.

"I was completely frozen with fear. For what felt like an age – but was probably only seconds – I stared into this creature's eyes and it stared back.

"I felt like it could read my mind and I could read its.

"My fear was replaced with completely alien thoughts of utter hatred and evil I felt projected from this thing.

"I suddenly snapped out of this hypnotic kind of state and it made a step back as if it was gonna pounce on me."

Source: Daily Star


Brownies of Bangor

There follows a peculiar little story, from 1909, which has certainly not got the attention that it deserves from fairyists or from students of mass hysteria.  Bangor, for those outside the UK, is a pretty town in North Wales. Brownies, meanwhile, are solitary fairies, typically, associated with houses in the north of England and parts of Scotland, NOT Wales. Note though that the word had been popularized by the late 1800s, above all, by the appallingly twee Juliana Horatio Ewing, who lent the word to Baden Powell, who used it for his girl guide movement. In any case, back to Bangor and let’s travel to the cemetery there.

Bangor people probably never realised before that the town contained such a number of children as were visible about eight o’clock, gambolling and shouting in both fear and delight in a disused cemetery in the middle of the town. The attraction (a correspondent writes) was a story which spread among the juveniles, though their elders had heard nothing of it, to the effect that little men with big eyes and long ears had been seen playing amongst the tombstones, and with one accord the children in hundreds trooped gaily to the cemetery and searched eagerly for the ‘brownies.’ Needless to say none of the fairies was seen, but the children, with shrieks and cries, searched every nook and corner of the old cemetery, peeping fearfully round every tombstone and under the dark yew trees. At last the din became so great that the police had to chase the children out of the enclosure.

This extract appeared in the Manchester Guardian (19 May) and it would be better to have a North Walian version to rely on.  For example, was the word ‘brownie’  really used by the Bangor children or is this a Mancunian gloss (note that brownies were not traditionally found in Manchester either)? There is also the rather unusual description of big eyes (of course, folklore has lots of creatures with ‘eyes as big as saucers’) and more curiously ‘long ears’. It would be interesting to know when long ears enter fairylore: Beach is guessing post Tolkien with the influence of Spock cementing the change? drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com BTW, if you like stories of human folly try this link for elvish cosmetic surgery.

However, the single most fascinating thing here, at least for Beach, is the striking parallel with a famous Leprechaun case from Liverpool, 1964. There too children went mad looking for solitary fairies, one if memory serves with an airgun. The first wave of fairy hunting took place on a bowling green in Liverpool, but the second wave included a group of children searching for leprechauns among the graves in a cemetery at Kirkby, just down the road from Liverpool. There also the police had to get the kids home to bed.


30 May 2013:  Chris from Haunted Ohio Books writes ‘On long ears in fairylore – what about Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream? :-) The Victorians often portrayed fairies/hobgoblins with pointed ears – John Henry Fuseli, for example, in The Nightmare. How much of the long ears comes from the Jester’s cap, which has become associated with some fairies like Puck?  Even earlier, this image of “Puck” with several erect appendages (and again)  And even further back, medieval demons:  And this long-eared Jar Jar Binks-like creature from The Temptation of St. Anthony by Marten de Vos. I think the leap from medieval demons to Elizabethan/Jacobean fairies is a pretty logical one. The pointed ears were then given a pastel icing-sugar gloss by Victorian fairy artists.’ If Chris is right then presumably the long ears of fairies comes via demons and then ultimately from goats or donkeys, the models of demons? Thanks a million Chris!

31 May 2013: Aisla writes in with this thought. ‘I’ am wondering if the Bangor referred to in the Manchester paper is not the city of Bangor in Gwynedd, but rather the smaller Bangor-on-Dee of the race course fame. This Bangor is situated close to Wrexham and has a very historic church with many legends attached to it. It is closer to England and there are many connections between it and Liverpool. I think that brownies feature in the folklore of the Northern Counties of England and the name is said to derive from the Scottish Gaelic. They were considered a type of house spirit or elf. They do not feature in the traditional folk tales of Wales, nor were they associated with graveyards.’ In my experience Lancashire and Cheshire and Derbyshire don’t do brownies, they do boggarts. But otherwise everything else fits. Also Bangor-on-Dee is much closer to Manchester and would have been of interest to Manchester readers. Aisla has very likely cracked the problem then. Thanks a million, Aisla!

Source: Beachcombers Bizarre History Blog


The 440 Hz Conspiracy
By Josh Jones

Conspiracy theories are like blockbuster Hollywood movies. Instead of the painful, confusing tedium of historical detail that meets us when we try to understand the world, they offer spectacle, clear dichotomies of good and evil, the promise of redemptive resolution. If only, say, we could rid ourselves of scurrilous figures behind the scenes, we could get back to the garden and make everything great. Or, if only we could change the frequency of standard musical pitch from 440 Hz to 432 Hz, we could throw off the yoke of Nazi mind control, experience pure meditative bliss, open our root chakras, and…. Wait… what?

If this one’s new to you, you’ll find rabbit holes aplenty to fall into online. Retired dentist Leonard Horowitz, for example, has elaborated a theory that has “the Rockefeller Foundation’s military commercialization of music,” then Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, tricking the world into 440 Hz, “effectively persuading Hitler’s supposed enemies in Britain to adopt this allegedly superior standard tuning for the ‘Master Race.’” Meanwhile, on YouTube (and even in scientific journals), notes Thom Dunn at Boing Boing, pseudoscience about the “‘meditative qualities of 432 Hertz” proliferates, “which, of course, relates back to Horowitz’s theory that 440 Hertz is a weapon of Nazi aggression.”

Like most conspiracy theories, “there is a kernel of truth here—that there has been an historical debate between these frequencies for middle ‘A,’ and that 440 Hertz won out largely because of Western industrialization, which coincided with some World Wars.” The history, however, predates the Rockefeller Foundation and the Nazis, extending back at least to 1885, as Alan Cross writes at Global News, when “the Music Commission of the Italian Government declared that all instruments and orchestras should use a tuning fork that vibrated at 440 Hz, which was different from the original standard of 435 Hz and the competing 432 Hz used in France.”

The push for worldwide commercial standardization finally decided the question in the 20th century, not mind control. It was just business, but why do the proponents of 432 Hz believe this is the superior frequency? In the video above, guitar teacher Paul Davids satirizes the reasoning (over the X-Files theme): something to do with “the natural harmonics found in sacred numbers” and the “psychic poisoning of the mass of humanity.” Davids quickly moves on to discuss the actual history of tuning, from the 15th century onward, when standards ranged from country to country, even city to city, anywhere between 400 and 500 Hz. (Learn more about the history of pitch in the video above.)

Some classical musicians who play Bach, for example, tune to 415 Hz, not because it has magical qualities but because it’s the frequency Bach used, one semitone below today’s standard 440 Hz. But all of this is academic. Should not our ears and chakras be the judge? I stick closely to the criterion, “if it sounds good, it is good,” so I’m open to considering the superiority of 432 Hz. So is Davids, and he demonstrates the difference between the two pitches in some fingerpicked examples of classical and contemporary hits. What do we hear?

Each of us will have a different response to these frequencies, depending on several factors, not least of which is our degree of conditioning to 440 Hz. Musicians and composers, for example, are far more sensitive to changes in pitch and more likely to feel the difference, especially if they try to sing or play along. What does Davids hear? He personally dismisses any notion that 432 Hz tuning will “let a different part of the universe vibrate,” or whatever. For one thing, playing in a different key makes the frequency change largely irrelevant. For another, every musical note resonates at multiple frequencies, never only one.

Logically, the difference between 432 and 440 Hz is arbitrary, even in the most meditative of relaxing 432 Hz videos on YouTube. “It all comes down,” says Davids, “to what you’re playing and how it sounds.” Or as Thelonious Monk put it in his indispensable advice to musicians, “You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig?” and “A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination.”

Source: Open Culture

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