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- A Poltergeist in Bhutan -
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- UFOS, A DANGEROUS STUDY DEPARTMENT -
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
“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
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.
“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
“‘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
“‘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
“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 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?”
- JUST A STONES THROW AWAY DEPARTMENT -
A Poltergeist in Bhutan
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
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
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
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
- LOOK, UP IN THE SKY DEPARTMENT -
"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
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
"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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- CREATURES FROM TIME AND SPACE DEPARTMENT -
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
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
"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
- THE WEE FOLK
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
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
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
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,
Source: Beachcombers Bizarre History Blog
- MUSIC AND MIND CONTROL DEPARTMENT -
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
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
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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