Go into any studio. If the piano is “in tune”, it is tuned to A=440. If a piano tuner comes to your house or church to tune your piano, the standard will be 440A. That means “A” will vibrate 440 times per second. Since WW II 440-A has been the international standard of “in tune.” That just makes everything efficient.
I’m finishing writing a book entitled, When Whales Sing. I learned that whales and birds sing tuned to A-432. Nature as a general rule is tuned to A=432. The 432 tuning is warmer and healing. If you check YouTube, you can find relaxation cuts of whale singing as well as birds who know how to sing.
We’ve received ads for music in 432 from health-oriented websites. We have a series of CDs. It sounds New Age, therefore unsatisfying to me. The chords have no resolution. The chord progression is not predictable. For me, that makes the music less than healthy. Yelling “No, that just ain’t right!” does not help my adrenals.
The Isaacs—who are Gospel singers—sing and play “Jew-grass” music. That is their fun statement that celebrates their Jewish heritage and bluegrass sounds. Their harmony is so tight it is a threat to glass. The Isaacs are part of the Gaither Homecoming troupe and appear on the Grand Ole Opry. They have recently released an album. They predict the 432 tuning can be felt in your soul. It is satisfying to me!
I like their new album: “Nature’s Symphony in 432.” I got mine from Amazon, but it is available from most outlets. Not only is the music superb, the lyrics are gripping and tell life stories. The lead singer had a still born baby—one of the songs is about parental healing. The brother has a family member captured by addiction. He wrote and sings, “If That’s What it Takes” and it is gripping. There is a soprano vocal lick of three words that is as catchy and surprising I’ve ever heard.
If you have the music app “Spotify” you can listen to the album free and decide whether you want to download or buy the CD.
I am startled that the little bird outside our window whose song is wonderful and the robin who sat on the peak of our house from early song calling for our attention and answering with a song, all sing on the same pitch—tuned alike. And I’ve read that when God sang you and me and all the earth into being He did so tuned to 432.
The liner notes on the album are worth the price of the album.
©2016 D. Dean Benton—writer, wonderer, soul-tender
2 thoughts on “Whales’ Favorite Tuning”
Interesting. Somewhere I read about this, and the article implied there were some militaristic motives behind promoting the change.
Even though I’m a lifelong musician, some of the most awesome sounds I’ve heard have been in nature. A whale’s song while snorkeling. The bugling of a bull elk. The most intricate riff by a songbird I never saw.The tender sound of a death-bed reconciliation between a daughter and mother. All of that being said, it’s hard to imagine a 1.8% difference in tuning could make any difference at all. It’s also hard to believe that nature could be quantified by a frequency.
Good News: On the way to listening to the Isaacs “Natures Symphony 432”, I tripped across a Christmas song by them that lit up worship in my little cubical.
Check out “Labor of Love”. There’s a heartfelt rendition on youtube with Rebecca Isaac leading that’s amazing.
Merry Christmas & thanks for the thought fodder.