Venice, Italy: “ZU,” a HangDrum & A=432

I’m in Venice, Italy, tracking with Ronan Chris Murphy for my new record, ELECTRICO, and an Italian artist from Treviso, Andrea Gorgi Zuin. Zuin plays a HangDrum, they call him ZU. A HangDrum tunes at A=432 Hz, not the arbitrary A=440 that we know of in Western pop music today. A=432 Hz is known to be the natural sound of the earth, a frequency that vibrates more naturally in nature, and has healing, energetic powers.

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration. Nicolas Tesla
Kathleen Blackwell in Venice, Italy Kathleen Blackwell in Venice, Italy

While doing some research on 432 Hz, I ran across an article titled, “Here’s Why You Should Convert Your Music To 432 Hz,” which explained our natural sound frequencies better than I can, regardless of the Physics of Music and Sound class I took in college, and gave some brief history/theory on why A=440 became the predominant tuning in the past 50+ years:

Tesla said it. Einstein Agreed. Science proved it. It is a known fact that everything—including our own bodies—is made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies. That being said, can sound frequencies affect us? They sure can. Frequencies affect frequencies; much like mixing ingredients with other ingredients affects the overall flavor of a meal. The way frequencies affect the physical world has been demonstrated through various experiments such as the science of Cymatics and water memory.

...With this concept in mind, let us bring our attention to the frequency of the music we listen to. Most music worldwide has been tuned to A=440 Hz since the International Standards Organization (ISO) promoted it in 1953. However, studies regarding the vibratory nature of the universe indicate that this pitch is disharmonious with the natural resonance of nature and may generate negative effects on human behaviour and consciousness. Certain theories even suggest that the Nazi regime has been in favor of adopting this pitch as standard after conducting scientific researches to determine which range of frequencies best induce fear and aggression. Whether or not the conspiracy is factual, interesting studies and observations have pointed towards the benefits of tuning music to A=432 Hz instead. Elina St-Onge from Collective Evolution

We ran across ZU playing near St. Mark’s Square yesterday in Venice. His sound was so beautiful that we had to have him play on the record. So, we introduced ourselves, and today he showed up to record some tracks for us. Fantastic! There will definitely be a song or two on my new record with A=432 Hz. Check out the video from our experience with finding ZU, to hearing his music, to tracking our own, new music for #ProjectELECTRICO.

I can’t wait to hear how the beginnings of this song (created by ZU on the spot, and sourced through Ronan) will unfold into a pop song on my new record.

For more on how we decided to go with a couple songs in A=432 Hz, check out our studio session in Istanbul with Saz player, Murat Ertal, member of Turkish alternative musical group, Baba Zula.

Ciaó! Prego. #globetrotmusicbuzz