This is accomplished by translating sound
frequencies in hertz relative to each musical interval into feet, which
generates this circular mandala. But it was a convincing crop circle
etched in barley at Goodwood Clatford, England, in 1996 that gave the
proverbial nod to sound by reproducing a cymatic pattern.
PATTERNS FROM SOUND
Cymatics is the study of sound waves and their interaction with physical
substances. One of its modern pupils was Swiss scientist Hans Jenny who,
throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, captured on film the effects of sound as it
interacted with powders and liquids.
He observed that a low frequency produced a simple circle encompassed by
rings whereas a higher frequency increased the number of concentric rings
around a central circle. As the frequencies rose so, too, did the
complexity of shapes, to the point where tetrahedrons, mandalas, and other
geometric forms could be discerned.
Jenny also provided a physical connection to the creation of crop circles,
as many of the vibrational patterns captured in his photos mimic their
designs: from the simple circle surrounded by concentric rings, typical of
early 1980s designs, to the tetrahedron and the complex star fractals of
Visually, then, the connection between crop circles and sound is
undeniable. But what evidence links sound and crop circles at a physical
THE SOUND OF CROP CIRCLES
Accounts from the 80 eyewitnesses who’ve seen crop
circles manifesting describe a trilling sound prior to or during the
manifestation of crop circles. This unusual noise, which is described as
sounding like a cross between a cicada and a waterfall, was eventually
captured on magnetic tape in 1989 during a night watch of a field at
Cheesefoot Head, England, by a group of researchers.
It was duly sent to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA,
where it was brought to the attention of Robert Weiss, the man who had
previously analyzed the famous Watergate Tapes. He concluded that the
noise was not related to any type of bird or insect. In fact, due to its
looping, rhythmic nature, it appeared to be of intelligent, mechanical
origin. Further, it contained a frequency of 5.0-5.2 kHz.
Later that summer, the trilling sound was captured again, this time
by a BBC cameraman while recording an interview inside a crop circle. A
few seconds after its appearance, it rendered his $55,000 camera obsolete.
According to the technicians who later rebuilt the equipment, the sound
frequency had interfered with the circuitry to such a degree that the
camera would not work after that episode.
Interestingly, Australian Aborigines have been imitating the crop circle
trilling sound for generations. During ceremonies to contact their “sky
spirits”, the Aborigines attach a specially-shaped piece of wood called
bora to the end of a long string. It is whirled around, creating a noise
practically identical to the crop circle sound. Research later revealed
that not only have crop circles appeared in Australia, but they are also
described in Aboriginal myths, just as their geometries appear in ancient
Aboriginal rock paintings.
In the 1950s, American agricultural researcher George Smith found that
exposing cornstalks to sound produced a higher heat content in its soil,
as well as a slight burnt appearance at the base of the stalks. Such
effects are consistent with the effects found in crop circles, where the
soil is always noticeably drier—in some cases even baked—than the rest of
the field, and the affected stalks are slightly charred just above the
Oddly enough, Smith speculated that particular sound frequencies actually
increased molecular activity in plants. Three decades later, tests
performed by physicist Dr. W. Levengood have proved that whatever energy
is creating crop circles is affecting seed embryo and plant growth by
interfering with the plants’ natural growth cycle. This energy also
elongates the plants’ nodes and even alters their crystalline structure
(the plants’ form at a molecular level).
Levengood has attributed these changes
to the plants in crop circles to microwaves. However, microwaves have the
ability to render biological systems sterile, and an overdose will even
kill organisms. Crop circles plants, on the other hand, remain alive and
Conversant with discoveries by Russian scientists
throughout the 1930s that certain sound frequencies noticeably affected
the growth of both plants and seeds, in the 1960s Mary Measures and Paul
Weinberger at the University of Ottawa, Canada, succeeded in accelerating
growth in wheat by playing sound to the plants. But the sound also
produced a resonant effect in the plants’ cells, thereby affecting their
metabolism. And the frequency which created these effects was identical to
the crop circle trilling noise: 5 kHz.
Perhaps the greatest connection linking sound to the manifestation of crop
circles, however, lies in their greatest anomaly: the permanent bending of
the plants' stems. In 1968, laboratory experiments at Temple Buell
College, CO, measured the effects of music on plants by subjecting them to
different tones. Exposure to heavy metal music made the plants tilt away
from the speakers or die, whereas classical music lulled the plants to
lean toward the speakers. But in the case of Hindu devotional music, the
stems bent in excess of 60° to the vertical and towards the speakers,
perhaps the closest anyone has ever come to recreating the right-angle
bend found in the plant stems in genuine crop circles.
Interestingly, applications of Indian devotional song to plants during the
1930s at Annamalai University, India, also showed a number of similar
biophysical changes to those which occur in plants analyzed by Dr.
Levengood, as mentioned earlier.
CREATING A CROP CIRCLE
Sound, then, may be capable of creating crop
circles. But how does it achieve those highly complex designs found in
crop circles today? This can be achieved by ultrasound.
Ultrasound can be aimed like a laser beam, and such focusing allows for
certain kinds of molecules to vibrate while others nearby are left
unmoved. This is due to the frequencies inherent in ultrasound –
frequencies the MHz range which, thanks to their very narrow wavebands,
have the ability to hone in on a specific area.
Evidence of such high frequencies have been detected inside crop circles
since 1991 by the researcher Paul Vigay, whose custom-built electronic
device has measured readings which generally range between 260 and 320
MHz. Vigay’s research also found that, since 1996, the frequencies
detected inside crop circles have increased to 640 MHz, even 1.2 GHz,
which coincides with the increased geometric complexity of the designs
themselves. This mirrors Jenny's experiments, which show that a
relationship exists between the complexity of cymatic geometries and the
dispensed sound frequencies. In other words, the higher the frequency, the
greater the geometric intricacy.
The high frequencies common to ultrasound are known to affect states of
awareness in humans, and visitors to crop formations often report an
inability to properly perform analytical or left brain functions. In fact,
a number of Japanese scientists who’ve conducted monitored EEG tests
inside crop circles show how there is a tendency for the intuitive or
right brain to be far more active in people when they are within the space
of a crop circle. It is interesting to compare this effect with Neolithic
sacred spaces, namely standing stones and stone circles, which have a long
history of association with altered states of awareness. Experiments to
monitor energy fields in standing stones during the 1970s in England by
Dan Robbins revealed that these sacred stones emit ultrasonic frequencies.
Because ultrasound operates within a specific
bandwidth, it can be used as a sensitive tool that prevents damage to
sensitive tissue, again by focusing its frequencies on a specific area
rather than the whole. Consequently, it is today used in healing,
particularly in the treatment of muscular ailments. The parallel to crop
circles lies in the way the delicate plants have been manipulated with and
yet show no visible signs of damage. What’s more, hundreds of people have
reported being healed after interacting with crop circles – either by
visiting one or by looking at a photograph. This includes a long-time
sufferer of Parkinson’s, who experienced the complete absence of shaking,
and a person with a 99% malignant eye tumor, who saw the tumor shrivel
away after ingesting the seeds from a crop circle.
Below 20 Hz, sound becomes infrasonic. Such low frequencies influence
biological processes because they resonate physical objects at the
molecular level. Experiments throughout the 1980s at Princeton’s P.E.A.R
laboratory demonstrate that, when combined with high air pressure, the
acoustic power of infrasound can boil water inside a hollow cavity in one
nanosecond (called “vapor cavitation”).
As water heats it expands. In the case of crop
circles plants, if one looks closely at the affected stems, one can see
tiny holes in their nodes (the plant’s “knuckles”), indicating that the
boiled water has expanded and blown outwards through the nodes - at which
point the base of the stems become as supple as molten glass, enabling the
plants to collapse under their own weight into their extreme horizontal
The rapid boiling of the water tallies with
Levengood's discovery of microscopic blow-holes in the plants' cell wall
pits which indicates a rapid boiling of water inside the plant has taken
place. The low frequencies of infrasound can tear water molecules apart,
atomizing them into a fine mist. Farmers in both England and Canada have
witnessed columns of mist rising from within newly-arrived crop circles,
suggesting this process is indeed at play in the fields.
The lower the operating frequency of infrasound,
the greater its effect on physical elements. Below 18 Hz the acoustic
pressure formed by infrasound is known to disrupt chromosomes. Every
summer, plants from crop circles and normal agricultural plots are sent to
Dr. Levengood. The samples are blind-tested so as to conceal their exact
origin, a standard scientific protocol to prevent the tampering of
laboratory tests. And after thousands of tests, Levengood consistently
finds unmistakable disruption to the chromosomes of plants taken from crop
A CHANGE IN CONSCIOUSNESS
The ancients once held sound to be the prime
creator of matter in the Universe, yet we have had to wait, in modern
times, for individuals such as Hans Jenny to provide a measured
understanding of what sound looks like and how it behaves. Given our
knowledge of how sound can not only influence plants and the molecules of
the physical world but also the awareness of a human being, is it possible
that, in the crop circles, we are witnessing energy forms capable of
arousing the spirituality in humanity?
Sound, when modelled into music, becomes a powerful carrier for social
change – the effects of Handel's music is believed to have reversed the
state of morality in Victorian England, just as the anarchic overtones of
Punk corralled disillusioned youth into fighting an establishment that
held no tolerance for those who stepped outside its rules. It is through
music that human experiences are celebrated and carried forward from
generation to generation.
Perhaps it's no coincidence that a large percentage of crop circle designs
can be identified with, and by, ancient cultures who to this day honour
their histories through song and music, their healing rituals performed
with sound. This relationship is applied in Buddhist mandalas, whose
elaborate geometries are used to alter states of consciousness. Certainly
it is no coincidence that crop circle designs mirror these intricate
patterns, just as they bear an uncanny familiarity to Jenny's
materializations of sound.
If sound is one of the formative principles behind crop circles, they are
not only leaving behind physical clues in the plants, but also creating a
change in awareness on those whose antenna is extended and receptive to
their tune. There is no doubt that our present worldview is undergoing
tumultuous change, and at such times, the collective subconscious of
humanity reaches out for guidance. Because our thoughts are
electromagnetic pulses which transcend time and space, it is possible that
our request has been received, and information is manifesting in fields
around the world.
Using sound as a foundation of crop circles is the most direct form of
communication, because sound is capable of affecting the resonant fields
within intercellular processes down into the genetic levels, even down
into the subatomic levels. Suggestive and rhythmic commands aimed at
people while they listen to music is already an efficient method of
absorbing information and knowledge. Coupled to ultrasonic frequencies,
this technique can alter brainwave patterns, inducing the mind into a
meditative and receptive state.
Text © Freddy Silva 1997, 2002, 2010.
Presented with permission.
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