Reviving the Forgotten 432 Hz Frequency

Unless you are a musician, you have probably never taken in to consideration the frequency of the music that you listen to on a daily basis. But for your information, the 440 Hz frequency is the most commonly tuned-to frequency in the music being produced today. However, this hasn’t always been the case. In ancient times, all musicians tuned their instruments to 432 Hz, because it was mathematically consistent with the vibrations of the universe–harmonizing with the natural vibrations, rhythms and movements of the cosmos. 

Music that Transcends 

The practice of tuning instruments where A=432 Hz has been found throughout various periods of history, cultures and religions, but there is a common thread wherever the this music has been played: The music played at 432 transcends the norm and has the ability to penetrate our minds and bring us to higher states of awareness.  Chances are, you have heard at least one or more works of music where A=432. Though it is just 8 Hz from the current standard of 440 Hz, there is a world of difference in the quality of sound. Music tuned to 432 Hz is softer, brighter, more clear, and can be heard at a lower volume, making it easier on the ears. It seems to work on the heart chakra, opening up the heart, or feelings of the listener and promoting his or her spiritual development. Many people use the 432 Hz for meditation and relaxation, and others report a greater sense of peace and happiness due to the more harmonic and pleasant sounds of the more natural pitch.

What Happened to 432 Hz Music?

There is a theory that the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Gobbels switched 432 Hz for 440 Hz in a mandate, so that he could control people’s minds and emotions through the music. And while this makes for a highly interesting story, the more likely reason is that musicians, as well as companies that mass-produced instruments, wanted to regulate or standardize a tuning pitch that could be used all over the world. In 1917, the American Federation of Musicians succeeded at this task, and proclaimed the A=440 Hz the standard pitch.

Bringing Back the 432

Since the change, there has been a raging controversy over tuning. Obviously, with the 432 Hz being a more natural, traditional, and mathematically based music than the 440 Hz, there are many who want to bring it back.  One group, the “Back to 432 Hz” committee, has committed themselves to this cause, spreading the word of A=432 and increasing the public’s awareness of the subject. They want to change the industry standard, bring back the wisdom of the ancients, and revive the widespread use of the forgotten 432 Hz.