The healing properties of music are normally thought of as being purely psychological, or at most psychosomatic. However, it has been established for more than a decade that direct psychophysical mechanisms may exist through which specific combinations of sounds can exert verifiable influences on living organisms. Consider this report from a meeting conducted in September 1994 in Chicago, USA:

Sound affects the resonance frequency of the DNA and RNA molecules. Certain specific frequencies, timbres, pitch, and characteristic musical themes create either harmonic resonance or dis-harmonic resonance.

We found light and colour frequencies that were geometrical harmonics of the Theta brainwaves emitted during lucid dreaming. We used Fourier and Wiener transforms to create optical patterns and enfolded them in the colour graphics showing the cerebral magnetic fields you saw in the cine filmstrip. We also determined some resonant vibrations of the sound corresponding to melatonin, the neurotransmitter secreted by the pineal, and responsible for sleep-dream cycles.

Dr. M: "Have you tried this technique on sick people already?"

Ms.Dr.C: "Yes, we have indeed tried it on many people. Dr. L, in her own medical practice, quite confidentially of course, has tried it with 100% success, both in China and the West. Of course, she used Chinese music in China and Mozart in the West."

This may prove to be a blessing to mankind, because this simple process addresses the DNA, RNA and immune system directly, and according to Mrs.Dr.L, also the thymus and pineal glands. Interestingly, it is the locus of the Upper Tan-Tiens and Triple Warmer in Chinese ancient medicine, the Cauldrons and transducers of Chi, or Life Force. Fortunately, both Dr. L and I have orthodox medical degrees, and wear the "white coats of medical approval".

Perhaps better known is the technique called "binaural beats", in which two notes of slightly different frequencies are played through headphones, one in each ear. The difference in frequency is chosen to match that of the low-frequency waves present in the human brain, as has been done in many studies over the years, for example:

"The study compared the alpha brain-wave production and subjective report of mental and physical relaxation of four groups, each of which received brief relaxation response training and one of four treatments:

  1. alpha-frequency binaural-beat stimulation,
  2. visual alpha-frequency brain-wave biofeedback,
  3. alpha-frequency binaural-beat stimulation combined with visual alpha biofeedback, or
  4. artificially produced ocean surf sounds.

"Sixty volunteer undergraduate and graduate students were randomly assigned to the four groups and instructed to utilize their respective treatment as the "mental device" in Benson's relaxation response paradigm while they relaxed with eyes open for twenty minutes. Two 2 X 4 mixed ANOVAs revealed that all groups evidenced increased subjective report of relaxation and increased alpha production. Additionally, nine of the fifteen subjects with both binaural beats and feedback reported being able to control alpha production via their focus on the alpha binaural beats. The data suggest the possibility that binaural beats can be used to evoke specific cortical potentials through a frequency-following response. Further investigation is warranted into the possibilities of using binaural beats alone and in conjunction with brain wave biofeedback to promote the self-regulation and management of consciousness."

These and many other experiments prove that sound and music can exert profound effects upon human health and perception. Given that all modern music uses equal-tempered scales containing dissonant beat frequencies, rather than the naturally-tempered scales of traditional music, it is obvious that the subject is one demanding close attention by all who are concerned with social and personal health.

The introduction of TEK instruments will permit the redevelopment of the musical art of tempering using the very powerful techniques of modern electronics and instrumentation, and more detailed investigation of the effects of variously tempered music on individuals and groups.