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Music in the Water

October 21, 2010
If you read a previous Pepper blog entitled This is Your Brain on Music, then you already know about the effects music has on our bodies.  With the human body being composed of anywhere between 55% and 78% water, I wanted to explore the effects of musical vibrations (a.k.a. sound waves) on the body.

There is a very interesting book called Messages from Water by Dr. Masaru Emoto, which outlines and illustrates the results of experiments that were done to discover the effects of words (written and verbal), pictures, and music on the structuring of water.  The music experiment consisted of Dr. Emoto placing vials of distilled water between two speakers for several hours, only playing certain songs or styles of music for each one.  He then photographed the crystals that formed after the water was frozen.  Here are some of the results: 

Bach

Bach

Beethoven

Beethoven

Kawachi Folk Dance

Kawachi Folk Dance

Tibet Sutra

Tibet Sutra

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

Now before you go and start deleting all of your heavy metal music from your MP3 player, please note that this study was done for the sake of both art and science and Dr. Emoto did pick and choose which photographs were published.  More studies are being done on this subject, but considering what we already know about the scientifically proven benefits of music on mental and physical health, the concept of sound waves effecting all of the elements around and within us is not so far fetched.  So, in the words of Oscar Hammerstein, “Whistle a Happy Tune!”