B flat Universe

topic posted Tue, July 29, 2008 - 11:15 AM by  wil
In the 1970’s, scientists discovered the background radiation left from the big bang, and calculated it’s frequency. The universe, it seems, still reverberates with a note that, when put into our standard system, is between a B and a B flat. In 2003, scientists working with the Chandra x-ray observatory detected the deepest note ever found in the cosmos. It is a B-flat that is 57 or so octaves below piano tuning. I read online that the gyuto monks chant a little lower than B, and a quick trip to youtube confirmed that they do sometimes at least
All this came to my attention after an online discussion about the high pitched humming that many people, including mycellf, hear in our heads pretty much all the time. Some folks think it is part of a government program of mind control, which i think extremely(!) unlikely, some folks think it’s god talking to them, some folks think it is the essential sound that informs the universe, and some folks say “it’s tinnitis you idiots, seek professional help”. Anyway, i was in this discussion about this, and decided to see what note it is, and the one in my head is clearly between a B and a B flat. I remembered a recent story about the universe hum being in that key so googled “B flat universe” and found all of this info and more. Not a new agey site amongst them, all scientific observations. I like that, and am surprised by it. Cool huh? I sure think so. If you have a hum in your head, check the frequency.

Here is a good NPR story on B-flat that doesn't even mention the fact that it is the background note left from the big bang, which is a biggie. .

The Big Note

The acoustics of black holes.
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  • Re: B flat Universe

    Wed, July 30, 2008 - 5:50 AM
    How did you check the frequency of your hum? I have more than one but would like to know the frequencies.

    Thanks for posting this, it is very interesting.
    • Re: B flat Universe

      Wed, July 30, 2008 - 6:36 AM
      I made the same sound, as best i could, with my vocal chords. It was really too high pitched to figure, but i could make several lower octaves of the same note easily, and these were all between B and B flat.
      • Re: B flat Universe

        Wed, July 30, 2008 - 10:50 AM
        Interesting. I have an oscilloscope and frequecy counter and tuning forks. I was thinking of trying to come up with a way to recreate the tones I hear with those, but have not gotten around to it. I know that when I hear an A my whole body resonates and it feels very comfortable. I never thought about what note the universe frequency is. Thanks for bringing this up.
  • Re: B flat Universe

    Fri, August 29, 2008 - 8:36 PM

    That "sound" at about 57 octaves below B Flat has a cycle about 10 million years. I wonder what it can vibrate?

    At that rate, brought back up to our speed, life on earth has been here for about 1 second.

    • Re: B flat Universe

      Sat, December 27, 2008 - 2:43 PM
      hmmm...this is just a reactionary thought...

      but IF that calculation were correct,(i.e. that sped up to human's relative time, life on earth has been here for about 1 second], then would this support the idea that time is a manmade tool of measurement used to understand our role in the makeup of the universe?
      that outside of the human conditioned need to find significance and perhaps purpose in the universe that we've come to accept as real, the universe is truely a moment to moment existance, and past nor future truely exist otherwise [barring perhaps the memory or energetic imprint that they leave on our notion of reality]?
      • Re: B flat Universe

        Sun, December 28, 2008 - 7:38 AM
        I've always thought that linear time as we measure it is a construct. It is a way of keeping people 'on the same page' or 'in the same ilusion'.
  • Re: B flat Universe

    Sat, December 27, 2008 - 8:14 PM
    That's really cool!

    So does that make the contrabassoon the closest instrument to God? (Contrabassoon is the lowest instrument in the orchestra, with our lowest pitch being -of course- the Bb at the bottom of the piano.)
  • Re: B flat Universe

    Thu, January 22, 2009 - 9:16 AM
    That works right along with ideas I have about this thing we call reality. Many mystics have said that all is vibration. Considering the way sound subdivides and the way the harmonic series works maybe this is the mother note? (at least nearest to that we can observe)

    Sometimes the correspondences and resonances of things just astounds me. Maybe I'm reaching a little too far here. I don't know. I'm finding that I am running out of words.....
  • Re: B flat Universe

    Thu, February 12, 2009 - 8:14 AM
    Thank you! i enjoyed reading this. and all the insights of everyone as well. ohhh the power of ((BOOMsound)) cant wait to look deeper into this! the 'OM' would be btwn Band b flat as well?
    • Re: B flat Universe

      Thu, February 12, 2009 - 3:14 PM
      I reckon OM can be at any frequency. Don't know how much if anything there is the the b flat thing, but i think it is very interesting to check the frequency of real world phenomena, and it does seem to me that there would be a tendency to synch up.
      • Unsu...

        Re: B flat Universe

        Thu, February 12, 2009 - 3:17 PM
        There are wave forms in this universe that are tens of light years long.

        Imagine what THAT sounds like


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