The Frequency Experiment Tour
Karen traveled the U.S. last summer on her “Frequency Tour,” sharing her album with her listeners in a unique format through both live shows and listening stations where people listened to her songs and filled out a before and after questionnaire to be a part of the “Frequency Experiment.” This study was designed to identify if exposure to music recorded in 432 Hz would help improve stress, mood and physical discomfort levels. The results were astonishing!
The tour took place in various locations, from the San Francisco Bay Area, Humboldt County, Portland and Seattle, to Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire and New York, allowing for a diverse demographic. To randomize the audience, she not only did live concerts, but also set up listening stations at farmer’s markets, flea markets and arts festivals -and even town centers where people were just walking by.
What we did
At listening stations, participants were invited to fill out a 4-question pre-listening questionnaire that asked them what their current stress and pain (if any) levels were, as well as selecting words that best fit how they were feeling at the time. They were also asked how much they were interested in a healthy lifestyle, to see if this had any correlation to the results. They were then instructed to listen to 1-3 songs from Karen’s album recorded in 432 Hz through headphones. After listening, they completed a post-listening questionnaire, answering the same stress, pain, and feeling questions, as well as additional questions on musical preferences, to see if it their musical preferences had any effect on how they felt during the study.
Karen also held listening parties, during which the audience filled out the same questionnaires before and after her live sets. She mainly performed songs from her album, all in 432 Hz. [more below]
“Relaxing. Uplifting. Took my pain away. I'm feeling excited about life now.”
— Fans from the Frequency Tour
“Just wanted to let you know my kids were feeling stressed and were pretty argumentative after school yesterday and I put your cd in. They were so calm after they started to listen and were really jiving with your - as was I.
I asked them how they felt and they said they felt so good and were feeling happy!
So thank you thank you! I will keep your cd on quick draw in the front seat!” - Erika P.
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A total of 201 participants thus far have participated in person; Karen has also set up an online version of the study to extend an even broader reach. She received data from people residing in the local areas that she visited, as well as people visiting those areas from Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, Mexico, Canada and Korea, with ages ranging from 8 to 80 years old.
For select participants randomly chosen from the overall group, Karen also included therapeutic-grade essential oils, qi gong and consciousness-based healthcare system BodyTalk - all tools that researchers have studied for their positive effects on human health. For certain groups, she had the participants smell essential oils, as well as listen to the music. For other groups, she guided them through a BodyTalk technique for balancing the brain while listening to the music. Some participants were also guided through simple qigong movements as well as listening to the music.
Although 44% of the participants said that they don’t normally listen to this type of music, 99.5% of the participants reported that the perceived stress and discomfort levels either stayed the same or decreased. Stress levels decreased for 74.6% of the participants, while discomfort levels decreased for 55.2% (see charts 3 and 4).