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]
“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.
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).
How people described the music
For those who answered that their stress and/or pain levels stayed the same, the other answers on their questionnaires proved to be interesting: when asked after listening to describe the music in one word, none of them wrote down any negative words. Their answers included peace, pristine, shape shifting, promising, amazing, relaxing, beautiful and calming.
Only 3 out of the 201 participants (1.5%) described the music in a non-positive way: “bored,” “ok,” and “uncomfortable.” Interestingly, the participant who said “bored” reported that their stress level went down 20%. The participant whose response was “ok” said they had a high stress level of 10 out of 10, and a discomfort level of 7 out of 10, and preferred country music. The participant whose response was “uncomfortable” also had high stress and discomfort levels, at 8 and 7, respectively, and their preferred music was Marilyn Manson and heavy metal.
"Released my pain/stress in the body"
The majority of the participants reported the music as “calming,” “relaxing,” “uplifting,” “soothing” and “happy.” One participant explained that “the 1st track was heart-opening and lifting,” while “the 2nd track released my pain/stress in the body.” Their physical discomfort level went down to 0 after listening, and their stress level went down by 30%. Another participant reported a stress level of 10 out of 10 before listening, which went down to the lowest 1 out of 10 after listening, and a high pain level of 7 out of 10 which went down to 0 out of 10.
The majority of the participants all reported to have a high interest in a healthy lifestyle, with 57% reporting 10 on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being extremely interested), 10.6% reporting 9, 13.5% reporting 8, 9.7% reporting 7, 3.9% reporting 6, 2.4% reporting 5, 1.4% reporting 4, and less than 1% reporting 2 and 1.
For those who used the essential oils with the music, stress levels decreased for 87.5% of the participants.
For those who used BodyTalk with the music, stress levels decreased for 100%.
For participants who did Qigong as well as listened to the music, 76.5% experienced a decrease in their stress level (see pie charts below).
The vast majority of the participants in this study reported that listening to the songs recorded in 432 Hz decreased their stress and/or discomfort level, and if not, still provided an enjoyable experience as demonstrated by the choice of their words to describe how they felt, as well as in the additional comments.
“The intention of the music is the connection to the heart - to connect people to their feelings, and resolve their feelings,” Karen explains, and the results seem to match her intention. Many of the participants described the experience as “heart-opening” and “heart-centered,” with comments like, “It completely relaxed me and made me feel very accepting and happy,” “Made me feel better for sure,” and “Took me back in time when things were easier.”
“It’s amazing that the stress levels went down for 74.6% of the participants,” Karen says, “But what was really surprising was that even the physical discomfort levels decreased for 55.2% - so many more people than we had expected!
“We knew that music worked to distract people from pain, but for them to actually report that they felt less after listening to my music for a short period of time was astounding. With so many people describing the music as “relaxing” and “calming,” this showed me that it was psychoneuroimmunology in action.
There’s so much tension we keep in our bodies from stress, and relaxing our mind and heart seemed to have an immediate effect on the body.”
Investing in future generations
Karen’s mission is to create and share music and other tools that bring more happiness to people, so others not only feel better, but also become inspired to live a healthier and happier life themselves. She is especially passionate about passing this on to the next generation.
With this aim in mind, Karen is funneling the proceeds from her music into creating nonprofit mentorship programs for tweens and teens, helping them become better musicians in a healthy way. Her two greatest passions, music and health, have naturally converged with her desire to give back to the world.