4, 3, 2,…
Yesterday I officially started recording my solo demo CD with my dear friend Anita Andreis. A few days before that a dear French friend posted the picture you see on the left on his Facebook page. And it was like a reminder of what my Druyd brothers and I discussed some time last year – should we take the plunge and tune ourselves at 432 Hz?
For those of you unfamiliar with the differences behind 432 Hz and 440 Hz tuning, you can read some articles about them here. Speculations abound, as you will see for yourself. Suffice to say, I’m not really that much into conspiracy theories but I’m definitely into trying things out and seeing what happens.
So I asked Anita, should we tune at 432 Hz for the CD? And she said, if you want to, go for it. It’s going to be a challenge because all the samples are in the 440 Hz but we’ll figure something out. But before we did, I decided to do a little experiment while busking, just to see what would happen – I tuned myself at 432 Hz. And the results were quite surprising.
First of all, no one stopped to listen or give a penny or two. Usually my opening number, Iz’s “Somewhere over the rainbow”, gets them every time. Not this time. Nor did “White Sandy Beach”, “Mother Nature’s Son” or any of the other songs I played in 432 Hz. In addition to this, or maybe the reason behind this, was that I constantly felt that I was off pitch (Wiki has a good explanation for this with the thirds. Read it here) and wasn’t so secure in my singing or playing. My ears are so accustomed to 440 Hz that it was extremely hard to adjust. As were probably their ears. Another problem was, because I tuned down a bit, the uke went a bit wonky and I had to tune it after every song or two. So I tuned back up to 440 Hz. And everything went back to normal. I didn’t sing or play “out of tune” and the money started coming in.
This doesn’t mean I’ve given up on tuning at 432 Hz. It just means that it’s not something that’s going to happen overnight. It’s going to take a while for my ears to adjust to the new tuning. And I will have to tune my piano and practice at this pitch too. But if I make a positive albeit tiny shift in the cosmos, it will be worth it