Author Topic: Infrasound Goes Bump In The Night...  (Read 1959 times)

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Infrasound Goes Bump In The Night...
« on: August 17, 2006, 06:32:37 am »
British specialist in information technology Vic Tandy says he will never forget that night. He was working overtime in his laboratory at the University of Coventry, England. The clock showed 7 p.m. All of his colleagues had already left yet Tandy seemed to have lost the sense of time because his work absorbed him completely. All of a sudden he felt cold sweat running down his back – he could feel somebody watching him. He looked around and saw something gray, fog-like and somewhat shapeless moving closer in his direction. It was apparently moving and looking right at him. The apparition vanished in thin air when it was just couple of feet away from Vic. The researcher cursed loudly, took a deep breath, and wiped the sweat from his face.

The above is just the beginning of a story relayed by Tandy to one of the British dailies. The remaining part unfolds like a detective movie interspersed with scientific details.

Being a true researcher, Tandy decided to do research on the phenomenon and place it on the solid scientific grounds. Having become a "ghost buster" of sorts, he spent five years looking into all the stories related to ghosts observed in the old English castles. He lay in wait at night. He studied the readings of scientific equipment. Eventually, he learned from whence the ghosts came. He even put forth the reasons why the English happen to witness ghosts more frequently than the residents of other countries.

"The 'dead people' in this country have more reasons to walk round the corridors and towers of the old castles and mansions because of the strong sea winds blowing swiftly across the British Isles," says Tandy. "The winds produce the sound waves of a particular range, which until recently researchers have failed to take note of. The people traditionally see the phenomena created by those sound waves as specters," adds he.

The researcher arrived at the conclusion by accident. He brought a rapier to his workplace one day after he saw the ghost in his laboratory. The rapier needed repairing for a competition Tandy was going to participate later that week. He held the rapier in a vice and soon saw it oscillate as if an invisible hand was swinging the rapier back and forth. The researcher was confident that he was witnessing the phenomenon of resonance.

It was very quite in the laboratory at the time. Tandy got down to measuring procedures using a number of devices. He was really amazed to find out that a terrible noise and rumbling was, in fact, filling the laboratory at the very moment. But all the sounds were infrasonic i.e. with frequencies below the audible range.

It did not take Tandy long to locate the source of noise. The noise was coming from a new ventilator, which was recently installed in an air conditioning system. Once the researcher switched off the ventilator, the rapier stopped vibrating. A moment later an interesting idea crossed his mind: "What if the infrared phenomenon has to do with ghosts?"
   
The sound waves in the laboratory measured a frequency of 18.98 Hz. It roughly equals the frequency movement of a human eyeball.

The wind gusts blowing against the walls of an old tower produce the sound waves within the infrasound range. The sounds can penetrate the thickest walls. When in a tower, one can hear the wind howling and moaning like mad in the corridors.

"It’s not a coincidence that the ghosts allegedly walk along the long corridors where drafts fly bouncing over the walls," says the researcher in proof of his theory.

So far Tandy has failed to explain why the "resonant sounds" took shape in such a form. Besides, it is still unclear how the potent infrasonic waves react if they are produced by strong gusts of wind or vehicles and airplanes zipping by.


Source: Komsomolskaya Pravda http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx
Translated by Guerman Grachev


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Re: Infrasound Goes Bump In The Night...
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2009, 12:50:41 am »
The major flaw with the infrasound argument is the simple fact that it couldn't possibly account for the bulk of so-called paranormal experiences.  This was a fact openly recognised and admitted by Vic himself. 
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Re: Infrasound Goes Bump In The Night...
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2010, 03:41:53 pm »
There is more research going on into infrasound. A study showed a possible connection to infrasound and that " uneasy" feeling.

Lord and Wiseman played four contemporary pieces of live music, including some laced with infrasound, at a London concert hall and asked the audience to describe their reactions to the music.  Listeners were not told which of the pieces contained infrasound notes and which did not. 22% of the listeners reported feelings of unease, fear, and revulsion during the infrasound pieces, leading researcher Richard Wiseman to conclude: “Some scientists have suggested that this level of sound may be present at some allegedly haunted sites and so cause people to have odd sensations that they attribute to a ghost–our findings support these ideas.”

Several people are doing research in the area of infrasound  and developing equipment to detect ultra low sounds. They and others are looking for connections to  their findings and paranormal activities.

 

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