Why does the sound frequency matter on study music streams on YouTube?

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I have no idea which flair this should properly fall under. If the “other” tag is inappropriate, I’d be happy to recategorize it.

Many times I see study/sleep/chilling music videos and streams on YouTube that will include the sound frequency in the title. The one I’m listening to right now says the music is 432Hz.

Why does the sound frequency matter?

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The reality:

Modern music is “tuned” so that the A below middle C is 440Hz. An instrument playing that note will not only cause 440Hz sound, though – there are resonances and such from within the instrument that will cause other frequencies to occur too.

This is the case, so when, for example, you tune a guitar, it is tuned in a way that everyone else will expect it to be tuned to.

In the past, there were other tunings. It doesn’t matter what frequency you tune to – the music would be a bit higher or lower pitch, but the form will be the same. For the vast majority of us, we wouldn’t likely even notice that one song used a different tuning than another one unless they were olverlaid against each other.

Most people don’t have perfect pitch, so as long as the relative pitch is the same, we don’t really care. You could play a song that is normally in the key of C, and transpose it to B, and while it will be quite a bit different for the musicians to play, and you might notice that something is up (particularly if you’re singing it and it pushes your range), but the music itself will be the same music.

Some musicians will intentionally play in a different tuning because they like the way it sounds – and this is legitimate. Some people have perfect pitch and can notice this stuff easily, too.

That’s the historical aspect of what A= x Hz means.

What all these stupid youtube videos proffer is that music that is tuned to a different frequency will have some positive effect on you, your body, or your mind, due to some nonsensical ideas that are irrelevant. If someone makes a claim like this, you can likely dismiss anything they tell you at all.

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