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432 Hz
13 April 2014
Ed Sullivan Show
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As you might already know we use 440 Hz to tune instruments and for songs. However, when changed into 432 Hz, although the difference is slight, it makes the songs sound thicker and nicer.

I you want to read the science (and some of the conspiracy theories) you can here: http://www.collective-evolutio.....-to-432hz/

Here's a video I found which does a test: 

Now for some examples! I must admit that it is sometimes very hard to hear the difference, although it may be the fact that I've gotten used to it because I've listening to them for so long. Here is Strawberry Fields Forever, in it's standard 440 Hz form:

And here it is in 432 Hz - there's not a whole load different other than this one sounds smoother and thicker.


It might just be a load of old codswollop, but I thought I'd share with you a-hard-days-night-john-1



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13 April 2014
Mr. Kite
910 Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, Pepperland
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This is pretty interesting... Here's a test video to see which sound you prefer. I don't think there's too much of a difference, but in this test I feel people are more likely to choose A because they get used to it and then have a different sample come in, whether it's 440 or 432 Hz.

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14 April 2014
Behind the moon
Hollywood Bowl
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16 December 2013

I prefer 440Hz. 
The 432Hz sounds out of tune in my ears - probably due to my obsessive tune-the-guitar-to-perfection disorder. Or maybe just because I am used to it :)

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Mr. Kite
14 April 2014
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I read something recently (sorry for vagueness) about Stradivarius violins sounding far better if they're tuned to A432. Concert pitch was lower in the 17/18th centuries before 440 became the standard, and Strads were designed to be tuned to 432. According to some professional violinists, when they're tuned to 440 they sound less good (these things are relative, of course), and put strain on the instruments that they weren't designed to accommodate.

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14 April 2014
Von Bontee
A Hole In The Road
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That Stradivari factoid sounds more reasonable than any claims that 432hz is somehow more "natural", especially when the whole Hertz scale is just a human construction anyways. Some people will be able to able to detect a few microtones difference in pitch (even with all the intervals remaining equal) and some may not; and those who do may find the difference pleasing, or they may not. Everybody with their own set of ears and nervous system, etc.

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