Approaching music with the urge to heal produces a different impact. Usually one seeks music in this city, or in life, solely for pleasure. It often ends up being therapeutic despite original intentions; why and how this happens can be explained in many ways.
Sound is a vibration of air, and everything in mankind is a vibration of energy. There’s a set of powerful frequencies that can be used to heal specific things. Opening up to music that has been tuned to the “scientific” 432 Hz can expand consciousness and release emotional blockages once resonating in our body. Consider this frequency a powerful antenna that tunes you in into a “source” of well-being. There is much to research around this subject, a lot of controversy: some call them “hippie-dippie” theories, and there’s some that takes these matters more seriously, as the ongoing 432 Hz Research Project and 432 Chamber Orchestra.
In 1881, 432 Hz tuning was unanimously approved by the Congress of Italian musicians after being recommended by the physicists Felix Savart and Joseph Sauveur, along with the scientist Bartolomeo Grassi Landi. However, the frequency accepted by the American Federation of Musicians wasn’t this, but a “disharmonic” 440 Hz and it was pushed worldwide once London followed in 1953. Now it’s known as the worldwide frequency of reference.
Luckily there’s a couple of options here in Buenos Aires where one can experiment with harmonic frequencies in different ways. VISHUDA CUENCOS TIBETANOS is a space in Saavedra dedicated to researching the possibilities of sound as a therapeutic resource. They offer training seminars on how to use these frequencies for healing purposes. One of the intensive seminars offered is “A Journey to Harmony” – Tibetan Bowls. Here you learn how to play these Tibetan bowls and recognize the difference in the sound emitted due to its size and material. Learning how to identify frequencies to activate a mending flux is something you’ll be taught in this space. Another interesting activity offered at the space is a “Tuning Fork & Conopuncture” workshop.
The creators of VISHUDA CUENCOS TIBETANOS, Juan and María believe in expanding and multiplying these practices, which is why they also offer guided meditations in a different space in San Cristobal two days a week. Their intention is for these practices to become a horizontal possibility within reach. You can find them on Spotify where they offer free sound meditations, as well as YouTube where month to month they upload certain practices under the same name “Vishuda Cuencos Tibetanos.” If you’re eager for more, check them out on Facebook and Instagram as well.
Few musical instruments generate such intense emotions as the handpan. This steel drum originated in Bern Switzerland and is also known as The Hang®, which means “hand” in Bernese German. This instrument emits a resonant sound that mirrors the island drums, hypnotizing its listeners. They are created in different scales, are very hard to find, and usually quite pricey. Gustavo Simaan has opened up a space in Palermo area where for AR $300 you can join a handpan session. “Circulo de Handpans” is offered twice a week, and the best part of this activity is that there’s no need for you to have your own instrument! Gustavo will provide them if needed. You will learn about the frequencies emitted by the handpan and how to play it.
Along with Sol de Raco, they offer guided meditations every Sunday. The sound journey usually lasts a couple of hours and is created by instruments from around the world. Talk about an affordable Sunday activity that promises to relax and help you start the week off right!
The didgeridoo is one of the oldest woodwind instruments created by indigenous Australians. In order to breathe easily and be able to play, one must be in a comfortable sitting position. These instruments are tuned in different keys depending on their length, width, and shape. The sounds that the aborigines mimicked with the didgeridoo were those of their surroundings. These sounds can be mixed with droning to create rhythms. Players usually tap them out on the side of the didgeridoo using fingers or sticks. You can coordinate didgeridoo lessons in Palermo area within the same “handpan platform” as they are also offered by Gustavo.
These therapeutic sound practices promise to improve your mood and balance out anxiety. Don’t be shy, seek out and test these musical alternatives and see how your mind and body reap the benefits.