More on DoD sound (Eliot Handelman )

Subject: More on DoD sound
From:    Eliot Handelman  <eliot(at)SUNRISE.CC.MCGILL.CA>
Date:    Fri, 28 Jan 1994 17:48:08 EST

Hello once again, My request for information about DoD infrasound research has been answered by people with similar interests, but so far no specifics. Lest this topic die in the fold, here's a summary of an interview with Mark Pauline of "Survival Research Labs" that appeared in Mondo 2000 #2, Summer 1990: 1. He has "all of the papers," about 400 papers and articles. There's "hundreds and hundreds of studies." He's got "several hundred studies by all these different people on the kinds of effects." 2. "It's really a very powerful tool for mood manipulation ... you'll feel very giddy, your face will flush red ... if you're drunk you'll become much more drunk ... you'll lose about 20% of your IQ and about 15-20% of your ability to balance yourself ... it makes your chest vibrate ... it makes your eyes shake so much that you can't see clearly anymore." 3. The French Police have "ultrasonic ... like phase waves of ultrasonic [ellipses in orig.] ... those are dangerous." "They make phased waves of two different frequencies that are slightly off each other by like 30 Hz. What happens is you experience a really high frequency scream that you can't really hear but can really damage, rupture, your insides if it's on a long time." "... this guy had binoculars with these ultrasonic transducers beaming out 2 different frequencies and he fired it at a horse during a horse race and the horse just tumbled out of control." 4. "Every part of your body has a resonant frequency. ... The really dangerous frequencies are in the area of 2000 Hz. Anything above 500 Hz is extremely dangerous." 5. "I'm using sound to evoke the same kind of emotions that music typically would. But I believe that the beneficial and _even_ the manipulative effect of music has been co-opted and has been made essentially useless now. And that's why I'm trying to think of other ways to use sound that ... have the kind of transformational potential that music used to have." An alternate rumor about the riot gun I've heard specified something like 77 Hz at high intensity, used in the east bloc, as I seem to remember, the purported effect of which was to rattle the sphincters with predictable consequences. Since I'm trying to fill out a few pages of a book with a discussion of this area, any information, whether technical reports or newspaper clippings, would be extremely helpful. The only part of the above that I can substantiate is the end of #3, since JASA reported experiments (around 1960?) in offing mice with high-intensity sound; I recall a paper that examined the hypothesis that death was caused by heat induced by fur beating, and destroyed some hairless mice to show this was not so. It's a weird area. Best, -- eliot

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