EMF Sensitivity and the Sound of Music

I don’t enjoy listening to satellite radio.  Far from delivering the clarity the media touts as an advantage, I hear an awful feedback, and the quality of sound is severely diminished.  In fact, listening to it is painful.  I plug my iPod into the car’s audio system when FM isn’t available.

Curious about the potential cause of the awful feedback from satellite radio, I consulted an engineer.  Here is his reply:

There is a good reason for all of what you are experiencing.  The streaming speeds are so wickedly slow (an order of magnitude slower than streaming an Internet radio station which is also really bad) that they have to put very heavy compression algorithms on all of the signal. To me it’s all unlistenable; I would rather just sing to myself.

On the other side of the spectrum, I’m burning my vinyl collection into hi resolution digital files…a typical song is about 500 MBI.  The sound is magical!!!

Although this explained the poor sound quality, it didn’t explain the painful feedback, so I asked for clarification.

It’s actually not feedback but just the nasty transients caused during compression, transmission, and decompression.  I can understand why it sounds like feedback though!

It turns out, we aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed:

‘We’re in the 21st century and we have the worst sound that we’ve ever had,’ Young tells MTV News at Sundance Film Festival.

Neil says:  “…It’s all about the bottom and the beat driving everything, and that’s because in the resolution of the music, there’s nothing else you can really hear. The warmth and the depth at the high end is gone.”

Years ago, I talked with a guy who sold Linn Sound Systems.  He told me a lot of people couldn’t appreciate the pristine quality because they didn’t have an auditory system sensitive enough to notice the subtleties and nuances of sound energy.  He was amazed when, during a demonstration, I was able to pick up on the subtleties he spoke of.

People who are EMF Sensitive can hear the differences because we can hear every nuance of frequencies.

When I consider how EMF Sensitivity is not widely accepted by medical professionals in the United States, I am reminded of the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes.  Just because the masses have closed their eyes (or ears in this case) to the truth, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

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3 thoughts on “EMF Sensitivity and the Sound of Music”

  1. I am also EMF sensitive, and I noticed that i am sensitive to some music and television shows. the frequencies just drive me up the wall. I sometimes loose my balance if standing; my body goes very limp, and I become very agitated. That’s no bull! Most people do not understand so it is good to have this validated.

    1. Alex: Thank you for taking the time to post a comment! I’m glad to have validated your experience. You’re correct, people who don’t have this typically don’t understand how nasty the symptoms can be. The challenging part is fine tuning the causes (no pun intended) by narrowing the frequencies that are problematic and those that aren’t. I suggest keeping a journal. I know there are certain songs I cannot listen to without becoming very depressed and certain guitar riffs make me cringe because they are so discordant they are painful (it’s like nails down a chalk board or I feel as if someone is snapping my spine).
      I have organized helpful songs into a playlist and make it a point to stay away from those that are harmful. I don’t watch TV shows other than a few reruns on DVD so I wasn’t aware they could also cause an issue. Thank you for sharing that.

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