The Colors of Sound

887516272257.600x600-75The concept that our bodies are like fine instruments that sometimes get out of tune is not new.  Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Bach Flower Remedies are healing modalities that are in line with this philosophy, as are two others, color therapy and sound therapy.

Sound and color are part of the electromagnetic spectrum.  In my book Riding the Waves Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity, I explain the role of sound therapy in reducing and/or eliminating symptoms of sensitivity to problematic electromagnetic frequencies.

As part of my research regarding how sound affects the brain, I interviewed Robert Hamaker.  The percussionist/teacher was happy to share his knowledge and experience.  He not only validated my research, he offered in-depth explanations as to why the remedies worked.

I recently learned of a wonderful healing program Robert worked on with Jean Luo.  Jean wrote a book on how to use 19 colors (7 major chakra colors, 5 minor chakra colors, and a few others) in various forms of healing. It tells what qualities each color embodies, which body areas and ailments it can be connected to, and how to use it in various modalities such as meditation, essential oils, aromatherapy, etc, to bring those qualities into your life or assist with chakra balancing or healing.

Author Deborah Fruchey edited the book and Robert was asked to compose the healing music.  Robert’s album covers an instrumental song for each color and two grounding tracks.

887516272264.600x600-75The theory behind this sound therapy is that every note has a certain vibration in Hertz, and if you double the speed of vibration you get the same note one octave up.  If you do this 40 times you get the Terrahertz, the light vibration,

In other words, a color.

Robert did this for each color in Jean’s book.  When he had the right note for each color, he wrote a piece that was harmonically based on that note.

He also mathematically calculated the sound vibration downward to get the correct beat for each piece.

Additional information and listening samples can be found here.

About Rob:  Robert Hamaker has been performing and teaching as a percussionist for over 30 years.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in percussion performance in 1983 from Cal State University, Hayward.  With training and experience in both classical and contemporary music, he has a unique expertise to bring to his projects.  Mr. Hamaker is currently Principal Percussionist with the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, Golden Gate Park Band, and the Diablo Symphony, for whom he also acts as Concert Manager.  He plays for various theatre groups and is a long standing member of Pacific Sticks Percussion Ensemble.  He teaches at 3 private teaching studios in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lives.

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About Deborah:  Deborah Fruchey is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction.  Her first novel, The Unwilling Heiress, was chosen as a Best Book by the American Bookseller’s Association.  Is There Room For Me, Too, her book on mental illness issues, has been called “The best book of its kind” by Jeffrey Sparr, creator of the PeaceLove Foundation.  Her first formal collection of poetry will be forthcoming from MCT Publishing in 2014.

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