The Effects of Frequency on the Brain

Frequency refers to the speed at which a wave completes a full cycle in one second. These waves are measured in hertz (Hz) and we use different frequencies to find pitch and tune. Different measurements of hertz are meant to subconsciously affect our mind and even evoke certain feelings just by listening to that sound. Specific frequencies can evoke different feelings. There are a specific set of frequencies known as Solfeggio frequencies that are each linked to a different state or sensation. With a total of nine different frequencies the sensations are quite different and even progressing from one state to the next. For an audio sample with all nine frequencies click here.

The Idea behind these frequencies is that you can use them subliminally or build an entire song around it in order to evoke specific feelings within a listener. While some of these vibrations are supposedly able to be used for healing purposes they can be used to give a listener the same feeling that a character in a game should be experiencing. Allowing the player to relate to the character in game on a subconscious level goes beyond normal empathy that an individual would experience. According to David Hulse D.D. music created using the Solfeggio scale can foster an increase of creativity and open thinking (Hulse, 2011). The important information here is that the Solfeggio scale can actually influence the mind and body in ways that the normal 12-tone scale, like what we hear in normal music today, cannot. According to another article the 528 Hz frequency that is a part of the Solfeggio scale is actually proven to repair DNA (Collins, 4). While the goal is not to medically influence a player the evidence that shows music can influence a listener in extraordinary ways based on frequency alone is phenomenal.

Hulse, D. (2011, January 1). Forgotten In Time: The Ancient Solfeggio Frequencies. Retrieved March 7, 2015, from

Collins, D. (n.d.). Specific Music for Health Shown to Repair Your DNA. Retrieved March 7, 2015, from

2 thoughts on “The Effects of Frequency on the Brain

  1. It’s very interesting how sounds influence the overall mindset of an individual. You mentioned within your blog post that video game players become immersed within a game’s atmosphere depending on the frequencies utilized, do you think that music plays a huge significance in players’ performance? Have you thought of testing a puzzle game with different soundtracks to see how the player is influenced?
    Have you considered explaining how frequencies influence certain moods, temperaments, illnesses and the treatment of illnesses? Have you considered conducting your own survey inquiring on how the listener feels when listening to certain frequencies?

    These links listed below might help extend your research and give more information on how frequencies affect the listener:


  2. I run a music composition blog, so when you mentioned how utilizing Solfeggio frequencies might enhance music, I perked up. I’m wondering, how do Solfeggio frequencies relate to the frequencies of the 12-tone scale used in Western music? Must Solfeggio frequencies be played at a specific frequency to retain their ridiculously cool effects, or can you double/halve the frequency to move them up/down an octave and retain those effects?

    For example, a tone played at 261 Hz and a tone played at 523 Hz are both Cs, and they maintain their relationships to the other 11 tones in the chromatic scale. Do Solfeggio frequencies work the same way?

    Do any of the Solfeggio frequencies overlap with any of the frequencies commonly used in the 12-tone, chromatic scale, at any octave?

    I think composing a song around these tones could lead to something very appealing and unique, so I’m eager to hear more about these frequencies.


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