Sounds Like Timing is Everything
Each day, for many years, I wake up in the wee hours of the night to go pee. No big deal, it’s perfectly normal and healthy behavior, done it all my life. But before I even get up, within seconds of becoming conscious, I am blasted by a horn lasting three seconds. The pitch of the tone is always the same, a slightly flat variation of D major.
Now mind you, I don’t wake up at the exact same time every night and morning as I am on no clock; it may be 2:35am or 3:42am, pick a number, but this event occurs in perfect real time with my waking up most every night for over a decade; thereby indicating that my waking up is not coinciding with someone’s scheduled activity, such as the railroad or other entity. Rather, it indicates to me that I am being spied on my home by some snake lying in wait in the darkness for me to awake so he can hit me upon consciousness with his horn. I call it terrorism.
Can Sound Be Used As a Weapon?
Referring to the aforesaid story, brings this article to it’s primary point: Can sound be used to harm people? I can tell you plainly from experience that it can. In simple ordinary every day ways sound can be used as a weapon to harm someone. For one thing, each night that event takes place, I can no longer just pee and go back to sleep but am up for rest of the night and day thereby causing sleep deprivation and thus further bodily harm. I’ve yet to pinpoint the sound frequency of the horn not having any device for measuring it. My internal organs such as digestive tracts, muscles, pancreas, and brain are immediately “jarred” into a state of trembling shock. So not only am I deprived of my rest and healing time, my bodily functions are disrupted causing malfunction and added suffering. In my thinking, I am being systematically murdered by the person(s) responsible for this terrorist act.
Yes, sound certainly can be used as a weapon. One can use his blasting car stereo to annoy another with drive by gimmicks or even regularly blast a horn at them, say maybe, where they live or work. Yeh, lots of folks are snide using dirty tactics of revenge against others for personal reasons. These minor occurrences of tyranny happen all the time across the country. Unfortunately, there are larger staged and engineered sounds and devices used for larger methods of the crime.
Resonance & Sound Waves
All sounds travel on sound waves which are based on the frequency. Its frequency is defined as a specific measured pressure against a medium such as air. Knowing that sounds can be used to fracture solid materials, ask yourself; How fragile are you?
Sound As a Tool
This is an easy one. We all know of many every day uses of sound in our lives as tools. From the beeping alert of your microwave telling you it’s done to various other sounds and uses such burglar alarms or emergency vehicle sirens. Even my phone beeps to let me know when its internal battery is fully charged or running low. The possibilities of using sound as tools are endless. Warning sounds are everywhere, can even keep you from getting run over by a backing truck or help a blind person cross the street.
Naval warships carry a device known as sonar used for detecting other vessels or objects such as mines in the water, either on the surface or under the waves. Sonar transmits a sound whose resonant frequency sound waves travel through the water and bounce back when striking an object. By receiving and interpreting the strengths and characters of the return sound wave, Naval personnel can determine things such as the size of the object or even its precise location. This use of sound as a tool could also be construed as use as a weapon of both defensive and offensive capability. For example, knowing exactly where an enemy submarine is could enable the Naval vessel to launch an act of defense from or attack upon the submarine. Sonar and sound have both proven invaluable in military applications along with many other purposes.
Infrasound & Acoustic Sound
Among the most infamous developers of infrasonic weapons was a Russian-born French researcher named Vladimir Gavreau. According to popular media at the time, Gavreau began investigating reports of nausea in his lab that supposedly disappeared once a ventilator fan was disabled. He then launched a series of experiments on the effects of infrasound on human subjects, with results (as reported) ranging from subjects needing to be saved in the nick of time from an infrasonic “envelope of death” that damaged their internal organs to people having their organs “converted to jelly” by exposure to an infrasonic whistle. By the time 166 dB is reached, people noticed problems breathing. Gavreau had patented these, and they were the basis of secret government programs into infrasonic weapons. (Source: Popular Science) The only records of such are found in personal notes, journals, and regional media reports of the time. I would suspect that working for the government in secret, no official or public records of Gavreau’s study or findings would be recorded.