Psychophysicist is the fruit of an ambitious collaboration between Adi Newton (Clock Dva, TAGC) and Andrew McKenzie (The Hafler Trio), two giants in the field of electronic music.
Psychophysics was developed by Gustave Fechner, who believed that science and technology had made man materialistic and indifferent to spiritual matters. He postulated the conceptual notion that science could measure states of mind. He began to experiment with this notion in 1850. Ten years later he published Elements of Psychophysics. One of the most influential treatises of modern science, the book established psychophysics, a term Fechner himself devised, as a science, and provided a treasury of experimental data that psychophysicists were to explore and extend for generations.
Over the past few years reports and programs on the hazards of electromagnetic fields have appeared throughout the world. One story, published in the New York Times in 1989 reported "It is now clear that 60-hertz and other low-frequency electromagnetic fields can interact with individual cells and organs to produce biological changes." While the nature of these interactions is "subtle and complex" and their implications for public health remain unclear, the study said, there are legitimate reasons for concern". The danger of sound or frequencies being primarily the same thing is not a new concept. In 1960 Professor Gavreau, head of the Electro-Acoustics and Automation Laboratory in France investigated the use of infrasonics as a weapon for military purposes. He devised a siren which emitted a note of 37 cycles, the effects of which could kill instantaneously when amplified to extremely high levels. Problems with directionality at that time prevented its further development.
Since the days of these early experiments secret American military research projects have developed techniques that enable control of human behavior over long distance via use of sound frequencies. It has recently been proposed by US military to engage in the use of black noise generators in limited warfare situations. We can only guess as to the degree of sophistication they have achieved, as information of this nature is restricted. But there can be no doubts that current research is discovering further applications in this field.
The recordings on this compact disc are concerned with a more benevolent directive, and are aimed to stimulate and aid the expansion of consciousness and relaxation of physiological tensions. Our aim was to create a recording which could be used for these purposes. This is the true aim of psychophysics, the attainment of body and spirit.
Recently Dr. P. G. Manners has developed Cymatic Wave Therapy, which he describes as "the medical transplanting of harmonic frequencies into the human structure". This therapy is based on the idea that the body is vibrating, or giving off frequencies, and that scientific instruments can duplicate the ideal frequencies of any given area, and reinforce them. With these ideas, and an open mind, we can develop a new form of being.