Does live music have an effect on our blood?

This is what sound researcher John Stuart Reid, Anders Holte & Cacina Meádu wanted to test
in this first scientific experiment of its kind


In the beginning of 2019 the award winning Israeli filmmaker Tsipi Raz contacted Anders Holte. At the time she was still working on her new documentary “The 1 Field”. Tsipi wanted to shoot one last scientific experiment in which she planned to test and film the effect of sound and music, in particular the effect of Anders' voice together with Cacina’s music on water and on human blood.

With this idea in mind they contacted world renowned sound researcher and acoustic physics scientist John Stuart Reid, and to their delight he agreed to perform these tests.

In 2017, John had the hunch that the longevity of red blood cells in human blood would be positively affected by music. To test his idea he collaborated with Professor Sungchul Ji of Rutgers University. Together they designed an experimental protocol and ran a series of tests.

A test tube of whole human blood was first decanted into two smaller test tubes. One test tube was placed in a music incubator (an incubator containing a small loud speaker). This blood was then fed with recorded music
for twenty minutes. The other vial, the control blood, was placed in an incubator in an acoustically quiet Faraday Cage (for the same twenty minute period).

Many genres of music were tested, with many test tubes of blood, and in each case the results revealed that there were far more viable red blood cells in the musical environment than in the quiet environment. An astonishing result.