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MUSIC AND WATER CRYSTALS


Masaru Emoto first started studying water in the 1990s. He started by making water crystals and photographing them under the microscope.

Emoto’s hypothesis has evolved over the years of his research. Initially he established that high-quality water forms beautiful and intricate crystals, while low-quality water has difficulty forming crystals (1). For example, tap water in cities subjected to chlorine treatment, or heavily polluted, failed to form crystals at all. Whenever the quality of water was good, complete crystals formed, each distinctive in detailed pattern and colour.

In certain rivers, such as the Shinano in Japan, perfect crystals were formed from the water upstream, but not from the contaminated downstream waters.

These first claims of Emoto’s were common sense, but his subsequent claims have been ever-increasingly more controversial. After studying the variation in water crystals from samples taken from different locations around the world, Emoto decided to study what would happen to the formation of ice crystals from distilled water after the liquid was exposed to music.(2) (3)



Emoto reports that he found correlations between the types of music played and the quality and beauty of the ice crystals that would form upon freezing. For instance, the crystal in picture 4 was observed in water that had been played Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, and the other crystal in picture 5 was observed in water that had been played “heavy metal” music. It is interesting to note that this claim closely mirrors the claim that classical music has a beneficial effect on plant growth, and rock music hinders plant growth.

One should remember that Emoto has, perhaps justly, been derided as a 'pseudo-scientist' and his foray into selling water and photographs hasn't done much to add credibility to his work.

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