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The Taos Hum: More Subliminal Research?
"You get so interested in the image in the mirror that it
becomes you, and you forget who you were, who you are, who you
could become. You become the person in the mirror."
"I had everything I wanted. I envied no one, wanted no one
else's life. Having survived the experiment, I felt I was
unlike anyone else. I was reborn and, having realized that, I
had just begun to live."
"I imagine every large college in America was conducting
similar experiments, some in conjunction with mind-altering
drugs, some not, during the late 1960s and into the late
1970's. A few, those that showed promise, probably carry on
K. C. Grams, who lives in Taos, New Mexico hears a constant,
irritating hum that deprives her of sleep and depletes her
Steven Walters hears it, too; a low, throbbing sound that robs
him of the precious quiet he sought when he left the big city.
Robert Faurie hears it: an unnatural, generator-like noise
just at the edge of what his ear can pick up.
It is the Taos hum, a phenomenon fit for a supermarket
tabloid, a sound that not everyone hears and no one can
"You know how it is when you're about to go to sleep and one
of those big black flies or a mosquito is on your room?
Imagine having that every single night and not being able to
swat it. It makes you crazy," Grams said.
When she first heard the sound two years ago, she assumed it
was something in her old, adobe house on the outskirts of
town. But she could never find the source.
She was horrified to discover that when she went camping 30
miles away she could still hear the sound.
About a year and a half ago, at a potluck dinner at her son's
school, a stranger asked Grams if she could hear a humming
"I almost started crying," Grams recalled. "It's such a relief
to know you're not crazy and not alone, and that it's real."
Experts don't doubt Grams and others are being bothered by
something. A team of scientists and engineers spent a week in
Taos recently at the request of two Congressmen, using
sophisticated equipment to measure acoustic, electromagnetic
and seismic signals. They found no ready answer.
"Right now we're not close to being able to say anything. It's
disappointing to all of us," said Joe Mullins, chairman of the
mechanical engineering department at the University of New
Mexico and leader of the team from Sandia and Los Alamos
national laboratories and the U.S. Air Force's Phillips
Based on initial observations, the team believes it is
probably an acoustic signal_that is, not a sound_ the hearers
are picking up.
"If it was a sound then one of the microphones would have
sensed it," said team member Horace Poteet. The team used
conventional laboratory microphones as well as a specially
built microphone that detects low frequency sound.
Poteet, a physicist whose work involves nuclear test-ban
treaty verification, heard the Taos hum while he was there.
In fact, he says, he's been hearing a noise for a while at his
Albuquerque home 130 miles south of Taos. He hasn't found it
particularly bothersome and describes it as sounding like a
diesel truck idling in the distance. (Refer to UFO Report
number 8 for a description of a spherical object landing and
making the same kinds of sounds).
Seven persons who simulated the sound for the investigators
using a signal generator and a loudspeaker selected low-range
frequencies, from 33 to 80 hertz. The range of human hearing
is between 20 and 20,000 hertz.
Taos residents are convinced the problem is not with their
ears because the sound can be masked with other sounds or by
getting far enough away from Taos that they no longer hear it.
At first, U. S. Representative Bill Richardson, D-NM, was
inclined to write off the complaints as "some of my more
colorful constituents." The town of 4,000 in a spectacular
setting in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains has long been known
as a haven for artists, writers, dancers and other sensitive
But he is now convinced the problem is real, and has asked a
staff member from the House Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence to investigate.
"It isn't a figment of anyone's imagination," Richardson said.
"I think there is a hum, a noise of some kind."
So does Steven Walters, a musician who moved from Portland,
Oregon in search of the quiet life.
"Every time I become quiet, the sound is right there,
throbbing," he said. "The best word I've come up with for it
So do more than 100 people who have contacted Bob and Catanya
Saltzman since the Saltzman's first reported hearing the
Dozens of people also responded to the Saltzmans' informal
survey, complaining of headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness,
shortness of breath, balance problems and other ailments, the
Catanya Saltzman first heard the sound in May 1991 and her
photographer husband heard it two weeks later. They have heard
it almost continually since_including on occasional visits to
Santa Fe, 70 miles to the south.
They describe it as a low, grinding, pulsating noise, with a
whine overlying it. It disrupts their sleep, and Catanya
Saltzman, a dancer, said it affects her balance and
The Saltzmans spent two months in South Carolina recently to
They speculate the sound emanates from a secret defense elated
project and that it may not be random noise at all but,
rather, specific electromagnetic waves.
John Keel, well-known UFO author and researcher feels that
there is now abundant evidence that "somebody" has developed a
technique for broadcasting not only to HAM radio operators but
to civilian band radios, walkie-talkies and even over
telephones. Strange voices and code-like signals have been
heard on TV sets. He says that interference is often in the
form of rapid, guttural language that sounds like an odd
combination of Spanish and German. It is most prevalent in the
low frequencies, on bands used almost exclusively by
governments for transmitting time signals.
He suggests that if you own a good short wave radio you may be
able to hear these signals at the low end of the band after
midnight during the UFO flap months of March, April, July and
We must never discount the possibility of subliminal
contact_telepathy. Thought is not limited by distance; the
mind transcends all that is physical and there is nothing in
the physical universe that cannot be penetrated by human
The most remote corners of the universe can be reached in an
instant. The physical body can be transported by the power of
the mind anywhere in the universe.
When I was in the Navy, particularly from about 1955 until
1968, I would project my thoughts at night to my younger
brother and try to heal his broken and crippled legs. I did
this every night for about 15 years as a normal routine. I had
no idea if the thoughts or projections were working or not and
I never told anyone that I had done it or continued to do it
for 15 years.
It was only in 1992, 22 years after I returned from Southeast
Asia, that his wife pulled me aside one afternoon during a
visit to Indiana and told me that she had awakened one night
to the sound of someone talking in their bedroom.
She said she could clearly see me standing at the foot of
their bed looking at my brother and that she insisted I leave
at once, but I told her that I had come to help heal him.
The mind (as opposed to the brain) is not a physical object.
It is being rather than matter. It is an entity that has no
substance and, yet, is aware of itself. And it can be affected
and even altered by electromagnetic harmonics and sounds,
often to the point of death.
If you have heard unusual sounds, particularly a sound like a
diesel engine idling, alternately high and low, or what seem
to be voices played in fast forward on a tape recorder, or
clearly heard and understood questions or commands that seem
to originate from a point about one foot behind your right
ear, we urge you to write and tell us about it. You are
probably being scanned as a potential target for mind-altering
experiments, including suicide or murder.
You may be receiving instructions to go to a certain place at
a certain time to accomplish a task that will never be
consciously revealed to you.
This information is provided as a public service, but we cannot guarantee that the information is current or accurate. Readers should verify the information before acting on it.