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The BEAT-172 video journey at the end is beyond natural. Supernatural.

Fetal heart beat at 11-weeks pregnancy – Audio. 19 seconds.
Go to the bottom of this article to find out the beats per minute.

The seed that started it all was a 86-beat-per-minute rock drum track. A YouTube link was emailed to me as a subscriber to this guys newsletter. He’s a drummer and makes drum tracks to jam with. I liked it and stored in on my computer.

Anyway, so I found 86bpm music. I found a list. I picked some. I found them on YouTube and downloaded them. I ran them through a beat counter online tool and found that actually they’re 172bpm. Let’s see. I think 86bpm x 2 = 172bpm.

I found a Nordic song with chanting I liked but it was 179bpm. So I slowed it down to 172bpm. I was starting to get an interesting collection of modified music. Everything needed to be fixed some way. Often the music clips were overdriving and clipping. So I’d put it through a compressor to clean it up.

I downloaded an 86bpm metronome clip.

I assembled the music in an open-source program called Audacity. A track for each song and then excerpted sections. All but the rock drum track which pounds in 86-bpm beat through the entire piece. This give a seamless feeling to everything.

I then deleted a few music tracks that didn’t fit well thematically. Oddly, one track I kept was 117bpm by Oasis called “Wonderwall.” It worked at the beginning. Not sure why yet. But I bet 117bpm is a rhythmic mathematical relationship to 86bpm or 172bpm. 1:1.36 or 1:1.47 ratio. Wonder what that means in music language?

Date: June 26, 2019
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Summary: “In a surprising marriage of science and art, researchers have developed a system for converting the molecular structures of proteins, the basic building blocks of all living beings, into audible sound that resembles musical passages. Then, reversing the process, they can introduce some variations into the music and convert it back into new proteins never before seen in nature.”

I think I may be a rock scientist. A super-smart rock scientist.

So I now had a pretty cool sound track. Built with the following lyric excerpts and in this order:

Oasis: “Wonderwall” 1995

[Verse 1]
Today is gonna be the day that they’re gonna throw it back to you
By now, you should have somehow realized what you gotta do
I don’t believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now

[Verse 2]
Backbeat, the word is on the street that the fire in your heart is out
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, but you never really had a doubt
I don’t believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now

Nickelback: “You Remind Me” 2003

[Verse 1]
Never made it as a wise man
I couldn’t cut it as a poor man stealing
Tired of living like a blind man
I’m sick of sight without a sense of feeling
And this is how you remind me

This is how you remind me of what I really am
This is how you remind me of what I really am

It’s not like you to say sorry
I was waiting on a different story
This time I’m mistaken
For handing you a heart worth breaking
And I’ve been wrong, I’ve been down
Been to the bottom of every bottle
These five words in my head
Scream “Are we having fun yet?”

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no
Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no

[Verse 2]
It’s not like you didn’t know that
I said I love you and I swear I still do
And it must have been so bad
‘Cause living with me must have damn near killed you

Green Day: “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” 2004

I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don’t know where it goes
But it’s home to me, and I walk alone
I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
And I’m the only one, and I walk alone
I walk alone, I walk alone
I walk alone, I walk a-

My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart’s the only thing that’s beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
‘Til then I walk alone

Then I began searching for video clips and sound effects.

I decided to focus on the drums and borrowed heavily from Shania Twain’s drummer, Elijah Wood, playing drums at a live rock concert.

“However, during the Shania Now tour many of us left completely captivated and blown away by her drummer Elijah Wood. Elijah from the very start of the show caught the attention of the audience with just one drum beat. As Elijah began to rock the drumkit our hearts beat to the rhythm and we were sold!” – Oct 1, 2018


I put Elijah in slow-motion.I also have clips of a third-world wooden machine pounding, a clock spinning, robots playing drums, and a bunch of skeletons playing marching drums and forming a parade of people dressed as skeletons and ghosts.

The video starts with a clip of my voice saying, “We have deep, deep curiosities and we love to solve puzzles. The deepest thing of all is we like to help people. We want you to be self-reliant. We want to be self-reliant. It’s one of our core values. And so, if we can help you achieve the same, we’ve set you free, and you’ve set us free. We’re trying to make the world a better place.”

Sound effects include: Dark Atmosphere, Dark slam, Heavy Pulsing Machine Sound Effects, Ocean, Rumble, And sort of a “Zoompf!” sound.

The video starts and ends with the metronome ticking at 86 beats per minute.

It’s a message from inside of me.

Pushing forwards like a pounding heart beat. So it’s titled “BEAT-172.”

Fetal tachycardia is defined as a heart rate greater than 160 to 180 beats per minute (bpm). A sustained fetal heart rate exceeding the normal resting rate is uncommon, affecting fewer than 1 percent of all pregnancies.

Normally, even the most complex of meters may be broken down into a chain of duple and triple pulses either by addition or division. According to Pierre Boulez, beat structures beyond four, in western music, are “simply not natural.”

Short tempo (beat): of the order of one second (1 Hz, 60 bpm). Musical tempo is generally specified in the range 40 to 240 beats per minute. A continuous pulse cannot be perceived as a musical beat if it is faster than 8 to 10 per second (8 – 10 Hz, 480 – 600 bpm) or slower than 1 per 1.5 – 2 seconds (0.6 – 0.5 Hz, 40 – 30 bpm). Too fast a beat becomes a drone, too slow a succession of sounds seems unconnected. This time frame roughly corresponds to the human heart rate and to the duration of a single step, syllable or rhythmic gesture.

The study of rhythm, stress, and pitch in speech is called prosody: it is a topic in linguistics and poetics, where it means the number of lines in a verse, the number of syllables in each line and the arrangement of those syllables as long or short, accented or unaccented. Music inherited the term “meter or metre” from the terminology of poetry.

Infants born to depressed women had altered central nervous system development, exhibited less activity and endurance, and exhibited more irritability.

Stress-related changes in a pregnant woman’s heart rate and blood pressure, along with chronic anxiety, can affect the heart rate of her developing fetus, a new study concludes.

I wonder if fetal heart beat was 172bpm?

Heart beat In the umbilical artery obtained from women during the Doppler fetal umbilical artery waveform recording. Made at 10 – 13 weeks of gestation.

Fetal heart rate: 157 – 174 bpm


19-second audio file:
Fetal heart beat
at 11-weeks pregnancy with 172 beat-per-minute metronome superimposed.

I didn’t alter any beats or audio. This is the real deal. The two beats match exactly.

172bpm is not a normal fetal heart rate but the rate of a fetus under stress. It is the same rate as the driving beat of a heavy metal rock concert. The effect? An adrenaline rush from a sense of danger.


What’s the hidden message about my pregnant mother?

Anxiety, stress, depression. Abusive spouse. Night terrors. PTSD. She was living in hell.

So what?

Well, for one thing, I now have more empathy and understanding about my mother’s pregnancy.