This article originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue.
Where people of refined tastes go to meditate, “center”, or otherwise enjoy some quiet contemplation, Singing Crystals can be found. Those who have them speak well of them, though no two ever seem to describe them quite the same—even if they are speaking of the same specific crystals.
Their origin is unknown. People who have them readily tell others where they got them from, but the trail always seems to “peter out” before finding an actual origin—providers have died or gone missing, records lost or destroyed, and so on. Nevertheless, when a certain kind of person expresses an interest in having them, there always seems to be some available.
In a quiet room with a Singing Crystal set, people will hear music emanating from them. The music is never detected by even the most sensitive audio recorders, yet to the listener, they can be muffled or blocked by wearing earplugs or other sound-blocking gear. Accusations of the singing being a psionic phenomenon seem to be disproved, as there are no alterations of brain activity characteristic of psionic phenomena, and the sound is neither blocked nor affected by psionic shields or similar technology. As usual, no two people, even simultaneously, hear the same thing from the same set of Crystals; most cannot identify the instruments they hear, even as to class (wind, string, percussion, etc.); and the music, though never perceived as random, is never of a recognized song.
The crystals seem sensitive to their environment, as well—specifically, to electromagnetic radiation (at any frequency/wavelength). Users report that if the Crystals are placed in a room or area where the lights are harsh and flicker, or where they change frequently, the resulting “music” will also be harsh and discordant, and will not soothe the listener any more than the original environment would have. If, on the other hand, the crystals are left in a restful environment, with subdued lighting changing gradually and “harmoniously”, the resulting music will also be restful, harmonious, and so on. Distance attenuates the effect of EM radiation on the crystals’ music, as does various forms of shielding.
In apperance, Singing Crystals appear much as clusters of large quartz crystals, 10-15 cm in diameter, and up to 20 cm high, normally colorless—however, after being sited and left for about a week, they seem to take on various colors that blend well with the dominant colors of the area that they are in. The color may not be present in the area except in the crystals’ appearance, but there is no detected change in the crystals themselves.
Crystals seem never to be available on the “open market”—that is, you won’t see them on display for sale in even the poshest of retail establishments—but when a certain kind of person, who can truly appreciate what the Crystals offer, develops a desire for a set, somehow, an ideal set becomes available for them to purchase—at a high price that nevertheless seems a bargain, and which no purchaser has ever spoken about.