Whistlers ~ Speech from the Heavens

During World War I, the Germans and Allied forces both employed sensitive audio-amplifiers to eavesdrop on the enemy’s telephone communications. Metal stakes were driven into the ground next to enemy telephone wires and were connected to tube-type high-gain amplifiers, whereby the audio signal in the telephone wires could be eavesdropped. This early form of electronic espionage worked fairly well most of the time, despite the bubbling and crackling background noise made by lightning–but not always.

On some days, the telephone conversations they were eavesdropping on were partially or wholly drowned out by strange whistling sounds. Soldiers at the front would say, “you can hear the grenades fly.” These whistling sounds, described as sounding almost like “piou,” were at first attributed to the audio amplifiers’ circuitry reacting adversely to strong lightning discharge noises. When laboratory tests on the high-gain audio amplifiers failed to recreate the whistling sounds, the phenomena was then considered “unexplainable” at that time. (H. Barkhausen, 1919).

In 1925, T. S. Eckersly of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company in England, described disturbances of a musical nature that had been known to “radio” engineers for many years. They were heard when a telephone or any other “audio-recorder” system was connected to a large aerial. What they were hearing are now known as “tweeks,” a common ringing and pinging sound that lightning discharge radio energy (sferics) atmospherics sound like at night with a VLF receiver or audio amplifier. Several people began to observe how lightning and auroral displays coincided with many of the strange sounds they were hearing with their audio apparatus (Barkhausen, Burton, Boardman, Eckersly, et al.).

In the 1930’s, the relationship of whistlers and lightning discharges was hypothesized, and in 1935, Eckersly arrived at the commonly accepted explanation that lightning initiated radio waves travelling into Earth’s “ionosphere” caused these tweek sounds. They were getting “close.” Interest in whistlers waned during World War II but was renewed with the development of sound spectrographs and spectrum analyzers, which could trace the time-versus-frequency component of audio sounds. This technology was developed mainly for the study of the sound characteristics of speech and other sounds, but these also were fine tools for the exploration of whistlers, as well (R. K. Potter, 1951). *


Pronounced /ˈsfɛrɪks/

We can’t hear it without special equipment, but the planet almost continually sings with the sound of low-frequency radio signals that derive from lightning strikes. Because the signals are mostly trapped below the ionosphere, a reflective layer 55 miles above the ground, a suitable receiver can pick them up from thousands of miles away. They sound like twigs snapping or bacon frying.

This weird-looking term for them, sferics, is just a respelled version of the last part of atmospherics. Though the strange noises had first been heard by a German physicist, Heinrich Barkhausen, during World War I, the abbreviation appeared from military research around 1945.

An equally important role in making weather an exact science is being played by so-called “sferics” networks, which utilize static from electrical discharges in the atmosphere to investigate weather conditions over oceanic areas, vast land wastes, enemy-held territory and other zones where no surface observation stations can be set up.

The News and Tribune (Jefferson City, Missouri), 7 Oct. 1945.

There’s a complete vocabulary of words to describe various types: tweeks come from lightning that is so far away that the high radio frequencies arrive before the low, resulting in a musical set of clicks and tweets; whistlers are slowly descending tones caused by a similar mechanism, but which acts on bursts of radio waves that travel from pole to pole along magnetic lines of force. **

Whilst scientists think they have made a wonderful discovery, these sounds have been around ever since Almighty God created the Heavens and the Earth. These sounds have been labelled as “Spooky” by the NASA website and professor Don Gurnett and the Kronos Quartet thought they were making huge discoveries and decided to compose a musical combining science and art. What they and many scientists and musicians could have found out a long time ago as to where these sounds came from, they could have “discovered” them through the revelation in God’s Holy Word by reading the first six verses of Psalm 19:

Psalm 19:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Psalm 19:2  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
Psalm 19:3  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Psalm 19:4  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Psalm 19:5  Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
Psalm 19:6  His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

These so called whistlers and speech are not only heard in and around our planet earth, but deep in the cosmic universe just as the Scriptures declare.

Here are two videos:

  • One by professor Don Gurnett together with those behind the Kronos Quartet project titled: Sounds of Space and the Kronos Quartet “Sun Rings”

  • And, Two by Kronos Quartet – Sun Rings; being their performance

In closing, hear the beautiful sounds that are recorded from near and deep space in our galaxy neighbourhood:

  • NASA – the planets have voices

  • Planet Sounds (10 Videos)

In the Book of Job, Almighty God asks Job many questions about creation, animals, stars and planets, weather conditions, and much more, and obviously Job cannot answer the where? how? why? and what? for only the Creator has the answers.

The same applies in today’s society. Scientists and astrologists thought they made great discoveries when they “discovered” and “named” stars in the cosmos when the very stars and their names that we use today were revealed in the Holy Scriptures thousands of years before “man’s discoveries.” And that was before telescopes were invented!!! Here are three –


imagesCAIP01SR Arcturus

Job 9:9  Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

Comparing Arcturus to our Sun

This is a comparison between Arcturus to our own Sun


1024px-Sig07-006 Orion

Job 9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

Job 38:31  Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

imagesCALS9S7S Orion Constellation



Job 9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

Job 38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?


Soli Deo Gloria!


* http://www.auroralchorus.com/vlfstory.htm An extract quote from: THE VLF STORY A LISTENER’S STORY ABOUT ELF/VLF “NATURAL RADIO” EMISSIONS OF EARTH IN THE 0.1 TO 10 kHz FREQUENCIES By Stephen P. McGreevy, early 1995, revised April 2011

** http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-sfe1.htm

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