I wouldn't have known this was going on unless some of you hadn't written me and informed me about it. For those of you who don't know the story, "strange noises" are being heard all over the world, from Windsor, Ontario, to Kiev, the Ukraine. You can, for example, go on YouTube, and search for "strange noises" and you will find many recordings of these sounds. I found one, however, which is instructive for our purposes here:

Strange Noises: Are they UFOs, thunder, HAARP or a hoax?

The title here is, to my mind, almost as interesting as the video and audio, if not more so, for it is a reflection on the times in which we live. Note that there is next to nothing by was of any visual evidence in the video that would indicate the presence of a UFO, and yet, without evidence, the meme is already so widespread in our culture that the weird, strange and wonderful must be mentioned, even if there is no evidence for it.

The next offering in our "choices of interpretation" is thunder.  Hello...? I don't know that I've ever heard thunder like this,and I doubt the reader has either. But note what has happened here as well: a plausible natural  explanation has been offered that is itself ridiculous...this is not thunder, so why offer a "rational" explanation that makes no sense, unless, perhaps, the idea is to discredit such an explanation?

In searching other such "strange noises" on YouTube, I saw other "explanations" being offered, including of course the ever-culpable HAARP and other ionospheric heaters, to wild speculation that the noises are being hoaxed to sound like Gabriel's trumpet (in one version of an email I received). Now, before we all jump on the 2012 apocalypse bandwagon and start indulging fantasies of interferometry, beat frequencies, target region templates, or for that matter, magnetic field lines flux and oxygen atom harmonic resonances, cosmic dust, galactic centers, torsion twists, collapsing fields, and so on, let's stop and take a breath. Could one perpetrate a hoax using all those things? Well, sure, I suppose, but why bother? Why go to all that trouble? A good amplifier, synthesizer, some appropriate distortion and feedback loops, and a few teams carefully placed around the world to create the noises, would work just as well to perpetrate a hoax (though I will admit that the sound heard on the videos seems more "ambient" than that projected from a system of speakers, but without actually having heard it in person, it's hard to say). Are there people that dubious and debauched to plan something like that, just for kicks? or just to plant one more apocalypse theater meme? Well, sure. But even the perpetration of such a global hoax would require massive coordination, and I'm sorry, but I don't think that's in the cards either.

So the bottom line for me is, sometimes a strange noise is just a strange noise, and perhaps, just perhaps, with a little more data, careful observation, and thought, we may find this is the result something natural, though little known because it is so seldom experienced.  My money, for the moment, is on natural phenomena, seldom experienced before, that needs exploration and explanation. Perhaps that accumulation of data will reveal other possibilities, including technologies or even more elaborate scenarios. But until then, relax, and keep an open mind to all possibilities before indulging UFOs, HAARP, or apocalyptic hoax scenarios right off the bat.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Father Krespi on January 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I don’t claim to know where these noises are coming from, but the surest way to get rid of noises in your head is alcohol..

    • Robert Barricklow on January 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Got a good laugh!

  2. Donald Cramer on January 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Yes, the scientific method could be put to some good use here; and it sure would be a fascinating study if one had adequate funds and time. I tend to agree with those who posit that the sounds may be related to geological or atmospheric phenomenon or some combination thereof. And could historical accounts of this type of activity exist? Perhaps the sound of ram’s horns at Jericho was actually a description of a similar phenomenon related to seismic activity.

  3. Chris Lannon on January 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I do have a question tho
    If we are talking about apocalypse theater and the sky is our new plasma wide TV… and we allow for the possibility that only one report on these “sounds” is true.. that’s one helluva surround sound system jack. I’m just a recording engineer not a plasma physicist. Can anyone even speculate for me on the possibility of using the “plasma” atmosphere as a medium for propagating audible sound waves.

    • HAL838 on January 28, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Yes, but that would be a pain.
      If I’m right, we will all find out.
      Like I said, hearing it might be a good thing.
      NOT hearing it would not [maybe] be so good.

      On the other hand, not hearing it might mean that
      we are not in a condition to care.

      On the other, other hand
      [I have an extra one here somewhere]
      what do I know?

      “Mama, mama, we’re all crazy now……….”

  4. Ramura on January 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    And to remark on the linked vid and their unlikely explanations…. I notice it is Nick Pope, whom people on the alternative websites have been “thumb’s down” very vocally about this week as he apparently came out and said that he accepted the USGov’mint’s official explanation of 9/11.

    That cost HIM a lot of credibility with that crowd…

    Is he just showing his “shill” colors once again?

  5. Ramura on January 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    It’s the Teros and the Deros! 🙂 Shaver fans will know what I mean by that.

    That said, as it sounds so mechanical, could it be the sound of the secret government tunnel system being activated worldwide for some reason? All the mag-lvel trains that are said to exist under most continents?

    Here’s a map someone put together on January 17th. At first, all of the sounds seemed to be coming from the northern hemisphere, with the most southern of them all fcoming from about 10degrees south of equator in Brasil. But then I saw one in Chile and another in Australia. So I guess that ruled out my “it’s the planet twisting off its magnetic axis” and more in the north than the south. Or maybe it doesn’t. Don’t know enough to know what I don’t know!

    It IS very strange. Also, last year this vid came out from a crystal cave in Tibet. At the time, it was quite unique…!

  6. Chris Lannon on January 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Some of the sounds from numerous videos sound exactly like an instrument called a waterphone, especially the lower sounds
    Ref: at 45 seconds in to save time.

    But still you would have to amplify this somehow???

    Other examples just sound like roaring engines. This one literally made me nauseous. The witnesses also claim the ground was shaking..whoa!

    Underground sonic bucker busting ala the Fulford story? Hmm

  7. James on January 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Just curious here, is there any credence to the idea that as the world changes, we as a people change with it (biologically, mentally, etc…)? I don’t mean to sound sensational here but, could it be that these phenomena are a result of the changes taking place? Could this be something that has existed but we were not able to physically experience it, only now with the configuration that the planet is changing to, we are now able to perceive new sounds and possibly new sights? I do not wish to throw fuel on the misinformation fire, and I realize this community wishes to adhere to a strict regimen of factual knowledge and confirm-able evidence, however I’ve had a long standing thought that people, physiologically, psychologically, etc… were vastly different many ages ago. In reading Genes, Giants, Monsters, and Men, this “thought” of mine was expanded in that Dr. Farrell had given credence to the idea that there were possibly many ages of humanity reaching far further then what is excepted as the “beginning of humanity”. This information, coupled with finally realizing just how the Giza pyramids could have been used as a super weapon back in the day, (due to the then current characteristics of the Earth/Universe) I feel at least a sort of comfort in coming forward with this “thought” of mine. The last thing that made my decision in whether I should share this or not was how Dr. Farrell interprets the old legends and ancient texts. By taking a rational approach to these texts, and with making few assumptions, Dr. Farrell paints a convincing theory on what he believes these texts were meant to interpret. He believes these ancient accounts to be mostly truth in that there is much evidence to support these stories, however we, the people of today, have MIS-interpreted them.

    This is where I will lose a lot of people. It has been my long standing idea that “magic” did exist as a palpable force at one time or another, within the physical configurations of – A – planet at one of these lost ages of humanity. I only ever let myself think this because I couldn’t rationalize how the idea of “magic” could be so wide spread and persistent even in to our day and age, and even though it is roundly regarded as fantasy. Again, I have absolutely no proof to justify this belief of mine and I’ve never actually realized the thought in to words written or spoken. Would I be out of line stating that if a physical configuration could create a reality in which scalar waves could have been weaponized due to the configuration of the planet Earth at that time, as well as using these waves for purposes of communication, thus implying a different reality that existed, relatively, not so long ago, could yet a different configuration exist where certain configurations of human beings (or some other such distant ancestor) had the physical ability to control the elements?

    I was a bit disheartened that the ancient temples as radio posts theory can’t be replicated with today’s current configuration of the planet. But, that is what prompted this comment.

    Dr. Farrell, as always, thank you for your hard work and insights. It gives me a certain comfort knowing someone out there is not only asking the hard questions, but has the capability to ask them the correct way. My only wish is that your words reach many more people and that whatever truth they carry will resonate within those people, in an effort to make the necessary changes we as a species need to make in order to persist with all the good aspects of our humanity.

  8. John on January 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

    You should check out on youtube…. strange sounds at Rays baseball game evening of earthquake… maybe its the venting of underground bases.

  9. paul degagne on January 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Kind of reminds me of a FAMOUS poster of a simple IMAGE OF A PIPE

    beneath which are the PRINTED WORDS -THIS IS NOT A PIPE.

    or another reference is that dumb-ass, ear-bending statement about CIGARS!


    Speaking of HOAXes?

    Is it true every year some students place a CAR on top of the MIT Dome in Cambridge, MASS.

    or is this just another bull-shit hoax that SUCKED me in?

    (somebody in here ought to have graduated from the PILLAR OF TECHNOLOGY -MIT and could answer me

    How in the world would they do it besides using a LARGE CRANE
    and someone would SEE IT and spill the Beans and
    so on and so forth ad-nausia?

    • Lauren White on January 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      I never made it to MIT, or even a second year of college, but the car-raising meme already existed in the 1950s when I remember a VW bug was hoisted onto the north transept of the Washington Cathedral by prep school students from nearby St. Albans. Maybe some of them they were “lifting weights” while applying to MIT.

      My son has bent my ear more than once with Freud’s supposed statement about cigars (when I waxed symbolic). Next time I may ask him to “show me”!
      Though I’d prefer a good bottle of bean ale.

  10. James on January 23, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I personally have heard similar sound late this fall. The sound was akin to a jet aircraft rumble at low level sans doppler effect. It lingered for a number of minutes, same intensity. Sky was CAVU. No air traffic. No planes. It was loud enough to have me exit my office building to see what the source was. Then, as quickly as it appeared the sky was silent after standing and listening for a few minutes. It was very intriguing. Perhaps some recordings are bunk. Some may not be. The phenomenon is real. The etiology is unclear. It would be fascinating to have data with sonography comparison of audio to see what harmonics are there. As well then to compare to seismic reverberations if present were registered at the same time. Would the oceanic hydrophones pick this up if it were a world wide phenomenon? My guess is yes. Assuredly, the range and sensitivity would be more than capable.

    • Ramura on January 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      James — Just curious. Would you mind telling us where you live…approximately (city or state or region?) Thanks. So far I haven’t seen any of these reports coming out of California…where I live.

  11. Patrick on January 23, 2012 at 6:52 am

    The magnetic north pole is firmly entrenched over Siberia now… magnetic disturbances are to be expected.

  12. HAL838 on January 23, 2012 at 6:12 am

    The regular Cable Weather Channel described the atmosphere
    as “puffed up” into the reaches of the ionosphere a few days ago.
    That’s what HAARP [the largest] and other “ionospheric heaters” do.

    We have also been having mild to unsettled, possibly stormy,
    geomagnetic storms from heavy CMEs flaring in Earth’s

    Normally you don’t hear anything unless there is interference
    to electronic receivers, such as TVs, radios, phones, etc.

    Are they resonating the radio sounds it does make?

    • HAL838 on January 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      All THEY have to do now is
      decide they want to see what happens with
      with HAARP taking aim at the ionosphere
      with it as disrupted and storming as it is.

      I always said they would be their own undoing.
      THAT is what makes THEM INSANE !
      And ultimately suicidal and genocidal.

      • HAL838 on January 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        Which they probably are.
        But I have another take or two on that noise.

        Don’t want to share yet, but it may be not so bad.
        NOT hearing it might be worse.
        If it’s what I think it MAY be……………

  13. Antoine on January 23, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Watched something similar:
    The girl in the video doesn’t sound like she’s making it up, nor does she sounds like she’s faking the relief in her voice once there’s the pop of light and the sound subdues.

    To me this is a huge man made or otherwise cloaked ufo which had a slight problem in the sound department. I would’ve just start shootin’ the hell out of it!

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