There's a new way of getting high, without ever having to pop a pill, puff, or even ingest. It's a machine called a quantum crystal resonator, and it transmits out electromagnetic frequencies that according to its inventor, can mimic the sensations of MDMA, marijuana, or an acid trip—no chemicals necessary.
Electromagnetic therapy is highly valued in the alternative medicine realm, and while it's been called pseudoscientific, it's proven effective in treating symptoms of diseases from cancer to multiple sclerosis. Dami Ajani, an electronics technician and owner of NeuroFitness Wellness Center in Regina, Saskatchewan created the device for using electromagnetic therapy at home—but while experimenting with a DJ friend, he discovered that it could actually be the perfect party favor.
"The resonator isn't a unique device, a lot of people have done this prior to me," he says. "But as far as I know, it's the first time electromagnetic frequencies are being used at parties to match the mood the DJ wants to create. That's why I call myself an EJ: energy jockey."
THUMP recently spoke to Ajani about whether his device is the key to hangover-free partying, and how effective this "pseudoscience" might be for getting people turnt.
THUMP: So how does it work?
Dami Ajani: Basically, it's an electronic circuit board with a bunch of crystals inside. Silicon is a crystal and that's the basis of all technology, so I used my background to study electronic circuits and look at antennas and radio frequencies to come up with it. Originally I designed this because I was playing the frequencies at home, and they're kind of jarring—they almost sound like digital beeps and boops of old sci-fi movies. I thought my neighbors probably weren't appreciating that, so I developed the device back in 2010 to listen to these frequencies without the volume.
As for the frequencies themselves, Donald Adams, a mathematician and former Microsoft software engineer from Edmonton, created them under his company Sound of Stars. Using a huge database of research from the alternative and contemporary health scene, he created mathematical maps of the different states of the brain and applied them to an algorithm, which spat out the frequencies. His catalogue mostly deals with healing and eliminating negativity. That's how the idea came of using it at parties. I gave it to a friend, DJ Noor, just to experiment with his own creativity, but then it led to the idea of us experimenting with audiences.
What does someone on the dance floor feel when the frequencies are playing?
Some people feel [physical] vibrations, it just depends on how sensitive the body is energetically—some people can walk into the house and just know the lights are on downstairs, for example. So far we've worked with frequencies for happiness, positivity, balance, and clarity at parties so people can get that sense of belonging and being more creative with their bodies. What we've really noticed playing those frequencies is that typically at these events you don't see people who are shit-faced drunk. Maybe they're getting there, but they keep going and they don't feel like there's a hangover effect or a ridiculous drop-off. [The frequencies] keep them maintained.
People are still feeling energetic and aware, they're not drunk but more upbeat. I like to put a nice frequency called "rejuvenate" on at the end of the night. Some people have even said they woke up and didn't even feel hungover. It's really about helping people get to a place where they can feel connected and they go home without feeling shitty. That's the effect I'm hoping to provide to people.
What about the frequencies for drugs? Is that for real?
Frequencies that emulate MDMA and LSD won't make you hallucinate, but you will feel similar to that experience. It could make you want to dance, feel excited or simply just feel connected with everybody. The one that struck me was the marijuana frequency. I used to dabble so I know the effect, and I noticed that... it's not that I felt stoned, but I felt high. Not high in that I couldn't function, but more just a sense of relaxation and calmness.
We haven't used substances at parties yet because I think that's more of a personal experience. If the DJ wanted to create that experience though, it's a possibility.
So where could you see this in a few years?
The end goal is definitely to create bigger versions of the device [for] nightclubs, homes, and restaurants. The application of the frequencies is very nuanced, so it depends on the setting and what the DJ wants, what the ethos of the club or bar is. Some places have a narcissistic party, like people are just going there to get drunk and get laid, so we just found that at certain venues, certain frequencies don't really work. Say if you put in those venues frequencies that worked with sexuality, that probably would. The parties we've been doing aren't about that. We're looking for a higher state of consciousness, for people to feel more connected and a sense of community.
What would happen if somebody used it for the opposite— to negatively impact people?
As with anything, the device could be abused. Just like how marijuana can be medicinal or it can be abused by people, or doctors can prescribe lots of painkillers without doing their due diligence. I work with people who only have high integrity and ethically just wouldn't do that. The crystals I've created are for helping people. It could get into the wrong hands, but it wouldn't be from mine.
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