The Mysterious Taos Hum
Taos – A small, laid-back community in New Mexico is known for some strange reasons. People are aware of this typical southwest American town not only for its artworks, and Spanish culture, but also an unexplained phenomenon surrounding Taos. What is it that draws the attention of the world to this isolated desert settlement?
The answer is – The Taos Hum.
A faint humming or buzzing sound from a non-discernible source is heard in the area. Neither the local inhabitants nor the government know what is the exact source of the noise. It is estimated that the frequency of the hum is very low and can be around 30 to 80 Hz. Based on surveys taken by the residents, it is unusual that only 2% of the population reported having heard the sound. Even more perplexing is the individual statements they gave. Many residents describe the noise in a different way. Some people believe it is a low hum while the others describe it as whirring sound. Townsfolk might say the sound resembles that of a mosquito buzzing, while others compared it to the sound of idling diesel truck.
The unknown sounds have been summarized in this way:
- Sudden and abrupt start.
- Always are a faint low and nearly inaudible.
- There is a frequent fluctuation in the pulse of the noise.
Government officials tried to get to the bottom of the audacious huming but could not find the solution, even after attempts to improve the electrical transmission lines in the area. The residents continued to hear the sounds. The entire investigation about the Taos hum was kept public because a part of the population believed it to be some sort of government strategy.
The speculations of the cause of the phenomenon range from the paranormal to something psychological, perhaps supernatural to even extraterrestrial. Theories include underground UFO bases, stoned hippies, secret exorcisms, restless souls and alien invasions were circulated as possibilities by the residents.
The sound was first reported in the early 1990s. Joe Mullins, a professor emeritus of engineering at the University of New Mexico, conducted several research programs to study the Taos Hum. He was the first one who thought of putting up equipment in the ‘hearers’ homes. Joe Mullins and Horace Poteet of Sandia National Laboratories wrote the team’s final report which was published on November 22, 1995. Even after extensive testing and repeated trials, nothing of notable value was actually recorded. The only unusual detection was increased electromagnetic levels in the area. This was later proved to be due to electrical power lines. The final conclusion of the tests suggests it is the perception of the what people thought they may be hearing and not any specific sound. In any case, the villagers weren’t convinced with the evaluation.
If you happen to venture into Taos casually, you will assume it to be just another ordinary small town. But if you listen very closely, you may realize that the place is not so quiet after all. Even after the much scientific intervention, the true answer behind the phenomenon has not been explained.
What do you think is the source of the elusive hum?