One of the things that Ronson kept referring to was a pamphlet by Jim Channon, The First Earth Battalion. It’s not nearly as weird as i had imagined, but it does have this:
Psychotronics. The conscious application of assonant and dissonant sound to achieve a physical response (both audible and hypersonic) e.g. all vehicles will use loudspeakers in the attack and play acid rockâ€¦ out of synch. Meanwhile inside our armored personnel carriers is rhythmic positive pulsing organizing music. Subsonic frequencies bombard the enemy, bringing their intelligence down.
This book was published in 1979. Surely there was use of these pychotronics prior to this time, right?
There’s bound to be more, but so far i’ve only found the Wandering Soul operation in Vietnam. I could swear that i read similiar things being done during WW2.
But dissonant sound? Surely Channon was forward-thinking, but he could not have been the first to propose this concept. Was he?
(I’m sleep-posting, doing some seriously shoddy searches online tonight.)