Mike Will

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sound

Most of us have become so used to suppressing noise that we don’t think much about what we’re hearing, or about how we listen. Yet our well-being is now being seriously damaged by modern sound. Here are 10 things about sound and health that you may not know:

1.) You are a chord. This is obvious from physics, though it’s admittedly somewhat metaphorical to call the combined rhythms and vibrations within a human being a chord, which we usually understand to be an aesthetically pleasant audible collection of tones. But “the fundamental characteristic of nature is periodic functioning in frequency, or musical pitch,” according to C.T. Eagle. Matter is vibrating energy; therefore, we are a collection of vibrations of many kinds, which can be considered a chord.

2.) One definition of health may be that chord is in complete harmony. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” which opens at least three dimensions to the concept. On a philosophical level, Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras and Confucius all wrote at length about the relationship between harmony, music and health (both social and physical). Here’s Socrates: “Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful, or of him who is ill-educated ungraceful.”

3.) We see one octave; we hear ten. An octave is a doubling in frequency. The visual spectrum in frequency terms is 400-790 THz, so it’s just under one octave. Humans with great hearing can hear from 20 Hz to 20 KHz, which is ten octaves.

4.) We adopt listening positions. Listening positions are a useful set of perspectives that can help people to be more conscious and effective in communication — because expert listening can be just as powerful as speaking. For example, men typically adopt a reductive listening position, listening for something, often a point or solution.

Women, by contrast, typically adopt an expansive listening position, enjoying the journey, going with the flow. When unconscious, this mismatch causes a lot of arguments.

Other listening positions include judgmental (or critical), active (or reflective), passive (or meditative) and so on. Some are well known and widely used; for example, active listening is trained into many therapists, counselors and educators.

5.) Noise harms and even kills. There is now wealth of evidence about the harmful effect of noise, and yet most people still consider noise a local matter, not the major global issue it has become.

According to a 1999 U.S. Census report, Americans named noise as the number one problem in neighborhoods. Of the households surveyed, 11.3 percent stated that street or traffic noise was bothersome, and 4.4 percent said it was so bad that they wanted to move. More Americans are bothered by noise than by crime, odors and other problems listed under “other bothersome conditions.”

The European Union says: “Around 20% of the Union’s population or close on 80 million people suffer from noise levels that scientists and health experts consider to be unacceptable, where most people become annoyed, where sleep is disturbed and where adverse health effects are to be feared. An additional 170 million citizens are living in so-called ‘grey areas’ where the noise levels are such to cause serious annoyance during the daytime.”

The World Health Organization says: “Traffic noise alone is harming the health of almost every third person in the WHO European Region. One in five Europeans is regularly exposed to sound levels at night that could significantly damage health.”

The WHO is also the source for the startling statistic about noise killing 200,000 people a year. Its findings (LARES report) estimate that 3 percent of deaths from ischemic heart disease result from long-term exposure to noise. With 7 million deaths a year globally, that means 210,000 people are dying of noise every year.

The cost of noise to society is astronomical. The EU again: “Present economic estimates of the annual damage in the EU due to environmental noise range from EUR 13 billion to 38 billion. Elements that contribute are a reduction of housing prices, medical costs, reduced possibilities of land use and cost of lost labour days.” (Future Noise Policy European Commission Green Paper 1996).

Then there is the effect of noise on social behavior. The U.S. report “Noise and its effects” (Administrative Conference of the United States, Alice Suter, 1991) says: “Even moderate noise levels can increase anxiety, decrease the incidence of helping behavior, and increase the risk of hostile behavior in experimental subjects. These effects may, to some extent, help explain the “dehumanization” of today’s urban environment.”

Perhaps Confucius and Socrates have a point.

6.) Schizophonia is unhealthy. “Schizophonia” describes a state where what you hear and what you see are unrelated. The word was coined by the great Canadian audiologist Murray Schafer and was intended to communicate unhealthiness. Schafer explains: “I coined the term schizophonia intending it to be a nervous word. Related to schizophrenia, I wanted it to convey the same sense of aberration and drama.”

My assertion that continual schizophonia is unhealthy is a hypothesis that science could and should test, both at personal and also a social level. You have only to consider the bizarre jollity of train carriages now — full of lively conversation but none of it with anyone else in the carriage — to entertain the possibility that this is somehow unnatural. Old-style silence at least had the virtue of being an honest lack of connection with those around us. Now we ignore our neighbors, merrily discussing intimate details of our lives as if the people around us simply don’t exist. Surely this is not a positive social phenomenon.

7. Compressed music makes you tired. However clever the technology and the psychoacoustic algorithms applied, there are many issues with data compression of music, as discussed in this excellent article by Robert Harley back in 1991. My assertion that listening to highly compressed music makes people tired and irritable is based on personal and anecdotal experience – again it’s one that I hope will be tested by researchers.

8. Headphone abuse is creating deaf kids. Over 19 percent of American 12 to 19 years old exhibited some hearing loss in 2005-2006, an increase of almost 5 percent since 1988-94 (according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Josef Shargorodsky et al, reported with comments from the researchers here). One university study found that 61 percent of freshmen showed hearing loss (Leeds 2001).

Many audiologists use the rule of thumb that your headphones are too loud if you can’t hear someone talking loudly to you. For example, Robert Fifer, an associate professor of audiology and speech pathology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, says: “If you can still hear what people are saying around you, you are at a safe level. If the volume is turned so loudly that you can no longer hear conversation around you, or if someone has to shout at you at a distance of about 2 or 3 feet to get your attention, then you are up in the hazardous noise range.”

9. Natural sound and silence are good for you. These assertions seem to be uncontroversial. Perhaps they resonate with everyone’s experience or instinct.

10. Sound can heal. Both music therapy and sound therapy can be categorized as “sound healing.” Music therapy (the use of music to improve health) is a well-established form of treatment in the context of mainstream medicine for many conditions, including dementia and autism.

Less mainstream, though intellectually no more difficult to accept, is sound therapy: the use of tones or sounds to improve health through entrainment (affecting one oscillator with a stronger one). This is long-established: shamanic and community chant and the use of various resonators like bells and gongs, date back thousands of years and are still in use in many cultures around the world.

Just because something is pre-Enlightenment and not done in hospitals doesn’t mean that it’s new-age BS. Doubtless there are charlatans offering snake oil (as in many fields), but I suspect there is also much to learn, and just as herbal medicine gave rise to many of the drugs we use today, I suspect there are rich resources and fascinating insights to be gleaned when science starts to unpack the traditions of sound healing.

I hope these thoughts make a contribution to raising awareness of sound and its effects on health. I welcome your reaction, and I will check this forum and respond.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Julian Treasure.

How To Get Your Music Accepted by Artists and Repertoire

Understanding why your music isn’t being accepted by Artists and A&R’s will help you overcome the frustrations many producers face. Here is a list of the of 7 common reasons why your beats are not being accepted.

The beat needs to fit the artist style

Do your research prior to sending out your work to artist’s and A&R’s . Know what kind of tracks the artist likes and what kind of tracks they recently recorded too. This will help you gauge the type of sound and the quality of music they are currently looking for.

Don’t put more than one tag on a beat

Many producers like to feature their i.d. tag throughout the beats they send out.  The reality is you only have 15-20 seconds to keep the artist attention and to intrigue them into listening to more of your track. You do not  want to waste any of this time by featuring an element in the track that will not be present if the track is accepted.

Instead you should always include your contact info in the meta data of the mp3′s and in the emails you send out. Also you should always take the proper steps to copyright your material especially if you don’t feel comfortable sending your tracks to the recipient.

Share a vision with the artist 

As a producer you know exactly how a artist should perform on your track. But a lot of times a artist will not have the same vision as you and that means you will need to articulate your vision to them.

A great way of doing this is by working with a skilled songwriter and have them record scratch lyrics or simply add a chorus idea on the track.  This gives the artist a blueprint of how they should perform on your track.

Use samples that are easy to clear 

Maybe you got a hot track but its features a sample that will be difficult and expensive to get cleared.
Depending on the type of sample used it may be best to work with some skilled instrumentalists to replay the sample and to add your own twist to it.

Send High quality, mixed tracks

If your engineering skills are not up to par, it will be a good idea to work with  good engineer to mix your tracks down before you send your tracks out. Artist and A&R’s use high quality speakers and headphones and a properly mixed track will definitely help you stand out from the crowd. It will also make it convenient for the artist as now they can record to your track instantly.

Make sure your sound is current

You don’t want to send tracks that sound like last years sound and for that matter you don’t want to send tracks that sound like today’s sound. (As the producers who made whats on the radio right now were tracks created over a year ago.)
Being  a producer in this industry you have to stay on the cutting edge and constantly push the envelope of your sound . To stand out you need a sound that is new and unique while still  maintaining the elements that are popular in today’s production.

Ensure the artist and A & R listens to your track 

Their email could of gotten flooded by other aspiring producers and your track may have gotten lost in the shuffle. Whenever a opportunity to get a track placed arrives you must act quickly before the artist email is bombarded.
Also this is where having some form of representation can come in handy. Artist and A&R’s give first priority to Producers and Managers whom they have already built a working relationship with.

Conclusion

Patience and persistence is key when trying to get music placements. Making sure your music isn’t falling into the above “7 reasons” will  definitely improve your chances of getting your music placed. Are you taking the proper steps to help your music stand out from the crowd?

New Single Gives Positive Spin on Monday Morning

‘Monday Morning’s slick production, spectacular singing / rap performances, and memorable pop / reggae infused beat make this a radio-ready track with real crossover appeal. ‘Monday Morning’ is a tour de force with an upbeat tempo and mainstream sound produced by Alex Alexander and Revolution Entertainment  with verses rapped by Demario SB and the chorus sung by Alex Alexander.

Download at Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/revolutionentertainment/mondaymorning 

ToneDen: http://get.tndn.io/l/7Cat8d-2N2

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/monday-morning-radio-edit/id1032334435

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/0V5cCFBCqHmZv5fEbNneDH

Google play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=B36q3th3atnw43wgdfjscbxjzx4&tid=song-Tipbrtnudkniyhbmszyr3fkg7tq&hl=en

Interviews:     High quality file and media requests can be facilitated by emailing rock@rev-ent.com

About Revolution Entertainment:

Artist development, production, music licensing and publishing company that specializes in song recording, music video production, artist management, product,

brand development, touring and merchandising. http://www.Rev-Ent.com 

About Alex Alexander

Alex Alexander is a Swedish pop/rock/electronic solo recording artist and guitarist that has professionally played all over Asia, the Middle East, and Europe starting at the age of 19.

As a crossover artist, Alex has already managed to earn great attention and awards from the industry for his songwriting and producing skills; writing songs for some of the market’s biggest superstars- currently in Asia; with scouted submissions for American Top40 Pop Stars. http://www.alexalexanderlive.com/

About Demario SB

Demario SB is an Independent Artist / Song-Writer and Entrepreneur. Originally from Buffalo, NY, he moved to Chatsworth Ca. at a very young age where he found his passion for music. As founding member of AYB (Ambitious Young Brothaz), Demario fine-tuned his craft on the journey to pursue a solo career. He creatively fuses music in genre’s as diverse as: HIP HOP, POP, ROCK, R&B, and EDM and TRAP.

Working closely with Revolution Entertainment, Dream Records and One Moment Productions, Demario continues to expand, and has worked alongside and performed with a plethora of artists such as Cali Swag District, Too Short, Houston, T. Mills, The Game, Warren G and Tyga.

A successful artist always leaves a positive lasting impression. They also create a connection with their audience while staying true to themselves. Demario SB, has the gift and the power to do just that. Already a ten-year veteran in the game, he is only just getting started and will definitely remain a force to be reckoned with in the years to come… http://www.demariosb.com/

‘Monday Morning’  Lyrics:

Intro

Monday Morning and my phone keeps calling

What happened on the weekend it was straight up ballin’

I don’t wanna wake up today

I’m closing my eyes hope it goes away

What did i do what did i say

Heads banging harder than a drum today

Wanna hear what I got to say

Listen up closely while I kick my game

Verse 1:

What happened to the weekend? DAMN it went fast

Friday don’t remember but the party must’ve been a blast

Saturday I was reminded of what took place that night I was blinded by

Jack and Patron

Now I feel the pain tossin’ turnin’ on the floor

Sunday Funday came, but my brain was drained

By the time I hit the sheets, I was feeling some type of way

Now it’s Monday Morning and the sun’s high

Sunrise, makes me feel as if I just died

My body’s moving slower than a zombie

Nothing left behind, today just makes me vomit

Thankful I’m alive but DAMN I hate waking to the…

Chorus

Monday Morning don’t wanna wake up.

I hear you calling but were heading for a break up

Weekend, yeah I party till the late night

One little kiss and you know were gonna make up

Monday Morning staring at the Ceiling

Clothes gone so I got this bad feeling

Last night? we ain’t got no clue

So just hit rewind and redo

Monday morning

Woah Oh, Woah Oh, Woah Oh Oh Oh,

Woah Oh Oh Whoa Oh Whoa Oh

I wrote this song on

Monday morning

Woah Oh Woah Oh Woah Oh Oh Oh

Oh Oh Oh, Woah

Dont wake me up on Monday Morning

Verse 2:

Can somebody help me?

I’m walking like I’m still drunk

Thinking how I’ma make through the next week

Hearing from my boss is a drag though

Blah Blah is what I hear when I’m in the zone

I don’t care what you doing, just go and live it up

And be ready, the weekend we’re bout sip it up

Double the fun we’re gonna mix it up

To all my who party and couldn’t get enough

Working like a slave, that’s ROOTS baby

But I party like a rockstar TOO baby

Alex, they wanna RAGE like it’s EDC

Let’s give it to em, let em know that’s it’s free to be

Who you want, on the weekend, then it’s back to the…

Chorus

Monday Morning don’t wanna wake up.

I hear you calling but were heading for a break up

Weekend, yeah I party till the late night

One little kiss and you know were gonna make up

Monday Morning staring at the Ceiling

Clothes gone so I got this bad feeling

Last night? we ain’t got no clue

So just hit rewind and redo

Monday morning

Woah Oh, Woah Oh, Woah Oh Oh Oh,

Woah Oh Oh Whoa Oh Whoa Oh

I wrote this song on

Monday morning

Woah Oh Woah Oh Woah Oh Oh Oh

Oh Oh Oh, Woah

Dont wake me up on Monday Morning

Get High and Heal (Without Drugs) With Binaural Beats

When two tones of specific frequencies are played through headphones, the brain can become confused and produce its own, imagined tone—a three-dimensional audio hallucination heard only within the head of the listener. The frequencies that produce this phenomenon are known as Binaural Beats.

What is happening is that the brain is not used to hearing frequencies in each ear so close together and with such intensity—these sounds do not occur in nature and so a mechanism in our brains has not evolved to understand them. Instead, the superior olivary nucleus, the area of the brain which controls aspects of three-dimensional sound perception, bridges the difference between the varying frequencies in Binaural Beats with a common “third tone” in an attempt to normalize this audio into something we can understand. What’s weirder is that each person hears the “third tone” differently: People with Parkinson’s disease can’t hear it at all; women will hear different tones as they move through their menstrual cycle.

Binaural Beats were discovered in 1839 by Prussian physicist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove (1803 – 1879) but they didn’t gain much public interest until the early 1970s. Then, scientist Gerald Oster postulated that the brain wasn’t solely affected by Binaural Beats. He tested this theory with fMRIs and found he was right. The neurological system as well as other parts of the body responded to the frequencies.

Since Oster’s discovery, Binaural Beats have been used as cure-alls for everything from impotence to bulimia. Spurious, right? Sure, but the difference between Binaural Beats, and, say, magic healing crystals, is that Binaural Beats have been clinically shown to physically affect the listener’s brain and body, even triggering the pituitary gland to flood the body with good-feeling hormones like dopamine. In other words, Binaural Beats are proven to get us mentally, physically, physiologically, biologically, scientifically, inextricably high.

WARNING: DO NOT listen to Binaural Beats while driving, operating equipment, or any other task that requires concentration. DO NOT listen to Binaural Beats if you have experienced seizures in the past or have epilepsy. Those with heart disorders or taking mood-altering pharmaceutical drugs should consult a doctor before trying. Use common sense.

Binaural beats are auditory brainstem responses which originate in the superior olivary nucleus of each hemisphere. They result from the interaction of two different auditory impulses, originating in opposite ears, below 1000 Hz and which differ in frequency between one and 30 Hz (Oster, 1973).For example, if a pure tone of 400 Hz is presented to the right ear and a pure tone of 410 Hz is presented simultaneously to the left ear, an amplitude modulated standing wave of 10 Hz, the difference between the two tones, is experienced as the two wave forms mesh in and out of phase within the superior olivary nuclei. This binaural beat is not heard in the ordinary sense of the word (the human range of hearing is from 20-20,000 Hz). It is perceived as an auditory beat and theoretically can be used to entrain specific neural rhythms through the frequency-following response (FFR)–the tendency for cortical potentials to entrain to or resonate at the frequency of an external stimulus. Thus, it is theoretically possible to utilize a specific binaural-beat frequency as a consciousness management technique to entrain a specific cortical rhythm.

Binaural beats, or binaural tones, are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, caused by specific physical stimuli. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove and earned greater public awareness in the late 20th century based on claims coming from the alternative medicine community that binaural beats could help induce relaxation, meditation, creativity and other desirable mental states. The effect on the brainwaves depends on the difference in frequencies of each tone: for example, if 300 Hz was played in one ear and 310 in the other, then the binaural beat would have a frequency of 10 Hz.[1][2]

The brain produces a phenomenon resulting in low-frequency pulsations in the amplitude and sound localization of a perceived sound when two tones at slightly different frequencies are presented separately, one to each of a subject’s ears, using stereo headphones. A beating tone will be perceived, as if the two tones mixed naturally, out of the brain. The frequencies of the tones must be below 1,000 hertz for the beating to be noticeable.[3] The difference between the two frequencies must be small (less than or equal to 30 Hz) for the effect to occur; otherwise, the two tones will be heard separately, and no beat will be perceived.

Binaural beats are of interest to neurophysiologists investigating the sense of hearing.[4][5][6][7]

Binaural beats reportedly influence the brain in more subtle ways through the entrainment of brainwaves[3][8][9] and provide other health benefits such as control over pain

The “frequency-following response” effect.

The binaural-beat appears to be associated with an electroencephalographic (EEG) frequency-following response in the brain(3). Many studies have demonstrated the presence of a frequency-following response to auditory stimuli, recorded at the vertex of the human brain (top of the head). This EEG activity was termed “frequency-following response” because its period corresponds to the fundamental frequency of the stimulus (Smith, Marsh, & Brown, 1975). Binaural-beat stimulation appears to encourage access to altered states of consciousness.

 

Various Uses Of Audio With Embedded Binaural Beats

Uses of audio with embedded binaural beats that are mixed with music or various pink or background sound are diverse. They range from relaxation, meditation, stress reduction, pain management, improved sleep quality, decrease in sleep requirements, super learning, enhanced creativity and intuition, remote viewing, telepathy, and out-of-body experience and lucid dreaming. Audio embedded with binaural beats is often combined with various meditation techniques, as well as positive affirmations and visualization.

 

Resonant entrainment of oscillating systems

Resonant entrainment of oscillating systems is a well-understood principle within the physical sciences. If a tuning fork designed to produce a frequency of 440 Hz is struck (causing it to oscillate) and then brought into the vicinity of another 440 Hz tuning fork, the second tuning fork will begin to oscillate. The first tuning fork is said to have entrained the second or caused it to resonate. The physics of entrainment apply to biosystems as well. Of interest here are the electromagnetic brain waves. The electrochemical activity of the brain results in the production of electromagnetic wave forms which can be objectively measured with sensitive equipment. Brain waves change frequencies based on neural activity within the brain. Because neural activity is electrochemical, brain function can be modified through the introduction of specific chemicals (drugs), by altering the brain’s electromagnetic

The Discovery Of Binaural Beats

Binaural beats were discovered in 1839 by a German experimenter, H. W. Dove. The human ability to “hear” binaural beats appears to be the result of evolutionary adaptation. Many evolved species can detect binaural beats because of their brain structure. The frequencies at which binaural beats can be detected change depending upon the size of the species’ cranium. In the human, binaural beats can be detected when carrier waves are below approximately 1000 Hz (Oster, 1973). Below 1000 Hz the wave length of the signal is longer than the diameter of the human skull. Thus, signals below 1000 Hz curve around the skull by diffraction. The same effect can be observed with radio wave propagation. Lower-frequency (longer wave length) radio waves (such as AM radio) travel around the earth over and in between mountains and structures. Higher-frequency (shorter wave length) radio waves (such as FM radio, TV, and microwaves) travel in a straight line and can’t curve around the earth. Mountains and structures block these high-frequency signals. Because frequencies below 1000 Hz curve around the skull, incoming signals below 1000 Hz are heard by both ears. But due to the distance between the ears, the brain “hears” the inputs from the ears as out of phase with each other. As the sound wave passes around the skull, each ear gets a different portion of the wave. It is this waveform phase difference that allows for accurate location of sounds below 1000 Hz(9). Audio direction finding at higher frequencies is less accurate than it is for frequencies below 1000 Hz. At 8000 Hz the pinna (external ear) becomes effective as an aid to localization. In summary it’s the ability of the brain to detect a waveform phase difference is what enables it to perceive binaural beats.

Effects On The Brain

When signals of two different frequencies are presented, one to each ear, the brain detects phase differences between these signals. “Under natural circumstances a detected phase difference would provide directional information. The brain processes this anomalous information differently when these phase differences are heard with stereo headphones or speakers. A perceptual integration of the two signals takes place, producing the sensation of a third “beat” frequency. The difference between the signals waxes and wanes as the two different input frequencies mesh in and out of phase. As a result of these constantly increasing and decreasing differences, an amplitude-modulated standing wave -the binaural beat- is heard. The binaural beat is perceived as a fluctuating rhythm at the frequency of the difference between the two auditory inputs. Evidence suggests that the binaural beats are generated in the brainstem’s superior olivary nucleus, the first site of contralateral integration in the auditory system (Oster, 1973). Studies also suggest that the frequency-following response originates from the inferior colliculus (Smith, Marsh, & Brown, 1975)” (Owens & Atwater, 1995). This activity is conducted to the cortex where it can be recorded by scalp electrodes.

 

Altered States

Binaural beats can easily be heard at the low frequencies (< 30 Hz) that are characteristic of the EEG spectrum (Oster, 1973). This perceptual phenomenon of binaural beating and the objective measurement of the frequency-following response (Hink, Kodera, Yamada, Kaga, & Suzuki, 1980) suggest conditions which facilitate entrainment of brain waves and altered states of consciousness. There have been numerous anecdotal reports and a growing number of research efforts reporting changes in consciousness associated with binaural-beats. “The subjective effect of listening to binaural beats may be relaxing or stimulating, depending on the frequency of the binaural-beat stimulation” (Owens & Atwater, 1995). Binaural beats in the delta (1 to 4 Hz) and theta (4 to 8 Hz) ranges have been associated with reports of relaxed, meditative, and creative states (Hiew, 1995), and used as an aid to falling asleep. Binaural beats in the alpha frequencies (8 to 12 Hz) have increased alpha brain waves (Foster, 1990) and binaural beats in the beta frequencies (typically 16 to 24 Hz) have been associated with reports of increased concentration or alertness (Monroe, 1985) and improved memory (Kennerly, 1994).

Passively listening to binaural beats may not spontaneously propel you into an altered state of consciousness. One’s subjective experience in response to binaural-beat stimulation may also be influenced by a number of mediating factors. For example, the willingness and ability of the listener to relax and focus attention may contribute to binaural-beat effectiveness in inducing state changes. “Ultradian rhythms in the nervous system are characterized by periodic changes in arousal and states of consciousness (Rossi, 1986;

Shannahoff-Khalsa, 1991; Webb & Dube, 1981). These naturally occurring shifts may underlie the anecdotal reports of fluctuations in the effectiveness of binaural beats. External factors are also thought to play roles in mediating the effects of binaural beats” (Owens & Atwater, 1995). The perception of a binaural beat is, for example, said to be heightened by the addition of white noise to the carrier signal (Oster, 1973), so white noise is often used as background. “Music, relaxation exercises, guided imagery, and verbal suggestion have all been used to enhance the state-changing effects of the binaural beat” (Owens & Atwater, 1995). Other practices such as humming, toning, breathing exercises, autogenic training, and/or biofeedback can also be used to interrupt the homeostasis of resistant subjects (Tart, 1975).

Brain Waves and Consciousness

Controversies concerning the brain, mind, and consciousness have existed since the early Greek philosophers argued about the nature of the mind-body relationship, and none of these disputes has been resolved. Modern neurologists have located the mind in the brain and have said that consciousness is the result of electrochemical neurological activity. There are, however, growing observations to the contrary. There is no neurophysiological research which conclusively shows that the higher levels of mind (intuition, insight, creativity, imagination, understanding, thought, reasoning, intent, decision, knowing, will, spirit, or soul) are located in brain tissue (Hunt, 1995). A resolution to the controversies surrounding the higher mind and consciousness and the mind-body problem in general may need to involve an epistemological shift to include extra-rational ways of knowing (de Quincey, 1994) and cannot be comprehended by neurochemical brain studies alone. We are in the midst of a revolution focusing on the study of consciousness (Owens, 1995). Penfield, an eminent contemporary neurophysiologist, found that the human mind continued to work in spite of the brain’s reduced activity under anesthesia. Brain waves were nearly absent while the mind was just as active as in the waking state. The only difference was in the content of the conscious experience. Following Penfield’s work, other researchers have reported awareness in comatose patients (Hunt, 1995) and there is a growing body of evidence which suggests that reduced cortical arousal while maintaining conscious awareness is possible (Fischer, 1971;West 1980; Delmonte, 1984; Goleman 1988; Jevning, Wallace, & Beidenbach, 1992; Wallace, 1986; Mavromatis, 1991). These states are variously referred to as meditative, trance, altered, hypnogogic, hypnotic, and twilight-learning states (Budzynski, 1986). Broadly defined, the various forms of altered states rest on the maintenance of conscious awareness in a physiologically reduced state of arousal marked by parasympathetic dominance (Mavromatis, 1991). Recent physiological studies of highly hypnotizable subjects and adept meditators indicate that maintaining awareness with reduced cortical arousal is indeed possible in selected individuals as a natural ability or as an acquired skill (Sabourin, Cutcomb, Crawford, & Pribram, 1993). More and more scientists are expressing doubts about the neurologists’ brain-mind model because it fails to answer so many questions about our ordinary experiences, as well as evading our mystical and spiritual ones. The scientific evidence supporting the phenomenon of remote viewing alone is sufficient to show that mind-consciousness is not a local phenomenon (McMoneagle, 1993).

If mind-consciousness is not the brain, why then does science relate states of consciousness and mental functioning to brain-wave frequencies? And how is it that audio with embedded binaural beats alters brain waves? The first question can be answered in terms of instrumentation. There is no objective way to measure mind or consciousness with an instrument. Mind-consciousness appears to be a field phenomenon which interfaces with the body and the neurological structures of the brain (Hunt, 1995). One cannot measure this field directly with current instrumentation. On the other hand, the electrical potentials of brain waves can be measured and easily quantified. Contemporary science likes things that can be measured and quantified. The problem here lies in oversimplification of the observations. EEG patterns measured on the cortex are the result of electroneurological activity of the brain. But the brain’s electroneurological activity is not mind-consciousness. EEG measurements then are only an indirect means of assessing the mind-consciousness interface with the neurological structures of the brain. As crude as this may seem, the EEG has been a reliable way for researchers to estimate states of consciousness based on the relative proportions of EEG frequencies. Stated another way, certain EEG patterns have been historically associated with specific states of consciousness. It is reasonable to assume, given the current EEG literature, that if a specific EEG pattern emerges it is probably accompanied by a particular state of consciousness.

As to the second question raised in the above paragraph, audio with embedded binaural beats alters the electrochemical environment of the brain. This allows mind-consciousness to have different experiences. When the brain is entrained to lower frequencies and awareness is maintained, a unique state of consciousness emerges. This state is often referred to as hypnogogia “mind awake/body asleep.” Slightly higher-frequency entrainment can lead to hyper suggestive states of consciousness. Still higher-frequency EEG states are associated with alert and focused mental activity needed for the optimal performance of many tasks. Perceived reality changes depending on the state of consciousness of the perceiver (Tart, 1975). Some states of consciousness provide limited views of reality, while others provide an expanded awareness of reality. For the most part, states of consciousness change in response to the ever-changing internal environment and surrounding stimulation. For example, states of consciousness are subject to influences like drugs and circadian and ultradian rhythms (Rossi, 1986; Shannahoff-Khalsa, 1991; Webb & Dube, 1981). Specific states of consciousness can also be learned as adaptive behaviors to demanding circumstances (Green and Green, 1986).

Synchronized brain waves

Synchronized brain waves have long been associated with meditative and hypnogogic states, and audio with embedded binaural beats has the ability to induce and improve such states of consciousness. The reason for this is physiological. Each ear is “hardwired” (so to speak) to both hemispheres of the brain (Rosenzweig, 1961). Each hemisphere has its own olivary nucleus (sound-processing center) which receives signals from each ear. In keeping with this physiological structure, when a binaural beat is perceived there are actually two standing waves of equal amplitude and frequency present, one in each hemisphere. So, there are two separate standing waves entraining portions of each hemisphere to the same frequency. The binaural beats appear to contribute to the hemispheric synchronization evidenced in meditative and hypnogogic states of consciousness. Brain function is also enhanced through the increase of cross-collosal communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

Resetting Your Brains Sodium/Potassium Ratio In Theta

Your brain cells reset their sodium & potassium ratios when the brain is in Theta state. The sodium & potassium levels are involved in osmosis which is the chemical process that transports chemicals into and out of your brain cells. After an extended period in the Beta state the ratio between potassium and sodium is out of balance. This the main cause of what is known as “mental fatigue”. A brief period in Theta (about 5 – 15min) can restore the ratio to normal resulting in mental refreshment.

Bay Area’s DecadeZ Scores Placements with E-40, Danny Brown, Tyga, & Management Deal

After years of producing, touring with his underground group “The Local Celebrities” & building his brand within the California music scene from the Bay Area as far down as Los Angeles it was in 2008 that, DecadeZ (then age 17), by chance met Mugzi & E-40. That chance encounter created a multitude of opportunities in which DecadeZ’s name began to spread even more rapidly than before. As time went on, his relationship grew with both Mugzi & E-40. Being as young as DecadeZ was at the time,  it intrigued Mugzi in particular due to the fact that DecadeZ was originally from Bakersfield,CA and had found his way all the way to the bay to network out of his element. This fire inside of DecadeZ made Mugzi & E-40 take him in as one of their own & from there…. the rest has been history.

DecadeZ hails out of the west coast as one of the most creative artists to emerge in years. Working with artists such as E-40, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Keak Da Sneak, The Pack (The group who created the 2006 hit “Vans”), & more, he shows that he can be a main staple in the music business and that he brings another dimension to the table.

As a lyricist, he’s comes with his brash delivery and punchlines that come off almost ignorant in a way (much like Ludacris) On the other end of the spectrum, he is also a very versatile vocalist and songwriter who’s songs hold a place very near to the heart of individuals using past experiences that common people go through and allowing them to share the emotion with him as an artist.

Hailing as one of the most creative artist to emerge in years, DecadeZ comes off as a crowd favorite and the team player everyone likes to be around. Overall DecadeZ has created a consistent brand and signature sound via his music and his signature trademark tag “He’s Been Hot For DecadeZ”.

As a Producer, he holds a sixth sense-like ability to fully envision,embrace,and create a complete record for an artist.

DecadeZ in short means forever .. and the field he is in is “music”.

Forever In Music

– DecadeZ

For PR, marketing, management, and beat sales contact Mike @ SoundSaves .com or 310-514-6820 or Lauren Michaels 619-218-6615
Official Website:
www.beatsondec.com

http://www.twitter.com/decadez

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Remembering Big G.

39047_1576378854627_860498_nAs the Founder of Sound Saves, a social impact music publishing company. I started the company as a way to help spread my former business partner’s (Gregory Evans aka “G”) vision of empowering positivity and love.

My best friend and business partner Gregory Evans passed away this year. He is the muse of Sound Saves as he originally funded the company, as well as discovering Kajmir Royale. G was my rock. He held the company together despite financial loss, employee fall-outs, and was the only person that offered unconditional emotional support as he listened to all my problems with an unbiased ear. Everyone wants to be heard, understood, and appreciated. He truly gave everyone the chance at being heard.

His unwavering support in Sound Saves, as well as vision to spread truth and wake people up to consciousness led me to use this platform of ‘music is medicine’, allowing me to connect human emotions with the healing power of music.  His passing made me realize how short life is. G was responsible for my involvement in the music business. He left a legacy through Sound Saves by envisioning an awakened world united in truth. He told me a story about his rock bottom moment while in Colorado Springs, 12 years ago on a stormy night, drove to the snowy mountains of Pikes Peak with plans to drive off the mountain, feeling hopeless. Divine intervention saved his life as he was touched by “God” with his vision, ultimately leading him to abandon plans of ending his life.

1400806_10202594365205577_1122186763_oGregory Evans. G. Preston Tyiir. Big G.

A best friend. A mentor. A business partner. A guardian angel. You saved my life and the lives of so many others.

You overcame huge challenges and obstacles in life. You asked questions and took genuine interest in us. You treated everyone equally, like family. You had a confident spirit and a big vision.

When we met, you were drawn to my orange office wall and we got along right away talking about life. You were managing a team of rappers led by Kajmir Royale and made a song for my sports company. I would volunteer to help you with music videos, write scripts, share movies that opened us up to new knowledge, work in the studio in downtown Denver, put on concerts, move office desks and chairs from place to place, and watch Broncos football games. We were always discussing life and business.

You allowed me the opportunity to read your journals where you poured out your soul on paper about your life growing up, your family, daughter, and your found spirituality. It hurt you so much to be away from your family for awhile. Your hope was to evolve into God’s purpose.

Your soul sought balance, spirituality, and compassion, knowing a soul’s compassion was achieved over time through error and extremes.

From his journal in 1998 G wrote “I thank you father, in the name of love for sharing and showing me how to live a life of positivity and dedication to what’s right and just.”

You were always quick to lend a hand, stayed on the phone with me when I was going through tough times. You were a strong man.

You were supportive of my new relationship with my girlfriend, another troubled soul. On New Years eve this year we told you that we loved you and we meant it with all our heart and soul.

10535579_10204842957578981_5821209309688937111_oYou strove for Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice. You were consistent: a rock. You taught dedication and perseverance. In business and life you wanted to have the merit of doing good honest business. You started a foundation for a vision and concept in the entertainment industry called Don’t Sleep. You poured your energy, heart, and soul to bring oxygen to this vision. Through dedication and perseverance the dream came true in Denver and eventually moved the operations to Hollywood.

You wanted us to stand on our own two legs. You had exceptional character, gave everyone a second chance, sometimes a third or a forth chance.

Your heart was refined in fire, fighting off the evils in the world, staying strong through it all. You had A Golden Heart.

“No matter how negative the experience, within it are the seeds of an equivalent or greater benefit.” You wrote those words and it couldn’t be truer now.

We must fulfill G’s vision and wake up the world.

Here’s a poem from G’s journals called Rainy days and smiling ways.

“My child it’s no secret we are from the same place. I asked the Lord to show me your face. He said, lay back, close your eyes, and your smile will appear. Many years have passed but our time is very near. Always remember the good things for the clouds make rain but the heavens must open to relieve our pains. Hurt only lasts for a little while, and joy is a lifetime thing.

Smell the sweetness of the flowers, spring time, and let’s sing. Look up to the sky, see the moon and the sun, the stars, the black night, just touch your precious heart and know everything will be alright. Love is forever, I must thank the Lord he brought us together. My love is in you.

As you reflect upon the past of confusion or look in the mirror and know your future stands bright. In you there, I am always.”

In conclusion, here’s what you can do to live on his legacy. Be curious always searching for the truth, unsatisfied with the mainstream knowledge that is fed to us. Always have an open mind and heart. Support others, helping them get their feet solid on the ground. Most of all love yourself, love others, and love music! Don’t Sleep. Big G Rest in Peace. We love you. – Mike Will Downey





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Kajmir Royale Releases Beat Album ‘Metamorphosis’ Vol. 1

Kajmir Royale (MIR) is a music producer, songwriter, and rapper known for creating a unique style of music combining hip hop, pop, and dance music. With over 200 million views in seven years he’s sold over 15,000 instrumentals to artists globally. Kajmir has major placements with recording artist from Kid Ink, grammy winner Lecrae, Ray J., Wiz Khalifa, Dj I’ll Will, Crooked I, Sean Kingston, Soulja Boy, Bow Wow, Red Cafe, Lil Twist, Ya Boy, De La Soul, Rytmus, Mistah Fab, Jae Millz, Yung Berg, Hell Rell, JR Writer, DMX, and many more.

“I’m raising the bar for other music entrepreneurs to have a positive impact on this world. I can’t read about our environmental issues and not want to do something about it. I want to goto the situation and make a difference. I also want to learn a new language and be helpful to more charities this year.”

 

Key Highlights:
* 200 Million+ Downloads, Shares & Listens
* Produced and Rapped on 4k+ songs
* Grammy Nomination for Rehab (Lecrae)
* 200k+ Email Subscribers
* 65k+ Total Social Subscribers (3 pages)
* 1M word Rhyme Dictionary

Kajmir Royale has been featured in Westword, Hot New Hip Hop, Dat Piff, World Star Hip Hop, & many more. Kajmir Royale has performed over 200 times including:
Lakers vs. Nuggets Halftime Show, STS9, Fort Collins Wine Festival, Mammoth Mountain, People’s Fair, & Lotus Entertainment Group.

Download Kajmir Royale’s New album ‘Metamorphosis’ here: https://itunes.apple.com/mz/album/metamorphosis-vol.-1/id1009462799

Stream on Spotify:

For more information contact Mike@ SoundSaves.com or 310-514-6820

Creating Wealth With the Power of Sounds

What if every obstacle that has ever sabotaged your wealth or success – like an unfulfilling job, the roller coaster economy, or your own limiting beliefs…

Could be overcome by just saying these 6 words out loud?

Aum.

Gum.

Shreem.

Maha.

Lakshmi yei.

Namaha.

These words form an ancient Sanskrit mantra used for thousands of years for prosperity and wellbeing.

But you don’t need any spiritual or religious beliefs to use them. Because they are just 6 of the countless words in various languages, containing a vibrational ‘blueprint’ that can rearrange your DNA!

As you’re about to see, science has proven this. And when you apply it in your life, remarkable changes happen.

Your habits transform for the better… your thoughts and emotions become more positive… your performance at work improves…

And all fears and insecurities you’ve ever had about money melt away, as you begin drawing powerful coincidences into your life: like specific people and opportunities that propel you towards your highest truths.

You will experience all these remarkable effects, just by SAYING these words while you’re in a certain state of mind.

How can sounds alone carry so much power?

Just like symbols, the truth about sounds will expand your consciousness. (And your bank account!)

Welcome to the second blog post in your Prosperity Formula training series. Today, we’re going to explore the world of sounds… or more specifically, how to speak words that will align you with the vibrations of wealth, prosperity and success.

And to do that, we’ll first need to dive into the dimension of spirituality and metaphysics.

You see according to the Rigveda – the world’s oldest spiritual text – sounds are built from elementary particles, which are in turn made from microscopic strands of energy. (A claim modern science now also supports through models like String Theory.)

All sounds have energetic blueprints tied to them: triggers that can induce a certain emotion, visualization or action in the person who hears them.

And so those who subscribe to ancient wisdom often believe in reciting specific words every day as a ‘lubricant’ for ongoing prosperity.

This is where the popular concept of Mantras comes from!

Speaking of Mantras, I’m sure you’ve heard of the world’s most widely spoken Mantra, the one many people use when they meditate:

“AUM.”

Think about that word for a second.

When you start saying the first letter, the ‘A’, your mouth is fully open…

When you get to the ‘U’, your mouth is half open…

And when you get to the ‘M’, your mouth is fully closed.

There’s a reason for that: it’s because AUM represents the very concept of openness and closure – of the beginning and end of the Universe itself.

The power of sound and words is even clearly illustrated in the Bible.

Remember the very first sentence from the Gospel of John?

“In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God.”

By themselves, these facts are compelling. But when you also start exploring sounds in the context of science and linguistics… it becomes crystal clear why they can have such a profound effect on your wealth and prosperity.

Studies have shown that many sounds – even if you don’t yet know their meanings – will resonate in different parts of your mind and nervous system, and create specific outcomes in your behavior or performance.

Why? Because you’re reacting to them on a vibrational and molecular level.

This is why you can hear a song in a foreign language, and still feel your soul moved by it.

And then of course you have the famous Law of Attraction: the theory that energy attracts energy.

This works perfectly in the context of sounds too: because the positive sounds you make will echo outwards…

And will naturally attract positive people and outcomes into your life. How? The answer is nothing short of mind-blowing…

Even The Most Stubborn Skeptic Must Bend In The Face Of This Evidence…

By now you may have already heard of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s famous studies on intentions, and how attaching certain words to water crystals can affect their molecular structure.

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But Dr. Emoto wasn’t the first one – even the Greek Philosopher Pythagoras was said to use the sounds of vibrating string music to heal people’s bodies and emotions.

Why? Because of a concept he called the “music of the spheres”, which theorizes that all atoms and celestial bodies produce a particular sound.

These discoveries have even led to a form of energy medicine known as ‘vibrational medicine’: which is an approach that explores how the vibrations of sound interact with molecular structures in organisms like US.

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It’s just mind-blowing when you start to SEE how the power of sound goes beyond just our hearing… and melts into our physical, 3D reality.

Look at this eighteenth century diagram by German scientist and musician Ernst Chladni:

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Each of those shapes are the geometric patterns Chladni saw when he drew a violin bow around the edge of a plate covered in fine sand!

These results have been replicated many times since then, like in the field of Cymatics, which used sand, powder, liquid and speakers to produce intricate patterns like this:

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And recently, scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago have even invented ‘Acoustic Levitation’: a way to levitate liquid pharmaceuticals using sound waves!

(Look it up when you get the chance – it’s amazing how they’re using sound to actually IMPROVE the effectiveness of certain pharmaceuticals on a molecular level.)

All this leads to one question:

if sound can have such a BIG impact on matter, then what can it do to your mind, your energetic blueprint, your consciousness… and your wealth & success?

How Sounds Can Burrow Into Your Deepest Levels Of Consciousness… And Transform You.

Did you know that your consciousness as a human being has multiple levels?

There is surface thought, where your mind is active and engaged.

But there are also deeper, quieter levels of thought, all the way down to the deepest, purest level of feeling: where thoughts fade, and only your consciousness remains.

According to physics, you live most of your life on the level of surface thoughts and physical impulses.

But your life’s greatest work, your highest realizations, and your deepest sense of fulfillment will only come when you’re trained to dive deeper, on a molecular level…

Into the ocean of your own stillness.

Sounds are a gateway to this ocean! And once you start swimming in it… can you imagine the positive changes that will happen in every area of your life?

The work of world-renowned scientists like Dr. Baskaran Pillai gives us a hint. By harnessing sound ‘phonemes’, he is able to help his patients reprogram themselves, and create remarkable change in their wealth, careers and quality of life.

Okay, so now that we’ve explored both the spiritual and scientific aspect of sounds…

All that remains is to rearrange YOUR Prosperity DNA by applying the phenomenon of sound in your life.

And when you do, you’ll notice remarkable changes happening inside you and around you:

  • Imagine the opportunities and positive coincidences you’ll attract, when you’ve tuned yourself on a subatomic level to the frequency of success and prosperity…
  • Imagine how much easier it will be to channel the prosperous habits, thoughts and emotions that empower you instead of damage you…
  • Imagine how much more fulfilled, happy and successful you’ll be in your career when you can tap into your personal ocean of inspiration and clarity on demand…
  • And of course, imagine being constantly connected to your deepest sense of purpose, and KNOWING – with every atom of your being – why you were put on this planet.

These are just some of the gifts waiting for you when you choose to harness the unusual power of sounds in your life.

But first, there’s a decision you need to make: how will you APPLY this wisdom in your life?

Well one option is to start doing research, reading books and seeking out wisdom to help you get it right…

Which is possible, but I have to warn you: you’re going to spend a LOT of time and money in the process.

And so another option, if you’re busy and you’d like the best results as quickly as possible…

Is to take advantage of MY years of scientific and spiritual study in this field… by trying my Prosperity Formula home training program.

In the program you’ll find my FULL step-by-step process – including fun yet powerful exercises, tools and tips – for applying both Sounds and Symbols to elevate your wealth and success to a whole new level.

In fact I’ll even show you how to COMBINE Sounds and Symbols for even better results.

– See more at: http://projectyourself.com/prosperity-formula-posts-sound-part-3/#sthash.hhc2BLux.dpuf

Music is Medicine

Music can have a profound affect on my state of mind. I think this is true for most people, actually.

The therapeutic value of music has long been known to the medical world. Famed neuropsychologist Oliver Sacks used music to engage his patients (this was dramatized in the movie The Music Never Stops, where a brain-damaged patient is able to recall memories otherwise lost when he hears the favorite music of his youth). And I saw an article this week, courtesy of my BFF, which stated this:
One hundred years ago, Pennsylvanian surgeon Evan Kane penned a brief letter to JAMA in which he declared himself a rigorous proponent of the “benefit effects of the phonograph within the operating room.” To Kane, it was an optimal means of “calming and distracting the patient from the horror of their situation.” Of course this was before effective anesthesia so anything would have helped.

The article goes on to say that the connection between music and healing has been known, or at least reported, since 4000 B.C., and that a specific reference to music therapy was documented as far back as 1789. It also goes on to say that that surgeons have music playing in the operating theater about 70% of the time, improving task focus, lowering muscle fatigue and reducing stress.

The mp3 file, iPod and its mobile phone successors have made music accessible, personalizable and portable in a way it has never previously been. And as these technologies have become low cost, ubiquitous and customizable, the digital health movement has figured out a path for companies to turn music into medicine.

Musical Health Tech385b363nologies is a company that attends Leslie Saxon’s USC Body Computing Conference. The company demonstrated the profound outcome they can have on patients with real patient videos and they engaged the entire audience of boring VCs and tech people and academics in a group sing-a-long of Blueberry Hill, demonstrating that their product actually makes people feel good. Needless to say they won the business competition, which was focused on the intersection of music and health and, interestingly enough, sponsored by headphones company SkullCandy.

Musical Health Technologies describes itself as “mobile technology, which digitizes the evidence-based music therapy practice of lyric prompting,” by which they mean they use the familiarity of lyrics and the way the brain reacts to music to deliver a therapeutic intervention. They are seeking to make music therapy not just effective (which is already well known medical fact), but scalable, which it has previously never been.

The company’s first product is called SingFit PRIME, and uses musically generated cognitive and physical stimulation to improve health and quality of life for people with dementia. Music-driven technology and tools are used by professional caregivers to engage patients in more than 60 senior-living communities. According to their website, clients’ professional caregivers report that residents with dementia experience elevated mood, decreased agitation and increased quality of life when they participate in three SingFit PRIME group sessions a week.

You really have to see SingFit in action to be moved  by the power of music and music therapy to engage otherwise less engaged individuals, particularly the way this company has made it work.  My favorite example is this

If you had seen the room I was in when I met these guys, which included a few hundred curmudgeonly middle-aged healthcare dorks singing their hearts out in unison to Blueberry Hill, you would understand why I am rooting for this company.

BioBeats is my other recent favorite on the musical healthcare scene. I met them at last year’s Computer Electronics Show when they were powering the music behind a digital health fashion show called Robots on the Runway. Let me tell you, if you haven’t stood next to a neon-lit swimming pool in Vegas with a million other drunk people watching robots move to a funky beat, you haven’t lived. It was like a scene out of the Jetson’s, brought to you by Tanqueray. Way too funny. But the cool part was that the DJ for said event was from BioBeats, which meant that the music was, in effect, biometrically crowdsourced from the heart beats of the audience as sent to the DJ in mixed form courtesy of everyone’s cellphone sensors.

biobeats-galleryBioBeats “uses heart data to create and influence experiential music.” In other words, their app collects your heart’s signals via a phone sensor and turns it into musically-driven but health-relevant information in the form of music. Here is an excerpt from their patent: “BioBeats technology as discussed below help consumers to connect to their hearts by creating applications that turn heartbeats (or other biometrics) into music, as well as creating visualizations of heart health that are easy to understand. Each BioBeats user will get music relevant to their unique heart signature, but also a way to connect with other users’ hearts. Overtime, it is contemplated that BioBeats can make long-term statistical health predictions such as the onset of atherosclerosis, hypertension, or dangerous levels of stress.”

In English: they collect your heart data, run it through their HeartSong music generation engine, and output at it as a stream of music that helps you perk up or calm down, and tells you whether you should be calling 911 instead of Dr. Feelgood. According to a TechCrunch article about BioBeats, the company’s grand plan is “to use entertainment to facilitate the wellness process.” They have consumer focused apps and are working on one for hospitals. In a world of wearables where you can integrate biometric sensors and music generation (hello Apple Watch), this could be just the ticket to keeping the damn thing on your wrist instead of in a drawer.

I know, I can hear you singing it…”what’s the business model? How do they make money?” Well, I am not exactly sure, but I can tell you one thing: consumers will pay for music in a way they won’t pay for healthcare stuff. If BioBeats can actually get you to feel better and maybe even heal better, by driving the soundtrack of your life, they may just be on to something.

Reasons Why You Should Sing More

We have been publishing music and working with musicians for many years. What we have found is a lack of singing still in the world. For this reason we have listed the following reasons to sing more.

There are many benefits from singing: physically, emotionally and socially.

Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out. It is the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guaranteed.

Here are the top reasons below. Please share this and use our hashtag #SingMore

Physically
1. Singing exercises our lungs. It tones up our intercostal muscles and our diaphragm.
2. It can improve our sleep
3. We benefit our hearts and circulation by improving our aerobic capacity and we decrease muscle tension.
4. Our facial muscles get toned.
5. Our posture improves.
6. We can become more mentally alert.
7. Sinuses and respiratory tubes are opened up more
8. With careful training recent evidence suggests that it can help decrease the problem of snoring.
9. There is a release of pain relieving endorphins.
10. Our immune system is given a boost enabling us to fight disease.
11. It can help reduce anger and depression and anxiety
12. Use of music can help people to regain balance if affected by illness such as Parkinson’s disease

Emotionally
1. Increase in self esteem and confidence
2. It increases feelings of wellbeing
3. It enhances mood
4. Useful as a stress reducer
5. It is uplifting spiritually
6. It can increase positive feelings
7. Encourages creativity
8. It can be energizing
9. It evokes emotions
10. Promotes bonding
11. Increases understanding and empathy between cultures.
12. It is healing

Socially
1. It enables you to meet more people
2. Is a forum for sharing
3. Brings people together and encourages a sense of community
4. Offers opportunity for giving and receiving positive feedback
5. A forum for fun & laughter
6. Support
7. Provides a safe environment to try new skills
8. Brings people together. Give it a try!

 

“Singing fortifies health, widens culture, refines the intelligence, enriches the imagination, makes for happiness and endows life with an added zest.” * If you sing in the shower or sing along with the radio, consider taking this raw vocal skill to new heights.  Music – the “universal language” not only stirs our deepest emotions, but active participation can increase energy and vigor to see us through even the most stress-filled life commitments. Good vocal technique goes beyond the basics to include both physical and vocal warm-ups, proper nutrition, adequate rest and emotional commitment.  An experienced vocal teacher will explore all aspects of posture, abdominal and chest development, tone production and breath control.  What health club can promise these benefits?

  • Singing increases poise, self-esteem and presentation skills.
  • Singing strengthens concentration and memory.
  • Singing develops the lungs and promotes superior posture.
  • Singing broadens expressive communication.
  • Singing adds a rich, more pleasant quality to speech.
  • Singing animates the body, mind and spirit.
  • Singing enables the performer to delve into characterization/acting.
  • Singing stimulates insight into prose and poetry and piques interests in the inner meaning of words.
  • Singing enriches one’s ability to appreciate the art of great singers.
  • Singing is an ageless enjoyment – you are never too young or too old.
  • Singing is therapeutic both emotionally and physically.