Sound Research Blog
"Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment. Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).
This same concept is utilized in meditation by regulating the breath, but with sound it's the frequency that is the agent which influences the shift."
The newest instrument in the Unknowable Sound studio...
"The type of mbira shown here, of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, consists of 22 to 28 metal keys mounted on a gwariva (hardwood soundboard) made from wood of the mubvamaropa tree (Pterocarpus angolensis).
Although the metal keys were originally smelted directly from rock containing iron ore, now they are made of steel from bed springs, bicycle spokes, car seat springs, and other recycled or new steel materials. Rarely, a brass or copper key may be included."
Shona mbira music; sacred healing music played for over 1,000 years...
"In Zimbabwe, a Shona mbira piece consists of a basic cyclical pattern which includes numerous intertwined melodies, often with contrasting and syncopated rhythms. There are extensive possibilities for rhythmic and melodic variation within the traditional improvisational style. Each performance of an mbira piece is unique in a way similar to the jazz master’s performance – the identity of the piece is clear, the musician’s typical style is evident, yet the performance is fresh, new, unexpected, and totally expressive of the present moment."
"In Zimbabwe, the healing power of mbira is considered to be derived from two interconnected sources: the power of mbira to connect the living with the departed (the ancestor spirits), and the intrinsic power of mbira’s sound.
As Shona mbira music spreads around the world, its power to heal cross-culturally appears to be universal, from banishing a stress headache to quick healing from surgeries. While the healing effect is most powerful with live mbira music, a good traditional mbira recording also works well."
"The regular, consistent rhythm of mbira results in ‘rhythmic entrainment,’ in which body rhythms align themselves with the rhythms of the various intertwined melodies in the music. Heart rate, respiration rate, the firing of neurons in the nervous sytem, and other rhythms of the body’s physical functioning can be positively affected."
"Mbira music is circular in form. As the fundamental melodic and rhythmic cycle of an mbira song repeats, around and around the circle, it draws musician and listeners into a state of meditation. In this state, thoughts and emotions and their associated tension drop away. The resulting state of deep peace allows the mind and body to heal naturally. A feeling of deep relaxation often occurs together with a feeling of being energized. When tension is absent, one’s natural vitality and life force can be felt."
"The sound vibrations of the Tibetan Medical Singing Bowls are especially potent for back and neck pain relief and improving energy flow in the areas and organs of the body where it is lacking.
Tibetan Singing Bowls are a simple "device", yet they are capable of producing remarkable results in healing and as pain solution.
Although the effects of singing bowls might seem magical, there is science behind it. It has to do with sound and resonance. Modern science explains why and how sound and resonance can have specific effects on inanimate objects and various effects on living organisms. Sound is a vibration, a wave, and waves are a transfer of energy. This energy can be directed to produce powerful positive and healing change. In modern Western medicine sound is used routinely in medical procedures, like ultrasound and shockwave.
Singing Bowls have been used from ancient times in Tibetan medicine. The sound vibrations create harmonics that have a healing effect on the body, especially as pain relief. The singing bowls therapeutic effect extends to all cells and organs of the body, bringing on the healing process and attuning all cells to function harmoniously together for the benefit of the whole body, thus opening the innate ability of the body to heal itself."
"Poor mood and elevated anxiety are linked to increased incidence of disease. This study examined the effects of sound meditation, specifically Tibetan singing bowl meditation, on mood, anxiety, pain, and spiritual well-being. Sixty-two women and men (mean age 49.7 years) participated. As compared with pre-meditation, following the sound meditation participants reported significantly less tension, anger, fatigue, and depressed mood (all Ps <.001). Additionally, participants who were previously naïve to this type of meditation experienced a significantly greater reduction in tension compared with participants experienced in this meditation (P < .001). Feeling of spiritual well-being significantly increased across all participants (P < .001). Tibetan singing bowl meditation may be a feasible low-cost low technology intervention for reducing feelings of tension, anxiety, and depression, and increasing spiritual well-being. This meditation type may be especially useful in decreasing tension in individuals who have not previously practiced this form of meditation."
"Dr. Rife found that every disease organism has a frequency range in which it can be affected and this is what we will call its "Window of vulnerability." It appears that Philip Hoyland wanted to make sure that each sideband frequency that would devitalize a disease organism was as close to the middle of this window of vulnerability as he could get it. The sideband method that Philip Hoyland used was considered the cutting edge of radio technology in 1936 when he developed this new Rife Ray #5 or Beam Ray Clinical machine for Dr. Rife. When people hear about the famous 1934 clinic where 16 patients, some having cancer and some having tuberculosis, recovered, it was these primary frequencies that were used. You will notice in the chart below that none of Dr. Rife's original frequencies are low audio frequencies. His frequencies range from 139,200 Hertz for Anthrax to 1,607,450 Hertz for the BX Cancer virus. Dr. Rife did not use low audio frequencies on these organisms to devitalize or render them harmless. The audio frequencies were used only to produce the high RF sideband frequencies. It was these high RF sideband frequencies that devitalized the microorganisms. Dr. Rife always used high RF (Radio frequencies) on these organisms."
The reason why sound healing and brain wave entrainment technologies work...
"All things in our universe are constantly in motion, vibrating. Even objects that appear to be stationary are in fact vibrating, oscillating, resonating, at various frequencies. Resonance is a type of motion, characterized by oscillation between two states. And ultimately all matter is just vibrations of various underlying fields. As such, at every scale, all of nature vibrates.
Something interesting happens when different vibrating things come together: They will often start, after a little while, to vibrate together at the same frequency. They “sync up,” sometimes in ways that can seem mysterious. This is described as the phenomenon of spontaneous self-organization."
"The use of music as therapy is documented in China’s first medical text, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, written 2,300 years ago. Music therapy is an aspect of Five-Element theory, which is foundational to traditional Chinese medicine. All things in nature are composed of the elements of earth, water, fire, metal and wood. Each of these elements has many corresponding aspects, such as season of the year, internal organ, color, musical note, etc. Classical Chinese music was composed from five notes or sounds — jiao, zhi, gong, shang, and yu — and was performed on classical Chinese musical instruments such as drum, gong, flute and zither. Chinese medicine uses the relationship between internal organs and five-element correspondences, such as musical notes, to achieve different healing purposes.
According to this theory, the “jiao” note (corresponding to E in Western musical notation) belongs to the wood element, is the sound of spring, and influences the Liver. It promotes the smooth functioning of Liver Qi, helping to relieve depression. The “zhi” note (corresponding to G) belongs to the fire element, is the sound of summer, and influences the Heart. It helps to nourish the Heart and invigorate blood flow. The “gong” note (corresponding to C) belongs to the earth element, is the sound of late summer, and strengthens the Spleen. The “shang” note (corresponding to D) belongs to the metal element, is the sound of autumn, and protects and nourishes Lung yin. The “yu” note (corresponding to A) belongs to the water element, is the sound of winter, and helps to nourish Kidney yin, protect Kidney essence, and reduce Lung fire."
"So many elements of our human experience affect our consciousness, including sound. Classical music, indigenous forms of drumming, African desert blues, or the mere sound of silence produce different feelings and thoughts. It can shape our inner life in significant ways — in fact, awareness around how we consume sound shapes the way we create meaning and how we live our life.
Alexandre Tannous has been active as a musician, educator, composer, and an ethnomusicologist. For the past 13 years he has been researching the therapeutic and esoteric properties of sound. He has developed a protocol he calls “Sound Meditation” which uses specific sounds to help people tap into the self-healing capacities that we all possess. We discuss Gnosticism, the physics of sound, and how music is weaponized and used to hijack consciousness for religious and capitalistic agendas. Alexandre holds a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition, a Master of Arts degree in Music Education as well as a Master of Arts and a Master of Philosophy degrees in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University. His works are frequently performed in the United States, Europe, and in Asia. He currently works as a sound therapist, researcher and educator."
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