Category Archives: Music

Get It On, Bang A Gong

There’s something very soothing about hitting a gong. The sounds and vibrations can hold you like a warm duvet and wok their way into your core.

Using them in meditation for recall at the end of a session is a pleasant and gentle way of re-entering normal waking consciousness, but there’s an interesting Guardian piece describing their use  in sound baths to take you into a meditative altered state of consciousness instead.

Not Just Background Music

Music in shops and other spaces has come a long way from the bad-old days of elevator muzak – at least that’s what some of the individuals who inflict it on us claim.

Well, they would wouldn’t they? It still makes me want to take a pair of cutters to the loudspeaker wires, though.

This story in The Guardian looks at the psychology underpinning this dark art of persuasion and mood manipulation, and some of the people getting rich from peddling playlist nonsense.

New release: Orbit

If you were a microphone/camera gifted with free flight, and were also imbued with empathy and reflexivity, you could on each orbital flight appreciate the physical and natural wonders of the atmosphere, not forgetting human communications technology. As you soared you would also be open to the metaphysical and spiritual realms that are within your orbit.

Streams at Soundcloud and Spotify. Purchase at RouteNote,  iTunes or your favourite digital store

#Ambient #Neo-classical #alt.classical #Classical # Electronic #Space music #Berlin School #Electronica #New Age

mp3 = (potentially) bad for you

hearingScience has (again) caught up with what we knew all along. Listening to low-quality compressed music is not good for you. Specifically a  study by the Audio Engineering Society on the effects of lossy compression on the ‘timbre spaces’ of a variety of instruments has found that listening to low bit-rate bilge boosts negative emotions (scary, sad etc) and kicks the legs from underneath positive ones (happy, calm, heroic etc).

Sounds like a good reason to keep your inner emo under control and go for FLAC or insist on 320kbps downloads.

Music Is Good For The Brain

colorful-music-notes-symbols-14363-1Heads up to the good people at gear4music.com whose news section alerted me to The Grauniad’s piece on how music beats all those tedious “brain training” apps and software.

The piece talks about software companies having their asses sued for being economical with the truth about their products boosting brain power. Hmm, wonder if the TrumpistaBrexiteers have been investing in such software?

On similar lines 9 Ways Learning An Instrument Strengthens Your Brain spells out in detail the benefits for all – from babies to those recovering from stroke, from multi-taskers to mindful individualists.

Bottom line: playing and learning to play musical instruments produces long-lasting cognitive grooviness in the brain. Tune on, tune up and get jamming.

 

Music projects

studioPlenty of activity in the studio at the moment – I’m about about a third of the way into a new ambient instrumental album, with another couple of instrumental pieces on the back burner. Where’s a lottery win when you need to buy more time?