My last show was about my experiences this summer, having a major life change and sort of adjusting to that. This show reflects one of the ways I’ve been able to deal with the change and what I’ve been up to in that last month.
Meditation and sound therapy have really helped me become present, calm down my anxiety and become more focused on the now rather than ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. This last month has been pretty transformational for me in terms of how I’ve been able to become more aware of my non-stop mind and to try and relax a bit.
Sound therapy is based on the notion that each organism has its own vibratory rate, and every object in the universe has its own unique resonant frequency. I have included a few text to speech clips in the mix quoting stuff like that. The instruments used in sound therapy (gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, chimes etc.) all have a particular sound and frequency that helps rebalance the mind and body. I recommend this Ted Talk by Alexandre Tannous for more info
The first tune in the mix is called Za Zen (Meditation) by a clarinet musician named Tony Scott, it was released in 1964 after his travels around South East Asia led him to create an album reflecting his experiences of meditation. It’s also considered to be one of the first new age records so worth checking out.
4 mins in is some Ignis Chimes, something that has been used in sound therapy that I have been to, alongside Tibetan singing bowls (41 mins) and gongs. At about 7 mins in there’s some binaural beats which are used in alternative medicine and are said do induce relaxation, meditation and creativity. 37mins20secs in I include a tune called Soothe by Kip Mazuy, this guy produced most of the music that used in the meditation app I used called Calm– I recommend it! I include a recording from an interview with John Kabat-Zinn on What is Mindfulness? where he explains the key principals to mindfulness meditation, around 1hour15 mins in, this is over the top of William Basinski – Watermusic II, a great ambient record.
Music really helps me become more present, and just get really into the sounds of what’s going on. I’ve included songs that send me into a trance as I love that feeling you get from it, such as Steve Hauschildt – 05 Vicinities (21mins), Vox Portent – Sembalance (33:30), Burial – Forgive (1:03)
At the beginning of September I went to Norway for a couple of days and visited the Noble Peace Centre, inside they have a dark room lit up by LEDs with screens showing everyone that has won the Nobel Prize, playing ambient in the background. This is included 1hour45mins in. There’s also a recording from a stream at Sognsvann lake (1:02:20 ) which was beautiful – flowing water is used a lot in relaxation and meditation techniques. 1hour40 I play Columbus by Imogeon Heap, this tune was playing in a bar in Norway and I thought it would fit perfectly. Another field recording includes some whale music (1:46) which was playing in a toilet of a pub I was at in Bethnal Green last month – toilets need more stuff like this!
1hour22 mins in I play Recovery (Vessels remix) by Rival Consoles and after that Need You Now (Percussions Edit) by Hot Chip as I listened to these tunes straight after finishing sound therapy, whilst I was in this sort of half conscious reflective state just trying to figure out what just happened to me!
Finally I end on Flim – Aphex Twin, this song used to calm me down before exams a few years ago, and was one of the first tunes I thought about including in the mix, what great tune!