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It appears to be a form of universal intuition that sound can deeply affect our physiological and emotional states. We see this in the meditative trance state induced by the chants of Buddhist monks. One could claim that far removed from spiritual practice, we can hear that one tune dropped in the club which instantly fills up the dance-floor and forces you to jack your body -- although I would say the presence or lack of spirituality here is up for debate. The takeaway is that music is a universal language understood by all. Consider the tired mother singing her baby a lullaby or the high pitched whistle inserted by John Lennon to irritate dogs at the end of 'Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' – this effect of sound even extends from young to old and even beyond humans as a species. In my own experience I’ve always found a particular piece of music to find solace in while navigating the choppier waters of this life.
One group decided to take this idea to it’s logical extreme – and so it is my pleasure to introduce Marconi Union – a three-piece electronic outfit from Manchester, England. They decided to create music that could confirm our intuition and vindicate the knowledge already attained by experts in the field of sound healing. This desire manifested itself in the group’s 2011 track 'Weightless', created in collaboration with the British Academy of Sound Therapy.
Listen to Weightless here. :)
When you first listen to 'Weightless', you may become conscious of an instant change in your mental and physiological state. This is no coincidence but a pre-meditated scientifically studied sum of causes. 'Weightless' is the result of a set of carefully composed rhythmic structures, non-repeating melody and field recordings engineered to create a lush, sprawling 8-minute musical voyage.
This thoughtful composition has been shown to slow the listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and even lower our levels of cortisol (commonly referred to as the ‘stress hormone’). Leading expert Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, the institution which carried out the research, came to the conclusion that listening to 'Weightless' could reduce anxiety by up to 65%, in addition to a 35% reduction in the test subjects’ standard physiological resting rates.
When we hear chart hits, being able to predict the next note of a track is the rule rather than the exception. This creates engaging hooks that lodge in our brains and keep you up at night as ‘Baby Shark’ plays on repeat, having infiltrated your very psyche. A quick tip for those suffering from an endlessly looping track in their end is to listen to the song right through to the end… and voila, the glitch in your brain can be fixed: your life is no longer buffering.
You see: our brains are essentially lazy. Our mind is constantly looking for shortcuts and will eventually drift off when we can no longer predict what is coming next in a musical piece. Like the rain following the plough, our bodies react in accordance. Rhythms compel us to act: sometimes the physical urge will give way to the mental and vice-versa, but it stems from our mind's interpretation of sound. Psychedelic pioneers Funkadelic hit the nail on the head all the way back in 1970 when they urged listeners to "Free your mind and your ass will follow". So when study participants were listening to tracks such as Weightless, they were instructed to complete puzzles which would increase stress levels. The participants were connected to sensors to allow for measurement of stress indicators, and were played different compositions. 'Weightless' emerged as the clear winner -- a testament to the power of sound and its mysterious ability to change our state of consciousness.
If you enjoyed this piece, I would recommend listening to Kelly Lee Owen's eponymous debut LP. Kelly Lee Owen's relaxed electronica draws from her own time spent working in a lung cancer ward -- and her subsequent realisation of the healing power of music. If you do listen to 'Weightless', I would love to hear your thoughts! Read more about KLO here, and don't forget support the artists! ;)
Hey, I'm here now just sharing this amazing song, Buckethead is a Awesone artist, and this is my favorite by them, enjoy.
Buckethead - Soothsayer (Dedicated to Aunt Suzie)
Immediately, I was surprised by the sound placidity presented during the work, a lull that contrasts directly with the eccentric look and freak of this mysterious character. This makes clear the enormous multifaceted potential of the artist, always present in lists of best guitarists, who throughout the record, explores its more minimalist virtuosity through melodic atmospheres, resulting in beautiful and creative arrangements.
Buckethead, is an American musician who has worked within many genres of music. He has released 304 studio albums, four special releases, and one EP. He has also performed on more than 50 other albums by other artists. His music spans many diverse areas such as progressive metal, funk, blues, bluegrass, ambient, and avant-garde music. He performs primarily as a solo artist, though he has collaborated extensively with a wide variety of high-profile artists such as Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Iggy Pop, Les Claypool, Serj Tankian, Bill Moseley, Mike Patton, Viggo Mortensen, That 1 Guy, Bassnectar, and was a member of Guns N' Roses from 2000 to 2004.
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If you just know who Buckethead is or you own one of the more than 300 albums he released, you know one thing too - the guy uses a bucket on his head and always has a mask.
But why does he use the bucket and the mask?
Buckethead, or Brian Carroll, revealed to the Podcast Coming Alive how the bucket and mask helped him overcome his anxiety and how on one fine day he was eating chicken and it just happened.
i'm dipping my toes into the waters of music production once more -- take a listen if you're a fan of Madvillain, MF DOOM or just have ears and a couple of minutes to kill ;)
you can check it out here!
props to youtuber Redcomet_ for the acapella.
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Hacked in to nasa, found this signal they are not telling us about. Don't know what it means. Probably some far away civilisation trying to find the right frequency to be able to pick up Game of Thrones or so.
Due to yours truly having severe laptop-related technical difficulties, I've been finding it difficult to complete the pieces I had been working on beforehand.
In the meantime I'd like to share something raw. It's nostalgia for me but I hope you can find something to dig on. Expression via a one-minute improvised acoustic guitar track with some additional instrumentation added afterwards. The ex...
This is the question that boggles my mind a lot these days, do we really value music enough?
I don't think so. I'm guilty of it myself and I hate it but I guess that is how world works today when we have all the music within a hand's reach.
I think we owe artists more of our time and especially patience, virtue that we lack and that will be the main focus of this post.
Why I say, owe? Here i...
Is there a way to do paywalls on honest.cash? Anyway, if you want to listen to the full track send me 25 cents in BCH to 1Niak6WPi1NDYquYGBc6TYVerheyEGeXM7 (click for QR code) and I will send you a very small tx back with the private soundcloud link in op_return. Yes I know everybody can see that publicly, that's okay :-)
Or you can go to...
Hello, today i'm going to share with you few tips on how to make your kick drum sound better.
One of the first tips i would advise right on beginning you to try is to find that boomy frequency most of the kick drums have around 240-260hz and cut it down 8-12db.
Example on picture:
Doing this you open up a lot of space for other instruments that have a lot of presence in low mid area like...
Neil Turkewitz posted a good story on Medium about the economics of music… When Economic Theory Fails: A Critical Examination of Waldfogel’s Digital Renaissance. I responded, then he responded, and here's my response…
Way back in the day, if you wanted to hear a fancy song, maybe by Beethoven, you had no choice but to shell out big bucks for a t...