Musical Sculptures Use Psychoacoustics For Sound Hypnosis! The Organ Player – Motivation, Clarity, Peacefulness, & The Cosmic Humfeatured
I began making musical sculptures long before I knew about psychoacoustics or sound hypnosis. The Organ Player is one such sculpture, designed to produce precise sounds that eliminate depression, and facilitate motivation, mental clarity for studying or working, and peacefulness to reduce stress and anxiety. The “cosmic hum” is an expression that assumes a view of the universe where everything is a vibration. If we could hear the vibrations and harmonics of every molecule in the cosmos we would be hearing the cosmic hum, but how can a sculpture make that sound?
The answer can be found in the study of psychoacoustics – sound frequencies that resonate with natural brain frequencies, and cause the brain to follow the frequency of that sound.
Let’s unpack that sentence…
Brain activity can be observed as neurons (brain cells) firing, or communicating with each other. Neurons fire synchronously, usually between 1 and 30 times per second, depending on the person’s level of activity. If the person is sleeping, brain activity may be around 4 Hz. If the person is directing air traffic in the control tower of an airport, brain activity will be much higher, around 30 or even 40 Hz. Brain activity is measured in the same unit used to measure sound frequency, Hz – meaning cycles per second. Generally speaking, the higher the brain frequency, the more highly strung the person feels. Anxiety can be characterised by an uncomfortably high brain frequency. Psychoacoustic sounds (literally: “mind-sound”) have the same frequencies as normal brain states. Back in the 1830’s, brain scientist Willem H. Dove observed that if certain sounds were heard by the human ear, the brain exhibits a “frequency-following response” – a tendency for neurons in the brain to synchronise with the sound frequency.
Effective sound hypnosis uses psychoacoustic frequencies that resonate with the brain’s natural state of calm, usually alpha or theta state. The skill in making effective sound hypnosis tracks is knowing the most effective frequencies to use.
Without a doubt, the experts in the field of psychoacoustics are the yogis and sages of ancient India. They knew the exact sound frequencies for each chakra in the body. There is nothing mystical about chakras, they are clusters of nerve cells, in western medicine called ganglia. Nerves are extensions of the brain and they also fire at certain frequencies. The science of ancient India or Vedas identify seven major chakras and a specific tone for each chakra. If the tone is produced, the nerves and brain exhibits frequency-following response and tunes like a musical instrument, aligning its frequency with the sound. Using these frequencies in my hypnotherapy practice since 2010, my clients relax more deeply than if I do not use the sounds. Combined with specific suggestions for motivation, clarity, or peacefulness, my clients transform in a matter of weeks. I use the same technology on myself and the change is immediate – I can be having one of those days where everything is going wrong, I put on my sound hypnosis track and within a few seconds I feel completely different. The fog clears, I can see what to do.
The Organ Player
I have a small team helping me build an experimental project for Afrikaburn this year. The Organ Player is a musical sculpture consisting of seven organ pipes tuned to the frequencies of the chakras. But the campaign is much bigger than just the artwork. The Organ Player will be recorded and used in the sound hypnosis tracks for my clients, to bring about motivation, clarity, and peacefulness. In June and July 2017 I will deliver a series of free seminars on the sounds I use in hypnosis, my psychoacoustic sculptures (called Elemental Instruments), the Cosmic Hum, and the science behind the frequency-following response. Next year, The Organ Player plans to transform and return to Afrikaburn as a wood gas generator, possibly with a dual function as a grey-water purifier.
Why Isn’t Hypnotherapy Mainstream?
The reason why hypnotherapy and sound healing are not taught in medical school is becoming obvious to a growing number of people. Over the last century the medical syllabus has slowly eliminated natural medicine and even basic nutrition, to the point where it is now: a doctor must know what drug to administer. There is also little hope of receiving funding for this kind of work from universities in the psychology field, because the prevailing academic view of hypnosis is a kind of para-psychology, an experiment by Freud that proved inconclusive. The only way we are going to help people who want natural remedies, good nutrition, and real treatment for their anxiety or depression, is to celebrate exhibitions of technology that helps us, gives us hope, makes us feel human again. Art is a wonderful way to reach people, it speaks underneath our logic and conditioning to the subconscious mind. It’s a wonderful thing to be in a position to support that process.
If you would like to contribute to our Indigogo crowd fund, we’ve set it up to make The Organ Player and its future development a reality. We are not looking to make profit off this project, but it is quite technical from the engineering perspective and there have been some expenses, so far all out of pocket. We started the research and development last year, and we’ve moved from thermal compression and stack effect, to a compression turbine, and finally now we are using steam pressure. There is also the logistics of transporting the sculpture to the Tankwa Karoo, but we can do it if we have help! We can get there in time for The Organ Player’s first performance on Monday 24th of April, sunset.
The difference that even a small contribution will make is immeasurable to us, and there are some thank you gifts like hypnosis soundtracks and video of the sculpture performing.
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