The voice elements in our recordings are greatly enhanced and extensive use is made of engineering techniques in tandem with hypnotic processes. This results in a voice guide that can exceed the capabilities of a single live therapist and helps the voice blend in with the soundscape and the fantasy elements of the listening experience.
While even the untrained listener may perhaps pick up on linguistic patterns, suggestion sets and carefully designed semantics, the world of sound and frequencies, the play with harmony, beats and rhythms usually only extracts a general affinity, objection or may go unnoticed.
Nowadays, audio software that can create binaural tones or effects is widely available – so technically speaking anyone with a basic understanding could claim to enhance recordings for your benefit. While this may be so, there are lots of advanced yet subtle aspects to the sound we use at mindworks. And because of their enormous potential influence on mind and body we have a very knowledgeable sound producer in our team who skilfully arranges each project to meet the desired objective.
The influence of the sound treatments may be very faint to the ear, sometimes not even noticeable to our hearing, yet the frequencies and beats are absorbed by our body which of course includes the brain and our nervous system.
We wish that you can take the time to read through the very interesting introduction into the world of sound, and then you will come to understand that it requires an expert to complement the voice recording. Our audio producer, Dane from Evolve Audio, is a highly experienced sound engineer, musician and composer who has worked extensively in audio for alternative modalities such as NLP, Hypnotherapy and life-coaching and in a plethora of musical styles and formats.
Here is a brief overview into a whole new world of the fascinating aspects of sound and its biophysiological effect. By all means, please go beyond this short intro, search the internet to satisfy yourself what efforts and expertise goes into the mindworks sound production.
It is known that electrical activity within the brain occurs in regular pulses in various frequency ranges – with the dominant frequency typically falling in the Beta, Alpha, Theta or Delta ranges.
This largely determines our present state between deep sleep & wakeful awareness. It is also known that brainwaves can be influenced by outside phenomena.
For example, interference from electromagnetic sources (such as communication technology in urban areas) is believed to introduce harmful high frequencies which can increase stress and confusion, amongst other health risks. This partly explains the increased demand for new methods of relaxation and trance as tools to access beneficial lower-frequency states.
By the same token, sound can be used to influence brainwaves. The brain will “entrain” to follow a repeating frequency or constant tone, or to correct a difference between left and right channels, resulting in the dominant brainwaves gradually taking on the embedded frequencies.
Beat frequencies and modulations:
Since the most effective frequencies associated with relaxed states occur below the range of audible sound, alternative methods are used to access and deliver the frequencies to the brain.
Binaural and monaural beat frequencies involve the use of pure tones (sine waves) within the audible range to deliver a modulation at subsonic frequencies, within the brain. The carrier tones themselves can have beneficial effects due to the nature of the sine-based waveform as well as the frequencies chosen, and may be layered or combined with other technologies for a more holistic yet harmonious state.
Frequencies may be specifically selected to stimulate certain parts of the body and/or brain, or to assist in finding harmony with various natural phenomena.
One such example is the base Schumann Resonance, a frequency peak in the Earth’s Ionosphere (averaging about 7.8Hz) to which we have an evolved response, and it is believed to be a key to relaxed and rejuvenating states.
The use of binaural beats is known to improve communication between the brain’s left and right hemispheres, which can result in clearer and more resourceful thinking.
The world of music and sound engineering provides numerous other frequency-based tools which are also implemented in order to enhance overall effectiveness and access additional areas of the brain.
Nature recordings (such as water or wind) can be used to create the appropriate atmosphere, and as effective carriers of embedded frequencies, such as on the “Connecting With the Beings of Light”
product. As with many of the acoustic-based sounds used, they contain within their harmonic structure, frequency patterns that integrate well into our neurology and they typically provide a relaxing, reassuring and beneficial effect which counteracts the cumulative effect of man-made sounds and noisy urban environments.
Construction & Including musical elements
Many of the Mindwork products feature unique customized musical and sonic arrangements, which are designed to provide a suitably relaxed and spacious atmosphere for the processes, to assist with visualisations, and to provide additional stimuli both as a distraction for the conscious mind, and to nurture the creativity of the infinitely perceptive subconscious mind.
The sounds and melodies may progress in sympathy with the hypnotic session, gently encouraging the listener along his or her personal journey, while allowing a wide space for internal explorations.
Musical pulses and tempi can entrain heart rates and breathing, influence mood, and may be synchronized with other audio elements.
Melodic, harmonic and structural elements are informed by the specific theme and intention of each product, the latest research in neuro-acoustic fields, and time-tested historical traditions such as shamanic/ritual use, and the so-called “Mozart effect” of certain melodic structures. This element also serves to enhance the listening enjoyment on an auditory and kinaesthetic level, and to facilitate additional uses on the music-based products such as “Feeling Good”.