Category: Music


Lance Schuttler, Guest, Waking Times

While the term psycho-acoustic medicine may be relatively new in our world, the practices of using sound and frequencies to impact the physical and emotional health of the body has been used since the beginning of time. From Gregorian chants in churches, to the chanting of Tibetan monks, to Native American drumming, song and sound have been a catalyst in stimulating health and healing for the body and mind in all cultures. The definition of psycho-acoustic medicine is the science of how music and sound impact the nervous system, psychologically and physiologically. Simply, how it is how sound impacts the mind and the body.

One particular area of this science of sound is that of “binaural beats.” Binaural beats were first theorized in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove but was first scientifically tested and proven in 1973 by Dr. Gerald Oster, a medical doctor and biophysicist, when he published his finding in a research paper called Auditory Beats in the Brain. The study opened up a whole new area of science as it showed how sound affects the way and how quickly the brain learns new information, mood control, sleep patterns and healing responses within the body, among many other items.

How Binaural Beats Influence The Brain and Body

To begin, let’s first look at what binaural beats exactly are. Dr. Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., who is a speech-language pathologist, states:

“Research shows that different frequencies presented to each ear through stereo headphones… create a difference tone (or binaural beat) as the brain puts together the two tones it actually hears. Through EEG monitoring the difference tone is identified by a change in the electrical pattern produced by the brain. For example, frequencies of 200 Hz and 210 Hz produce a binaural beat frequency of 10 Hz (The difference in 210 Hz and 200 Hz is 10 Hz). Monitoring of the brain’s electricity (EEG) shows that the brain produces increased 10 Hz activity with equal frequency and amplitude of the wave form in both hemispheres of the brain (left and right hemisphere).”

The difference of a 200 Hz and 190 Hz frequency results in a 10 Hz binaural beat.

The result of this is called “brainwave entrainment,” which in the examples above, entrain at 10 Hz. Any electrochemical activity of the brain results in the production of electromagnetic wave forms that can be objectively measured with sensitive equipment. Since brain waves change frequencies based on neural activity within the brain, and because neural activity is electrochemical, brain function can be modified by using sound and frequencies. Thus, certain frequencies/sound/music stimulate the brain to produce certain neurotransmitters like serotonin, the “feel good” chemical messenger that helps to reduce pain and increases the feelings of pleasure. More on that and other benefits a bit further down.

Researchers believe that different brain wave patterns are linked to the production in the brain of various neurochemicals associated with relaxation and stress release, increased learning and creativity, memory, and other desirable benefits. These neurochemicals include beta-endorphins, growth factors, gut peptides, acetylcholine, vasopressin, and serotonin.

Neuro-electric therapy engineer Dr. Margaret Patterson and Dr. Ifor Capel, showed in there experiments how a 10 Hz brainwave frequency (alpha brainwaves), increased the production of serotonin, to help ease pain and increase relaxation. They also showed how a 4 Hz brainwave frequency (theta brainwaves), increases production of catecholamines, which are important for memory and learning.

Dr. Capel explains this mechanism a bit further:

“As far as we can tell, each brain center generates impulses at a specific frequency based on the predominant neurotransmitter it secretes. In other words, the brain’s internal communication system—its language, is based on frequency… Presumably, when we send in waves of electrical energy at, say, 10 Hz, certain cells in the lower brain stem will respond because they normally fire within that frequency range.”

This is also exactly what Dr. Candice Pert has proved, who was a neuroscientist, biophysicist and pharmacologist, who researched at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and taught at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Pert was the first to prove that thoughts and emotions create a direct physiological effect on the body, thus demonstrating the long held beliefs of Mind-Body medicine. In other words, she proved that positive or negative thoughts and emotions are always either improving or declining our health, based on the chemicals that are released and transported to every cell. Dr. Pert had this to say about the effects of frequency in affecting the cells of body:

“Energy and vibration go all the way to the molecular level. We have 70 different receptors on the molecules and when vibration and frequency reaches that far they begin to vibrate [thus allowing the cells to be directly affected by vibration].

Basically, receptors function as scanners. They cluster in cellular membranes, waiting for the right ligand (much smaller molecules than receptors), to come dancing along (diffusing) through the fluid surrounding each cell, and mount them – binding with them and (vibrating) them to turn them on and get them motivated to vibrate a message into the cell. Binding of the ligand to the receptor is likened to two voices, striking the same note and producing a vibration that rings a doorbell to open the doorway to the cell.”

In other words, for any message (vibrating ligand) to be received by a cell, the cell must vibrate at the same frequency as the ligand. Thus, when brainwaves are in the Alpha state, 8 to 14 Hz, that vibration or frequency is on par for more serotonin to be created, for example.

Everyday Applications of This Medicine

There are several different applications that this form of medicine can be used to beneficially impact our lives, which might include stress relief, pain relief, headaches relief, reversing and preventing cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, reversing and preventing different cancers, increased memory, learning and recall, as well as better sleep cycles, addiction recovery, enhanced cognitive abilities due to synchronization of the left and right brain hemispheres, and enhanced overall well-being.

It’s known and proven that by exercising our brain, we have better mental and emotional health and increased intellectual functioning. Dr. Robert Cosgrove, Jr., Ph.D., M.D., says:

“[Binaural beats] have been observed by us to be an excellent neuro-pathway exerciser. As such we believe it has great potential for use in promoting optimal cerebral performance. Maintaining and improving cerebral performance throughout life delays for decades the deterioration of the brain traditionally associated with aging…”

As stated above, if one wants to relax and de-stress, listening to a binaural beat that produces alpha brainwaves (between 8 and 14 Hz), more serotonin will be produced as well as more endorphins. This would help to reduce physical and emotional pain, as well as increasing the feelings of relaxation and happiness. Listening to an alpha binaural beat can also help to increase learning abilities. Dr. Georgi Lozanov showed that students in the alpha state can learn as much as five times the amount of information in less time per day, and with greater long-term retention…

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About the Author
Lance Schuttler graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Health Science-Health Coaching and offers health coaching services through his website Orgonlight Health. You can follow the Orgonlight Health Facebook page or visit the website for more information on how to receive health coaching for yourself, your friend or family member as well as view other inspiring articles.
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This article (Psycho-Acoustic Medicine: The Science of Sound in Health & Well-Being) was originally created and published by The Mind Unleashed and is re-posted here with permission. 

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by Anna Hunt, Staff, Waking Times

Scientists discover that listening to the song “Weightless” by Marconi Union can results in a striking 65 percent reduction in a person’s overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.

The Anxiety Pandemic

“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”Arthur Somers Roche

Anxiety is a growing pandemic in our society. The mainstream solution is a trip to the psychiatrist and an indefinite prescription for pharmaceuticals. As a result, many anxiety sufferers find themselves dependent on psychotropic drugs but still searching for relief.

Because of this, it begs the question if a pharmaceutical solution even works. Many believe that treating anxiety with a holistic approach may be more effective than expensive, addictive and sometimes even dangerous psychotropic drugs. Holistic alternatives range from treating anxiety with foods that fight inflammation, to exercise, yoga, and meditation. People also like to use age-old tricks for calming nerves, such as breath exercises.

Music is Effective at Reducing Anxiety

Music therapy is already an accepted alternative therapy for stress and pain management. It has also been shown to help improve immune support system function. Historically, indigenous cultures have used sound to enhance physical and mental well-being, as well as enrich spiritual experiences.

Now, neuroimaging has proven that playing music can substantially reduce anxiety. Scientists in the UK have identified what can be called the most relaxing song on earth song. By playing the song “Weightless” by Manchester trio Marconi Union, these researchers reduced anxiety by 65 percent in individuals who participated in their clinical study. Have a listen:

Science Discovers the Most Relaxing Song on Earth

Researchers at Mindlab International, led by clinical psychologist Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson, were commissioned to find out which song is the most effective at helping someone to relax. They played songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay, among many others, to 40 participating women.

The researchers discovered that the song “Weightless” resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates. Dr. Lewis-Hodgson stated:

“The results clearly show that the track induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested.

“Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions.”

Sound therapist Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, explains the process of how the song affects the body:

“[The song] contains a sustaining rhythm that starts at 60 beats per minute and gradually slows to around 50.

“While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat.

“It is important that the song is eight minutes long because it takes about five minutes for this process, known as entrainment, to occur.”

The study was conducted on participants who were asked to solve difficult puzzles, as quickly as possible, while connected to sensors. Participants listened to different songs while researchers measured brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, and the rate of breathing.

Anxiety and Overall Health

Lowering anxiety can be one of the most important steps a person can take towards improving overall health and well-being. Stress can increase the risk of conditions such as heart disease, depression, gastrointestinal ailments, asthma, and even obesity. It can also exacerbate these problems if they are preexisting.

Furthermore, researchers continue to discover that anxiety and stress can be fatal. Here are the findings published in a 2015 working paper out of Harvard and Stanford Business Schools:

The paper found that health problems stemming from job stress, like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and decreased mental health, can lead to fatal conditions that wind up killing about 120,000 people each year—making work-related stressors and the maladies they cause, more deadly than diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or influenza.

Top 10 Songs for Helping Reduce Anxiety

Here’s the full list of the top 10 relaxing songs discovered by Mindlab International during their research.

  1. We Can Fly,” by Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)
  2. Canzonetta Sull’aria,” by Mozart
  3. Someone Like You,” by Adele
  4. Pure Shores,” by All Saints
  5. Please Don’t Go,” by Barcelona
  6. Strawberry Swing,” by Coldplay
  7. Watermark,” by Enya
  8. Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix),” by DJ Shah
  9. Electra,” by Airstream
  10. Weightless,” by Marconi Union
About the Author
Anna Hunt is co-owner of OffgridOutpost.com, an online store offering GMO-free healthy storable food and emergency kits. She is also the staff writer for WakingTimes.com. Anna is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and founder of Atenas Yoga Center. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Visit her essential oils store here. Visit Offgrid Outpost on Facebook.
Sources:
http://www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/neuroscience-says-listening-to-this-one-song-reduces-anxiety-by-up-to-65-percent.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8830066/Band-creates-the-most-relaxing-tune-ever.html
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A generous reminder that we must aim for “a revelation in the heart rather than a confrontation or a call-to-arms or a defense.”

Trained as a poet and ordained as a Buddhist monk,Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934–November 10, 2016) is our patron saint of sorrow and redemption. He wrote songs partway between philosophy and prayer — songs radiating the kind of prayerfulness which Simone Weil celebrated as “the rarest and purest form of generosity.”

One of his most beloved lyric lines, from the song “Anthem” — a song that took Cohen a decade to write — remains what is perhaps the most meaningful message for our troubled and troubling times: “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” It springs from a central concern of Cohen’s life and work, one which he revisited in various guises across various songs — including in “Suzanne”, where he writes “look among the garbage and the flowers / there are heroes in the seaweed,” and in the iconic “Hallelujah”: “There’s a blaze of light / In every word / It doesn’t matter which you heard / The holy or the broken Hallelujah”.

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Leonard Cohen

Nowhere is this interplay of darkness and light more nuanced, nor more prescient, than in Cohen’s song “Democracy.”

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Western world was ablaze with the euphoria of a blind faith that democracy was coming to the East. I was there — that’s not what happened. Cohen, too, saw things differently. Ever the enchanter of nuance, he foresaw the complexity and darkness that this reach for light would unravel, and he captured it in this iconic and astonishingly timely song. It begins:

It’s coming through a hole in the air
From those nights in Tiananmen Square
It’s coming from the feel
That this ain’t exactly real
Or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly there
From the wars against disorder
From the sirens night and day
From the fires of the homeless
From the ashes of the gay
Democracy is coming to the USA
It’s coming through a crack in the wall

In his 1991 conversation with journalist Paul Zollo, found in Songwriters on Songwriting (public library) — the source of Cohen’s wisdom on inspiration and work ethic, and his most illuminating interview — Cohen pulls back the curtain on his creative process and discusses the nature of democracy, how he wrote the song, and why he chose to leave out certain verses, even though he considered them lyrically good.

Today, as the world’s greatest superpower elects a bigoted bully with fascist tendencies for president, many of the lines Cohen left out pierce with their pertinence — lines like “Concentration camp behind a smile” and “Who really gets to profit and who really gets to pay? / Who really rides the slavery ship right into Charleston Bay?”

A quarter century ago, Cohen speaks to our time with astonishing prescience — for any great artist is at bottom a seer in dialogue with eternal human problems — and tells Zollo:

I think the irony of America is transcendent in the song. It’s not an ironic song. It’s a song of deep intimacy and affirmation of the experiment of democracy in this country. That this is really where the experiment is unfolding. This is really where the races confront one another, where the classes, where the genders, where even the sexual orientations confront one another. This is the real laboratory of democracy. So I wanted to have that feeling in the song, too.

Using songwriting itself as a laboratory for democratic discourse, Cohen wrote several verses he chose to leave out of the final song. He gives as an example a verse in which he explored the relationship between black and Jewish people:…

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I can almost hear a few loud responses to my provocative title questions echoing across the internet and blasting out my computer speakers: “Mr. Lewis are you some kind of conspiracy nut job? Didn’t you read the most recent news report which stated very clearly that Prince died of a “self-inflicted” overdose of the synthetic opioid drug, fentanyl. Didn’t you hear that fentanyl is a deadly drug that is 50 times more powerful than heroin. Mr. Lewis, Prince’s death has now been verified as just another sad statistic in the opioid overdose crisis raging throughout the country. What else could you possibly want to know other than some gossipy details? Leave the poor man alone and get on with your life.”

For all those interested in searching for the truth behind Prince’s death, (along with several other famous celebrities) and the thousands upon thousands of similar drug related deaths of ordinary citizens, pay close attention to the continuation of this vitally important and necessary dialogue:

“No,” I firmly reply. “I am not a conspiracy theorist, and what I heard on the news was exactly what you heard. Apparently some medical examiner from Minnesota decided that because the powerful drug fentanyl was in Prince’s bloodstream at the time of his death that it must have been “self-administered” and the specific cause of a drug overdose which led to his ultimate demise. End of story – right!?”

“Not so fast,” I continue, “and no, I just can’t get on with my life when important truths about the criminal negligence of the FDA, Big Pharma, and Psychiatry in our society are being hidden behind a deceptive vail of mystery and misdirection.”

“For if you just happened to pay close attention to this past week’s most recent news story regarding Prince’s death you might have also picked up on the “minor” detail posted at the end of a brief AP news article which revealed that the benzodiazepine drug, diazepam, (also known as valium) was one of several additional drugs found in Prince’s bloodstream at the time of his death.”

As an aside, it is interesting that this seemingly inconsequential information has now seeped out in to public news despite the fact that Minnesota state authorities are not legally required to release the entire results of the toxic drug screen taken from a deceased body. Supposedly, this is meant to protect the medical “confidentiality” of the deceased person including any specific records of possible “mental health” treatment.

Of course we all know that “patient confidentiality” as of late (with all the mass shootings) seems to *trump* any issues of general public safety. In those cases they almost never reveal the psychiatric drugs taken by the perpetrators or the possible role that these drugs might have played in the ensuing violence. So unfortunately we may never know the full details of all the drugs in Prince’s body that could have caused his death, and the information that has been revealed so far has a very familiar pattern of misleading sensationalism. It is also true that we may never know what type of doctor is implicated in helping him access the specific drugs that killed him, and for what purpose these drugs may have been prescribed. And if a doctor is singled out as somehow negligent in his death, he or she will most certainly become a convenient scapegoat obscuring larger institutional malfeasance.

So now you ask: “what exactly is the important information that we could potentially discover by analyzing the specific combination of drugs in Prince’s body and the type of doctors involved in his care at the time of his death?”

I eagerly respond, “Before I attempt to answer that specific question let me ask you a second, and possibly easier question regarding the fully published details of another famous autopsy. “Who and what killed Michael Jackson? You hesitate and then tell me “it was ah…, let me think now, maybe I’ll check google on my cellphone. Ah ha, I know, it was a Dr. Conrad Murray who was found to be negligent in his death, and the medical examiner declared that Jackson died from an overdose of that funny sounding anesthetic drug that begins with “P.” Yeah, propofol, that’s it. It’s that drug which in high amounts can stop your breathing and is rarely ever used outside of a hospital setting.  “See, I got this,” you now declare with great confidence.

I then ask: “What other drugs were also found in Michael Jackson’s blood stream?”

Once again, looking it up on your cellphone you respond: “it says here that diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), midazolam (Versed), Ephedrine, and Lidocaine in addition to the propofol were all in his system.”

“Sooo….!” I say with a baffling sense of amazement, “there were three benzodiazepines drugs (Valium, Ativan, and Versed) in his bloodstream, yet the medical examiner somehow determined that Michael Jackson died from acute Propofol intoxication.” Isn’t that interesting?” I say, adding a very sarcastic tone, and then I proceed to pose the most obvious next question:

“Ok, so let me get this straight, putting together all these known drug facts, any person of sound mind should readily accept the official medical conclusion that in Jackson’s death the presence of three benzodiazepine drugs is of little consequence compared to the significance of that weird sounding drug that begins with “P” called, propofol.???”

Here I will also insert the interesting and very much related information that Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Whitney Houston, and Philip Seymour Hoffman all had benzodiazepine drugs in their system at the time of their death. The famous Batman actor, Heath Ledger (like Michael Jackson) actually had three benzodiazepine drugs – lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), and temazepam (Restoril) discovered in his bloodstream, in addition to the opiate, Oxycodone, found in the toxic drug screen performed during his autopsy. By themselves benzodiazepines are rarely fatal, but in combination with alcohol or other sedative hypnotic drugs and especially anesthetic/pain (opiate) drugs they are especially lethal due to their ability to magnify effects and shut down heart and lung function.

As an interesting aside, it is a very sad fact that Ledger’s father just recently released a published statement publicly blaming his son for his own death with no mention of the doctors who prescribed him all those so called “safe” and “medically necessary” drugs that have become such a deadly combination in so many people’s deaths. The Medical Establishment can now breathe another sigh of relief since many victims of criminal negligence are frequently blamed by their own families (and the public) for these tragic overdose deaths that have medical malpractice written all over them.

I say to everyone following this conversation: “does this now all make perfect sense to you? Are you satisfied enough to get on with your life and not ask any more probing questions or seek out a deeper understanding of the hidden truths behind the drug overdose crisis in this country; a crisis that is killing many of our beloved artists, as well as such a high numbers of our friends and loved ones – to a tune of 30 thousand a year?”

“NOT!!!” I shout back, defiantly answering my own question. And I hope you will all become equally as defiant and angry as I am, and further seek some type of truth and justice related to this entirely avoidable epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Deaths that will only continue to spiral out of control if we fail to identify important drug clues and the institutions and individuals responsible for this massive betrayal of public trust and the resulting crimes of medically negligent homicide…

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IMMORTAL RACKET: Beethoven loved noisy elements in his music, like the Janissary band, or Turkish marching band. Like composers before and after him, though not with his genius, he transformed environmental sounds like birdsong and thunderstorms into everlasting music.

We use music to make sense of the squawks, creaks, and roars around us.

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Independent documentary filmmaker and Detroit native Al Profit discusses how an ancient cult in India known as the Thuggee continues to inspire fear today. The word “thug” is a word used by celebrities, pop stars and rappers to promote their own self image (such as TuPac coining “thug life”) along with being a word identified with the criminal element in society. But what about the original thug?

From Al Profit’s website:

An Arab traveler writing about his visit to India first used the word in the year 1356, but Europeans first heard the word in the 1700’s as the British began to conquer India. By the 1830’s English control of the sub-continent was almost complete, but as they began to actually try and govern India, they realized they had a major problem: thousands of people were disappearing along the roads of the country, never to be seen again. They were victims of the Thugs.

Some time in the 1930s, American Hollywood movies picked up the word “thug.” Despite the origins of the Thug cult escaping the common knowledge of most people, the word continues to symbolize violent brutes today.

But where you can really see the connection between the Thugs of ancient India and modern America is in the use of the word as a scare tactic, a tool of social control on specific elements of the population. Take pro football player Richard Sherman, a guy that gets paid millions of dollars to slam his body into other people on the Sunday, which is supposedly the Lord’s day, but when he get a little too excited on national television, when he didn’t play the role of the humble black athlete who thanks God for his ballgame victory, the public and the media exploded, calling him lots of names, but mostly they called him a Thug.

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The word thug has been referred to as “The N-Word by any other name.”Or take for example the 2012 incident of a Florida man (of course it’s Florida) saying “I hate that thug music” to his girlfriend before shooting a black teen at a gas station.

Then there is the celebrities that try to sell their image through use of the word thug. Al Profit writes:

Now Tupac himself was killed in Las Vegas after he and a large group of men stomped out a Crip gang member, but “Thug Life” lives on in pop-culture today. Take, for example, Atlanta rapper “Young Thug”….Young Thug’s elaborate clothing is actually somewhat reminiscent of the original Indian Thugs, which actually makes him more Thuggish than Tupac himself in my book.

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A physicist explains what the composer has in common with the dawn of the cosmos.

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Many people would agree that they have had a spiritual experience at least once in their lifetime while listening to music. For most of us we will listen to our favorite songs dozens of times, sometimes in a single session. Those favorites each have a unique effect upon our consciousness that can be so strong that it can uplift us from depression, or even fortify our anguish with familiar emotional resonations.

A prayer is understood as not just a register of wants or regrets that is vocalized to a deity, but as a meditation on a particular result that one wishes to attain. A formal petition can be an aspect of that prayer, but essentially all humans instinctually pray. That job that you’ve applied for or that person that you want to be in a relationship with that you think about morning, day, and night are mental rituals of manifesting your internal desires into external/physical situations.

Aleister Crowley defines magic as, “the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with Will.”

In essence the rituals and ceremonies involved in religion or magical practices work to line up the mind with the individual’s will in order to effect a change in that person’s physical reality. The simplest way that humans innately conduct a magical act is the process of mental prayer by means of extensive contemplation.

Music is a tool that we receive to have an effect on our mental process so that we can alter our thoughts and emotions in order to experience the physical reality in accordance to our will, whether that will is a projection from our ego or our higher self as some would argue.

Leafar Seyer’s lyrics and Dave Parley’s instrumental compositions together form the Cholo-Goth band, Prayers, and demonstrates this phenomenon of the power of manifestation through the gateway of the mind. In this context a spiritual experience or magic could be defined as the result of the mind and physical world unifying— two seemingly contrasting concepts crossing into each other’s worlds. This concept is further enhanced by Leafar Seyer combining the distinguishable and disparate cultures of Goth and Gang life into the genre Cholo-Goth. This principle of deconstructing duality while celebrating the components’ independent qualities is prevalent throughout Prayers’ music in the ideas of masculinity and femininity, ego and identity, light and dark.

Leafar Seyer has constructed his songs with the understanding of the magical effect music has on the mind; the result of this enlightenment is that he can extend the light of knowledge through the darkness of his music and thereby illuminate his audience. Later this summer Prayers will be releasing the EP, Baptism of Thieves, on Seyer’s own record label, Nite Ritual. Their latest music video, Black Leather, featuring Kat Von D, was released in April. Seyer explains,

My vision for the video was to do to do what naturally I do as a creator— I always bring planets into alignment just like I did with Cholo-Goth. The video for Black Leather is about me being in love with myself. Kat Von D represents my anima, the female aspect of myself. The song is about me finally accepting who I have become and letting go of who I am no longer, and the video shows this.

It is my personal opinion that Prayers audience has grown successfully in just the two and half years since their inception because people intuitively relate to Seyer’s intention of alchemy, bringing together polarized qualities within his life. Who doesn’t feel divided or incomplete at times or in some aspect of their life? Seyer’s success in unifying duality permeates his music and becomes a meditation for the audience. The incantations of a gangster has made Leafar Seyer a god.

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Christopher Ian: What inspired the manifestation of Black Leather as a song and video?

Leafar Seyer: This song/video isn’t so much of a manifestation, per se; it is a fragment that reveals and reflects aspects of my life. Much like a prayer is a projection of hopes and desires, all my songs and videos are charged with my essence.

CI: What are you envisioning it becoming?

LS: I envision this song as a prayer for change that empowers and heals people. This song is a beacon of light that you can take with you to have a different perspective on life and death; it’s more than a song, it’s a sacred hymn disguised as a pop song…

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Listening to emotionally moving music is the most common trigger of frisso

Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders?

The experience is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning “aesthetic chills”, and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even dubbed it a “skin orgasm.”

Listening to emotionally moving music is the most common trigger of frisson, but some feel it while looking at beautiful artwork, watching a particularly moving scene in a movie or having physical contact with another person. Studies have shown that roughly two-thirds of the population feels frisson, and frisson-loving Reddit users have even created a page to share their favorite frisson-causing media.

But why do some people experience frisson and not others?

Working in the lab of Dr. Amani El-Alayli, a professor of Social Psychology at Eastern Washington University, I decided to find out.

What causes a thrill, followed by a chill?

While scientists are still unlocking the secrets of this phenomenon, a large body of research over the past five decades has traced the origins of frisson to how we emotionally react to unexpected stimuli in our environment, particularly music.

Musical passages that include unexpected harmonies, sudden changes in volume or the moving entrance of a soloist are particularly common triggers for frisson because they violate listeners’ expectations in a positive way, similar to what occurred during the 2009 debut performance of the unassuming Susan Boyle on “Britain’s Got Talent.”

If a violin soloist is playing a particularly moving passage that builds up to a beautiful high note, the listener might find this climactic moment emotionally charged, and feel a thrill from witnessing the successful execution of such a difficult piece.

But science is still trying to catch up with why this thrill results in goosebumps in the first place.

Some scientists have suggested that goosebumps are an evolutionary holdover from our early (hairier) ancestors, who kept themselves warm through an endothermic layer of heat that they retained immediately beneath the hairs of their skin. Experiencing goosebumps after a rapid change in temperature (like being exposed to an unexpectedly cool breeze on a sunny day) temporarily raises and then lowers those hairs, resetting this layer of warmth.

Since we invented clothing, humans have had less of a need for this endothermic layer of heat. But the physiological structure is still in place, and it may have been rewired to produce aesthetic chills as a reaction to emotionally moving stimuli, like great beauty in art or nature.

Research regarding the prevalence of frisson has varied widely, with studies showing anywhere between 55 percent and 86 percent of the population being able to experience the effect…

more…

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/frisson-why-music-only-gives-some-people-skin-orgasms-but-not-others-a7049601.html

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Nazi music? What? Let me explain…

First, if you’re reading this then you are quite special. Since the story was posted it has been almost completely avoided by readers. I don’t think I can say it has been ignored — how can you avoid seeing the swastika and the descriptive paragraph?

No, something more is going on… but be glad it is not happening to you. Be glad you are curious and have an open mind… and read on.

After years of writing about woo-woo topics, like aliens and conspiracy theories, I had been content to retire from writing stories on viewzone. But this story caught me off guard. It’s perhaps one of the most important I have ever written and you will soon see why.

Recently there has been an epidemic of seemingly senseless violence perpetrated by teens against their fellow classmates or just random victims. This usually culminates in the perpetrator killing himself and leaving everyone wondering why. Interviews with classmates and family typically describe the teen as being “normal” or even “well liked”. The only common denominator seems to be that, like all teens, they were obsessed with listening to music.

Could music really be responsible for this violent behavior? Well, before you dismiss this idea as ridiculous, please continue reading. Then make up your own mind.

The culprit here is not just rap music or heavy metal. It’s not just the gangster lyrics or the sexual overtones of music videos — it’s ALL music! And the negative effects are not only obvious in a specific age group or culture — it’s pandemic. Let me explain.

From individual acts of violence to national conflicts and war, there is a growing belief among the enlightened that almost all of our music has been crafted to create specific mental and psychological conditions that predispose us to be self-centered, narcissistic, materialistic and aggressive.

How can this be?

I know, this sounds like crazy talk. At first I also dismissed this. Then the plot became more realistic when I heard the scientific and historical explanation. I know you are anxious to hear this so I will give you the story first, then discuss the details.

In this article you will learn some amazing things about music, its origins and history and how something radical happened in 1939(the alleged Nazi connection) that forever changed all music and is right now controlling how you and I live, how we feel and what we do… read on.

I will assume that, like me, many of you reading this are not musicians. I’ve tried to play guitar and I’ve tinkered on the keyboards of a piano, but only my own ears should be made to suffer with the results. I know the names of the notes and I have tuned the strings of a guitar. So with that common ground, let me now take you into what is hands-down the most pervasive conspiracy theory I’ve ever written about on viewzone. I can guarantee you will never listen to music in a supermarket, on your iPod or at a concert in the same way again. Are you ready?

The 440 Hertz Story

When two or more musicians get together, it is important for their instruments to be in tune. A specific note on one instrument should be the same frequency as the same note on another. Rather than argue about who is correct and who is sounding “off” pitch, some standard agreement about tuning is usually adhered to beforehand. Today, most musicians around the world tune their instruments in such a way that the “A” note — the one above middle “C” — is tuned specifically to a frequency of 440 cycles per second (Hertz).

In tuning a guitar, for example, the “A” string is usually tuned to 440 Hz first, then the other strings are tuned accordingly. Likewise, on a piano, the “A” note is tuned first, then the other notes are adjusted either higher or lower

This frequency of 440 Hz is called the standard “Concert Pitch” and has been the practice everywhere since about 1939. It was officially adopted by the global ISO Standard in about 1956. Just about all the music you hear is adjusted to this specific pitch. But this was not always the case.

The story told on the web claims that most ancient instruments in human history were tuned to a different pitch. The one most preferred was 432 Hz. It is claimed that even the oldest flutes, dating back to the Neanderthals (45,000 BCE) were tuned to 432, as were the lyres in ancient Greece and the wind instruments discovered in Egyptian tombs.

An interesting story claims that the lyres of the temples of Greece were an integral part of the ceremonies worshiping Isis and other so-called mystery schools. Cult members were aroused to states of ecstasy by the sounds of this 432 Hz tuned music which, in the case of the Eleusinian Mysteries, made them filled with compassion and altruism. For this reason, according to the story, the war-like state of Sparta had all the lyres re-tuned to a higher frequency, thus nulling the anti-war sentiments.

Obviously, the ancient people did not have tuning forks or digital meters and so it is presumed that this frequency of 432 is intuitive, meaning that it somehow sounded right to the human ear. This kind of intuition is supported by the surprise that even the most ancient flutes all have what is called a heptatonic scale of eight notes (“Do, Re, Me, Fa…”) such that, if you picked one up back then you could conceivably play Yankee Doodle on it. In fact, in Werner Herzog’s film documentary,Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, archaeologist Wulf Hein plays The Star Spangles Banner on a Paleolithic flute made from the radius bone of a vulture.

MP3 of flute playing Star Spangled Banner

Note: The author used iSpectrum running on Mac OS to assess the frequency of this recording and found it to be spot on 432 Hz tuned!

Musical instruments such as the 45,000 year old flute pictured above must have had an even more ancient origin where the preferred tone, musical scale and production were perfected. How far back in time the art of music in human history goes is anyone’s guess.

Most historians believe music started as a way of mimicking birds or the sounds a mother uses to sooth a crying baby. But there is evidence that music was also part of the spiritual practices used to create an altered state of consciousness for shaman rituals and tribal initiations. Today we have little doubt that music can change our emotions and mental states and, after all, that’s why we love it…

more…

http://viewzone.com/432hertz.html

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