Mind Music

Mind Music – Amplitude Modulation Effects and How They Work

I'm developing a new range of mind music tracks which, depending on the listener, may provide a more soothing alternative to isochronic tones and binaural beats, and some additional brainwave entrainment filters for an enhanced effect.  To begin with, these new tracks will be featured exclusively on the Mind Amend YouTube channel.

What's the difference between Mind Music and Isochronic Tones?

They are both created using exactly the same type of amplitude modulation effect, but instead of repetitive beats, mind music uses vibrations in the soundtrack which produces a more soothing sound.

Isochronic Tones

  • Amplitude modulation effects are applied to a single tone, which is essentially turning the volume on and off at regular intervals.  This produces a sound that sounds like a fast repetitive beat.
  • On their own, isochronic tones can sound a bit harsh and abrupt to listen to, so music is added to them to make them more pleasant to listen to.

Mind Music

  • Amplitude (volume) modulation effects are applied to the music which produces repetitive vibrations.
  • The vibrations stimulate and influence your brainwave activity in the same way that isochronic tones do.
  • The music vibrations produce a more soothing sound, which may be a more appealing alternative than isochronic tones for some people.

Hypnotic sound effects

In addition to the amplitude vibrations, some mind music tracks will have hypnotic sound effects, and additional brainwave entrainment filters to enhance and add impact to the overall effect.

Auto Pan  entrainment

For tracks which include auto pan entrainment, both the left and the right ear will receive a stimulus, but at different times during the modulation cycle.  The right ear will receive the first vibration as it pans to the right for the first part of the cycle. Then, the left ear will receive the next vibration as it is panned to the left.

This can produce a dissociative and hypnotic sensation, which can be very relaxing and ideal for meditation and sleep tracks.

3D Sound placement illusion

Some mind music tracks will also feature 3D sound placement effects.

Focused attention

The sound can be manipulated to focus your attention in a specific direction.   An auditory illusion can be created to make you believe the sound is coming from in front of you.

  • Helps to focus your attention on the screen, a book you are reading or any work in front of you.
  • Used on tracks for studying, working and increasing focus.

Gentle rocking effect helps you relax faster and enjoy deeper sleep

Another ingenious way of using the 3D audio technology is to create a perceived rocking motion effect.  The modulation effects can be altered to make it feel like you are gently rocking from side to side or back and forth.

It's incredibly relaxing to be slowly rocked back and forth or from side to side, and it's a natural tried and tested method for getting babies off to sleep.   I'm sure you've also experienced how the gentle movement of a train carriage can quickly relax your mind, and send many people off into a deep sleep where they miss their stop!

  • Mimics the relaxing sensation of a rocking crib or chair.
  • The illusion of a gentle motion helps to calm your mind and quickly relaxes you.

Listening requirements for these new Mind Music tracks

  • You CAN benefit from using these tracks without using headphones
  • Where auto pan or 3D effects are used, it's highly recommended to use headphones to experience the full effect.
  • Works with any standard set of headphones, earphones or in-ear earbuds.
  • Focusing your mind on the vibrations in the music can help to increase the overall effect on relaxation and sleep tracks.
  • Adjust the volume to a level you feel comfortable with.

Note: On each new mind music track, whether on YouTube or available on my site, the track description will make it clear whether any auto pan or 3D sound effects have been used, or whether headphones are recommended for that particular track.

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    Pat says:

    Jason, this is brilliant! Especially for synesthetes, some frequencies of isochronic tones are quite unpleasant, even with music over them. It will be great to have more avenues to explore. Thanks!

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          Jason Lewis says:

          It difficult to reliably induce dreams as we are all wired so differently. What the track does do is cycle up into the frequency range where REM sleep and dreams are normally experienced. So it helps to put you in the region where dreams can happen. If you check out the session diagram on the Deep Sleep product page, the REM frequency areas are where the cycle goes up and hovers for a while at a higher frequency, on the border between delta and theta, before returning back down to low delta. Dreams are normally experienced when you are on that border between sleep and waking up.

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      Jason Lewis says:

      I base the way I create these amplitude entrainment music tracks on the work being done by the great people at Brain.fm. They are really the main the guys pushing the technology, research and this type of technology forward at the moment. Their approach is more advanced than mine, as they use an AI (artificial intelligence) engine to produce the music and effects, and it uses feedback from the users to learn and adjust how the tracks are produced. They’ve produced a white paper and claim to have peer-reviewed papers coming soon. I went through their white paper and tried to emulate what they are doing, as far as possible, and create these mind music tracks based on that. You can read their white paper and the science behind it here: https://www1.brain.fm/science.

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        Cesar says:

        Hi Jason. Thanks for the prompt reply. Before to read the white paper I can assure the effect of those tracks on myself is really impressive. It is only a subjective assessment but still valid. I hope the tracks will be ready for download. Tell me when.

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    chakra says:

    What a wonderful track! Sound therapy researchers are great. isochronic tones, monaural, and binaural are being improved. It is as cool as possible. There are many people who have relieved the body and other problems with isochronic tones. Sure it works well.


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