Music for Brainwaves is a project of art and science in equal parts, a collection of three specially written musical pieces as the result of in-depth detailed research conducted by a team of music scientists from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Using existing theory, extensive research and data, the team has identified key frequencies and oscillations that guide the brain into certain receptive states. It is the first time that research of this kind has been created for public usage, with extensive scientific testing and proven results.
“Music is more powerful than ‘white noise’ and ‘whale sounds’ in influencing our emotions and behaviours, but there is a lack of well-engineered and scientifically informed compositions to take full advantage of these effects. Scientists have attempted to develop AI platforms, designed to churn out adaptive music for this purpose, but the result is aesthetically underwhelming. citizenM believes that by combining the latest research in neuroscience with the best creative talent, it will create more than just another ineffective sound compilation, but rather a tool that really helps with sleep, anxiety, and concentration.”
Based on this knowledge, Erased Tapes commissioned three of their composers — Michael Price, Högni and Ben Lukas Boysen — to work closely with the scientists in producing three scientifically informed pieces of music. Consequently titled Focus in 12-18Hz, Ascend in 8-13.9Hz and Dream in 0.1-3.9Hz, each track utilises relevant tones, frequencies and rhythms to affect the brain in a beneficial way.