In September I decided to do a 30DC with brain entrainment to see whether it will yield significant (or any) results in aid of different creative stages/processes. I’ve had previous positive experience with my own voice recording overlaid on top of a binaural as an affirmation aid and the idea seemed worth exploring. In short, binaural beats are specially prepared audio files that consist of (usually) two tones of dissimilar pitch panned hard-left and hard-right. The difference in pitch between left and right channel creates a beat frequency which value is that very difference. For example, a 100Hz tone in left channel and 105Hz tone in right channel will create a beat of 5Hz in the centre. This is an interesting phenomena when linked to brain entrainment, which is the brain’s propensity to sync to a sustained frequency that’s presented through its sensory input. If you are interested in delving into the subject you can check the bibliography here. I’m only going to present my own insights.
First of all, I noticed that the effects I’ve been getting varied depending on my physical rest. Respect the body when it’s tired. As a side-effect I discovered certain frequencies were conductive to sleep. During the period of that 30DC we were still deep at setting up the Bantaba and sleeping at the doorless and windowless construction site. What made matters worse is that local live music venue is placed outdoors and VERY loud music would go on until 4am few days a week. I discovered that setting up a binaural created an audio airbag and let me sleep undisturbed.
I set up a range of different sessions that are part of my usual workflow. Among them writing, researching, problem solving, programming, meditation, generating ideas, visualisation. During daytime the construction site was vibrant with african bustle so I started layering binaurals with the recording of sea waves that I made at the time. At this point the airbag effect was perfected and while other results depend on a number of factors, the audio isolation and creation of concentration space alone are incredibly useful. It’d even subdue the sounds of ongoing rehearsals.
Considering the infinity of (in-between) frequencies I narrowed it down to a handful that seemed conductive to particular workflows. I admit that the results are immeasurable and if you are keen you will have to try few for yourself. I’ve done a bunch that worked for me, with and without sea waves airbag. Intentionality plays a big part of the game. Putting a binaural to immerse in a workflow reinforces the intention and makes us that much committed to do the work. The airbag effect helps create a separate space in which the workflow is less likely to be disturbed. One could argue that playing music can give the same result. Yet, at times and with some tasks it is too distractive and a more neutral background works better. Utimately, the body will be the judge whether it is a good time to use a binaural. If it doesn’t sit well, skip it. Still, it’s convenient to have them handy, similarly to a first-aid band.
I wrote this and few previous posts with Reading and Writing binaural. I often use Spinning Ball Concentration for programming. Try few different sessions and don’t be reluctant to mix different binaurals for other tasks than labelled. There are no definite, one fits all, solutions when it comes to subjective effects of binaurals.
The binaurals below are made available for download. Links in brackets contain versions with Sea Waves. Enjoy!
- Generating Ideas / (with Sea Waves)
- Reading and Writing / (with Sea Waves)
- Relaxation and Meditation / (with Sea Waves)
- Spinning Ball Concentration / (with Sea Waves)
- Visualisation / (with Sea Waves)
- Problem Solving / (with Sea Waves)