Everyone’s heard that music is good for you. No matter our age, experts encourage us to listen to music for its therapeutic and often times, cathartic qualities. The “Mozart Effect,” though a possible Scientific legend, certainly does more good than bad. Either way, it’s hard to argue music doesn’t provide restorative properties. That’s why, recently trending, Binaural music is a must try.
Though it’s been around since the 19th Century, the past several decades, particularly the advent of the internet and other sharing technology, have given rise to Binaural music’s recognition. So, what is Binaural music?
Basically, Binaural music, or Binaural Beats, is music that is recorded using a binaural microphone rig, or mixed using software that simulates the position of sound in a three-dimensional space around the listener. Studies show that it has numerous benefits, including lessening anxiety and helping with meditation.
Binaural beats can be used to help with things like studying and writing. Certain mixes can even be found on Spotify and YouTube, making them accessible to anyone and everyone. This music is unlike the kinds of playlists most people are used to. They’re long, sometimes consisting of a collection of a dozens of one hour “songs” with literal titles like “Soothe Headaches” and “Reduce Anxiety,” as well as more emotionally based descriptions like “Feeling of Unity With Everything.”
The sounds resemble low hums, which rise and fall. These unique tunes begin to relax the listener almost immediately; they’re incredibly peaceful and cater to a wide range of individuals. While a millennial might opt for the comforting sound of a technological hum, older audiences might prefer options like Whale Sounds (similar to the CDs our parents listened to in the early 90s). The amount of variety in the mixes and playlists is truly impressive. Not only are they geared towards a particular mood, but they can instigate certain activities. Ranging from motivating and encouraging, to stimulating focus and concentration. So, whether you’re writing an essay, reading a book, or trying to meditate, Binaural music can be a great way for staying present and internalizing what you’re doing.
Binaural means “to hear with two ears,” and signifies a concept that was pioneered by German philosopher and psychologist, Carl Stumpf, in the early 20th Century. Stumpf believed that each ear could be stimulated and experience sound in like, and unlike ways. Binaural Beats are the result of two similar frequencies played in each ear, when the listener has headphones on. Your brain hears both sounds in both ears, creating a third “whole” sound. Supposedly, Binaural Beats increase brain waves and can enhance your state of mind. Users recommend listening to them consistently for about 30 minutes a day. Devote listeners look at them as a “brain trick,” something to improve productivity or attunement.
Think of them as the soundtrack to your life.
Overall, Binaural Beats are just beginning to catch on with the general public. For fun, try listening to them when you’re studying, meditating, or trying to fall asleep. You might be surprised at just how powerful these soothing sounds really are.