How does sound affect mood and creativity?

If you are looking to increase your mood and creativity, give sound therapy a go!

From the drums of war to the music of cinematic titles to the endless streaming possibilities music has been ingrained within human existence.

There is a sound for every occasion, and every occasion needs a sound! Little Timmy’s birthday party is around the corner? Time to play some party hits! You want to take a drive along the great ocean road and get lost for a while? Road trip playlists are there to save you. Do you want to escape the chaos of life and enter the wilderness? Try campfire songs or even mindful meditations. 

Sound therapy has been debated for centuries and appears as early as the 18th century.

One topic ripe with contention is the emotional and creative response humankind have toward music.

What is sound therapy? Sound therapy is a therapeutic and meditative process that utilises sound, music, and specialist equipment. It relieves stress, increases focus, enhances creativity, improves mood, as well as physical and emotional wellbeing. 

The Sound of Healing

Sound Healing is a form of medicine that causes the body and mind to go back to their original calm and tranquil state-of-mind. 

When the human body is exposed to specific frequency levels they begin their healing process. Sound is comparable to the frequency rife machine’s operate at and expose our body to as they match the frequency of bacteria within our system and deaden it. Vibratory energy flows within and the art of periodicity is used to locate a specific frequency and begin to heal and alter. The flow of energy. 

When exposed to sound the cells set in motion the process of removing toxins as sound tries to find a common frequency range and stimulate it. Sounds and vibrations act as nutrients to our nervous system. The nerves within our system stimulate the cells to relieve stress, anxiety, and concern while simultaneously getting you to relax and find mental tranquillity.

When we enter the frequency range associated with relaxation, we enter a state of inner peace and begin a form of the healing process. When we function at our optimal setting our cells have the ability to fight the onset of harmful pathogens; however, when we operate at a less than optimal setting it makes fighting viruses and other harmful entities extremely difficult - we become compromised. 

The human body is a complex construct and once it is exposed to a frequency at the cellular it immediately registers it when played elsewhere and becomes attuned to the restorative and healing capabilities. Cells have the ability to remember the outcome of a frequency session and when exposed to the same frequency over-and-over they activate more easily. 

One extremely potent frequency for cellular health is the 5th frequency of the Solfeggio scale which operates at 741hz. It creates a protective spiritual armament which doesn’t allow harmful toxins to break through the spiritual layers and enter the physical body. This frequency range removes contamination associated with toxins and electromagnetic radiations.

A Sound~Journey, with Himalayan Singing Bowls, is a meditative experience where vibrational sounds help to reduce stress, alter brain frequencies and create a deep sense of peace, well-being and consequently better health. As an example sound has been shown to aid in the healing process and assist patients undergoing chemotherapy, especially in terms of pain relief and managing side effects.

During our awakened state our brains are normally operating from a frequency of Beta. The sound of the bowls encourages the brain to move into deeper states of Alpha and Theta brain wave frequencies. These frequencies induce deep meditative and peaceful states, bringing clarity to mind and intuition. Thus sound is a type of energy medicine that creates a sacred space in which the body can relax and heal itself from the effects of stress, pain, depression and the general roller coaster of life. 

Each Sound~Journey is an individual, unique experience. The body and the mind move into a state of trust and comfort, letting go and merging with all surround sounds and dissolving ultimately into a place of inner silence. This space is where healing can happen at a deep level. Sound captivates the mind to witness beyond itself and to merge with a consciousness that is virtually endless.

Because of their unique properties, these beautiful instruments are not associated with any one spiritual tradition. Instead, their song has resonated over the years, granting people of all convictions and beliefs peace and connection through sound.

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The Orchestra of Sound 

Our cells are regulated by sound frequency. They also produce their own frequency range which generates an orchestra of sound, a cellular symphony.

Jim Gimzeweski, a biophysicist discovered the cellular symphony, in 2001, while he was working on vibration discharge. In particular, he wanted to understand what type of sound cells produce when they expand and divide. Gimzeweksi discovered that particular cells emit an eerie hum. While others emit an undesirable sound.

Cells seem to be particularly sensitive to sound and vibrational frequencies as damaged or toxic cells can be healed and altered to achieve a state of tranquillity. 

How does sound affect Mood?

Sound operates at a multitude of frequency levels, and humans pick-up on the nuances within those frequency waves - just like how your dog reacts to a dog whistle, you react to music.

In mind, body, and soul humans are vulnerable to the sound frequencies of music and environment.

The emotional state of humans can be manipulated through traversing the different, yet specific brainwave states. Frequency of sound is detected through wavelengths, specifically Alpha (8–12 Hz), Beta (12.5 and 30 Hz), Delta (5 to 3 Hz), Gamma (38 to 42 Hz), and Theta (3 to 8 Hz).

Each wavelength provides its own emotional response:

Alpha: Relieves headaches, and mild anxiety while enhancing, relaxation, tranquillity, and inward awareness.

Beta: Increases energy levels, focus, alertness and clear thinking.

Delta: Governs pain relief, immunity, healing and deep sleep.

Gamma: Supports learning, concentration and self-control.

Theta: Processes emotions, enhances relaxation, intuition and memory consolidation.

If you want a more in-depth look at brainwave frequency look here!

Reflecting Mood:

We all know the supernatural effect music can have on our emotional state. It can send shivers down your spine and release dopamine in the dorsal and ventral striatum. 

Have you ever listened to an upbeat song? Then out-of-nowhere, while in the middle of total bliss, a sombre and melancholic song plays and you arrive home with tears in your eyes and overwhelming sadness. 

The reason for this is emotional contagion, which is the phenomenon of mirroring a person’s emotions and behaviour; however, when we apply this theory to sound we instead mirror the emotion of the song due to the mimicking ability of the mirror neurons within the brain.

Let’s consider, Julia, a woman in her late 20’s who has been subjected to years of depression. Whenever Julia was dejected she would listen to slow-paced, emotional ballads that reflected her current emotional state; however, what if Julia also recognised that she had impressive ardour for music that made her want to dance the night away, free from emotional struggles. Although, she seldom felt this energy, at least without it being stimulated by music.

Turns out Julia was full of enthusiasm and energy as a child; however, she experienced a traumatic experience that affected her emotional state. As an adult, she became aware of the real Julia that was trying to emerge through music and reconnect with the world. 

With the help of sound, Julia has been able to break the shell of depression and can now experience sound to the fullest extent as music can be used to experience any emotion at any given time.

If you feel lackadaisical, you could create a high-tempo playlist to increase energy levels.

How does sound affect Creativity

Ambient noise is an omnipresent factor within human existence and our understanding of ‘noise’ and its effect on the human condition is limited. 

Have you ever wondered why people leave the comfort of their offices to work remotely amidst the chaos of coffee shops?  

The reason is simple: background noise, at a moderate or low level, can enhance the creative parts of your brain as it induces processing disfluency. This allows you to break out of your thinking patterns and enhance your abstract cognition as you push past mindless wandering to heighten creative capabilities. Whereas, a high level of noise compromises the creative process by minimising the range where information is processed. 

Professor Mehta advocates for coffee shop creativity as he suggests: “instead of burying oneself in a quiet room trying to figure out a solution, walking outside of ones comfort zone and getting into a relatively noisy environment like a cafe may actually trigger the brain to think abstractly, and thus generate creative ideas

If you want a more in-depth look at sound and creativity, go here! 

Given the overall effectiveness of sound reflecting mood and contrary to the widespread ideology that ‘silence is golden’. Ambient noise and sound at the correct levels are effective for idea generation, creativity and the regulation of mood.