sound meditation vs sound healing
We use the term ‘sound meditation’ rather than ‘sound healing’ as we believe that this more accurately describes our process. In our practice, we create a space conducive for deep listening and attention which can facilitate the kind of self-healing that meditative states are capable of. There is a large amount of literature on the benefits of meditation. Sound meditation can also help us enter a different state of mind and draw our attention to other aspects of our world. Alexandre Tannous has an excellent (short) article here about why he uses the term ‘sound meditation’ rather than ‘sound healing’ here.
repetition and trance
We use loops, delays and other forms of repetition in our sessions as a means of disrupting our usual linear (and often goal oriented) experience of time. Repetition literally brings us back to the moment. Immersing ourselves in repetitive music allows us to let go of our desire to get somewhere and instead be present in where we are.
overtone singing and mimesis
Imitating and representing natural sounds (mimesis) is a central part of Tuvan and Mongolian music cultures. These cultures–and many other indigenous cultures–use vocal imitation as a way of developing attentive listening and a sense of connection to our fellow creatures and the world we live in. Some contemporary practitioners from Tuva and Mongolia incorporate singing techniques that imitate electrical hums and buzzes and other industrial sounds–these are living tradition that incorporates aspects of our evolving world. In our own practice, we are not harking back to some pure ideal, but striving to present a modern take on connecting with place and the sounds of the world that we inhabit.
Ambient music is often described as creating a landscape or environment with sound. This place can be a known environment or an imagined one. Ambient music has an immersive quality, it’s music to float in or get lost inside. It surrounds and envelops the listener inducing calm and the space to drift and explore inner worlds. Using field recordings from far-flung times and places allows the listener to construct their own imaginary landscape based on their personal relationship to the sounds and moods and memories they evoke.