The Soundscapes App

An advanced tutorial to create your own soundscapes using Magnetic Sound™

 

If you have experienced several sound baths and you wish to start controlling the sound yourself, this guide can help you get started. This tutorial is a more advanced step for those looking to dive deeper into Magnetic Sound™. We suggest reading through our general sound meditation guide before trying this tutorial.

 

What is the Soundscapes app?

The Soundscapes app is a way for you to create your own sounds in real-time using Magnetic Sound™. This can be a great way to directly engage with listeners in a sound meditation, improvising to match the vibe of the sound with the feeling of the group.

The app opens on a touch-screen interface (we include these with the sculptures), and will allow you to activate vibrations in each string on the sculpture.

Each of the 8 buttons in the app will control one of the 8 strings on the sculpture.

 

 The Soundscapes™ app: 8 buttons in this app control 8 different vibrating metal strings on the artwork.

The Soundscapes™ app: 8 buttons in this app control 8 different vibrating metal strings on the artwork.

 
 Each button will cause a different string to vibrate.

Each button will cause a different string to vibrate.

 

How does the app work?

Each time you press a button, the software will generate a magnetic field, vibrating that string to create sound.

You can build up combinations of tones by activating several different strings over time, creating your own custom soundscapes.

 

Generative Vibrations

Each time you activate a string, our software will generate a different frequency and rhythm. This means the same string will create different sounds each time .

We built a series of random algorithms into the software to create this variety of sounds.

 

How can I create a soundscape for meditation?

There is no "wrong" way to create your sound, but here are some guidelines for style and experience that have worked well for us in previous sessions. Be sure to look at our sound meditation guide as well.

 

  • Start Slowly, Change Slowly, End Slowly.

    • It's not uncommon to only activate 3 strings on each Magnetic Sound™ device throughout a given session, with several minutes passing between changes.
    • A single string alone will activate a series of rhythms. This, along with integration of breath, is enough activity to create a rich experience.

 

  • Resist the Temptation to Change

    • Explore pushing yourself to stay within a specific sound combination for a long time. This will help both you and other listeners to focus in on the rhythms of your breaths, or internal thoughts and visions.
    • You may feel a pressure to change the sound, and this will grow as a subtle tension. Activating or deactivating a note will change the sound, leading to tension. Explore slow, repeated tension and release.