Tutorial: 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 bath 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 bath, 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.

 

How does the app work?

Each button will cause a different string to vibrate.

Each button will cause a different string to vibrate.

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

 

How can I create a soundscape?

There is no "wrong" way to create your sound, but here are some guidelines for style and experience that has worked well with us in sound baths. Be sure to look at our previous guide on how to sound bathe.

After looking at that, here are a few suggestions that we have found help to create a strong, impactful experience:

  1. Start Slowly
  2. Resist the Temptation to Change: stay with the current sounds for a long time. Explore pushing yourself to stay within a specific sound combination for a long time. This will help both you and other listeners in your sound bath to focus in on the rhythms of their breaths, or their own internal thoughts and visions.

A sound bath that moves too quickly can be distracting.

It is not uncommon for our pre-set soundscapes to contain only 2 or 3 different strings across a period of 30 minutes, or even a full hour.