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.
How does the app work?
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:
- Start Slowly
- 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 rhymths 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 buttons across a period of 30 minutes, or even a full hour.
Tuning Reference Tones
Method 2: Tune with a guiding App
For those that do not have prior musical experience, it can be challenging to tune "by ear" without guidance. Luckily, there are applications available that will listen to the artwork, and guide us to increase or decrease the pitch of each string.
Each touch-screen tablet has a version of "Tuner - gStrings" installed, an app that will guide you through the tuning process.
*A Full Tutorial for This App, "Tuner - gStrings", Will Be Online Soon*