The human’s auditory systems operate primarily through the amygdala in the brain’s limbic system. The auditory system has direct connections to the brain stem, midbrain, and higher cortical structures. You are hardwired to respond to patterned auditory stimulation. Brainwave entrainment takes advantage of this direct brain connection through a series of techniques that, when combined, powerfully alter your mood, behavior and your ability to focus and concentrate. As you listen to the brainwave entrainment techniques found in my recordings, your brain will automatically follow the sound patterns and then recreate the desired brainwaves in a process called the “frequency following response”.
The “frequency following response” describes the brain’s tendency to follow and then lock to certain incoming audio signals. In my recordings, I have used several scientifically proven techniques to trigger your frequency following response to achieve states of peak performance in areas such as sleep, relaxation, contemplation and meditation and even improved focus and concentration.
Why Use Brainwave Entrainment?
The lowest frequency that you can hear is about 20 Hz, yet some of the most powerful brainwave frequencies that you can experience are often much lower than this threshold. By using highly targeted forms of stereo phasing, amplitude modulation, and rhythmic pulsing, brainwave entrainment recordings can “trick” the human ear into hearing these otherwise inaccessible frequencies. As you listen to brainwave entrainment technologies embedded into my recordings, your brain locks onto the entrainment frequencies. Within minutes, you are enhancing and experiencing your own natural abilities.
Brainwave Entrainment Methods
As I’ve already mentioned, I combine a series of scientific techniques with the naturally entraining qualities inherent to music to form what are, in my opinion, the strongest and most effective auditory brainwave tools available.
Binaural beats are the most common form of brainwave entrainment. Binaural beats work by combining two frequencies with a slight pitch offset. The offset of these two pitches slowly modulates, effectively carrying a third “beat frequency” which the brain understands as an unique sound. This process can be described as a byproduct of how the brain perceives the phase difference between two different, but similar, steady state pitches.
In order to experience this phenomenon, you need to put on some stereo earbuds or headphones and listen for a while. Let’s say that we play a 220 Hz carrier tone into the left ear and a 226.5 Hz carrier tone into the right ear. Your brain perceives a subtle beat frequency of 6.5 Hz, a frequency that happens to be associated with meditative trances. After a while, your brain begins to follow this frequency and you begin to experience this meditative trance state for yourself. Binaural beats are consistently proven effective, but the effects are often times subtle. This subtlety allows for us to a build multiband binaural beat frequency sets that are highly layered, dense and complex. Binaural beats are the most nuanced form of brainwave entrainment.
Monaural tones is a form of brainwave entrainment in which the amplitude modulates to produce a beat that can actually be heard with the ears. Stereo headphones are not required to hear Monaural tones. Monaural tones differ from isochronic pulses in that monaural tones are tonal sine waves rather than an entirely separate pulse that sounds like a clicking noise. Monaural Tones are the most effective form of brainwave entrainment, but they are a blunt instrument: only one or two monaural tones can be used in a recording before “muddying” things up.
Isochronic pulses are regular beats of a single tone used for brainwave entrainment. Similar in effectiveness to monaural tones, the interference pattern that produces the beat is outside the brain so headphones are not required, but since isochronic pulses are more pronounced, the stimuli is even stronger. They differ from monaural tones which are a sine wave rather than entirely separate series of pulses that click rhythmically.