While researching the effects of music as a stress reducer, I have come across countless studies by everyone from respected neurologists to Ivy League Universities and although not all agree on the “scientific” results, I was surprised to find that one piece of music in particular was used in most; Pachelbel’s Canon.
Sit or lie down, as you prefer, in a quiet place where you are not likely to be disturbed. Close your eyes and allow your mind to become quiet. Music can assist with this. Meditation can be as easy and basic as this and can work perfectly well. However, you might want to expand your awareness of what to expect and to explore some of the possibilities through the practice of meditation.
On the new compilation, Stillness: A Collection, Real Music founder and president Terence Yallop has once again created a musical journey ideal for “relaxation, meditation, massage...love”. This collection of ten tracks features Real Music favorites including Liquid Mind, Karunesh, and Kenio Fuke. Listen & Buy
The 4th album by Welsh guitarist Mike Howe — Heading West is available now. “[There is] something refreshing and utterly unique that makes this disc into one of the best we’ve reviewed in the last 12 months.“ —NeuFuture Magazine. Learn More
Dr. Masaru Emoto has spent a lifetime researching and testing the effects of positive thinking on the molecular structure of water. His experiments include relaying thoughts to the water through single-word labels on beakers, prayer and music. His findings are both controversial and fascinating. Music has always played a part in conveying the mood of humanity, but what does it do to us on a molecular level? This is just what Dr. Emoto set out to document. He placed distilled water between two speakers playing music for several hours.
This is your chance to delight in playing Bernward Koch’s, Walking through Clouds, from the cd All Music Guide called “a seriously joyful musical remedy.” This sheet can be used for piano and other instruments and contains chord symbols for accompaniment. Enjoy this free download from Bernward Koch and Real Music.
In 1993, the University of California Irvine produced a very famous study on the effects of classical music as it relates to the memory and IQ of students. “The Mozart Effect," as it became known, took the decade by storm and soon every expectant mother had headphones around their midsection in an attempt to form the next Einstein. Since then, many follow-up studies have either confirmed these findings to some degree or revealed that perhaps “The Mozart Effect” has no long term effect at all.
Regardless of nationality, political beliefs or the borders that separate us, music has always had a way to break down barriers, dissolve differences and bring us together. We don’t have to understand the language of the lyric or even know the instruments played to enjoy the result. The visionary music from our artists around the world personifies this oneness. We were amazed to realize just how many nationalities are represented among our 2012 releases to date.
Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, a Harvard University neurologist, has found that music has the potential to re-wire the brain. Dr. Schlaug has been working with stroke patients who suffer from impaired speech. His findings reveal that those who are exposed to Melodic Intonation Therapy show signs of improved auditory communication. Instead of using the damaged left hemisphere of the brain where the speech center is located, somehow the music has trained the right hemisphere to perform basic communication functions.
In the words of Walt Whitman, “I sing the body electric,” as referenced by Kahlil Gibran, “in the depth of my soul there is a wordless song.” It is apparent there is universality in music. The underlying premise is that we are all connected by a bonding force that we have an awareness of, music acts as a conduit to that awareness. It reveals emotional states that exceed our capability to express in words.