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How to Use Essential Sound Series (ESS)
What is the primary purpose of ESS?
These recordings use psychoacoustic techniques that naturally trigger the relaxation or arousal response. Therefore, when considering how to use these recordings, ask yourself, your patient, or your therapeutic professional about the level of relaxation or stimulation of the nervous system that best serves the situation. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the music; it cannot hurt you. If you find that you become agitated while listening, simply turn the music off or switch to a slower or faster CD. Your body will tell you what it needs… ESS is simply a tool to speed up or slow down the nervous system using the most beautiful music in the world!
How long shall I listen?
With compromised immune or nervous systems, sometimes less is more. Think of these compositions as a box of fine chocolates. One or two pieces may be just enough. Experiment and see what works remembering that we are different every day and therefore the impact of music will be different as well. Most of us are accustomed to putting on a CD and listening to the full disk. This however, may not be the best listening for you. Try a few minutes at different times of the day. Be your own sound healer and experiment with ESS. You will come to find it a gentle, lovely way to be with sound in the course of your day‘s activities.
Adjust volume based on the level of excitability you desire. If you listen with headphones, keep the volume soft. You will still derive full effect without hurting your auditory system. If you want to get up and dance, turn up the volume on the stereo and have some fun. Movement and sound combined provide 80% of optimum cortical charge. Sound by itself provides 30%.
Is special listening equipment required?
Essential Sound has been designed to deliver full benefit as easily as possible. These CDs can be listened to through an ordinary playback system. Headphones are not required, however they may enhance your listening experience.*
* The two albums of Sound Asleep contain binaural beat frequencies. In this instance, headphones will deliver an optimal effect. Given that these albums are designed for people laying down to rest, it may be more convenient to position a speaker a few feet from each side of the head. Also, the sound can be played from any regular stereo system and still have a powerful effect.
What is the difference between solo and ensemble pieces?
ESS was designed to provide multiple listening environments. Between the 8 CDs, there are 85 different selections; some solo, others duos and trios. If you want the simplest sound, use the slow solo pieces. These present the lightest load on the auditory system.
The required expenditure of auditory processing and resultant stimulation (or fatigue) is proportionate to the complexity of instruments and harmony within an arrangement. This is especially true when combining density of orchestration, complexity of arrangement, and tempo. Density, complexity, and tempo are the three primary psychoacoustic considerations informing ESS.
The CD sets are numbered 1-4. Sound Asleep (#1) is the slowest and simplest. To the opposite end of the spectrum, Energy (#4) is the fastest and most complex. Experiment and see what feels the best to you.
How much music is enough?
It is different for everyone. With ESS, consider each composition an infusion of potent sonic frequency. Based on many variables — the condition of the listener, time of day, etc. — one or two compositions at specific tempos may be all the sensory input necessary to stimulate the appropriate relaxation or arousal response.
Are there any contra-indications to be aware of?
The six albums of Calm, Uplifting, and Energy consist entirely of re-arranged classical music played by acoustic instruments. Other than the entraining effects of tempo, there should be no contra-indications. However, if you have any concerns, please consult your healthcare professional.
Sound Asleep, however, contains binaural frequencies. DO NOT drive or operate heavy machinery while listening to these soundtracks. If you have a tendency towards seizures, consult your physician prior to listening to these soundtracks. Follow this link for further information about binaural frequencies.
How to Use Sound Asleep
Sound Asleep contains two separate albums, each designed with a different function.
Day Rest (DR) is designed for people looking for brief periods of stress reduction and/or sleep during the day. Track One provides a 20 minute quick rest; Track Two facilitates a 45 minute nap. In both cases, brainwaves move down from beta to delta and back to beta within these time constraints. The goal is of DR is to bring you up and out of your state of rest and propel you back into your day — refreshed and revitalized.
Night Sleep (NS) has been created to help you fall into a deep sleep, and if you choose, to help keep you there. Track 1 (8:40) slows the brainwaves down from beta into alpha. Track 2 (41:20) continues from alpha, moving down into theta and delta, and then staying there. If you desire theta/delta frequencies, put your CD player onto repeat for Track 2 and allow it to play very softly in the background while you sleep. This will surround you with recurring alpha-theta-delta cycles which are the primary brainwaves for deep sleep.
The primary difference in binaural frequencies between Day Rest and Night Sleep is that frequencies on DR return to beta at the conclusion of the piece, whereas on NS, the frequencies remain in theta/delta at the conclusion of the soundtrack. This allows you to emerge from sleep at your own natural awakening. With DR, the soundtracks, like a gradual alarm clock, bring you back to full functioning after either 20 or 45 minutes.
For optimal BBF effect, headphones are suggested. Another option is the use of regular stereo speakers within a 3-6 foot proximity to each side of the head. However, please note – many people simply play BBF soundtracks as they would any other recording, without special attention to speaker placement, and find great value.

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