We are pleased to share with you an update on a unique project that we have recently completed. We were approached by the Full Spectrum centre to design original sounds of music for their range of sound therapy treatments. The treatments focus on each of the 7 chakras and use accompanying sounds that align with the fundamental characteristics of each chakra.
As you can imagine, this was a very interesting project and not the kind of thing we get to be involved with that often, so we are really enjoyed working on this brief. The team came to this project with a fairly basic understanding of the 7 chakras, so as part of our pre-production, we met with the Director of The Full Spectrum Centre Joanne Lee to go over each of the 7 Chakras, how the treatments will be used and her vision for how each should sound.
We used the information in this sheet as our reference when developing each track.
After this initial briefing, we had a good idea of the approach we should take for each Chakra. Root chakra - Focusing completely on simple rhythms, uses shamanic drum beats playing in a hypnotic pattern. The only instrument used is the African Bolon which plays a single low bass note. Sacral chakra - Still focusing on rhythms but the drums have more groove and syncopation to them. Introduce musical elements in the form of tuned percussion instruments, mallets and slates. Solar chakra - Beginning to become more musical. We bring in several new instruments such as guitar, gamelan, flutes and synth pads. The music is starting to become more melodic and tonal as we move through the chakras. Heart chakra - The heart chakra is the middle point and has a feeling of balance and calm. We mainly focused on wind instruments for this Chakra and also had a steady bass pulse underneath to signify the beating heart. Throat chakra - The throat chakra is very ambient and builds atmosphere through sparse singing bowl hits and ringing chimes. We also have a large number of vocal lines that come in and out, interweaving with one another. Third Eye chakra - By now we have moved away from rhythmic and melodic elements completely and are now focusing on stacked synth chords. The third eye features arpeggio scales going up and down in sync with each other to give a sense of expanding consciousness and cognition. Crown chakra - Our finale is the crown chakra. Here we wanted it to feel like your consciousness is being uploaded into a higher realm, so we focused almost entirely on a single synth chord that builds and builds in intensity, with new textures and timbres fading in. We also added a vocal element to this chakra to give it an angelic feeling.
As well as these musical elements, we also developed some sonic tones that would play over each chakra. These contained elements of Binaural beats as well as frequencies that matched the resonant frequencies of each Chakra.
The Full-spectrum centre is a renowned centre for wellness and holistic therapies in the North of England and offers a range of different treatments.
We had a great time developing this project, and it was a nice departure away from our usual kind of thing. Overall we are really pleased with how the final piece came together and we have enjoyed the experience of learning more about the 7 chakras and sound therapies. Hopefully, we will get a chance to work on a similar project in the future!
"I met with Alex and Jack, a very talented duo who listened and took on board my vision and dream. The project would create a new and unique digital sound bath delivered as a live stream on Zoom, individual sound therapy sessions for clients to experience face to face or again as a live stream on Zoom and finally the core audio sessions for our Full Spectrum Journey Through the Chakras™, an 8-week energetic balance program.
In just 3 weeks 7 x 30 minute sound therapy tracks, one for each chakra, a 30 minute digital sound bath and a 60 minute combined chakra sound therapy track were designed, created and delivered and I am completely blown away by them. Alex and Jack have exceeded all my expectations, they have interpreted my ideas, requirements and criteria in ways I never imagined."
Joanne Lee - Director of The Full Spectrum Centre.
As well as this great feedback from Joanne, we were also thrilled to read some of the feedback from clients who had tried the sound therapy treatment! "I have been suffering badly with sciatica and was unable to get to the centre for my weekly treatment. So Jo suggested we do something via zoom called The Full Spectrum Journey through the Chakras: Root chakra sound therapy session. Although I’ve never had anything like this before I was very open to it and lay down comfortably on my bed. At this point, my pain was a 7.5 out of 10. I had my headphones on and the music started with the sound of drums. Well, I can honestly say I’ve never experienced anything like it and it was an experience rather than a session. I had my eyes closed and actually saw in my mind's eye a golden light hand go into the area of pain and pull it out. It was absolutely incredible the music just took me somewhere else. Anyway, the outcome was I had no pain after at all and I can’t wait to have another session with different chakras with the sound therapy as I suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis and disc degeneration. I can’t recommend this enough. Thank you Jo I feel honoured that I was the first person to try this therapy." Wow! It makes us really happy to know that our music and sounds are helping people to deal with their pain and feel better.
We hope you enjoyed this article!
For more about the Full Spectrum Centre and their work check out their website: https://fullspectrumcentre.co.uk/full-spectrum-sound-therapy-project/
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