Magnetic Sound Baths
A sound bath is an immersive listening experience. Participants lay back as vibrating sculptures create an encompassing wash of sounds. The experience creates a mental space for relaxation, contemplation, and mental clarity among listeners.
The sound bath experience has been gaining popularity in NYC and across the U.S. in yoga studios, meditation centers, other private spaces. To read more about the movement, you can check out recent press releases here and here.
What is the experience like?
Many participants claim pronounced relaxation and reduction in anxiety both during and after the experience. It is not uncommon for participants to drift into hypnagogia, states of consciousness between awake and asleep. Some even engage in focused breathing exercises, incorporating techniques drawn from traditional meditation practices.
More than anything, a sound bath creates a temporary break from the sensory stimuli of an active life, allowing people space with their thoughts, and time to inspect their own internal mental narrative. Because of this, the experience is sometimes compared to other meditation techniques such as flotation tank therapy.
How is it "magnetic"?
We've incorporated our new patent-pending technology into the experience. Most sound bath practitioners work with gongs or hand-held instruments; we instead use electromagnets, vibrating metal strings on wooden sculptures, inducing resonance to create the sound. So the vibrations are acoustic, coming from organic materials, but the experience is driven through contemporary technologies.
How does it sound?
Each sound bath is unique. The sound moves around the area throughout the experience, so it is difficult to recreate in a recording. But you can get a rough idea of it by listening to these audio excerpts:
Where have we toured?
CENTRAL BOOKING Art Space Mathematics in Nature New York 2017
The Alchemist's Kitchen Mimakaha New York 2017
Cosmo Art and Science Foundation (Permanent Acquisition) Hamburg, Germany 2017
Wythe Hotel WXW On Air New York 2017
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hacking Arts Boston 2016
apexart center Youniverse Exhibition New York 2016
Knockdown Art Center Machines in Music New York 2016
CENTRAL BOOKING Art Space Talk Talk New York 2016
New Museum of Contemporary Art NEW INC “Public Beta” New York 2016
Catskill Zendo Monastery Magnetic Sound Baths New York 2016
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Design for the Senses Boston 2016
Intel Village MakerFaire Bay Area, CA 2016
Harvestworks Arts Center Soundspace New York 2016
Times Square Times Square Arts New York 2015
New York Electronics Arts Festival Governor’s Island New York 2015
Bushwick Open Studios Seeking Space New York 2015
Louisiana State University NIME Conference Baton Rouge 2015
Starrett-Lehigh Building (Private Commission) New York 2015
Pioneer Works Art Center Software for Artists New York 2014
We are grateful for the many supporting contributors and sponsors helping us make this innovation a reality: