It is my hope that these sounds support you in experiencing meditative states that bring you peace.
Performed by Alex Jacobs, therapeutic musician and certified sound healer.
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(Best enjoyed through headphones or through a quality sound reproduction system)
These are 12 professional recordings of 11 minute live performances of each of the Shruti Box drones. The drones are imbued with the spiritual intentions of the performer, which include prayers for well being, mantras for purification and protection, and prayers for happiness and freedom from suffering.
This recording contains no edits or overdubs. These live performances were professionally recorded between November 23-29, 2016 in Berkeley, California, culminating on the new moon, during the inward dark times approaching Winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Shruti Box is a beautiful, hand made, teak wood instrument. It is hand made in India by "Monoj Kumar Sardar & Bros, sons of Khagen Sardar" in Kolkata (Calcutta), India.
This particular shruti box contains thirteen individual reeds set up chromatically to make one full octave, from low C to high C. The reeds are called "Palitana" and are used in high quailty harmoniums. It is unusual to find this instrument with components of this quality. May your enjoyment of the music be increased accordingly.
This drone recordings were made with various combinations of the notes being open in order to make for the pleasing drone interval of a "fifth". This is the traditional interval used as a background for classical Indian music (instrumental and vocal), as it creates a mystical and wonderful sonic carpet for contemplative pursuits. After a short while, your mind will settle into the majesty of the tone as you begin to hear the subtle harmonics that gently dance about the steady notes of the drone.
These drones are also the perfect sonic backdrop for meditation or yoga. When you relax and let the soothing sounds wash over you, you will begin to hear all sorts of interesting micro-tones that shimmer and change throughout the recording. These "harmonics" are the gift to the listener who takes the time to explore and discover the intricate worlds waiting within the deceptively simple sounds of the drone.
And since our thoughts themselves at their most basic level are also made up of subtle vibrations, the potent prayers that the performer concentrated upon are imbued within the recording. The receptive listener will also receive the added benefit of the positive energetic vibrations interacting on a subtle level with the acoustics of the instrument.
One final note on the timing of the recordings. Why was 11 minutes, 11 seconds chosen for each track? In some spiritual traditions, 11 minutes correlates to time of a cycle of concentration for the mind and nervous system. So 11:11 allows the mind to settle into relaxing concentration, as well as a bit of extra time for fading the sound in and out.
May this recording benefit all beings on our journeys towards peace, wholeness, and respect for all life.
Alex Jacobs, CMP, cSVMH
Certified Therapeutic Music Practitioner, Professional Musician, Soundscaper, and Certified Sound Voice Music Healer
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