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Binaural Beats and Brainwave Generator

Updated on September 8, 2011

Brainwave Generator

I remember there was a time around last week, I think, or maybe a few days before that, when I only had like two hours of sleep for two days and didn't really feel sleepy when I had a chance to go to bed already. With my sleep patter being so erratic, even right now, it reminded me of a time when I was into softwares that supposedly simulated brainwaves by using binaural beats. Supposedly, by producing two different sounds on the left and right ear and ideally accompanied by some sort of strobe flashing device for the eyes, it is possible to induce certain brainwaves like Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, etc.

Depending on what we are doing, there are certain brainwaves that correspond to it. For instance, if you are asleep and dreaming that would be somewhere in the Theta range. Specifically in the list of frequencies (I'll post a link below) they even found specifically where vivid dreaming or memory recall is when it comes to the brainwave frequency. So ideally, what the software attempts is to induce the different kinds of sensations and experiences. There are a lot of other interesting stuff there like lucid dreaming, out-of-body experiences, relaxation to sleep induction, and even reducing the need for sleep (this is why my sleepless predicament reminded me of this software).

I remember blogging somewhere before that everything is made up of waves. Even in physics, they're now talking about different String Theories where everything is made up of waves. Sound, light, everything is made up of waves. Which leads to the conclusion that our consciousness is waves as well or the perception of waves or something like that. I guess there really is something about sound and light that can help simulate or induce certain states of consciousness. And you know that isolation tank in the movie Altered States? The same one that psychologist John C. Lilly used before and the same one that's in the TV show Fringe? Maybe we can use that in combination with binaural beats so that nothing else is experienced but the sound. I don't know but it's just a theory, really.

A long shutter shot I took before in Film showing different lights forming patterns and waves
A long shutter shot I took before in Film showing different lights forming patterns and waves

Binaural Beats

I think there's something so untapped about these kinds of technologies. I mean, there are a lot of theories about how this can be used for healing and expanding our minds. I guess those things are always good. I mean there are a lot of it that's seemingly science fiction with astral projection or OOBE but then that's really how technology evolves and we shouldn't overlook something just because it is seemingly magical or sci-fi-like. I forgot who said that "you shouldn't mistake disenchantment for truth" or something like. I think it was Sartre but I'm not sure. Regardless, it's really so true.

I can't really say if they really worked or it was just placebo for me. One thing is for sure, I didn't get to do astral projection or anything like that. I remember having really vivid and almost lucid dreams though or being very conscious of my dream at least.

Nowadays with software like I-Doser they even claim that you can induce altered states of consciousness just by using different kinds of combinations of the frequencies. I don't know if this is exact or in anyway close to the real thing but then the point is that it will have an effect on one's consciousness.

Song I've been Listening to All Day

Why Brainwave Generator?

As I have mentioned, there are a lot of other softwares out there that claim to induce brainwaves through binaural beats or "brainwave entertainment" as it is called nowadays. Also, there are a lot of free mp3s out there or other audio files that have binaural beats. Even in YouTube all you have to do is search and surely you'll find some. But the reason that I like Brainwave Generator so much is because you can experiment by creating your own binaural beats. With that feature, you can use the brainwave frequency listing to cater directly to your specific needs. You can even combine all the weird and interesting claims that are on those list and check out the effect on yourself.

I don't really think this could be harmful. Although when used with the strobe flasher, it could be hazardous to those who are prone to seizures (I am not really a medical professional, I am just assuming this based from a Simpson's episode I watched that Japanese cartoons cause seizures because of rapidly flashing lights).

Even when there are a lot in YouTube already I didn't want to post them here and instead just posted a song that I've been listening to all day. There's just a lot of wild claims about binaural beats that really exploit and corrupt the concept, in my opinion, and instead I would rather promote the concept of being educated with the different brainwave frequencies. They all seem so mystical at first glance but with a deeper reflection about the subject, eventually you'll see how it makes so much sense.


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      dutch84 6 years ago

      This is very interesting. I'm very interested in neuroscience and physics so this blew my mind. Thanks for writing this!