FREQUENCY FOLLOWING RESPONSE
Lille 3000 Renaissance
Tu Dois Changer Ta Vie
An international group exhibition curated by Fabrice Bousteau
September 26, 2015 - January 17, 2016
Exhibition Opening on September 26, 2015; 9:15h
FREQUENCY FOLLOWING RESPONSE
A homage to Heinrich Wilhelm Dove
A sound study based on brain behaviour and balancing, through which sound is able to synchronise human brainwaves, change and heal an individual’s physical, mental and psychological state.
A method scientifically described as Frequency Following Response, discovered in 1839 by Prussian physicist, meteorologist and experimenter Heinrich Wilhelm Dove.
His research was followed by Dr. Gerald Oster of the Mt. Sinai Medical Centre, 134 years later. He discovered how pulsations called Binaural Beats occurred in the brain when tones of different frequencies were presented separately to each ear. As a result, the entire brain became entrained to a frequency equal to the difference between the two tones and began to resonate to that frequency.
Simultaneously, Robert Monroe, of the Monroe Institute of Applied Sciences, noted that the response did not happen only in the area of the brain responsible for hearing, or only in one hemisphere or the other, but rather, the entire brain resonated. The waveforms of both hemispheres exhibited identical frequencies, amplitude, phase, and coherence.
Later framed as alternative medicine, the therapeutic outcome of Binaural Beats help to induce relaxation, meditation, creativity and other desirable mental states.
By directing two separate sound tones into the human ears, one in the left and one in the right, using stereo headphones, the interaction of the two gives birth to slow modulations in amplitude and sound localisation. A beating tone will be perceived, as if the two tones are mixed naturally, out of the brain.
The difference in frequency between the two tones generates a third frequency that cannot be heard by the human ear, instead it vibrates within the brain.
As a reaction, brainwaves of the same frequency are generated, leading the brain to establish a corresponding mental state, or curative physical process within a corresponding part of the body and soul.
A close collaboration with Paulo Melo, where the Visual Artist explores the coil dialog between sound and time, leading to a gentle and endless graphic narrative.
Soundwalk Collective have recently partnered with Audio-Technica, the Japanese transducer designer and manufacturer of headphones, microphones & phonograph cartridges who, since 1962, have built on their analogue foundations to expand the limits of audio technology while pursuing the ever-changing purity of sound that creates connections and enriches lives.
Audio-Technica have provided headphones for listening experience of this exhibition which are perfectly matched to Soundwalk’s soundscape, ensuring that participants do indeed feel truly connected.