Ambient music is quite different from the sort of music you’d listen to on a daily basis. It isn’t a made up song with a singular beet and rhythm. Regardless of its differences, ambient music is fantastic for concentrating the mind and meditation.
In this article, I’m going to explain both what ambient music, in this case, a soundscape, is and how you can make use of it for meditation. If you’re interested in the concept of ambient music then read on!
There’s a Difference Between Tone and Tune
When you walk down the street and hear a song coming from a store or something, it gets stuck in your head. The part that gets stuck in your head is called the tune. A tune is something you can hum, whistle, tap your hands to, and so on.
If you’re hearing a tune such as what I just described, then it isn’t ambient music. Ambient music doesn’t have a set tune but rather gives off a particular tone. Don’t get me wrong, all songs give off a certain tone as well. The tone of music has to do with how it makes you feel. The tone of some music makes you feel happy, others make you sad, etc.
Soundscape gives off a peaceful tone with little or no repeatable tune. Generally, you won’t detect any repeatable or hummable melody at all. The musical sounds that you hear will flow together but in a loose pattern rather than a rhythmic pattern.
If you look back to the musical pieces constructed in the early 1800s which were designed to be so complex that you couldn’t detect much of a melody then you’ll find something similar to a soundscape. Soundscapes take things even further than those musical compositions to the point where you wouldn’t refer to it as having any pattern at all.
Soundscape’s Musical Style
The style of soundscape involves the composer shaping the sound rather than forming a musical piece. Consider the peaceful sound of ocean waves as an example. Instead of a great musical piece, the ocean waves make a recurring, peaceful sound.
A soundscape is much like the sound of ocean waves except without being so consistent. The style is quite slow-moving and involves the use of mixers. (Using technology to mix the sounds)
Why Soundscapes are Good for Meditation
When entering a meditative state, one must calm their mind and body. The first thing that needs to happen is that your heart must slow down so you can enter the meditative state in the first place.
Your heart will beat to the sound of the music around you. That is why fast-pace music tends to make us feel alive and energetic. In the same but inverse way, a soundscape can slow your heartbeat to the point where you feel at peace and almost sleepy.
When your heart slows and you focus fully on the sound from the soundscape, you’ll enter a trance state just before the point of sleep. It is at this point that one can meditate successfully. Thanks to the slow beat of a soundscape and the lack of a rhythm to keep you aware, soundscapes are perfect for meditating!