Monthly Archives: August 2012

We’re adding rhythm tracks with electronica grooves – here’s the first one.

I’m sure you discovered right away that the rhythm tracks on Brain Shift Radio all use traditional drums. This gives them a decidedly tribal feel.

Given the origins of BSR’s brain stimulation techniques, this makes sense. And given the 30 years of research that has gone into developing the specific stimulation using these techniques we seemed to be stuck with them.

Over the last several years we’ve been experimenting with a larger variety of musical styles while still keeping the complexity necessary to shift your brain. This is not an easy task since most music uses extremely simple, repetitive rhythms and most people brought up on Western music expect this simplicity and repetition.

Unfortunately, repetition and simplicity are the enemy of effective brain stimulation.

I should note that some of the multi-instrument rhythm tracks on Brain Shift Radio are relatively repetitive and simple  (relative to the more complex BSR tracks, not regular music), but if you listen carefully you will hear some complex interactions between the various instruments and many are in odd time signatures (you will find some these noted in either the track names or descriptions).

Anyway, we’ve been exploring other genre’s of rhythm tracks to try to broaden the appeal of BSR’s stimulation. Enter electronica grooves. While often very repetitive, this style often includes some fairly intricate instrument layering. This gives us an opportunity to use these layering techniques to fit some unusual and non-repetitive rhythms into a groove.

So far we’ve come up with some fun and effective patterns. We’ve put up one track and would like your feedback. You’ll find it at the top of the list when you open the Track Browser inside the radio player (you have to log in first).

The rhythm track is called E-groove1. Here is a mix using it:

Category: Energy
Name: Energetic Electronica
Description: Our 1st E-groove with an arpeggiated ambient track. The pulses of the synth match the rhythm’s tempo.
Created By: Jeff Strong

New Article on BSR Science Posted

I just finished a short article on the neurological mechanisms involved in Brain Shift Radio. This article examines the two aspects of the rhythm tracks that impact brain function. These are synchronization and stimulation.

* Synchronization is caused by the underlying pulse (tempo) of the rhythms.

* Stimulation is the result of the accent and tonal variations in the rhythms.

Each rhythm track uses specific tempos, accents and tones to have prescribed effects on the brain. You can read more here: http://brainshiftradio.com/about/the-bsr-science.html