Music as therapy, music to aid sleep, music for relaxation – we’re all familiar with these concepts. Music even has powers to soothe the savage breast. But music as exercise for your brain was new to me when I first came across Volition’s iMusic.
It’s a powerful sales message and I admit to being very sceptical when I laid my money down (oh, alright then, logged on and used my credit card).
And when the music arrived my scepticism only grew. In fact I wrote to the company and told them there was something wrong with the track. It was ‘wobbly’ and ‘unlistenable’. Rather pompously (in hindsight) I mentioned that I was a producer and songwriter of long experience, so this wasn’t some neophyte complaint.
But, it turned out, I was a neophyte in this instance. In fact, I had completely missed the point. “It’s meant to be like that,” they replied. “Keep listening, once a day, until you notice the difference.” So I put my scepticism aside, did as they suggested and, praise the Lord!, I did notice a significant and beneficial difference.
Imagine your brain as unfit as your body
This is how iMusic works. Imagine your body, flabby and unfit. Imagine exercising and very quickly becoming shaky and breathless. Then imagine you are six months down the line. You no longer become shaky a few minutes in and breathlessness is a thing of the past.
When you first put on iMusic it is, indeed, shaky. It is designed to ‘train’ your brain. You know it’s worked when, a few weeks later, it sounds like normal music. The ‘wobble’ has gone. Your brain has been ‘sharpened’.
I wouldn’t be writing this after one use of iMusic. The truth is, I’ve had it for several years. I’ve used it effectively four times. Once my brain is normalised, I forget I have it (iMusic that is, not my brain).
Each time I remember it’s there, and I feel the need of it, it has worked. Each time I put it on after a long absence, it is, once again, ‘shaky and wobbly’. And each time, day after day, the ‘wobble’ lessens until, after maybe 15 days, it sounds completely normal. By then, I feel more alert, less tired and, miraculously, less prone to depression.
The piece I have is called Brain Amp G1 (there are several in the series). It lasts for one hour and 10 minutes. So it is a bit of a commitment. But if you are someone who sits at your computer for a few hours each day, emailing and Facebooking and listening to iTunes, why wouldn’t you want to put some of that time aside to improve the working and power of your brain?