Aussie Composer Sends Budgies to Sleep

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A remarkable story of how alphamusic put 3 budgies (parakeets) to sleep in daylight and the background of Australian composer John Levine's research into inducing the human mind into the alpha brain wave state.Benefits include reduction of stress, anxiety,fear, increased mental focus, and an aid to add/adhd, dyslexia,chronic fatigue syndrome and many more.

On a freezing Sunday in Jaslo, Poland, three pet budgies, named Cziko, Czako and Dako, fell asleep in broad daylight to the strains of John Levine’s alphamusic. Consider that parrots only sleep in the dark and this funny little story instantly becomes intriguing.

For Levine, who has spent years developing alphamusic, the sleeping budgies endorse his belief in its influence, “Without human interference, suggestion or expectation, the budgies show the connection between alphamusic, the brain’s response and behaviour,” he says.

While it takes years of meditation practice to find alpha ‘on demand’, Levine has proved that alphamusic takes you there in less than five minutes. In alpha the brain operates at low frequencies, needed to produce the ‘feel good hormones," seratonin and dopamine. At this level, the mind relaxes, yet is completely conscious and alert.

In a test conducted at a Krakow Medical Institute, a chain smoking patient with extreme hyperactivity agreed to be tested via EEG. Wired up, the patient’s brainwaves at first registered high beta levels (18-25 Hz), associated with extreme feelings of ‘fight or flight’. After listening to Levine’s composition Silence of Peace for four minutes, the patient’s brainwaves subsided to alpha, below 12 Hz. The patient reported feeling calm and in control of their stress and anxiety.

Each alphamusic composition explores and re-explores a single musical plain. While it seems to ‘go nowhere’ and has no dramatic crescendo, alphamusic keeps the mind interested and moving forward, and discourages emotional ‘spiking’.

Lives transformed

Levine is a graduate composer from the University of Sydney, Australia. He has studied and taught meditation for over two decades, as well as exploring the metaphysics of illness, psychology, brain physiology and the mechanics of hearing.

He is constantly inspired by feedback from his listeners. Stewart Holmes, a 49-year old environmental scientist, lives in Cambridge, UK, is an ardent fan of alphamusic. After a freak boating accident left him with a fractured skull, Holmes contracted often deadly cerebral meningitis.

He spent the next 15 years managing his own recovery, then embarked on a degree course at an English university. Dyslexia added to his difficulties with achieving his post-graduate degree.

When he chanced upon alphamusic, it significantly improved his ability to focus on and absorb written material. Holmes says, “Rehab programs use music to calm you down, because you get so stressed and angry trying to recuperate, but it didn’t work for me. Alphamusic is completely different. I put it on and it’s like a curtain coming down over all the bother. Somehow it helps me focus and direct my energy.”

Children respond well to alphamusic. Those diagnosed with hyperactivity (add/adhd) disorders find it especially effective. Judith Schultz, President of the Australian Wannabee Foundation, which supports add/adhd children and their parents, says,“Within five minutes of listening to John’s music on headphones, add/adhd/hyperactive children were saying they felt sleepy.”

In England, Levine conducts alphamusic workshops for hyperactive children. Using alphamusic, they focus on tasks for far longer than usually expected. Meanwhile in Australia two dozen pre-schools use alphamusic to help children focus on collaborative and creative tasks.

At St Matthew’s Primary School, Cambridge, U.K., Principal David Somerville has introduced alphamusic to remedial math’s classes and even plays alphamusic during math’s exams.

Conventional medicine is currently very interested in the use of music for pain and anxiety management. The University of Melbourne School of Music has received a government subsidy to play live music in the waiting rooms and wards of the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The BBC documentary series, The Power of Music, reports a 50% drop in the use of analgesics since music was introduced in Swiss hospital wards. At the Jagelonian Medical Research Institute in Cracow, Poland, doctors have used alphamusic for research into pain management strategies in cancer patients. In another study, a dental research program successfully used alphamusic to reduce patient anxiety.

Complementary health practitioners can afford to smile at this enthusiasm from the mainstream. They have always recognised music as a powerful assistant. The late Jack Temple, author of ‘The Healer’ and ‘The Medicine Man’ said,“I am so taken by John`s alphamusic that I not only play it in my clinic, but also at home. I find the music completely relaxing.”

At the moment, Levine is negotiating with a well-known Oxford foundation to conduct further research into the effects of alphamusic on the brain. From the budgies that fell asleep to alphamusic in 2003, to the end of 2004, Levine has released 7 CDs of alphamusic, all of which are free to listen to at http://www.silenceofmusic.com Levine has an 8-week Alpha Memory and Learning Course about to begin at Cambridge University, England. An Australian tour is scheduled for April 2005.

Contact Information:

Naomi Radunski

77 River Rd, New Brighton, New South Wales 2483

Tel: 02 6680 1797, Mobile: 0413 123 474

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