Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that music has long been an influence on human beings emotionally and biologically. It’s also true that people would probably admit that music and sonic frequencies have always been a powerful healing modality in the spiritual sense, but what about the physical? Can music heal us? Whether it’s tuning your sound to the same resonance as the human body or the amazing effects on the brain, that can trigger neural networks related to movement, cognition, learning, memory and emotion. Musicians from all genres ranging from Jon Hopkins, Saint Vincent to Peter Gabriel have been tapping into the biological benefits of music by immersing themselves in the Sync Project. A medical community dedicated to researching practical ways that music can promote physical healing, “as precision medicine”.
Why Researchers Looked to Jon Hopkins for a Healer
It’s known that music can help with things like pain, fatigue, anxiety and sleeplessness. Jon Hopkins has always been a pioneer in electronic music, who creates his own brand of melodic music he meticulously constructs lush arrangements, blending digital beats and soothing ambience. His unique, hypnotic style made him a sought-after producer in the pop world. A childhood musical prodigy, he studied classical piano at the Royal College of Music from the age of 12. Exposure to the melodic side of electronica and rave via such artists as Acen and Plaid proved eye-opening, and aged 17 he decided to concentrate on exploring more contemporary sounds. Since his days with Imogen Heap playing the keyboard, Hopkins has always been a music aficionado. Growing up in Wimbledon, England listening to Pet Shop boys and Depeche Mode he fell in love with synths. At age 17 he was called to audition for Imogen Heap’s backing band. One year later in 1998 he was touring with them full time.
Within two years he catapulted onto the scene by signing with a label and releasing his first album in 1999 at age 19. It’s no surprise that this British virtuoso was a lot more than synths and keys. Since then Hopkins has become a larger than life figure in electronic music. His meteoric rise came from a traditional musical background that guided him through different genres and scenes and has made him a mainstay on festival lineups from the UK to California. Hopkins practices autogenic training and transcendental meditation which is something like a flow state.
As someone who has been tapped into the acute properties of sound it seemed only right to consult Hopkins on the best ways to get people to feel and respond to music from within. A challenge Hopkins jumped to take part in.
Measuring How the Body Responds to Music
On the biometric side, the company is working with as many wearable devices as possible to track as many data points as possible from the listener, including subtle factors like concentration, expressiveness, and posture. The release of the Apple Watch in the coming weeks will only add to the stream of data that will flow into The Sync Project’s enormous database, that will tailor music to your mood needs and activity levels. What makes Hopkins so unique is his ability to touch on various genres and modalities to create diverse sounds. This has allowed him to be a mainstay on the global music scene for the past 2 decades.
He is bringing his phenomenal house magic to Woogie Weekend July 8th through the 10th so don’t miss out on the rare chance to catch Jon Hopkins from London!
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