The Science


What's in SmartSound? 

SmartSound™ is a 'hybrid' audio technology resulting from over 12 years of R&D. It has evolved along multi-disciplinary lines, a synthesis informed by the sciences of neuro-acoustics and psycho-acoustics, the arts, disciplines including medical and cognitive ethnomusicology and hospital-based EEG validation.

SmartSound™ is far easier to experience than explain - which is why we recommend trying our free 'Mini-D-Stress' session. Although SmartSound™ contains a number of proprietary techniques and processes, below you'll find a basic introduction to some of the evidence-based audio technologies and other elements incorporated within it.

While this list is by no means exhaustive, you can think of these as different 'ingredients' in our sound formulas, which work in synergy to produce a variety of effects and benefits.  Not all may be present in every session. Please also note that the exact mechanisms underlying some of these processes may not yet be fully understood by researchers. 

NeuroSonica SmartSound™ includes:


Vestibular auditory stimulation.  You'll enjoy powerful but soothing stimulation of your vestibular (balance) system in our sleep and stress release sessions via a combination of special techniques. The vestibular system is associated with many aspects of the sleep network including the regulation of our circadian rhythms.  Clinical studies suggest vestibular stimulation - which you may experience as a gentle 'rocking' sensation - can be effective in helping improve balance and body awareness, assisting with concentration, attention, stress reduction, sleep induction and more. 


Bilateral auditory stimulation.  Enjoy the benefits of bilateral auditory stimulation via alternating (side-to-side) rhythmic acoustic stimuli and other techniques. Benefits may include rapid 'bottom up' physiological relaxation, a 'distancing' or quietening of intrusive thoughts and other mental activity, plus enhanced interhemispheric communication and electrical activity between various brain centres. Bilateral stimulation (auditory, tactile or visual) is a key component of EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment for PTSD and other trauma.


Clinical brainwave synchronisation.  Experience brainwave synchronisation (auditory driving or brainwave entrainment), a pulse-based audio technology with decades of clinical use, wide ranging benefits and applications. Our evidence-based pulse protocols may offer assistance for various conditions and issues, in part by helping address certain brainwave imbalances and 'dysrhythmias', improving hemispheric balance and more. You'll find our pulses highly effective and surprisingly enjoyable thanks to proprietary techniques and processes that complement our use of isochronic, monaural and binaural 'beat' technologies.  More about brainwave synchronisation HERE


Virtual '3 D' sounds, binaural field recordings, bioacoustics. Your brain and ears will love the deep 'cinematic' immersion, spatial realism and other fascinating psycho-acoustic phenomena of these sound technologies. Along with Ambisonics and other formats we include the licensed use of Holophonics™. This virtual '3D' audio, 'the acoustic equivalent of a hologram' was created by sound engineer Hugo Zuccharelli and has received recognition from eminent researchers including Dr Stanislov Grof. 


Amazing Sound Art. In addition to its scientific sound technologies, SmartSound™ includes many carefully selected 'sound bites', musical and otherwise which are arranged and modulated accordingly. Therefore we'd like to acknowledge the 1,000's of creative individuals - too numerous to mention, whose Royalty Free sound art/design, music and field recordings from around the world have contributed to the creation of SmartSound™. We thank you and your platforms for helping put 'the art in our science' - and creating our fascinating signature sound! 


Updates and Improvements

SmartSound™ is a work in progress and remains open to ongoing improvements inspired by new findings and developments as they come to hand. To this end, we regularly review the latest sound related research, professional forums and technologies and may update our app sessions accordingly from time to time. We will notify users when this happens so they can take advantage of the very latest upgrades at no extra cost.


SmartSound™ Aesthetics, Complexity, Brain Plasticity and more

When you use our audio, you'll experience the effects and benefits of sound as never before. And, although we prioritise efficacy over aesthetics, we also hope you find it entertaining and enjoyable - a truly unique and functional blend of sound art and science.

In order to fully optimise its multiple components, SmartSound™ is delivered in the form of abstract, therapeutic 'soundscapes' - not music per se. This genre is ideal for combining (and embedding) our clinical sound technologies with multiple layers of music, environmental ambiences, sound effects and so on. Although every session is different, variations of certain themes and sounds may be used as unifying elements across different soundscapes.

SmartSound™ exploits the fact that your brain actively responds to abstract, novel, complex or unpredictable auditory stimuli. Associated with brain plasticity and the formation of new neural connections, this kind of auditory stimulation may also enhance electrical activity, blood flow and other processes within the brain - while providing you with a highly beneficial 'earobic workout'. Exercising the middle ear muscles in particular may be assisted by our strategic use of contrasting high and low frequencies inspired by the work of Dr Alfred Tomatis.

SmartSound™ also uniquely features some of its sonic neurotechnologies as actual 'musical' elements within the soundscapes themselves which, we believe, greatly facilitates its power and efficacy. You'll also enjoy the benefits of a very comprehensive frequency spectrum, specially chosen sounds to mask external noise and many other additional features.

Lastly, and importantly, ongoing use of SmartSound™ does not appear to produce habituation. In fact, many long-term users report it's just as effective now - or even more so, than when they first started.


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