The Science


What's in SmartSound? 

SmartSound™ is a proprietary 'hybrid' audio technology with over 14 years of R&D.

It has evolved along multi-disciplinary lines, a synthesis informed by neuro-acoustics, psycho-acoustics, the arts, disciplines including medical and cognitive ethnomusicology, and hospital-based EEG validation.

SmartSound™ is much easier to experience than explain - which is why we recommend trying our free 'Mini-D-Stress' session. It incorporates a range of evidence-based audio technologies and other elements, including those below.

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. 

NeuroSonica SmartSound™ includes:


Vestibular auditory stimulation.  You'll enjoy powerful but soothing stimulation of your vestibular (balance) system in our sleep and stress management sessions. The vestibular system is associated with many aspects of the sleep network including the regulation of our circadian rhythms.  Clinical studies suggest vestibular stimulation may help improve balance and body awareness, assist with concentration, attention, stress reduction, sleep induction and more. 


Bilateral auditory stimulation.  This is a specialized application of alternating (side-to-side) rhythmic acoustic stimuli. Benefits may include rapid 'bottom up' physiological relaxation, a 'distancing' or quietening of intrusive thoughts and other mental activity, and enhanced interhemispheric communication. 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.  This pulse-based audio technology, also known as auditory driving or brainwave entrainment, has decades of clinical use, wide ranging benefits and applications. These include assistance for various conditions and issues, in part by helping address certain brainwave imbalances and 'dysrhythmias', encouraging hemispheric balance and more. More about brainwave synchronisation HERE


 '3-D' audio, binaural field recordings and bioacoustics. 3-D sound spatialization techniques are used extensively in SmartSound™, and you'll love their deep 'cinematic' immersion, spatial realism and other fascinating psycho-acoustic phenomena. Along with ambisonics and other 'surround' formats, we include the licensed use of Holophonics - 'The acoustic equivalent of a hologram', created by pioneer sound engineer Hugo Zuccharelli. 


Amazing Sound Art. SmartSound™ includes 1,000's of carefully curated 'sound bites', musical and otherwise, to enrich and deepen our signature sound experience. We'd like to thank the many creative individuals (and their platforms) whose royalty free sound art and design, music, and field recordings have helped put 'the art' in SmartSound™! 


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'll find it entertaining and enjoyable - a unique, functional blend of sound art and science.

To fully optimise its many components, SmartSound™ is delivered as 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, the formation of new neural connections, increased electrical activity, blood flow and other processes within the brain - this kind of complex auditory stimulation may also  provide the listener with a beneficial 'earobic workout'. Exercising the middle ear muscles for example, may be encouraged by the strategic use of contrasting high and low frequencies and other techniques.

Uniquely, SmartSound™ also features some of its neurotechnologies as actual 'musical' elements within the soundscapes themselves. This, we believe, greatly enhances their 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 to help optimize your experience and benefits.

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.


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. Users can opt for notification when we do, so they can take advantage of the very latest upgrades at no extra cost.


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