The hidden meaning behind the hexagon

The hidden meaning behind the hexagon

The hexagon is one of the building blocks of nature, representing many frequencies. It’s a geometric shape that is integrated in a lot of sacred geometry shapes. At Flower of Sound, we are very inspired by the hexagon — we have embedded it everywhere from our logo, to the lights we use in our immersive sound shows.

Hexagons are the building blocks of life

A hexagon has six equal sides and is one of the building blocks of life and one of the principal governing patterns dominant in the natural world.. From honeycombs to the center of snowflakes, the hexagon is everywhere. When placed under a horoscope these objects reveal one of the most efficient “tile” shapes to build, as discovered in 1999 by Thomas Hales.

Hexagons are everywhere

When used to build, hexagons minimize the amount of material needed, and which is why honeybees build in hexagons. It is also at the molecular core of water and therefore also in each of us, as we are made of at least 70% water. When hydrogen molecules freeze and bond, they form hexagons (ie – the center of a snowflake). The hexagon is also found in the structure of DNA — it forms the chains that produce the double-helix macromolecule.

Hexagons as sacred symbols

You can find the hexagon in many ancient symbols. In sacred geometry and ancient sagas the hexagon represents the potential for life. It is found in sacred shapes like the Flower of Life, which is seen in ancient architecture around the world. Because of its two interlocking triangles, the hexagon as a symbol often stands for harmony and balance and also male and female energy . When you draw a six pointed star the points form together as a hexagon. This can beautifully seen in Dr. Masaru Emoto’s videos showing the crystallization of water reacting to pure tones, images and therefore frequencies.

Hexagons and Flower of Sound

In our search for scientific validation for our frequencies, we found that certain shapes correspond with the frequencies we most often use. For example, Pythagoras is widely known for using frequencies to explain mathematics. One of the shapes that inspired us the most is the hexagon and we incorporate it into pretty much all of our designs. It’s such an essential shape and building block of life – it’s in water, honeycombs, cymatics, and even the feel-good chemical Dopamine — and it is at the core of who we are as well.

The power of 3 in our compositions

According to Tesla and Pythagoras the essential numbers in the universe are 3, 6 and 9. If you use Pythagoras’ theorem in the Solfeggio frequencies they all add up to 3, 6 or 9. In all of nature, these three numbers keep coming back.

396 – 9
417 – 3
528 – 6
639 – 9
741 – 3
852 – 6
963 – 9

The common denominator of all these numbers is the number 3. This is one of the reasons why we compose our pure tone music using three frequency layers into one.

  1. The first layer is a low base tone, or a slow sound wave, is derived from the original tone.
  2. Then, we layer in the original frequency.
  3. And finally, we layer in the surrounding ambient sound, based on the even harmonic. This way our compositions are more effective, stay pure and are easier on the ear.

There are no extra keyboard tracks, instruments or music added to our compositions, to further retain the purity of the sound. We do use different sound healing techniques, such as the use of harmonics, to make our frequencies more effective.

Fun facts about hexagons

On Saturn’s north pole, there’s an enduring cloud formation in the shape of a hexagon. The total size is bigger than Earth.

In California there’s something known as the Devils Postpile. Less than 100,000 years ago, a lava flow spawned these odd structures. These structures are basalt columns in the shape of hexagons. As it turns out, a 120-degree crack releases the most tension. And 120 degrees is a hexagon’s interior angle.

We represent organic compounds with hexagons. Most organic compounds have carbon backbones, as carbon is superabundant and bonds well with other elements. When one carbon atom bonds with another carbon atom, the bond angle is less 120 degrees. But when six carbon atoms bond — due to electron pair repulsion — it’s an even 120. As a result, six bonded carbons — benzene — make a perfect hexagon, also known as a benzene ring.

The hexagon is rooted in the number 3 in many ways and ancient philosophers were intrigued by the interaction between 2 and 3 . They symbolized it by the image of a “marriage” as 2 is even/female, 3 is uneven/male to show that the hexagon functions as a stable foundation of which the two components support each other mutually. The hexagon was used as a symbol to convey the spiritual attainment of an individual on the mummified body in Egypt and it is still used by trines and communities today to refer to the same notion.

Confusion all around 8D, Binaural and Binaural beats

Confusion all around 8D, Binaural and Binaural beats

You probably have heard about the hype called 8D. Often it is a track that is produced in such a way when you listen it on your headphones you can hear the singers come from different directions. It is extremely cool and also when well done very nice to listen to. It is a new sensation and experience in music. Only it is NOT 8D or anything like it. It is something called immersive sound, spatial audio or better say tridimensional sound ( axes are 3 x y z not 8 ! ) and in this case because it is explicitly made for the use on headphones called Binaural. So if you like to to start producing this, find more tracks like this, look for binaural produced music.

There are a few side notes to this.

  1. Binaural produced music is in essence a normal audio file so you can get the feeling of immersive sound/music but you can not reproduce it with a normal or even Dolby Atmos speaker system.
  2. Binaural produced music is something else then binaural beats. Binaural beats is the frequency difference between what comes in the one ear and the other ear while using headphones. When used in the right way binaural beats can be extremely effective in influencing brainwaves and therefor your state of relaxation or focus or even agitation. It is in essence a soundhealing technique.
  3. Our first (ASMR) single produced in binaural and also Dolby Atmos, a track to create more Flow in your live will come out soon. Will post the link in this blogpost when it is released.
  4. You want to know more about what immersive sound or spatial audio is, read our other blogs.
The Power of Affirmations

The Power of Affirmations

We do a lot of self-talk. The constant chatter in our minds is constant. From “oh, I should not forget to buy this” or “my meeting did not go well”, “why am I am so forgetful?” to “I should have said that.” Underneath the obvious voice lie limiting beliefs about ourselves.

Most of us have this inner dialogue inside of us. All this self-talk are basically affirmations as they affirm what we experience, see or believe. When we start to talk differently to ourselves, in a more positive way — and as a result, affirming the positive — we then also start to act from this place and can experience greater happiness, clarity and well-being. This is the power of our thoughts. Lots of books have been written about the power of our thoughts, and there is plenty of science-backed research showing the power our mind holds over us.

What is a typical affirmation?

A typical affirmation is a sentence that starts with “I…”, followed by something you want to confirm and affirm in yourself to either induce a positive way of living or avoid negative situations from happening again. We can make ourselves stronger with affirmations. Affirmations become more powerful the more repeat them. The repetition engrains the affirmation in our thoughts, our mind and then finally, in our behavior.

There are many ways we can integrate affirmations in our lives — from repeating them throughout our day, making an affirmation our computer login password, or hanging a poster on our wall.

Here are some examples of some popular affirmations:
I am good enough
I am strong
I am loving and kind
I am worthy
I am successful
I can do this
I am courageous
I am safe
I choose to be happy and healthy
I decide how I feel and will choose for myself

Create your own affirmation, tailored to YOUR life

Affirmations can be anything we want them to be – and can be long, or short. Often affirmations work with specific themes in our lives. They can address how we ground, how we feel our joy for life, how we make decisions, the love and success we want in our lives, how we speak our truth and our connection to others, the earth or the sky.

What limiting beliefs do you have about yourself that you’d like to change? What goals do you have for yourself – in different areas of your life? What specific feelings do you want more of in your life? It can be helpful to take a few minutes to note these down, in a journal and create a daily practice of reading, writing or saying these out loud.

To further help you on your journey of discovering affirmations, at Flower of Sound we use and incorporate affirmations in some of our tracks. We also add specific healing frequencies and sound healing techniques to amplify the effect of the affirmations. Our first affirmation track will soon be released using both a calming, meditative voice as well as a whispering voice (ASMR).

Breathe! Robot the meaning

Breathe! Robot the meaning

Claudio Vittori is the producer of Collateral Nature. He wrote and produced the music and most of the lyrics of the new debut Album Morning Mars. The first single will be released on the 5th of July called Breathe! Robot. But why Breathe! Robot? What is the meaning behind this first single of Morning Mars.

“I composed Breathe! Robot thinking about the human breath and how little importance we assign to this vital mechanical action full of life force. Not only in life but on a spiritual level it calls for an awareness to differentiate between what is purely human and what is artificial. In the near future it will be increasingly difficult to distinguish the human form from a robot. In the breath we will find the essential distinction of life. 

Breathe! Robot is an invitation to stop for a moment and breathe deeply, to understand the difference between automaton and being aware. 

In our modern society nothing has a clear boundary any more and  when you think you are progressing often you end up in the same place like a hamster with its wheel.

True wealth is to be able to understand the profound meaning that exists between living and surviving and being able to transcend from it. In other words stepping outside of the rat race. We are slaves to the propulsive thrust that we have inflicted on ourselves for decades. We just have to have more and more since the era of technology launched us in a mad rush with ephemeral ambitions. If we keep following this progression we are no longer needed, either the technology or the earth will take over,  so maybe it’s time to start breathing, robot.

I composed the song by only using the instruments we use on stage (piano, ambient pad, bass and drums). Giving prominence to the dynamics. A dialogue between full and empty and intimate and dilated moments creating a living rhythm. 

Key are the pauses when the breath is released giving a sense of communication between the outer world and the inner emotional experience.”

Breathe! Robot will be available on the 5th of July 2021 and will be available on all streaming platforms and in both stereo and Dolby Atmos format. Breathe! Robot will also be available in a game format you can play on this website.  If you would like to listen to Breathe! Robot subscribe to our newsletter. You can have a pre-listen.

What is Flower of Sound?

What is Flower of Sound?

We would like to introduce you to Flower of Sound. Flower of Sound applies sound and technology to establish healing in the widest meaning of the word using vibration, or frequencies. We create immersive experiences based on spatial audio using XR technologies and for physical spaces using IoT (Internet of Things).

What does this mean?

We create virtual and physically appealing environments that enhance the effects of sound and light so it functions as a healing modality. We use our own experiences as musicians, producers and sound healers as well as evidence-based insights from neuroscience, technology and sound therapy to help you reach altered states of consciousness, giving you access to a deeper feeling of well-being. Our dream is to create digital medicine pills so you know exactly what to listen to when, and with what effect.

Or in less techy words:

“We create modern day immersive sound and light baths to help relax you, so you feel better, lighter and more at peace.”

What does this mean in terms of our offerings?

Flower is Sound has four key offerings:

  1. A music catalogue produced in stereo, binaural and Dolby Atmos.
  2. An XR application.
  3. Immersive space / immersive installations built with IoT.
  4. Live gigs in a metaverse environment “streaming” online and in real life.

The range of our music catalogue extends from pure tone, shamanic sound, neuromusic, fractal rhythm, ASMR all the way to ambient sounds. We produce everything in house and work with different sound healing artists.

Our music is produced in different formats and we create immersive experiences to amplify the effects. This includes 360 video, virtual reality clips or games. All the techniques we use are rooted in our research. We distribute all our music and experiences via different streaming platforms including YouTube, Tidal, Amazon, HD, oculus, Quest 2 and our own immersive space in Amersfoort, Netherlands.

Our mission is to create more well-being through the application of sound. Through our blog, we share our knowledge about soundhealing and technology. To get the latest blog and other updates, sign up for our newsletter.

Immersive sound, the natural way

Immersive sound, the natural way

A new revolution is happening within the audio and music world. It is called immersive sound or spatial audio. This way of experiencing sound opens up Pandora’s box of possibilities. And we are just at the beginning. If you like or work with music but aren’t so interested in technology you’ve probably experienced immersive sound. You likely had no idea what it was, what it can do and how you can use it. If you are interested in technology and audio you’ve probably heard a lot of terms that sound cool, yet you might have a vague understanding of what you can really do with it, or what it really is. In both these cases, this blogpost is for you. This is the first in a series of posts on immersive sound.

The natural way

So what is immersive sound? Immersive sound is foremost the most natural way to experience sound. If you walk into the woods, you’ll hear the birds and other animals around you. Some birds will be chirping loudly while other birds are further away. Some sounds will come from above, others from below. Say you bring a friend along who starts to sing. You will hear that voice coming from the direction of where your friend is. If you are too far you won’t hear it. If she is on your left, you will hear more with your left ear then with your right.

“Immersive sound is foremost the most natural way to experience sound.”

You hear most of the sounds with your ears but also with your body. Think of a heavy tree that falls down. Maybe you can only hear the leaves but when it hits the ground you can pick up the vibrations with your body, especially if you are sensitive. The sound of water running in the little creek nearby is extremely relaxing not only because you pick it up with your ears but also with your whole body or energy field. It is subtle but it does make a big difference in the overall experience. This is immersive sound.

Recording sound

The downside of this natural sound is that it can not be duplicated or heard more than 1.000 km and it can’t be warped in time. Then, recordings came around. Recordings are by definition limited by technology. To put it simply, it is the recording device and the playing of the device that bring the limitations.

At the same time, it also brings a whole new world of possibilities. You can mix and match different recordings and sounds to a composition of your own liking. You can bring in electronic instruments. Here, we see the birth of the producer.

Technology has now reached a time where it is possible to record (ambisonic), to produce and also to replay sound in such a way that it reproduces the natural experience of listening sound. It is this experience that is called spatial audio or immersive sound. And it is made possible by formats like Dolby Atmos, WFS, Auro, or Sony 360.

Making sound spatial

To give you a deeper understanding of this spatial audio/immersive sound, when you listen to music or audio on the radio, television or via your streaming services you often listen to it in a mono format or stereo format. All the different sounds are brought together in either one (mono) or two outputs (stereo), or for the non-technical readers two speakers.

With the latest available sound technology, you can now bring more layers in the output and this means you can basically program the audio/music in such a way that you can not only hear different instruments at the same time but the sound can also come from different directions. It’s as if you can perceive and hear it the violinist standing right before you, the singer behind you, the drums 3 meters before you and the guitarist 2 meters on the left. This gives you the experience as if you are standing right in the middle of the band.

Another possibility is actually to make the sound move. Imagine the singer is walking around you for instance, or moving closer and further away from you. This can be done with just audio or in combination with virtual reality, 360 degree video and games.

The power of immersive

By making music and audio spatial or immersive we bring extra layers of experiences, opening up whole new world of possibilities with sound. From creating really cool and intimate experiences like experiencing sound as if the singer whispers the song in your ear, making listening to sound a whole body experience, to directing the sound at specific heights creating an extra layer of relaxation for the body. It is because of these possibilities and the extra power of immersive sound that we at Flower of Sound produce all our digital content in spatial audio (for the tech people, in Dolby Atmos and Binaural).

Do you like this blog or have any comments? We’d love to hear from you. This blog is the first in its series. We’ll continue to explore other aspects of immersive sound, from the ways to use it, to more in depth posts about the technology involved. If you’d like to stay informed of our latest posts and news please sign up for our email newsletter.

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