The breakthrough research behind Through a Dog’s Ear shows that the mammalian nervous system is extremely sensitive to sound — and that special arrangements of classical music have a profound soothing impact on anxious beings. We created this music for human health, as well as your discerning ear.
The human body–and all bodies–are made up of natural frequencies. Our heartbeats, brain waves, neural pulses, etc., all operate on a rhythm controlled by the brain. When we’re agitated, stressed, or really active, our system is operating on a fast, active wavelength. Sleep, however, is found at a slower, calm frequency, and thus bridging the gap between the two states when we’re ready to go rest is often difficult. Music is one tool we can use to “entrain” or lull the body into finding its own slower rhythm. Through auditorally absorbing a musical frequency, akin to that of sleep, the brain understands it’s time to rest.
The architecture of Sleep is designed to slowly bring the listener down into lower heart rate and brainwave states and leave them there for a good night’s sleep. The tempos and orchestral densities do not bring the listener back up to normal waking states. This is left for the body’s natural function. Ocean sounds have been used in this track for both masking of external noise, but also for the entrainment effect (our primary pulses speed up or slow down to match an external periodic rhythm). Sleep features a chamber ensemble with woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe) and string section (violin, viola, cello, and bass).