Try these excellent binaural beats apps to alter your brain and experience heightened states naturally
Good news for i-dosers on the run: There’s a bunch of great apps for binaural beats and isochronic tones, so you can take your dose on the go.
A lot of you will already know that the actual experience of brainwave entrainment is not dramatic (Gates of Hades? I don’t think so). It’s much less likely to give you a buzz than a strong coffee or a snort of snuff might. But use over time, like anything, can help habituate you to altered states of consciousness—or, more importantly, help you to become skillful in the practice of altering your own states of consciousness.
Binaural beats use two different frequencies (one for the left ear, one for the right—which is why their use requires headphones) to produce the illusion of a third frequency. For example, if you hear a 20hz pulse in one ear, and a 30hz pulse in the other, it sounds like you’re hearing a 10hz beat. Isochronic tones just give you the straight frequency. Listening to either is said to help your brain “entrain” or move toward and synch up with the given frequency. In this way you can nudge yourself into alpha waves, theta waves, or whatever the day calls for.
Three Binaural Beats Apps to Try
- Binality. Presets for everything from chilling out to astral projection. You can customize the frequency settings to make a boutique experience for yourself.
YouTube. (Use the mobile app, or listen at the desktop). Thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of hours of isochronic tones paired with fractals, nature scenes and electronica.
Appcrawler can recommend plenty more.
My favorite site (no app yet that I know of) is MyNoise.net. Just beautiful work by sound engineer Stephane Pigeon. Binaural and Isochronic “noise machines” are available, along with other sound therapy, and tools like white, pink, and grey noise generators, Tibetan chant, droning, Brownian sounds, etc.
Have fun! (For more binaural beats, try Amazon’s selection.)
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