The Score Magazine April 2017 - Page 39

SRIRAM RAVISHANKAR pioneers of the work, often inspired by ancient practises of vibrational/ sonic healing have forged a new ground and also formed international networks like the Sound Healers Association. It is possible now in the markedly emerging and growing field also to study in courses in England, Germany, USA and also now in India (see the one year training for Integral Sound Healing offered by Svaram) the scientific, pragmatic background andpossible application of this revived healing modality. While MT in its culture specific modalities is focused on the Client – Patient relational context and its psychotherapeutic implications, both in receptive and interactive settings. Sound Healing is based on the principles of resonance and entrainment through the directapplication, transmission and the effect of vibrations (in their sonic expression oftone, tempo and pattern) on the organism, either through the use of specially resonant instruments like gongs, singing bowls, bells, string resonators, didgeridoos, or also through electro-mechanical and electronical devises in the field of vibrio-acoustics and hemi-synch, binaural brain wave stimulations, with a plethora of new products on the market. More on the traditions and modernity at Svaram. Having been exposed to many traditional cultures and their music ethnographies Aurelio looked into the diversity and richness of Indian folk instruments, many ofthem disappearing in this rapid race of change and urbanisation, before setting outdeveloping some of the simple archetypal instruments of the Svaram range, likeLithopones, Xylophones, Glockenspiel, Ocarinas, Overtone Flute and primal percussions. These explorations also revealed that the western equal temperedtuning system of the piano has been found only a few hundred years ago and andthe international pitch of A 440 only been standardised after the second world war, is only one of many possibilities of tonal arrangements and that there have been original systems in place for millennia in India, China, Arabic Music and other cultures like the unique Gamelan of South East Asia. At the same time contact with a young generation of sound pilgrims and travellers from around the globe brought exposure to the sophisticated use of the knowledge ofthe full range of frequencies in techno, trance and dance hall genres to createspecial physical effects on the listener. So experiences of the ancient shamanistic trance techniques in combination with the science of psychoacoustics, binaural beats , entrainment, resonance inform the ever evolving work of Svaram's explorations of sound and its physical, emotional, cognitive, social andenvironmental impact. Tell us a little about the research and explorations you are currently into. Presently we are exploring and prototyping outdoor instruments for the use in institutions working with the limitations and challenges of climate and environmental impact on material and finishings. An exciting area is the work with mathematically precise tuning modalities and the phenomena of pulsations and their effect on brainwaves and physicality. This is a whole new field partly inspired by avant-garde music and touches the edge of musicality, now not only in the electronic media but possibly also with pure acoustic instruments like plate bells, resonators, tubular bells bringing out the synaestetic phenomena of 'the touch of sound”, the sensory perception and experience of soundwaves on our organism The recently launched training program SVARAM launched in January, the first one year course on Integral Sound Healing with a seminar and International guest lecturer by Joshua Leeds, the author of “ThePower of Sound”. There were 35 participants form around the world and we arefollowing up now with the next modules focusing on creativity, musical improvisation, sound awareness, science of hearing, therapeutic contact, instrument building, cymatics, and the applications of sound in a healing context What's next for Svaram? SVARAM has been running for 14 years now, emerging form a social impact community enterprise, and now is working on and planning the creation of a Campus for the Crafts, Arts and Science of Sound which shall bring together the artisan fine crafts with educational interactive exhibitions, experience museum, research centre, studios, ateliers and a school for Sound Healing. Land has been allocated within the Auroville Galaxy plan and collaborations, partners and investors are sought for this next logical development phase of bringing Svaram in its full scope and global relevance as a unique hub for the explorations of a sound new world of harmony and peace. The Score Magazine 37