A Moment Alone
A Moment Alone is the latest album in our ever expanding discography. The album was recorded in our house with a microphone set up in the middle of the room. Pete paced around the microphone while he played at varying distances to add a nice dynamic effect to the tone. This album filled a niche in our discography for a short and sweet meditative album.
What is Sound Healing?
Sound healing is the use of all the elements of music to increase the well being of a person. This includes the emotional, spiritual, physical and psychological elements of the music. Music has long been known to foster productivity and creativity within the listener. Certain instruments like the singing bowl can go a step further and induce healing within the listener. The consistent, steady tones of the bowl put our mind to ease by providing a sonic solid ground for our brains to hold on to. The singing bowl also facilitates meditation making it the perfect sound healing tool.
Meditation and Singing Bowl Sound Healing
Meditation is known to have an incredibly long list of benefits, including:
For this reason, Little Symphony wanted to create an album with one of the longest standing sound healing meditation inducing instruments - the singing bowl. We layered in synth textures as well as bird sounds recorded in our backyard to increase the therapeutic qualities of the album. I always find that the sounds of animals and nature are the most relaxing sounds that exist, and really help me to settle into my inner calm. For an album that captures some beautiful loon and other bird sounds, Athabasca is most definitely worth a listen as well.
Among the many benefits of singing bowl sound healing, I find that one of the most noticable is the increased clarity that follows a deep meditative session. This clarity feels like a warm bath surrounding your mind. All of the stress in your life settles to the bottom like sediment, allowing your thoughts to float alone in crystal clear water. With this sound therapy induced clarity, we can often see the best direction for our actions with great ease. I have already listened back to A Moment Alone a few times, and each listen has returned me to that warm state of clarity as if it were the first time I had heard the singing bowl.
Sound Healing Induced Nidra
Nidra, also known as yogic sleep, is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. Nidra involves the practitioner building an awareness of their inner self and withdrawing the senses, with the exception of the auditory sense. Maintaining this auditory sense on something with sound healing properties, like the singing bowl, can create a blissful state of unconscious presence.
As someone still in the beginning stages of my meditation journey, this was a state of being that I hadn’t experienced before. Through Peter’s thoughtful playing of the singing bowl, I was able to achieve a deep state of nidra. You can actually hear me snoring peacefully in the background during the song Sarteneja! Despite my snoring, I wasn't actually asleep, but actually in some deep state of relaxation somewhere between sleep and meditation. By including sparse synth textures to this album, we are further encouraging the listener to achieve this similar state.
Meaning of "A Moment Alone"
We spent quite a while on finding the name “A Moment Alone”. Once we had suggested the name, it was an obvious yes. This album is our attempt to capture that quiet solitude and introspection.This album is a reminder to carve out time for yourself in the day for a moment of reflection. A consistent daily session of meditation inducing sound healing can have profound effects on a person’s well being overtime. We invite you to let A Moment Alone be this reminder in your life and to be your sound therapy.
Restoring Your Mala Beads
Mala beads are a beautiful representation of devotion to a meditation practice. The beads themselves have a strong ability to store and maintain energy. By meditating, practicing good karmic deeds or simply living consciously and presently while wearing a string of mala beads, we can infuse the mala with good energy. On the other hand, if your beads have been neglected, left in a dark place or on the floor for a long time, or if you have continued interactions with negative people, the mala can start to store negative energy. It is common practice to restore mala beads to a neutral or positive state by using the healing qualities derived from the sound of a Tibetan singing bowl. If you do not have a singing bowl of your own, listening to A Moment Alone while meditating with your beads can become a great restorative practice for your mala.
More Little Symphony Sound Healing Music
Little Symphony is committed to providing music for a wide range of daily needs. We wish to facilitate relaxation for sleep and meditation, focus for studying and work, and sound healing for therapeutic purposes. For a playlist featuring A Moment Alone, and other sound healing music, here is a link to our Sound Healing Playlist on Spotify. You can also listen to more of our playlists on the Playlist section of our website.
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This album was a reminder in my life that being at home isn't a bad thing. It's easy to get caught up in life wishing you were on a vacation or somewhere else. However when you take a quiet moment to breathe and reconnect with your surroundings, you can often times surprise yourself with the beauty of the moment. The goal of Little Symphonies complete discography is to help you reconnect to that quiet calm within us all.
Dia Vago was the gentle reminder I needed to stay present and appreciate what I have. Just like we can't predict the rain or the weather, we can't predict life's big events either. The best we can do is take it in stride. Some days the world moves quick and some days the world moves slow. There's no need to pass any judgement as every moment has it's place.
Rain Music Therapy
Rain music is steadily becoming one of my favourite flavours of ambient music. I find that the pitter patter of the rain punctuates the ambient pad sounds and injects a lot of movement into the sound. Rain is a naturally therapeutic sound and has always been a comforting sound. Dia Vago is definitely one of my new favourite albums.
The interesting thing about sound is that most of it's effect is rooted deeply in biology. Sudden and loud sounds such as car horns or dog barks tend to cause us anxiety. The abruptness alerts our fight or flight response and calls us to action.
In contrast to this, sounds such as rain or waves are deeply relaxing and calming. This is because the steady pattern of the sound works its way into our subconscious mind and our bodies assume the rhythmic nature of the sound must be a non-threat. The recordings of Little Symphony naturally gravitate to sounds like rain so that our music can inspire that sense of calm.
Dia Vago makes for the perfect album to help you relax on a quiet day. It is also great for reading and meditation. I have had many calm afternoons listening to this one again recalling the memories of the day it was recorded. My hope is that the gentle rain will whisk you away into a similar state of calm.
To hear Dia Vago and other calming water sounds try out our playlists that features rain, waves, birds, bugs, streams, waterfalls and more. Little Symphony can be found on Spotify, Google Play.
As always, thank you for reading and listening to us. Have a calm, relaxing rainy day today!
Once every 17 years the Eastern forests of North America periodically fill with the noise of cicadas. The curiously synchronized species emerge as adults in tremendous numbers for a short period of time. Transport yourself to the forests during one of these infrequent but highly organized nature rituals. Tall trees are full of these intriguing creatures, and for 2 to 4 weeks in late springs their chorus fills the air as they search for a mate. After 4 weeks, as curiously as it all began, the sounds quiet and the cicadas disappear for another 17 years.
If you've ever been to Alberta, Canada chances are you associate the area with the prairies. Southern Alberta is home to sprawling skies and endless farms of wheat and canola. As you travel north throughout the province, the scenery changes dramatically. The Boreal Forest cuts through northern Alberta. In the northern half of the Province you find numerous lakes and towering old growth forest.
I got to talking with a fellow camper and they mentioned that the loons in the area are frequently quite vocal. Having grown up in a small city in southern Alberta I had actually never heard a loon before. I set up my microphone down by the lake shore for the evening. As soon as I had the microphone set up, it was almost as if it were magic. The loons immediately started to call in the distance. The natural reverberation of their calls over the open water made for a surrounding and slightly chilling experience. I was almost moved to tears by the beauty of the moment. You can here this part of the recording in the first three tracks: Loon, Narrow Lake, and Emeli.
Athabasca has been one of my favorite ambient albums to record so far. The evening sounds of bugs, birds and loons is perfect for relaxation and sleeping. The ambient accompanying music was intentionally well mixed into the album to draw attention to the nature sounds while still providing a deeply calming experience. I have listened back to this album many times at bedtime and the music has brought me into many peaceful sleeps.
Hopefully Athabasca can help you sleep as well. If you are interested in our collection of music, we have many other albums full of music that is perfect for sleep and relaxation. I am hoping to capture some more loon sounds in the near future. It has quickly became one of my favorite animal sounds.
Please enjoy the music of Athabasca. You can find us on Spotify, Google Play, and Apple Music. As always, happy listening and thanks for reading.
Chances are you have came across some form of sleep music on Youtube, Spotify, or some other audio/video streaming platform. This type of music is often easily recognizable. Deep horn and synth sounds, ambient plucked instruments, bells, piano, etc. This kind of music is often formless and falls quickly and unobtrusively into the background of your mind.
Over the years sleep music has become more and more popular. This is simply because these ambient sounds act as a form of melodic white noise to ease your mind and blot out any sporadic sound such as traffic or voices.
Although this form of sleep music works best for many people, some prefer the rhythmic sounds such as ocean waves or the slightly unpredictable sounds like bird song. These sounds can give your brain something to focus on. The sounds of nature have also been linked with reduction of stress. However, the sounds of nature are significantly less ambient and lack the ability to wash away the harsh sounds that will otherwise make there way into your ear.
So knowing the strengths of both sleep music and nature sounds, it seems intuitive that mixing the two together would result in a powerful combination that is sure to have you sawing logs. If this was your thought process, you would most definitely be right. Little Symphony is passionate about creating music that mixes the sounds of nature and ambient sleep sounds. We have our full discography here. It features albums ranging from 16 minutes to 75 minutes. The albums were created by recording rain, waterfalls, birds, bugs, waves, lakes, and many more sounds.
Little Symphony also specializes in creating regularly curated playlists that feature albums of similar styles, or that produce a certain vibe for a specific purpose. We have playlists for work, sleep, meditation, and more.
What makes Little Symphony special?
In this day and age, there are hundreds if not thousands of musical artists who make sounds for sleeping. Many of these artists are talented and produce high quality sounds. However, there are a few key distinctions to draw between the music that Little Symphony produces and the other music that can be found online:
Our goal isn't to write as much music as possible. Our goal is to tell a story and to breathe life into the sounds of nature. With these simple strategies, accompanied by high-quality nature recordings, we are able to write music is unique yet comforting.
So if you are already a listener of sleep or nature music, it's worth trying out the combination today. You may just find your new favourite way to relax or fall asleep. If you are a new listener still looking at getting into sounds for sleeping, then Little Symphony could be the perfect gentle gateway into the world of these sounds.
You may find us on Spotify if that is your preferred platform. Although all of our music is also on our website here.
Sleep music and nature sounds go hand in hand. Why not give them a try tonight?
Thanks for reading, and on the behalf of Little Symphony, have a great sleep.