The following information is in reference to Chapter 17, page 226 of The Power Of Sound.
ReSet is a progression that begins as an outgrowth of the Essential Sound Series I produced in 2006. Prior to the release of the series, Sheila was involved in trial use of the 8-hour archive of specific beats-per-minute, psychoacoustically designed music in her clinic. She asked if I could also put together a progression of pieces organized by tempo (from faster to slower and vice versa). In her occupational therapy practice, Sheila observed many children weren’t easily drawn into the tempo/temporal qualities of the music that would eventually shift them toward desired physiologic and/or behavioral states. Often she was apt to combine selections from a few different Essential Sound or Sound Health* recordings to create sound environments to help with self-regulation. Sheila was a therapeutic disc jockey!
In 2009, we set out to develop a program of music that required little in the way of transition on the part of the listener to connect with the tempo of the music and could ultimately help transport the listener into the most efficient tempo of the upcoming activity.
<FN>*Performed by The Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble, the psychacoustically deigned Sound Health Series was co-produced by Joshua Leeds and Richard Lawrence, 1996-2000.
Why is this needed?
1. To optimize therapeutic efficiency by having client listen 15 minutes prior to session, he/she is better prepared to engage with the therapist.
2. To foster successful transitioning and help develop transition skills.
3. To support general competence with contemporary high-pace lifestyles.
Many of the people put forth in The Power of Sound have influenced the protocols of this project. However, our focus is primarily upon tempo–the speed of rhythmic and melodic patterns.
We endeavor, in the research of this program, to understand the role of external tempos, regarding:
• Behavior adjustments to meet the demands of the environment
• Creation of success experiences with resetting
• The relationship between tempo entrainment and transitioning skills