Cure City Stress with Urban Enchantment. An article on LoFi Music.

The last decade has brought out some pretty experimental music. Soundcloud and other streaming apps, allow for more artists and creators to get music streaming to the masses. So, what is it about “Lo-Fi” (Low Fidelity) music that has people hooked and listening, over and over again in recent years?

LoFi seems to give the same psychological effect as meditation music, and helps the listeners focus on studying, work or other activities with more ease. LoFi music creates a sound that is not only serene but also has some characteristics you won’t find in traditional meditation music. Bridging gaps between genres that are already very popular.

The sound quality and ‘imperfectness’ of these songs are what remind listeners of the natural thing that we find in nature, nature sounds, and art aesthetics. With less focus on creating a perfect masterpiece, the artist focuses attention on the overall enchantment that the sound brings to the listener.

In many cases this music has an urban twist to it that other calming and transcendent music from the past has lacked. We have heard nature sounds plenty over the years, but is that to say we only feel peace and calm outside of the city? No.

LoFi shows that the city is actually a place to experience soul-earth connection just as much as the natural world. LoFi is a sound connected to the real urban and concrete jungle many live in and experience today.

A major characteristic of LoFi music, is it’s inability to be defined. Many LoFi artists create a smooth blend-in-ability and an almost anonymity feeling to the artist and listener alike. The chill and ethereal sound is soothing and slow-paced in a very high strung technological world. Taking the hustle and bustle out of things, and replacing it with the keys to simplicity. The sound seems to help bring our consciousness to an efficient oneness with our surroundings. Suddenly, we feel our movements move with the music and our spirits seem to chill, focus and breathe.

In a way, the sound we hear inside of LoFi beats helps to detach the listener from their heavy and stress filled world; while also reattaching them to their higher, less perplexed auras. A mix of two things that we love about music and meditation alike. With more and more dependence and reliance on computers and media, we find lo-fi becoming even more popular, bringing with it a feeling of reminiscing whilst creating something new.

From Lo-Fi’s early introduction in the late 80’s(see Nujabes and J Dilla) and progression into what we love from this genre today, LoFi beats seem to be outlasting and ramping up listenership across the globe. Uniting our favorite elements of music into easy listening, and curing people of their overwhelmed and stressed out moods. Lo-Fi has changed the way we view music, technology, the city and new age all together. Low Fidelity music has combined all of these things into a niche subgroup~ a niche now becoming a major genre amongst listeners of every age, culture and environment.

The next time you need some new creative juices, or extra focus when you just can’t seem to muster up the strength, turn on some LoFi beats. You will soon find yourself sinking into the musics soul vibes.

Meditative Words

Some words to focus on when practicing mindfulness and developing skills to de-stress. I am going to make a word jar (with these words in it) to pull out some meditation when I need some ZEN. 🙂

Meditation to Calm Anxiety

Lay back, completely relaxed. Take 5 deep breaths in and out. Every limb is at rest.

Blue breezes and warm waters surround you as you swim in the sea. You look up to the sky seeing dusk pull over you, wrapping you in its gentle calm.

The trickling of a water fall that is close dances through your ears and when you close your eyes you can hear birds far off in the distance. Their sweet chirping reminds you of early morning, but you are simply ending your day and falling into nights peaceful sleeping bed.

The water slowly crashes to the shore, back and forth. With every wave you feel the sand beneath your toes winding and weaving.

Laying down on the sand, you let the sea waves climb up to your warm relaxed body, the sea is so warm and inviting. You lay there listening to the trickling water fall, it sounds so melodic and transcends you to another time.

Looking up at the sky slowly getting darker, you see the moon and a couple of stars, they are brilliantly vibrant, clouds surround them, purple and blue clouds next to the dark pink and orange sky.

The clouds begin to move in thicker, you can feel the breeze set in and a few drops fall onto your knee. Then a few more rain drops falls on your face.

The rain is warm, feeling much like the sea you are laying near, the sea that keeps creeping up and down your legs.

The rain is falling and you lay there feeling everything and wishing to be no where else.

You breath deeply, filling your lungs with fresh sea air. It smells like sand and seaweed, the two blend perfectly together, putting all of your senses at ease.

You wrap yourself up in your blanket and let the rain wash down on your face. You are completely comfortable, warm and relaxed.

The sea and the rain are comforting your every breath, you breath in deeply again, smelling the sea breeze and the sand all around you.

The rain begins to calm, and the sun is almost completely set behind the sea in front of you.

You begin your peaceful walk home, taking the long way through the sandy beach.

With every step, your feet sink into the soft sand, feeling like clouds beneath you.

The waves still crashing in the distance, in and out.

The sun still peaking out and lighting your way home.

The waterfall still trickling.

The birds still chirping.

And dusk wrapping you in its gentle calm.

You arrive to your home, in perfect peaceful condition.