The utilization of specific sounds to affect human health and human bio-energy (Qi) systems has been a part of the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine for over 3,000 years. According to theories of healing sounds practice, certain sounds (vibrations) correspond to specific organs, glands, and energy channels of the body and mind.
Throughout Chinese history, renowned healers have applied the five musical tones associated with the Five Elements and their associated five internal organs to treat illness and maintain good health. The theory of the Five Elements describes the arrangement of all aspects of the phenomenological world into the categories (elements) of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. This system of correspondences is fundamental to traditional Chinese medical thought and practice.
(For further reading, please see: Between Heaven & Earth by Beinfield and Korngold, Staying Healthy with the Seasons by Elson Haas, M.D., and Six Healing Sounds: Taoist Techniques for Balancing Chi by Mantak Chia.)
Leading members of the neuroscience community have recently discovered that intentionally created sounds have specific beneficial effects in the brain and the body.
This merging of ancient wisdom and contemporary science is the basis for this musical composition. Its purpose is to not only provide a delightful musical experience but also to enhance health, facilitate the smooth flow of bio-energy through body and mind, relieve stress, and contribute to a general sense of well-being and relaxation.
World-renowned, award-winning composer Yuval Ron has utilized the ancient Chinese tonal assignments of the Five Elements in the creation of this beautiful composition. In addition, this composition is informed by the most currently accepted theories in neuroscience on the effects of sound vibrations on the brain and consciousness. This music also incorporates musical therapy research and practice relating to the impact of musical modes on the brain and the sense of well-being.
Included in each track are two vital additional healing elements. You will hear Dr. Richard Gold chanting the specific healing sounds for each element. These healing sounds come from the ancient Chinese Qi Gong practice and are designed to facilitate healthy vibrations and energy flows of the internal organs. In addition, affirmations derived from Chinese medical theory are also embedded into each track. These affirmations are not heard by the conscious mind, but are “heard” by the brain (sub-conscious mind) of the listener.
Produced by Yuval Ron and Richard Gold, All music composed by Yuval Ron
(Except for the track “Water,” composed by Yuval Ron and William Stanbro)
Track 1: Metal
Associated Organ: Lungs
Musical Tonic: D
Featured Instrument: Glass harmonica
Healing Sound: "SSSSSSSSSSSS." (Produced with a long slow exhalation while the tongue is placed behind closed teeth.)
Affirmations: You are just; You are deliberate; You are assertive.
Track 2: Water
Associated Organ: Kidney
Musical Tonic: A
Featured Instrument: Guzhang (Chinese zither)
Healing Sound: "WOOOOOOOO." (Produced with a long, slow exhalation while forming an "O" with the lips, as if preparing to blow out a candle.)
Affirmations: You are resolute; You are courageous; You are graceful.
Track 3: Wood
Associated Organ: Liver
Musical Tonic: E
Featured Instrument: Classical guitar
Healing Sound: "SHHHHHHHHHH." (Produced with a long, slow exhalation while placing the tongue along the upper palate.)
Affirmations: You are kind; You are benevolent; You are authentic.
Track 4: Fire
Associated Organ: Heart & Pericardium
Musical Tonic: G
Featured Instrument: Bamboo flute
Healing Sound: "HAWWWWWWWW." (Produced with a deep and slow exhaling breath while the mouth is wide open.)
Affirmations: You are appropriate; You are responsible; You are loving.
Track 5: Earth Associated Organ: Spleen & Pancreas
Musical Tonic: C Featured Instruments: Bass, didgeridoo, oud
Healing Sound: "WHOOOOOOOO." (Produced with a long, slow exhalation, while placing the tongue near the upper palate, producing an owl-like sound from the throat.)
Affirmations: You are sincere; You are faithful; You are loyal.
Track 6: Integrative Fire – Triple Warmer
Associated Organ: An integrative energy that affects metabolism and water balance in the body.
Musical Tonic: G
Featured Instruments: Guzhang (Chinese zither), glass harmonica, classical guitar, bamboo flute, bass, didgeridoo.
Healing Sound: "HEEEEEEEE." (Produced with a slow exhaling breath while the mouth is wide open.) Affirmations: You are appropriate; You are responsible; You are loving.
Guitar: Adam Del Monte
Bamboo flute: Zhiming Han Guzheng
Harp: Cynthia Hsiang
Glass harmonica: Brien Engel
Didgeridoo: Andjru Werderitsch
Bass: Miles Jay
Oud: Yuval Ron
Keyboards, sound design, and programming: Yuval Ron and William Stanbro
Vocal healing sounds of the Earth Element, Qi Gong breathing, and affirmations: Dr. Richard Gold
Music preparation and sound editing: Jessica Jefferson Recorded and mixed at Yuval Ron Music Studios, Studio City, CA 91604, USA Didgeridoo recorded at The Soul Mine, Grass Valley, CA
Zhiming Han is a Chinese bamboo flute virtuoso. Born in Shanghai, China, Mr. Han received his MA in music composition from UCLA. He is also the winner of Henry Mancini Award for film composition. His performance credits include CD albums “Celestial Echo”, “Morning in the Forest”, and concerts in China, Europe, and the U.S., including concerts with San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and recording for Disney’s Mulan II. His solo performances at Los Angeles Music Center were telecast by PBS, and regarded as “definitely a high ranker” and “Topping out of applause here... Fantastic!” by KCET. He has worked with Oscar-winning Hollywood composers such as James Horner and John Williams in movie soundtracks. His solo performance is featured in Jackie Chan’s movies and in the video game “Jade Empire”. As a composer, his compositions for yangqin have become standard repertory in China. His works include film scoring for Chinese television series and composing for Taiwan’s Taipei Chinese Orchestra. He is the president of Eastwest Entertainment and Productions. He is also a voting member for the Grammy Awards. In 2008, “Melodies of China,” which he produced and recorded, was the winner in a surround and DSD stereo competition in China.
Brien Engel is part of an exciting new community helping to revive and promote the enchanting art of glass music. His glass harp is comprised of goblets and snifters of various sizes, which he plays by carefully rubbing their rims with moistened fingers. He taught himself to play his first set in 1993, built during a summer trip to Olympia, WA. His current instrument features 50 glasses, one of the largest in the world. While the glasses are his main musical focus, Brien has studied guitar for most of his life, and in recent years has discovered a love of mbira music of Zimbabwe. He has also composed original musical scores for puppet shows, live theatre, and film documentaries.
Miles Jay's musical foundation in jazz and classical music, combined with his extensive performance experience in the musical traditions of the Middle East, have made him one of the most uniquely qualified double bassists in the world music scene today. At age 26, his performance experience has taken him around the world, from Cairo to Oslo, Dubai to Dakar, Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center. These performance credits include Youssou N'Dour, Fathy Salama, Naser Shama (Iraq), the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Ross Daly (Greece), Trygve Seim (Norway), Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and 'Weird' Al Yankovic.
Andjru Werderitsch is an acclaimed professional didgeridoo player who uses breath and sound for healing and education. He recorded and performed with the RaRa Avis, Craig Kohland and Shamans Dream, Shannon Terry and The Open Door Orchestra, Suzanne Teng and Mystic Journey, and Jacqueline Fuentes. Andjru is also a music and dance educator. He is committed to inspiring youth and adults to connect to music and movement.
Adam Del Monte is one of the leading flamenco and classical guitarists/composers of his time, and is the first prize winner of the International Stotsenberg Classical Guitar Competition 1997. Parallel to his classical guitar studies, del Monte lived and studied with the gypsies of Sacromonte in Granada, Spain. It was in Granada and later in Madrid where he absorbed the art of flamenco, learning and performing with the true maestros of Spain: Pepe "Habichuela," Paco Cortez, and Gerardo Nunez, to name a few. He performed with singers such as Enrique Morente in the Teatro Real, Madrid; Teatro Manuel de Falla in Granada; and singer Lole Montoya on several occasions and most recently on Spanish television. He has performed for the last 20 years in Spain, England, France, Switzerland, Israel, Brazil, and the US. Some of the venues where he performed include: The Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, John Anson Ford Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Jordan Hall - Boston, Guitar Foundation of America guitar festivals in the US in the years '96, '97, and '99, in the prestigious court of Conde Duque in Madrid, and numerous concerts in guitar festivals around the world. Adam has collaborated with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Radio Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Budapest Radio Symphony, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Cynthia Hsiang is a renowned Guzheng soloist who has performed with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. Her playing may be heard on the soundtracks for Jackie Chan’s movies, the video game “Jade Empire”, online game “World of Warcraft”, and her two CD albums, “Nocturne in Autumn Palace”, and “High Mountain and Flowing Water”. PBS broadcast her performance at Los Angeles Music Center nationwide. Her compositions for guzheng, performed by musicians worldwide, were selected in the grade examination repertoire. She currently teaches at Pasadena City College.
Dr. Richard Gold is a psychologist and a teacher, practitioner, writer, researcher, and life-long student of the Asian Healing Arts, including acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Qi Gong, T’ai Chi, shiatsu and traditional Thai bodywork. He is a 1972 graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in World Religions and a minor in pre-medicine. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1978. Dr. Gold has pursued advanced studies in China (1981), Japan (1986), and Thailand (1988, 1989, 1992). Dr. Gold was one of four founders of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a nationally accredited college of traditional Chinese medicine with campuses in San Diego, New York City, and Chicago. He served on the board and faculty of Pacific College for many years. Dr. Gold was first introduced to meditation in 1970 during a month-long Theravada Buddhist retreat and has pursued mental mindfulness and meditative awareness over the past 40+ years. In recent years, Dr. Gold has studied neuroscience and the evolving scientific understanding of the effects of sound and meditation on brain function. Dr. Gold is the author of the book, Thai Massage: A Traditional Medical Technique, first published in 1998 and is now in its second edition, published by Mosby Press.
Yuval Ron is a world-renowned musician, composer, educator, peace activist, and record producer. Among his many honors, he composed the music for the Oscar-winning film, West Bank Story, was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama, and has collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan, master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Zen Buddhist priest and visual artist Hirokazu Kosaka, choreographers Daniel Ezralow and Oguri and neuroscientists Mark Robert Waldman and Andrew Goodman. He was awarded the Los Angeles Treasures Award and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, California Council for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is a noted lecturer and has been invited to speak at numerous schools including: Yale, John Hopkins University, UCLA, MIT, Berklee College of Music, University of Chicago, and many others. Yuval has been on the faculty of Esalen Institute, is an affiliated artist with the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, and a “Guiding Voice” for Seven Pillars – House of Wisdom. To listen to the music of Yuval Ron and to find more information about his recordings, books, talks, master-classes, workshops and concerts, please visit: http://www.yuvalronmusic.com.