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“A sonic wonderland that gets you into the moment.”
Created by Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart and tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, this course offers mind-bending meditative sessions designed to bring you into the infinite now — that magical moment where you naturally experience love, peace, and clarity.
Music for Deep Relaxation & Reawakening
“A drone is a sonic miniature of the workings of the entire universe. They are complex sonic architecture.”
Each track mixes musical techniques old and new: traditional musical instruments such as the tabla, digitized rhythms of natural phenomena, sounds from Mickey’s extensive collection of global recordings, and underlying and weaving through it all: brain-entraining drones played on the Beams, a form of Pythagorean Monochord at various octaves.
Artwork for Traveling to Another
Plane of Existence
“These visual representations from my sonic-driven world are snapshots into the music I am making. Painting feeds the music, and music feeds the painting.”
The course artwork was literally drummed and vibrated into existence in Mickey's personal studio and then animated to pulse and flow with the music. The result is a mesmerizing experience akin to flying over alien landscapes or getting lost in the organic patterns of water, wood, and weather.
“We need tools for self-exploration. The drone allows us to rediscover our lighter, softer side in an often hostile world. It promotes happiness, compassion, and generates love. Drones are a uniting force, enhancing the health of body and soul.”
Music has a profound impact on the brain, and thus is also a profound method for healing. This course is not only intended to bring you into the present, but also as sonic medicine. You connect with the sound, and it releases you from the before and the after, which is where stress resides.
Physically you begin to feel your pulse, your brainwaves entrain to the rhythms, and you become a different organism than you were before you heard the sound. From this point, you can engage more fully in life. You get to dance a different dance.
Mickey Hart is best known as a drummer in the Grateful Dead, which for three decades channeled the voices and visions of rock’s psychedelic counterculture and blended them with folk, blues, country, jazz, and other American music streams. On the strength of that work, Hart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and named to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time.
In addition to his Dead-related work, Hart has a longstanding musical mission: to break the rhythm code of the universe and probe its deepest vibrations. That effort, which began in earnest in the 1970s with the Diga Rhythm Band, produced Planet Drum (1991) and Global Drum Project (2008), both of which received Grammys in the World Music category.
Propelled by an explorer’s restless curiosity, Hart’s groundbreaking recordings point beyond conventional notions of music and culture. As part of his ongoing research, Hart has recorded vibrations from the Golden Gate Bridge, which he describes as a giant wind harp, and collected data from stem cells, heartbeats, and brainwaves to produce compositions. His work with Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a leading neuroscientist, seeks to identify rhythms that can stimulate different parts of diseased and damaged brains, leading to new and innovative approaches to healing. As far back as 1990, Hart testified about rhythm and music therapy before the Senate Subcommittee on Aging. For all its variety, his life’s work can be summed up simply: Having found rhythm everywhere and in everything, he invites us to share its inexhaustible vitality.
Zakir Hussain is a tabla virtuoso and is considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement. Hussain made his American debut performing with Ravi Shankar at the Fillmore East in New York City. While in New York, he met guitarist John McLaughlin, and their friendship led to the formation of Shakti, a musical group that also included Indian violinist L. Shankar. Over the years, Hussain has accompanied some of the greatest Indian musicians and collaborated with such diverse performers as the London String Quartet and Van Morrison.
His 1992 album with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Planet Drum, earned a Grammy Award and the Downbeat Critics Poll for best world beat album. He has also contributed to the soundtracks of several films and in 2017 was honored with SF Jazz’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his “unparalleled contribution to the world of music.”
Daily Listening Sessions
Each daily audio-video session is 15 minutes long. Press play, relax, and let yourself dissolve.