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  SoundSelf: A New Way to Cope with Confinement Stress – Digital Meditation is About to be Revolutionized
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03/26/2020
 


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While the world waits for a cure to the global medical crisis, one enterprising US startup has created a new immersive experience to help us through isolation. SoundSelf: A Technodelic, developed by Andromeda Entertainment, invites you on a meditative journey guided by your own voice. The experience will be available for PC and Mac (microphone required), and for VR headsets on April 22, 2020.

The SoundSelf application was the subject of a medical study by scientists at the NeuroMeditation Institute in the US, led by its founder Dr. Jeff Tarrant. The app was found to positively affect mood and anxiety, with a summary of the results available here: https://www.enterandromeda.com/ss-science.

Journey to the centre of self

SoundSelf delivers a unique meditative experience in which you create and modify music and visuals by singing and humming. The sounds you make are transformed into relaxing forms and images that help you connect with your “deep self”.

Creator Robin Arnott revealed his vision for SoundSelf in a public TED Talk available here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfd8HtQq67g

Scientific research and studies: effects on mood similar to psychotropic drugs?

Psychologist Dr. Jeff Tarrant, author and founder of the NeuroMeditation Institute, has produced exciting results from early research with a small group of subjects. Using electroencephalography (EEG), the tests showed that SoundSelf can induce brain activity akin to a psychedelic state. The published study, “Can Virtual Reality be Psychedelic? A Comparison of SoundSelf VR with Guided Meditation VR on Quantitative EEG, Altered States, and Mood” includes the following three key takeaways:

  • SoundSelf induces similar EEG patterns in users to those produced by psychedelic substances.
  • After 10 minutes of use, players report feelings of unity consciousness similar to those observed in research with psilocybin. The positive effects of psilocybin have been explored in a separate study by Professor Griffith of Johns Hopkins University, which showed that the active ingredient, found in certain hallucinogenic mushrooms, can help medical patients with depression. According to the study, the controlled use of psilocybin reduces anxiety and improves mood.
  • SoundSelf has been shown to have a positive impact on player mood, causing a significant decrease of negative mood states such as tension and confusion, and a similar increase in positive mood states such as calmness and happiness.

Useful links

SoundSelf will be available on April 22 via Steam for PC, Mac and VR headsets. 

Price: 24.95 €

Video teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuvDa1Q45Qo

Press kit: https://www.enterandromeda.com/ss-presskit

Official website: https://www.enterandromeda.com/titles#4

SoundSelf at the Game Science Center Berlin: https://www.gamesciencecenter.de/-/pf/soundself/?lang=en

 

About Andromeda Entertainment

Founded in January 2019, Andromeda Entertainment is the first publisher to super-serve the growing interest in mindfulness and wellness with transformative and immersive entertainment experiences. Led by Robin Arnott, experimental game designer and consciousness hacker, with co-founders Heather Ray, John McClellan, and Lyle Maxon, Andromeda creates and publishes deep interactive experiences that nourish the mind and body. First out titles include SoundSelf, developed by Andromeda, and Audio Trip developed by Kinemotik Studios, both to be released between 2019 and 2020. Visit us at www.enterandromeda.com. Follow us @enterandromeda on FacebookTwitterYoutube, & Instagram

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