On Sound, Consciousness and Spirituality

Sound is unmatched in its wide range of uses and versatility. Ancient and contemporary religions, shamanic societies, mystical and spiritual sects have revered sound to be the ultimate source in the universe, intricately connected to consciousness. 

Since sound appears everywhere, a complete understanding of its power and sophistication makes a multidisciplinary approach essential. In this talk, ethnomusicologist, sound therapist and sound researcher Alexandre Tannous will explain what gives sound its power and what causes the physiological effects on the body and mind. He will also address the importance of an integrated study of sound through acoustics, mathematics, phenomenology, psychology, neuroscience, psychoacoustics, and ethnomusicology, as well as sound's consciousness-altering properties and the ways it can be used therapeutically to heighten self-awareness, disengage from undesirable habitual patterns, and empower positive cognitive change. 

Alexandre will facilitate a short sound meditation prior to the talk.


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About the Speaker:

Alexandre Tannous is as an ethnomusicologist, sound therapist and sound researcher. He has been investigating the therapeutic and esoteric properties of sound from three different perspectives - Western scientific, Eastern philosophical, and shamanic societal beliefs - to gain a deeper understanding of how, and to what extent, sound has been used to affect human consciousness. This search has led him to the intersection of art, science, philosophy and spirituality.

The material he transmits about sound is based on a multidisciplinary research over 14 years: observations he made during his fieldwork in over 40 countries, scientific studies, personal experiences, and data collected from thousands of people he has worked with doing sound therapy. This has led him to a deeper understanding of how sound reveals and unlocks hidden powers we have within us to promote profound inner transformation and healing.