Dark Necessities, new track from the Red Hot Chili Peppers album, The Getaway

The American rock, band Red Hot Chili Peppers, have a new 13-song LP, The Getaway up for release on 17th June. The title track and another called Dark Necessities was released by the band on 5th May and its already climbing the charts high. The previous album by RHCP I’m With You, released in 2011, was met with mostly positive reviews from the critics despite the line-up change.

Dark Necessities, starts off with the ever famous, energetic RHCP-style bass-line and vocals and Flea, as always is kick-ass. The duo, Chad Smith and Flea keeps us grooving while Josh Klinghoffer treats us to many layers of guitars. We can also hear some piano being played in this track while Anthony Keidis maintains his style and unique delivery.

The official track listing:

1. The Getaway
2. Dark Necessities
3. We Turn Red
4. The Longest Wave
5. Goodbye Angels
6. Sick Love
7. Go Robot
8. Feasting on the Flowers
9. Detroit
10. This Ticonderoga
11. Encore
12. The Hunter
13. Dreams of a Samurai


Kun Faya Kun – Brilliant cover by Berklee Indian Ensemble

The students from the Berklee Indian Ensemble have put together this beautiful and mesmerizing cover of the Sufi song Kun Faya Kun (OST Rockstar, 2011) at a A.R. Rahman Tribute concert at Boston Symphony Hall. This song was originally composed by A.R. Rahman and sung by A. R. Rahman, Mohit Chauhan, and Javed Ali.

Kun Fayakun comes from Arabic words Kun(كن) which means to be or to exist and fayakun (فيكون) which means it is. So, the literal translation is Be, and it is. Its a Quranic  verse which symbolizes the power of the creator.

The cover not only reminds us how beautiful the song in itself is but also the fact that music is transcendental and it knows no bounds or limits. Its heart-warming to see people from different nationalities come together and create something so amazing.

As per Berklee Indian Ensemble, they are almost done with their post production work. After they get the necessary permissions from the publishers, they  promise to release the entire concert as an online stream.


Brainwaves and consciousness

About the brain

Our brains are made up about a trillion nerve cells called neurons.. A neuron is an electrically excitable cell that processes and transmits information by electro-chemical signalling. Each of these neurons are connected to up to 10,000 other neurons and a neuron fires typically about 5-50 times every second. When many such neurons fire at once, there occurs a enormous surge in the electrical activities in the brain. The electrical activities, which can be measured by a electroencephalogram (EEG) test, are called brain wave or brain rhythm mostly because of its cyclic, “wave-like” nature. The brain waves are divided in to five categories according to their wavelength; Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma and Theta.

Binaural beats

Binaural beats were originally discovered in 1839 by physicist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. He discovered when signals of two different frequencies are presented separately, one to each ear, your brain detects the phase variation between the frequencies and tries to reconcile that difference.

In doing so, as the two frequencies mesh in and out of phase, your brain creates its own third signal — called a binaural beat — which is equal to the difference between those two frequencies. For example, if a frequency of 100 Hz is presented to your left ear, and a frequency of 105 Hz is presented to your right ear, your brain “hears” a third frequency pulsing at 5 Hz, the exact difference between the two frequencies.

Research has proven that introducing a binaural beat will cause the brain to begin resonating in tune with that beat. By creating a binaural beat at 10 Hz — an Alpha frequency — you can trigger your brain to resonate at that same 10 Hz frequency, automatically inducing brain activity in the Alpha range. This same technique can be used to quickly and easily guide your mind into any state.

When your brain begins to resonate with the binaural beat, or “follow” the beat, this effect is called the Frequency Following Response. This phenomenon was thoroughly researched and tested in 1973 by biophysicist Gerald Oster at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. His research on binaural beats and the Frequency Following Response was published in Scientific American and paved the way for further development in the area of auditory stimulation to enhance brain functioning.

Since that time, binaural beat technology has been endorsed by scores of doctors and scientists around the world. By introducing a precise harmonically layered blend of frequencies to your brain via our audio technology, you can effortlessly achieve powerful states of focused concentration, deep relaxation and more, all while stimulating parts of your brain to work together in synchronization.


Alpha waves (8-15 Hz): The relaxation wave

Alpha waves originate when you are in a state of wakeful relaxation with closed eyes. They occur when you get up in the morning and just before sleep or during meditation. Alpha state is the goal of meditators. It heightens your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration. Alpha brain state reduce stress and depression and can be used for self-hypnosis and mental re-programming.

Beta waves (13-61 Hz): The waking consciousness wave

Beta states are the states associated with normal waking consciousness. Low amplitude beta waves with multiple and varying frequencies are often associated with active, busy, or anxious thinking and active concentration. While Beta brain waves are necessary for all round functioning throughout the day, lack of it can result into can cause mental or emotional disorders such as depression, ADD, and insomnia.

Delta waves (0.1 – 3 Hz): The deep sleep wave

Delta waves are associated with the deep sleep and aid in characterizing the depth of sleep. Along-with many other things deep sleep is essential for any kind of recovery. Delta waves help your body to heal itself and reset all the internal clocks. During the delta state you do not dream and are completely unconscious.

Gamma waves (27 Hz and up): The insight wave

Gamma is associated with the formation of ideas, language and memory processing, and various types of learning. Gamma waves have been shown to disappear during deep sleep, but return with the transition back to a wakeful state.

Theta waves (3 – 8 Hz): The light sleep wave

Your mind’s most deep-seated programs are at Theta and it is where you experience vivid visualizations, great inspiration, profound creativity and exceptional insight. Unlike your other brain waves, the elusive voice of Theta is a silent voice. Theta waves helps you in light sleep and extreme relaxation. After an long time in the Beta state the ratio of potassium to sodium is dis-balanced in our neurons which is the primary cause of what is called “mental fatigue”. A brief period in Theta (about 5 – 15 mins) can restore the ratio to normal resulting in mental refreshment.

Enjoy the brainwave music and make sure to use your headphones.