DBFS2020 – Whitney D. Johnson: “Huizkol” (Audio)paper

Huizkol, premiered at Chicago’s Lampo series in February 2020, is an opportunity to engage with our own skepticism and belief in the effects of sound on the body. This audio paper is designed for a walk to and from a location 24.5 minutes from the starting point. The practice of “brainwave entrainment” supposes that exposure to binaural beats of varying speeds can stimulate different types of brain activity. In 49 minutes, Huizkol begins at a resting state and elevates the speed of binaural beats to a highly stimulated rate before returning the listener’s mind to a state of deep rest in the end. 

Specifically, each of the seven 7-minute “updrafts” employs a rate of binaural beating to mimic a different type of brain activity. The first (00:00 to 07:00) and last (42:00 to 49:00) updrafts employ Delta-wave patterns that occur during deep, dreamless sleep. The second (07:00 to 14:00) and sixth (35:00 to 42:00) updrafts employ the Theta-wave rates of REM sleep and deep relaxation. The third (14:00 to 21:00) and fifth (28:00 to 35:00) updrafts employ the Alpha- wave beating pattern of a calm, alert brain. The centerpiece of Huizkol (21:00 to 28:00) invokes highly stimulating Beta waves of active and aroused cognition. 

By choosing a location 24.5 minutes away from the starting point, a participant can engage with the possibility of an energetic climax, making possible a relatively deeper state of relaxation after that stimulus. By engaging with an alternative practice such as brainwave entrainment, participants can contemplate the power of suggestion, the nexus of mind-sensation-body, as well as their own pleasure or discomfort in the possibility that sound might be able to affect the mind in such profound ways.

Listen Huizkol Audio (paper)

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