N.O.W. uses special sounds to extend an experience of oneness to its listeners. When viewed by the eyes, or held in the hands, N.O.W. appears to be two separate physical forms. Yet when heard by the ears, N.O.W.’s “New Origin Waveform” tones combine and interplay in the moment, (each moment never the same) to produce a sensation of one, unified experience.
Experiencing unity, in the face of apparent separation (as presented by the eyes and hands) is a transcendent moment, and one that is healing. Transcendence of separation is the ultimate purpose of N.O.W. –– though the benefits separation healing are first noticed as an increase in trust and a lessening of past regret and future anxiety.
N.O.W. extends itself to the listener though several key aspects ––
- A Harmonic Standard Tuning
- Just intonated pitch intervals
- Unison, octave and perfect 5th intervals
- Low frequency brainwave entrainment signals
- Embedded Stillness
- Pure sine wave tones
- Dual-asynchronous New Origin Waveforms
- 3 minute life cycle of: formless / form / formlessness
Harmonic Standard Tuning –– N.O.W. is not tuned to “normal” standard of A440 (which has no foundational basis). N.O.W’s. tuning is based on the reality of Oneness, expressed in sound through the naturally-occurring harmonic series of unison, octave and perfect fifth intervals. Proceeding from “1” (by way of Octave transposition) this creates a tuning of C256 and places A at 432 vibrations per second. Tonal sequences tuned to a reference of C256 / A432 have a more relaxed, open, spacious, peaceful quality than the same tonal sequences tuned to A440.
Just intonated pitch intervals –– N.O.W. does not use “equal temperament” tuning as employed in a piano keyboard. Equal temperament is a type of tuning that places most notes of the scale slightly out of tune in order to facilitate modulation from key signature to key signature. Instead, N.O.W. uses “just intonation” –– the exact mathematical ratios of the naturally occurring harmonic series (a “Phythagorian” tuning). Rather than create the slightly out-of-tune experience of equal temperament, just intonation produces a feeling-state of repose, and, most importantly –– Truth.
Unison, Octave and Perfect Fifth intervals –– N.O.W.’s uses a simplified interval set and is not fully chromatic (like a piano keyboard). With its emphasis on Unison, Octave and Perfect Fifth intervals N.O.W. reduces complexity and dissonance and brings an emphasis to Oneness (via the unison interval), infinite replication of Oneness or “consciousness observing itself” (via the octave interval) and “differentiation into form” (as manifested by the Perfect Fifth, the first “differentiated” interval of the harmonic series). Hearing tone sequences based primarily on unison, octave and perfect fifths tends to reinforce the subjective qualities of: Oneness, infinite/eternal extension and subsequent manifestation into a multitude of forms. When the listener hears perfectly tuned intervals of unison, octave and perfect fifth, the listener is experiencing the truth of the harmonic series. This makes N.O.W. a powerful purveyor of Truth in a world beset by lies.
Low Frequency Brainwave Entrainment Signals –– When listening to N.O.W. the user will be aware of a gentle pulsing. The tones continually produce amplitude (volume) variations. These low frequency pulsations occur in frequency ranges that have been shown to be correlated to cognitive states of relaxed, open monitoring meditation and deep relaxation. N.O.W. provides the “driving frequencies” to which the brain sympathetically responds by creating its own Alpha and Theta brainwave activity –– hallmarks of a meditative state.
Embedded Stillness –– N.O.W. co developer Michael Joly’s work has been deeply informed by two highly recognized and important spiritual texts, The Power of NOW by Eckhart Tolle and the Stephen Mitchell translation of the Tao Te Ching by Lau Tzu. The power of these texts arise from their source in what has been called the “Perennial Curriculum” –– knowledge beyond form that resides in the unmanifested formlessness of stillness. The Power of NOW and the Tao Te Ching resonate with readers who’s own personal stillness has awakened to such a degree that a resonant condition exists between their own personal stillness, and the stillness embedded in the classic spiritual works.
The New Origin Waveform tone sequences heard when N.O.W. plays were improvised and performed on analog sine wave generators by Michael Joly while he was in a “no-thought, aware of being aware” state of mind. The tone sequences are a physical manifestation in sound, of relaxed, open awareness free from thought. As such, when the tone sequences are heard by listeners, their own internal stillness recognizes the stillness embedded in the tone sequences and a corresponding awareness of being aware arises in them.
Pure Sine Wave Tones –– N.O.W.s analog pure sine tone generators create sounds of harmonic simplicity so that they can be combined, at random (each and every time N.O.W. is played) without the dissonance that would arise if more harmonically complex tonal material was used (such as produced by a piano). The use of pure sine wave tones was an inspiration that led to another of N.O.W. key elements …
Dual Asynchronous New Origin Waveforms –– Every time N.O.W.’s two, physically separate speakers play, they produce, in combination, a new sonic moment. Each N.O.W. speaker contains a large number of pure sine wave tone sequences. During playback, each N.O.W. speaker operates independently in such a way as to cause a new, spontaneous tone sequence to be automatically composed, in the moment. We like to say that N.O.W. makes the present moment friendly, familiar and novel. Friendly and familiar because the simplicity of pure sine wave tones and limited pitch intervals is similar from day to day, but novel because these simple tonal materials are always being presented as new tonal sequences never before heard. N.O.W. provides a sensation of a new beginning, a new origin, through the uses of pure sine waveforms –– thus New Origin Waveforms, or N.O.W.
3 minute life cycle of: formless / form / formlessness –– When the user starts a N.O.W. session nothing happens, intentionally, for 3 seconds. The N.O.W. session begins with the user’s conscious intention to start N.O.W. by pressing “ON” and further, to listen attentively. The silent gap that follows pressing the “ON” button is a moment in which the listener experiences the stillness of formlessness. This is good time to take an initial cleansing or centering breath and just be aware of formless stillness. After 3 seconds the New Original Waveform tones start to play and continuously evolve from moment to moment throughout their 3 minute duration. At the end of the N.O.W. 3 minute session, a gradual fade into nothingness is heard again. This is a rather remarkable moment. The listener, who previously was focused on listening to the tones is now left in a state of “being aware of being aware”. The listener has transcended using N.O.W. as a present-moment focusing aid to simply allowing their own consciousness to be aware of the totality of the observable world around them. We like to say this is a “portable experience” –– the N.O.W. user can get up, move through their day and remember to “be aware of being aware” more frequently as a result of the “instruction” provided by N.O.W.