Hack Your Brain with an iPod

Yeah, that’s right. Hack your brain. Not quite to the degree Cory Doctorow promised in 0wnz0red, but definitely interesting. And it doesn’t *have* to be an iPod… any music player with headphones will do. The ipod is just the coolest. :-)

How do you do this? It’s called entrainment. It sounds like mumbo jumbo, and the web page makes it look like mumbo jumbo, but there are some real scientific principles behind it, (here’s their theory page) inasmuch as you can generate definite physiological effects using it that cannot be explained with a placebo effect. What is it? Well, basically, the idea is that you can modify the electrical activity in your brain (the stuff that’s picked up by EEG readings) by hearing sounds that mimic those waves. But since the human hearing range doesn’t extend to that level, instead, you listen to two similar but different sounds, one in each ear, and the resonance between them delivers the effect of the frequency. (I think it works in a manner similar to overtone, the musical technique that occurs when an instrument or voice reaches a special degree of resonance and generates another sound, an octave above the original, and possibly even a third an octave above the second. Each individual among the gyuto monks can sing an entire chord on his own, using overtone)

The upshot of it is, you pump the sound into your brain via your ipod, and you sleep deeply or just relax, feel like you’ve had too much coffee, generate lost time, or even like you’re getting a tooth drilled. And yes, there’s also sexual stimulation, sexual simulation, and LSD simulation

If I had to suggest trying just one for a test, try Too Much Coffee. That was the first one I noticed a definite effect on — within less than a minute, my heart was beating much more rapidly. I use in-canal earphones that block out all the external sounds but make it very easy to hear your heartbeat, so it was pretty obvious. :-)

You can get the generator here and download lots of presets for it, including the ones I linked above, here. You might want something that can do a “download all links on page” like Download Accellerator so you can just grab each category in its entirety. The source files are very small. You can use the software to make wav files out of them, which you can then convert into mp3 or aac for use in your ipod or other audio device of choice, or burn to a CD. Enjoy!

10 thoughts on “Hack Your Brain with an iPod

  1. I can’t be bothered with anything these days, but such is life. I don’t care. So it goes. More or less nothing seems worth thinking about. I’ve just been hanging out waiting for something to happen, but that’s how it is.

  2. Don’t believe this man ! ! He stole me money ! Around 500 US Dollars ! ! He’s gonna make you believe that he’s working for a company ! but it’s totally wrong !
    He will ask you for money by Western Union ! Don’t believe him, He only want your money ! !
    You can believe me ! You can join me by [email protected]
    Don’t Hesitate ! I’ll show you proofs ! !
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    Ne croyez pas cet homme qui veut vous faire croire qu’il vous vendra du matériel à prix trÚs bas ! C’est un menteur et un voleur qui m’a volé prÚs de 400 euros !
    Il veut faire croire qu’il travaille pour une grande société, il m’a scanné de faux documents ressemblants à des vrais ! Il m’a demandé de le payer par le biais de Western Union, puis une fois que l’argent a été perçu, il a inventé des mensonges pour ne pas envoyer le matériel ! surtout ne le croyez pas !
    Vous pouvez me croire, vous pouvez me contacter à l’adresse mail [email protected]
    N’hésitez pas ! Je vous montrerais des preuves !

  3. Don’t believe this man : [email protected] ! ! He stole me money ! Around 500 US Dollars ! ! He’s gonna make you believe that he’s working for a company ! but it’s totally wrong !
    He will ask you for money by Western Union ! Don’t believe him, He only want your money ! !
    You can believe me ! You can join me by [email protected]
    Don’t Hesitate ! I’ll show you proofs ! !
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    .
    .
    Ne croyez pas cet homme qui veut vous faire croire qu’il vous vendra du matériel à prix trÚs bas ! C’est un menteur et un voleur qui m’a volé prÚs de 400 euros !
    Il veut faire croire qu’il travaille pour une grande société, il m’a scanné de faux documents ressemblants à des vrais ! Il m’a demandé de le payer par le biais de Western Union, puis une fois que l’argent a été perçu, il a inventé des mensonges pour ne pas envoyer le matériel ! surtout ne le croyez pas !
    Vous pouvez me croire, vous pouvez me contacter à l’adresse mail [email protected]
    N’hésitez pas ! Je vous montrerais des preuves !

  4. Well, you should have written “I am too dumb to figure it out, so I pretend that “It sounds like mumbo jumbo”. Why don’t you people be honest, for fuck’s sake?

  5. Wow, this software is great, if you know where to get it free (i won’t say where for fear of this comment being deleted) but you can figure it out.
    It got me the best sleep of my life, even without headphones!
    Try it one night, im sure you will see a difference.

    1. You’re not getting the desired effect if you don’t use headphones. Maybe it’s a pleasant sound or something without, but the whole idea is by playing completely different tones in each ear, your temporal lobe changes it’s vibration, and causes your brain to lose it’s sense of time. Then it’ll react in different ways which give you the feelings. The best way to get the effect is use noise cancelling headphones and as you listen, concentrate hard on the waves you hear. If you want to go on a crazy, mind-blowing trip, get blazed first and then do it. It’ll completely blow your mind.

  6. Brainwave entrainment (specifically binaural beats) have really changed my life for the
    better. I use them on almost a daily basis for more energy, motivation, sleeping etc. They
    Have a recording to use for just about everything you can think of.

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