The use of sound to create an environment for relaxation and wellness is a concept that’s been around for a long time. These days it’s common for many to invest in technology like soundproofing, white noise machines, and powerful sound systems for an immersive experience.
More recently, the use of soundscapes has become popular for enhancing concentration, helping us fall asleep faster, or just as a form of temporary escape – all of which are particularly important for mental wellness during a pandemic where we’re stuck at home. Studios like local company GRYD specialise in constructing such soundscapes by recording specific environmental sounds and then layering them on top of each other.
“It’s similar to looking for a spot to take a photograph, but we’re taking an audio picture instead,” says Yen Yu Ting, the co-founder and Director of Sound at GRYD.Often, these are constructed to evoke a particular emotion or state of mind, much like a music track. We speak with him to find out more about how soundscapes enhance our wellness.