My Latest Project: Cello Music for Meditation
When I play the cello, it is deeply focusing and where I can truly achieve flow (uninhibited state of energy without distraction or disturbance of thoughts). For me it is like meditation. It is pure, emotional and speaks to a deeper part of the being.
I want to share this with you.
Hi, my name is Janice. I am a music producer & a cellist based in Amsterdam. A few years ago, I discovered meditation for the first time. I went to a 10-day Vipassana silent retreat and without exaggeration, this transformed my life. For the first time, I felt truly free, and understood how to break free from the shackles I had placed on myself.
With a busy work and personal life, it’s always hard to simulate the same feeling as what I felt after the silent retreat. However, I’ve discovered that playing the cello for me is the thing that can get me quickly into the meditation-mode. It is pure, emotional and speaks to a deeper part of the being. Not only I have felt so content when my mind is clear, but I have been able to come up with the best ideas, and make sharp decisions when I am in that state of mind.
I want to share this with you.
I’ve decided to create cello soundtracks to help you through your moods, situations and daily life peculiarities. I believe that with my cello music, you too can reach that "flow" in your daily life, whether it be for reading, cooking, writing, working, meditating, yoga, or for therapy/healing such as relief from chronic pain, PTSD, insomnia, break-up, or grief. Although the list is endless, the impact is certain.
The basis of my soundtracks is a deep low tone drone recorded on the lowest string of my electric cello and over the top I improvise sweeping cello melodies with my classical cello. The melodies are composed at 60BPM (beats per minute), which is the best tempo for the heart to relax. The drone stays on the same note the entire time. I believe changing chords disrupts and distracts the mind, whereas the low drone that stays constant can better provide peace and stability.
Each soundtrack is based on one of the emotions of psychologist Plutchik’s wheel of emotions. The soundtrack to video above, titled “Fear” is on the dark green spectrum. I compose each soundtrack according to the emotion I have picked.
LIVE cello with meditation
I am currently looking for opportunities to perform live with a meditation or (slow) yoga class. I bring along my cello, a loop machine where the deep low tone drone is recorded and looped on playback, and over the top I will perform and improvise sweeping cello melodies (with a beautiful reverb effect). To fully immerse yourself and get lost in the music, it is important that I can plug into a sound system, or in the case where one is not available, I will bring my own little speaker set.
Where can I LISTEN/STREAM/DOWNLOAD?
I’m working on a catalogue of soundtracks and I will release them as soon as I can! Subscribe to my YouTube channel in the meantime to make sure you turn on notifications because this will be the first place I release new tracks.
(Watch this space to find out more about downloads on my website and streaming from Spotify).