The Making of Sound Mind.

I used brainwave imagery called Mindwave mobile and the visualizer app.  The brainwave reader recorded my brain wave activity. I am creating a loop of sound communication, with these frequencies being received

  • UT – 396 Hz – Liberating Guilt and Fear.
  • RE – 417 Hz – Undoing Situations and Facilitating Change.
  • FA – 639 Hz – Connecting/Relationships.
  • SOL – 741 Hz – Awakening Intuition.
  • LA – 852 Hz – Returning to Spiritual Order.

these are the frequencies being recorded by the brain wave reader BCI:

  • HIGH BETA- waking state – 30 Hz
  • LOW BETA – 14 Hz
  • HIGH ALPHA -mediative -13 Hz
  • LOW ALPHA- 8 Hz
  • THETA – mediative – 4-7 Hz
  • DELTA – Deep Sleep – 1- 3.9 Hz
  • LOW GAMMA- 40Hz
  • HIGH GAMMA- 200Hz

From the neurosky headset recording I nested all small clips I Premier Pro to make one endless stream.

I Edited the footage for Good lighting and skin texture using this technique

Instructions. Duplicate layer, go to video effects, choose Gaussian blur. In effects window click repeat edges, turn up blur. Go to blend mode: choose screen, apply color correction, fast color corrector. This process has created a more elegant flow of the brainwaves but has cut of a lot of the visual activity.

Premiere Pro Quick Guide

Log in and open up Premiere Pro (Purple box “Pr”)

Create “New Project” or open up an existing project.

Name the project and “Browse” to find your external drive/stick/SD card, “Choose” that and “OK” it.

Bottom left “Project” window. Go to “File” drop down menu, go to “Import” find your clips and import them.

Move the mouse over the clips to see what happens in each clip.

Double click on the clip to bring it up in the top left “Source” window.

Look at your clip by either playing in real time or clicking and dragging the play-head.

Mark the “in” and “out” points (using left  { and right } brackets).

Click and drag the clip to the bottom right “Timeline” window.

Repeat till all your clips are on the Timeline, snapping each one to the clip before it.

Play the Timeline (Space bar) and watch it in the top right “Viewer” window.

Transitions (cross dissolve) can be added to the clips, go to the bottom left window and click on the “Effects” tab. Click on the “Video Transitions” drop-down triangle and click on the “Dissolve” drop-down triangle. Click on the “Cross Dissolve” square and drag it into the Timeline, dropping it on the split between two clips on the video line, for a cross dissolve. If you drop it at the start of your first clip it will create a fade in from black and at the end of the last clip creates a fade out to black.

You can adjust the length of the dissolves by clicking on the end of the dissolve box and dragging it longer or shorter. Audio transitions can be done in the same way, except they are “crossfades” and are dropped on the audio line.

Effects can be added to each clip. Double click on a clip and it comes up in the “Source” window, click on the “Effects Controls” tab in that top left-hand window, and the “Effects” for that clip are displayed. Make sure the play-head on the Timeline is in the middle of the clip you are affecting, so you can see what you are doing in the “Viewer”. There are standard video and audio effects already in the window, to add further specific effects, go to the “Effects” tab in the bottom left window and select “Video Effects” drop-down triangle. There is a long list of further drop-down triangles, select the effect you want and double click on it. That effect will now be available in the top “Effects Controls” window with which you can now affect the clip.

Titles/text can be added. Place your play head at the point in the timeline where you want to add a title. Go to the Toolkit, on the left of the Timeline and select the “T” icon. Click in the top right screen and a red rectangle appears. Type what you want. The text appears on the timeline as another clip. Double click on it to bring it up in the Source window and go to the Effects Controls tab. You will have all the control parameters for the text in there (font, size, colour etc). Remember to re-select the Selection (arrow-head) tool!

When you have finished your video, click on the Timeline to highlight it (blue edge), go to “File” drop down menu and “Export”, then across and click on “Media”. This brings up the “Export Settings” box.

In the top right there is the “Format” drop down menu, click on it and select which format you want.

“H.264” is a good all-rounder, it produces a high-quality Mpeg4 file which will play on computers and will upload to the Nets video channels. However, if you are just playing on a computer, using a media player or creating a DVD, then use “Quicktime”.

Three lines further down are “Output Name”, double click on the highlighted name next to it. This allows you to select your external drive/stick/SD card and “Save” it. This puts an empty file in that destination, you then go to the bottom right of the “Export Settings” box and press “Export”.

This exports your video into the created file. Normally the export will take as long as the video,     e.g. a five min video will take 5 mins to export, however, if you have used lots of effects it will take considerably longer so be prepared for that.

Edit the film footage of brainwave activity but edit out all the screen only keeping the waves.

Using after effects, create shape layer (make shapes to mask what isn’t needed using draw tool) parent the shape layer, under effect and present, use soft matt onto shape layer, on matt effect use mocha shape, set blend to sub, on a render type color shape cut out. Effect on brainwave image is vivid light. Create a duplicate layer to make brainwave more prominent. You can still see a visual marker from where the labels of the brain wave frequency was written but it has been impossible to edit this and would require it to be done frame by frame in after effects. I have decided it does not weaken the conceptual value and content of the film. I have attempted to use an effect that blurs the edges so that when the brainwave pattern crosses the missing brainwave line it disappears, this looks very elegant but it does compromise the most important part of the visual.

Please click here for the development of the soundtrack:

Then I added footage and edited file to media cue, export as AVI render, HEVC (H265) 1920 X 1200 to condense.

Playtime is 6.51.14 so had to adjust the clip to match the headset footage.

Placed both films into channels and used opacity to blend both films together.

Mastering Sound Mind in Bang Studios was a very exciting moment, I was extremely fortunate to be able to watch the film on a large cinema screen with 5.1 Dolby Atmos for full testing.

Full video can be seen below: film version 2- Master Film

I had to adjust the screen settings on the TV and also on the Home Theatre System, to achieve a good quality picture.

Published by liannemorgan

BA (Hons), MFA. I use a Multi-Disciplinary approach to create my work in both Music and Art. I use Science, Technology, and other Artists to inspire my process and create my work.

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