While visiting the Austrian exhibit at South
by Southwest in Austin, Texas, last year, Headworks co-founder and Honorary
Consul of Austria Gerald Seidl met with inventor and musician Walter
Werzowa. Walter is Austrian born, but
lives in Los Angeles, California, where he immigrated back in the ‘90s to attend
a postgraduate program for motion picture and television scoring at USC.
Among his many accomplishments, he created the
Intel audio signature, one of the most recognizable sound brands in
the world, and worked with Steven Spielberg on the film “Minority Report.” Werzowa started his
own company, MusikVergnuegen, which is German for “enjoyment of
music.” In addition to the Intel
audio mark, Werzowa has written music for other commercials and for more than
two dozen movie trailers, including “Men in Black,” “The Crying
Game,” “Addicted to Love,” “The Flintstones” and the
remake of “Psycho.” From his success with Intel, his firm has
immerged as one of the leaders in creating corporate brand mnemonics, creating
the audio signatures for companies like
T-Mobile, Comedy Central, LG and Samsung.
Researchers at many institutions
have been studying the impact of music on people’s health for many years with
extremely positive results. The American Psychological Association
published an article back in November 2013 entitled “Music as Medicine” citing
numerous studies on the benefits of music in healing. For example, researchers at McGill University
in Montreal found that listening to and playing music increases the body’s
production of the antibody immunoglobulin A and natural killer cells — the
cells that attack invading viruses and boost the immune system’s effectiveness.
Music also reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
So, when Walter and his wife
learned that their son had a rare medical disease, they decided that before they
tried surgical intervention, they would have him listen to music inlaid with
binaural beats and isochronic tones. As stated on the Patient
Empowerment Network for cancer patients and
their caregivers, “physicians saw a drastic improvement in [Walter’s son’s]
condition and began requesting more information from Walter and his wife on how
they accomplished such a feat.
Subsequently, Walter decided to share his knowledge of the healing power of music and created HealthTunes™ in the hopes of assisting others who suffer from complex medical conditions. HealthTunes’ MusicMedicine regulates the autonomic nervous system and accelerates endogenous processes. Binaural beats, which are the result of two slightly different frequencies, create a third signal in the brain. Coupled with music, binaural beats restore and balance a patient’s physiology.
Chronic pain patients recorded 30
percent less pain perception after undergoing music therapy. Chemotherapy is very important in fighting
cancer, but can have unpleasant side effects. HealthTunes music has been shown to relieve
chemotherapy symptoms in patients both during and after undergoing treatment. Therapy for anxiety, depression, stress, as
well as numerous other ailments is offered on the HealthTunes site.
Walter and his wife strive to
lessen the cost of medical care; therefore, the service is free to all
patients. (Donations, however, are accepted and greatly appreciated.) The goal is to allow everyone access to
credible medical research explaining the benefits of the music they listen to.
Thus, HealthTunes provides all users access to medical research from
knowledgeable institutions as well as music therapy all in one place. UCLA Medical Center Nephrology Department and
UCLA Center for East-West Medicine endorse HealthTunes. So does the musician Moby who has an
interesting interview on Vimeo you can watch
here where he explains what is
known about music as a healing modality, and what is still not known.
To use HealthTunes, simply go to the website, sign up, and music therapy is at your fingertips. Therapies can be listened to anytime, anywhere internet access is available and no credit card information is necessary. All therapies were created by music composers with medical research in mind to treat specific ailments. You will read, though, on the HealthTunes website that high quality speakers are required to actually hear the embedded tones, so iPhones and laptops won’t work. The site recommends earbuds or headphones if you don’t have high definition sound speakers.
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