Video Lectures

A Talk About Gnosis: its philosophy, nature, origins, and value with The Assemblage

On Sound, Consciousness and Spirituality: A Talk at The Assemblage NYC on Dec. 4, 2017

Sound Meditation - East Meets West Medicine Fest 2016

Theory of Sound Therapy and Practice.

New York Times's Well - Wealth Live Video

Alexandre Tannous - Exploring Sound.

A presentation at The National Arts Club, NYC | April, 2015

Humans have been drawn to music since the beginning of time. Ancient and contemporary religions, shamanic societies, mystical and spiritual sects have revered sound to be the ultimate source in the universe and intricately connected to consciousness.

Musical Mathematical Ratios and the Engineering of Consciousness

Free Your Mind features top-caliber whistle-blowers and researchers from across the country who will shed light upon our world’s problems and bring forward empowering solutions.

TEDxBrooklyn: Sound Meditation, A Holistic Model to Sound Therapy

The Fourth Annual TEDxBrooklyn: “EVERYONE ONLY” event took place on December 6, 2013 at Brooklyn Bowl. The talk was about Alexandre’s research on sound; specifically on the protocol that he has designed.

Sound (De)Mystifyied, The National Arts Club

We experience much of the world through our ears and auditory system, which sense and translate the vibrations around us into the sounds we hear. Although we are immersed in sound nearly every moment, like a fish that is unaware of the water, we are barely aware of the miracles at work.

Sound’s impact on human culture extends far beyond speech and music. The ancients revered sound as the ultimate source in the universe, and recognized its intricate connection to consciousness. And shamanic societies used sound to perform healing ceremonies at a level that is still beyond our understanding.

BMW/Guggenheim LAB

Lab Programs: Alexandre Tannous at the Sound Sweep

Composer, musician, and ethnomusicologist Alexandre Tannous discusses the culture and science of sound and leads Lab participants in an interactive exercise to demonstrate the power of sound.

Instructional Videos

Himalayan Singing Bowls Playing Technique

Alexandre demonstrates some basic Himalayan singing bowl playing techniques.

Gong Playing Techniques

Alexandre demonstrates some basic gong playing techniques with various mallets.

Ethos—An important Concept in Music and in Sound Therapy

Alexandre explains a very important concept in sound therapy and in music.

Analysis Videos

Forming Formants

A video discussing formants, what they are and how they relate to speech, music and how we interact with the world.

Deep Listening - Tanpura

A listening exercise highlighting the Tanpura, a drone instrument with rich acoustic detail.

What are harmonics?

A video explaining harmonics, the harmonic series and how these phenomenon relate to music.

Understanding the distinction between overtones & harmonics

Introduction to Noise Colors

This video explores the many colors of noise available, how they are used and the latest research into their effects.

Equal Temperament Vs Just Intonation

This video explores the history of equal temperament and its disassociation with the natural harmonies produced by the harmonic series.

3:2 Rhythm into Harmony

Mathematics underlies our systems of music as well as many natural phenomenon in the world. This video shows how the ratio of a perfect fifth can be expressed rhythmically and as a harmony in the same example.

Singing Bowl Harmonics

Gain insight into the subtle vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls. This video isolates the harmonics of a singing bowl, giving a unique listening perspective and a deeper understanding of how bowls sound.

Gongs High Frequency Listening

The gong is a beautiful, powerful and complex instrument. This video sheds light on some of its acoustic properties.

Shruti Box - Listening In Detail

Explore the sound of a shruti box, isolating frequencies to better understand the characteristics of this powerful instrument.

Upper Thresholds of Hearing

In this video we explore the upper ranges of human hearing. Use this video, with its visual accompaniment, to test and explore your listening abilities.

Lower Thresholds of Hearing

In this video we explore the lowest ranges of human hearing. Use this video, with its visual accompaniment, to test and explore your listening abilities.

Overtone Singing - Five Techniques

Visualization of five techniques of throat singing.

34 Inch Symphonic Gong - Mallet Sample

Visualization of a Paiste symphonic gong being struck with a soft mallet. Tone clusters are isolated.

34 Inch Symphonic Gong - High Dynamic Example

Visualization of a Paiste Symphonic Gong played at high volume. Tone clusters are isolated.

34 Inch Symphonic Gong - Compression Mallet Sample

Visualization of a Paiste Symphonic Gong played with compression mallets. Tone clusters are isolated.

Gnawa - Kerkatou Burning Rhythm

Gnawa is a traditional style of music used in healing ceremonies that is native to North Africa. This music is typified by complex polyrhythmic playing of the Qraqeb, the large metallic castanet heard here.

This video reveals a high tempo version of the Kerkatou rhythm. We roll up through the spectral range, revealing complex polyrhythms and how they interlock to create a greater sense of rhythm.

Gnawa Mharres Rhythm - Medium Speed

This video explores a medium tempo version of the Mharres rhythm. Different spectral bands are soloed, highlighting pitch and how the Qraqeb can be used to create melodies and unique resonances.

Gnawa Mharres Rhythm - Slow Speed

This video explores a slow version of the Mharres rhythm, allowing the listener to hear the nuance of play.

Gnawa - Qraqeb Click

This video explores a single click of the Qraqeb. We hear the sound in full and then overtones of the instrument are isolated.

Miscellaneous Videos

The SoundMind Collective's Launch Day Event

A special day of discussions, meditations, performances and more celebrating The SoundMind Collective - a group dedicated to the preservation of inner resonance.

Harmonic Sound — Burning Man 2017

Debunking God's Chorus of Crickets

Thrive Global Tries Sound Meditation