What's BPS and why does it matter? Understanding the BSR Rhythm Track names and descriptions

The rhythm tracks in Brain Shift Radio are named and described in what may seem an arcane language, but these names and descriptions can offer you a lot of information on how each track may work for you. In this article I try to explain the process.

BPS = Beats per second: One important aspect of BSR is the tempo of the rhythms. This is represented in beats per second (BPS). We use BPS because brainwave states are expressed in these terms. This makes it easy to translate to the type of effect a rhythm my have. For example, when a rhythm is at 8 BPS, it will entrain (synchronize) the brain to the low end of the alpha state of consciousness.

Brain Shift Radio utilizes rhythms ranging from about 2 to 13 BPS. These pulses are all within the range of human consciousness, which refer to BPS as Hz (hertz. 1 Hz = 1 BPS). Here is a breakdown of the 4 basic levels of human consciousness and how they relate to BPS:

Delta: .1-3 Hz. This is our deep sleep state (stages 3 and 4).
Theta: 4-7 Hz. This is a meditative and REM sleep state where our focus tends to be more internally directed. 
Alpha: 8-12 Hz. This is a relaxed, yet alert state and is also present during REM sleep. 
Beta: 13-30 Hz. This is our normal wakeful state.

As you look at the tempos listed on the tracks, you may notice that many tracks use variable tempos, some with just slight changes and with very precise tempos. This variation in important for us to tailor the stimulation to meet your unique needs, especially in the case of tracks in the Calm, Focus and Brian Boost categories.

Single Versus Multiple Instruments: Rhythms tracks come in many forms. Two of the easiest to distinguish is the difference between single and multiple instruments.

Type of Drum: We use a lot of different types of drums for the rhythm tracks. With the multiple instrument tracks you'll find drums from every corner of the earth. These all work together to give your brain the best workout.

With single drum tracks, you'll see two types of drums represented most often: Gonga and Udu. These two drum types are what we use for our clinical CDs and Programs. These were chosen for their resonant and timbral characteristics. We use them often because we have mountains of data about how the various rhythms we use effect the listener's brain.

Stimulation Levels: Each rhythm track has an associated intensity designation. You can see them in a general way at a glance by their icon. Each category has five intensity level listed, logically enough, 1 through 5. The actual intensity of the rhythm tracks are more granular that simply 1-5 but, this is sufficient for you to get started. As you rate tracks we learn exactly which intensity is working for you from each category.


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