Sound designer and composer Simon Pyke teamed up with School of Life and art collective Universal Everything to present a new album that harnesses the power of music in the service of recovery from trauma. Universal Everything contributed with minimalist visuals depicting different mental states to accompany the music on the School of Life app. Each video features minimal graphic dots choreographed into living, thinking performances.
In nine movements, these extraordinary musical pieces carry the listener on a representative journey from psychological distress to understanding, liberation and healing. Each movement has a specific purpose: to evoke and contemplate a particular emotion or mental state. These stages are crucial on our journey toward healing, encompassing feelings of despair, love, introspection, and understanding. While some stages may be painful, they are necessary to process our hurt and begin the recovery process fully. Other stages represent blessings we can enjoy once we have processed our pain.
The music is gentle and calming, providing a unique source of comfort. We can give it full attention or allow it to play in the background while we go about our daily lives. It perfectly complements our thoughts, helping to quiet the constant noise in our minds and enabling us to hear better what our thoughts are trying to convey. Whether lying in bed, taking a bath, walking, or simply sitting quietly, the music offers a peaceful escape that allows us to process and heal.