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Brain.fm

Music for the brain to improve focus, meditation & sleep

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Ross Currie
Hunter
This was linked in the daily e-mail that AppSumo sent me today and it seems like a pretty interesting concept. We all know that music can elicit certain moods, and the science behind it apparently has to do with the way that the music triggers certain brain activity. My understanding is the guys behind Brain.fm have taken some research into using music to trigger certain states and have productised it into Brain.fm. The idea that an algorithmically generated piece of music could trigger a state of intense concentration is super fascinating to me!
Adam Hewett
Maker
@rossdcurrie Hey Ross! Thanks for posting this on PH. And I'm glad someone finds all this as interesting as I do. We're about to release a blog where I'll be talking all about how it's done. Can't wait!
Alan Garrec
Listening to focused now - will see how long it lasts.
Adi Goldstein
wooww Amazing project ! Thanks so much for sharing ! I would love to collaborate with you with any way :) www.Adigoldstein.com good luck guys !
Adam Hewett
Maker
@adigold1 Whoa, seriously impressive work. Listening to your tunes as we type. Man, what my younger self would have given for that website... classical guitar though for me :)
Raghavender Rao Jitta
@brainfmadam I have been using this for the past week and I see myself covering a lot more work than usual. Looking forward for more productive hours using Brain.fm. Hence went ahead and bought the lifetime plan. BTW do you have plans to release an ios or android app for this?
Adam Hewett
Maker
@jittarao Hey, thanks! So glad you're liking it. We definitely have iOS and Android plans. It's our highest priority right now. It shouldn't be too difficult. The backend is mostly done :)
Benjamin Earl Evans
@brainfmadam Let's talk UI/UX for your iOS - would love to help you make it happen
Adam Hewett
Maker
@benjamineevans I might just take you up on that! Msg me on Brain.fm or FB or shoot me an email :)
Joel Patrick
@jittarao bought it on appsumo the other day. Been using since. It's good.
Mark Sandeno
@benjamineevans @jittarao Yes. As a new but immediately loyal Brain.fm user I'd love to see a well-designed, performant native version of the app.
Seth
@brainfmadam Hey Adam, any chance we could still get that brain.fm lifetime discount here... i know i am a little late to the game :)
PierreOlivier Carles
I've been using it for a while now and results are amazing, specially for that low price. Good job guys.
Adam Hewett
Maker
@pocarles That's what we like to hear!
Adam Hewett
Maker
Hey everyone! Adam here from Brain.fm. I made the MusicAI-algorithm-thingie that generates all the music on Brain.fm. Aside from that I've been doing brain-oriented stuff around music for around 13 years. Happy to answer any questions! Also we are literally minutes away from releasing our Focus study that we did with Northwestern's Giovanni Santostasi. Spoiler: we beat caffeine. by a lot.
Alan Garrec
@brainfmadam Loving it so far. Very slick! By "personalized brainwave training programs" - does that mean you personalize the music/sounds for each person, and if so how?
Adam Hewett
Maker
@alangarrec @brainfmadam And Brain.fm loves you back! So, here's the short version - email me for more info of course :) That questionnaire you got at the beginning tells a lot about what will work best for you. People are remarkably different. What energizes you may sedate the next guy. From a technical perspective, the MusicAI, as we're calling it, can generate hundreds of original pieces of music autonomously. The only limit is the machine that it's on. So, we are able to rapidly adapt to the data we're getting. And, we learned enough in the initial closed-beta cycle that we can cache a few hundred pieces of music on the server so that new users get that "A-Ha!" moment without having to wait for music to generate. It's a cool process - we're super proud of it. And it'll get soo much better as times goes by. That's the nature of the game here. Speaking of that, a major update is coming soon. Stay tuned ;)
Adam Hewett
Maker
@brainfmadam Well as promised the Focus study is released! Head over to our FB page for some inside information found nowhere else. And now I'm off to work on putting it on our actual website. :)
Lewis Bertolucci
Purchased the Lifetime License as part of the AppSumo Deal the other day. Can't wait until the mobile app is released, but so far I'm a HUGE fan of the service. I sleep better and my focus is much better as well having used the app (vs. Spotify or other sleep noise apps).
Don Miller
@lewis502 I can't wait until the mobile app is released as well, but if you are using iOS you can just click "Add to Home Screen" from the URL in Safari and it will pretty much run like a mobile app.
Adam Hewett
Maker
@lewis502 So great to hear it! :) You know I actually love Spotify haha. But AppSumo made me wonder - see, in our studies on focus we've never used music with lyrics for the sham/placebo. Imagine how much more focused people are feeling in their real-life scenarios. "Normal" music itself is highly distracting... but with lyrics, breaks, b-sides, commercials... I'm thinking Brain.fm came at just the right time :) Thanks again.
Lewis Bertolucci
@brainfmadam yep I'm a big fan too, of Spotify. I usually use the Focus playlists so it doesn't contain lyrics.
Don Miller
I have been using this for the past couple of weeks. My energy is up and I am more focused on my software development when using the intense focus music. Thanks for making this a reality!
Junaid Kalmadi
@donmiller Yay! Glad to hear you're loving it.
Clint Jarvis
Got this the other day as part of the AppSumo deal as well. I'm addicted. One point of feedback - I wish the cycles went longer than 30 minutes. I always seem to snap out of the zone when the music stops and end up having to re-focus. There is probably science behind the sessions only being 30 minutes, but figured I would mention it anyways. Can't wait for the app and keep up the good work!
Junaid Kalmadi
@clinjar Glad to hear you're lovin it! We have time options coming very soon i.e. 1 hour, 2 hours, etc. It's a feature we want ourselves :)
Adam Hewett
Maker
@clinjar Hi Clint! Time options are on my docket today actually. Hope to get to it :) The science does point to shorter sessions. If I recall correctly, 23 minutes is supposed to be the ideal time to sit and relax, but our data points to around 15 minutes given the additional stimulation. But, most meditators like yourself want much more. I've often wondered if the medium itself influenced the amount of time people feel they should meditate. Who wants to buy a CD with only 23 minutes on it, right? But it really is hurting people by giving them such a high barrier to entry. We're hoping to change that. Among other things. haha. Thanks again!
Clint Jarvis
@brainfmadam @clinjar Very interesting. Glad to hear it. Keep up the great work guys. Looking forward to using this for a long time!
Dominic Esposito
Interested to see someone do AI music really well linked to your heart-rate for working out. Seen a few concepts this is the best implementation of AI music I've seen. Nice work!
Adam Hewett
Maker
@domjespo Thanks! I really appreciate that! Yeah I'm pretty proud of it. Beats the hell out of Microsoft's if I do say so myself. ;) What other ones have you looked at? I did a little write up on how MusicAI works last week. Might release it on the blog but I'm debating a complete re-write. I like it, but I'm not known for my writing. :D
Dominic Esposito
@brainfmadam - Thanks for the response. I used to use a lot of the AI generated music that came with some funky video-editing software. They would try to create music to match a scene in the movie based on the content. Nice work!
Vrashabh
Thank you for this.
Junaid Kalmadi
@vrashabh You are very welcome!
Jacob Wisniewski
Started using this due to the AppSumo email, and I think it works great. Whether or not it's an actual effect, or just a placebo, i feel way more focused listening to it
Adam Hewett
Maker
@wisj26 it's true, results are results! But, good news is the focus study being released today will prove it is real. And the best part is you can do the study yourself if you want. We're thinking of putting quick fun little tests in Brain.fm (optional of course), so people can prove it to themselves and also benchmark progress in a very objective way. Thanks for being a member :)
Sam Cambridge
I found that is did weirdly help, it was also pretty intense though and that mixed with the 30 minute time limit (i assume this is a free only feature) it felt like was racing against the clock.
Adam Hewett
Maker
@samcambridge Time options are coming soon. There's also a little loop button next to Skip if you want an hour. It only loops once because it's better to switch it up. The app cycles you through different protocols and intensities, because high intensity for too long actually degrades performance. But the good news is that you can just move on to the next session no problem. The app takes care of everything for you. :)
Tim Flannery
Found it through AppSumo (along with many others it appears), big fan so far. But I hate having another Chrome tab open. Are you planning to supplement the web interface? I'd love to play it through an extension or through my Mac toolbar.
Junaid Kalmadi
@f1annery aw thanks for being a customer! Here's a hack I use: fluidapp.com. It takes any web page and makes into a "mac desktop app".
Tim Flannery
@jkalmadi That's awesome, thanks, never seen that before.
Nathan Sudds
@jkalmadi @f1annery I also love Brain.fm but also didn't like using a Chrome tab, but I found a way to drag the page into the APPS section and make it a Chrome app making it available in the Launcher -- which isn't ideal but it creates a similar experience to Fluidapp that works on Windows too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86Zm7Kd7jAg Basically you just find the "Apps" section in your Start Page -- if you don't have it there for some reason, you may have to disable or enable a New Tab extension to see it.
Lea Marolt
Started using it today, and can already feel an increase in motivation and productivity and I listen to the focus track! Awesome job :D! Wish I was able to snag that AppSumo discount for the lifetime version :'(
Vasyl Slobodian
Just tested Intense Focus mode. Sounds great so far! And by "sounds" I mean its really helping to get into Focus
Nat Eliason
Started using Brain.fm when we featured it on AppSumo, it's really the first "sound for focus / relaxation" that I've used and haven't thought it was BS--I actually notice it working. One thing that would be great is adjustable times. If I could run it on a Pomodoro cycle that would be even better :)
Adam Hewett
Maker
@nateliason I've done a bit of experimentation with that actually! When you have control over the audio, and know fairly precisely what the user will want at what time, you can do some really cool things with these productivity methods. Focus them exactly when they need it most, relaxation when it is needed.. not to mention positive reinforcement. The audio versions of Seth Robert's "Magic Dots" were my favorite By the way, please send my most sincere thanks to you and the whole team there. :)
Stefan Sulistyo
Tested the Focus for Intense Work and it does feel like an improvement definitely
Walter Chen
we introduced this into the office, and now everyone uses it. it's perfect for open floor plan offices where you need to listen to something to be able to block out the noise, but you don't want to listen to distracting music. great stuff @jkalmadi!
Michael Taylor
I love brain.fm. Saved so much time creating useless playlists.
[deleted user]
Would be interested to see how it compares to Muse
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The most advanced AI music composer on the planet

Invented to have the brain of a neuroscientist and the heart of a musician. Our AI (or extended human intelligence) creates all the music in brain.fm.

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