QuietSpace®
Discover quieter spaces and immerse yourself in soundscapes proven to help you focus, relax and sleep easier.
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"As cities swell one way to make sure that we keep neighbourly love going is to help people find peace and quiet"

"The busier and livelier a city is, the more it needs places of retreat, places where one can get away and be quiet and still."

"This is a simple, safe, non-pharmacological approach to improving sleep, health and wellbeing"

"mindfully observing your environment includes identifying noise. It makes you more aware of your surroundings, gives you a sense of control and lowers stress."

"Because urban noise pollution is difficult to comprehend and tackle doesn’t mean it’s unimportant; places we perceive as 'quiet' (if we measured noise) are seldom so."

“Being mindful of small, everyday pleasures is readily accessible to most people at little cost, it can contribute greatly to our happiness and well-being.”

features

Simple. FREE TO DOWNLOAD urban noise sensing, personalised adaptive masking combined with soundscapes and mindful journeys to help you relax and refocus.


"...One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world."
Buddha

Sense, focus, relax and sleep
QuietSpace measures background urban noise and hum and shows you better places to relax and focus.

sense - helps you find the quietest spaces

And when you've found them? QuietSpace offers unique libraries with infinite natural soundscapes and meditative journeys to help you sleep, relax, refocus and overcome everyday life challenges.

focus - improves your performance and reduces stress
sleep - helps you drift into restorative sleep
wake - empowers you with positive day-ready mantras
life - helps you overcome life's challenges





"...it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence...silence is the power of quiet in a world full of noise."
Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese monk

Find quiet spaces
Below the more obvious higher frequencies such as sirens and speech there's urban noise. The background hum of life around us. It contains a high porportion of lower tones not easily blocked out even with active noise cancelling headphones.


noise masking - QuietSpace creates personalised urban noise masks, blends of sound proven to be even more effective than noise cancellation at combating the effects of low frequency urban noise. You can play personalised noise masks from any QuietSpace library.

health urban noise doesn't have to be loud or obvious to be disturbing and it can increase your heart rate and induce stress even when it appears to be quiet. Your sensitivity is unique, but most of us find it more difficult to focus, relax and sleep when urban noise is louder and contains lower frequencies.


about you QuietSpace uses your phone's microphone and specially designed filters to specifically measure urban noise and important disturbing low frequencies. Sense lets you better understand the impact of urban noise and your personal sensitivity using correlations between preferences and responses. Important information to help you find quiet.
Focus
Focus is a collection of infinite sounds derived from nature (elements, soundscapes and masks) proven to promote calm. It's all you need to focus and relax when you've found your quietest space.

It's easy to personalise your experience and add adaptive masks proven to be even more effective than noise cancellation alone at combating the effects of low frequency urban noise.
enhance overlay and adjust subtle binaural rhythms that synchronise with brainwave patterns associated with focus or relaxation.


personalise individually control sliders to create the most balanced and emersive experience from every soundscape.


tailor use sense to measure urban noise and QueitSpace builds a unique and personalised noise mask to help reduce disturbance.


Sleep, Wake and Life
QuietSpace includes guided meditations and mindfulness journeys carefully designed to help you drift seemlessly into restorative sleep, prepare for the new day and calm your mind.

These libraries are easy and simple to access anytime and you can change the experience to suit you. And of course use sense to add personalised urban noise masking.

companion choose your guide.


perfect soundscapes adjust the sound's structure to create the most balanced emersive experience.


enhance add binaural rhythms that stimulate positive wake-up and refocus or nurture peaceful sleep.



QuietSpace is FREE to download on the App Store so you can find quieter spaces away from urban noise whenever you need.

Sign-up for a subscription and begin a 7-day free trial that gives full access to libraries and soundscapes. You'll need to subscribe to continue to access these but sense remains free to use.

Here's what you get:

sense - discover your quietest space, away from urban noise.

focus - acheive more with personalised pure and infinite natural soundscapes, optional binaural rhythms and noise masks that help you focus and relax, anywhere, anytime.

sleep - relax and meditate with unique journeys and visualisations. All you need to best prepare for truly restorative sleep.

wake - prepare for each new day with positivity through mindful journeys and mantras set within natural backgrounds.

life - overcome common life challenges and better manage stress and pain with meditative journeys and visualisations that relax your body and mind.

science


the power of natural sounds

Because we're hard wired to take more notice of natural sounds (such as water flowing and birdsong) our minds paint vivid pictures with greater realism when we listen to natural soundscapes compared with other sounds. This helps us detach our selves from background urban noise and 'mind-chatter' giving us space to be calm.

Natural sounds and human voices are far more effective than music for helping us to prepare for sleep, focus or relax; they're better for reducing tension and changing our mood too.

So that's why QuietSpace includes natural rhythms, soundscapes and calm companion voices, so that our bodies respond better and our heart rate and the level of stress hormones reduce. All without us even being aware.




STUDIES>

1. Cassandra D et al."Mind-wandering and alterations to default mode network connectivity when listening to naturalistic versus artificial sounds."; March 2017, Nature - Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 45273(2017).
2. F Theunissen & J Elie. "Neural processing of natural sounds."; May 2014, Nature reviews Neuroscience 15(6):355-66.
3. Rieke F, Bodnar D, Bialek W. "Naturalistic stimuli increase the rate and efficiency of information transmission by primary auditory afferents."; Proc Biol Sci. 1995 Dec 22;262(1365):259-65.
4. M. Annerstedt et al. "Inducing physiological stress recovery with sounds of nature in a virtual reality forest — Results from a pilot study."; Physiology & Behavior 118 (2013) 240–250.

  • naturally reduce stress As little as 10 minutes listening to natural sounds and visualisations reduces stress; lowering your heart rate, and the amount of adrenaline and cortisol in your body.



    QuietSpace combines natural soundscapes with gentle brain rhythms to enhance relaxation and focus. You control the intensity of each.

enhancing relaxation

Nerves cells in our brain 'fire' in waves at distinct frequencies depending on what we are doing, how stressed we are and our mood. At any time during the day some areas of our brain will be very 'active' (firing more often - at higher frequencies) and others 'calm' (lower frequencies). As relaxation spreads over our body (and mind) more and more nerves tend to fire at lower frequencies. And when we enter deep sleep, our brain waves are at their lowest frequency (Delta) with every synapse firing in synchrony. This is a vital time for chemical re-balance and recovery.

You can enhance brainwave patterns by using rhythms and beats of the right frequency; listening to 14 - 30 Hz (the same frequency as Beta brain waves - more 'active' synapses) tends to wake you up and stimulate, 13 - 19 Hz rhythm (Alpha waves) can help you relax and sharpen your perception, 4 - 8 Hz (Theta) help you relax further, meditate and lower anxiety, 1 - 3 Hz (Delta) enhances deep sleep.

Studies show that the effectiveness of enhancement is different for everyone so for each QuietSpace journey or soundscape, you can choose the intensity of the enhancing rhythm that works best for you.

You can experience binaural rhythms using QuietSpace with head phones (or monaurally using a speaker). It's easy to test out which type of enhancement works best for you.




STUDIES>

1.L Chaieb, E, Wilpert, T, Reber and J Fell "Auditory beat stimulation and its effects on cognition and mood states."; Frontiers in Psychiatry May 2015 Volume 6 Article 70.
2. U Will & E Berg "Brain wave synchronization and entrainment to periodic acoustic stimuli."; Neuroscience Letters 424 (2007) 55–60
3. S Nozaradan "Exploring how musical rhythm entrains brain activity with electroencephalogram frequency-tagging."; Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 369: 20130393.
4. L Chaieb et al. "The Impact of Monaural Beat Stimulation on Anxiety and Cognition"; Front. Hum. Neurosci. 11:251. doi: 10.3389 2017.00251
5. S Reedijk, A Bolders & B Hommel "The impact of binaural beats on creativity"; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, November 2013, Vol. 7, Article 786
6. R Galambos et al. "A 40Hz Auditory Potential Recorded from the Human Scalp"; Proc. Nati. Acad. Sci. USA Vol. 78, No. 4, pp. 2643-2647, April 1981
  • brainwave rhythms

    Wave patterns that reflect our state of mind, nuerone activity and relaxation.




  • binaural rhythms

    QuietSpace has a feature that plays offset tones in opposite phases to create an effect (binaural beats) known to enhance specific brain rhythms e.g. from Delta for deep sleep, to Beta waves of a stimulated brain. When you listen through headphones you percieve a rhythm even though this rhythm is simply a difference in the tone played between each ear.


  • monaural rhythms

    If you use QuietSpaces with a single speaker the frequencies join together to create a rhythm too.



finding a refuge

The amount of noise around us has increased dramatically and sometimes it's difficult to find sanctuary for sleep, relaxation, meditation and focus, especially in the city.

Noises with higher pitch or frequency are pretty well blocked out by windows, walls and doors, and even if they get through noise cancellation headphones and buds work well. But for lower frequencies (the base beat 'next door', AC, drone and hum of aircraft, industry and trucks) cancellation often doesn't work so well. And due to the shape and size of our rooms noise builds up forming a standing wave or hotspot of intense sound; often near walls, where most of us have our head boards.

This is why we created QuietSpace. It uses the microphone on your phone to detect urban noise, its structure and composition and create soundscapes and rhythms, to best mask the effects.

QuietSpace is designed to help reduce the effects of urban noise whenever you need a a peaceful refuge to work, meditate or sleep.




STUDIES>

1.T Gjestland "Background noise levels in Europe"; SINTEF ICT June 2008.
2. M Nilsson "Soundscape quality in urban open spaces"; Inter-noise 2007 28-31 August 2007
3. M Foraster et al. "High Blood Pressure and Long-Term Exposure to Indoor Noise and Air Pollution from Road Traffic"; Environmental Health Perspectives, volume 122, number 11, November 2014
4. S Ryherd "Acoustic expectations, health effects, and design techniques in the urban environment"; Front. Hum. Neurosci. 11:251. doi: 10.3389 2017.00251
5. H Booi & F van den Berg "Quiet Areas and the Need for Quietness in Amsterdam"; Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012 Apr; 9(4): 1030–1050.
6. WHO "Night Noise Guidelines for Europe"; World Health Organization report 2009
7. K Hume et al. "Effects of environmental noise on sleep"; Noise Health Pages 297-302, Vol 14 Issue:61 2012
8. L Fritschi et al. "Burden of disease from environmental noise"; WHO Regional Office for Europe; Copenhagen, Denmark: 2011
9. G Bluhm et al. "Road traffic noise and annoyance—An increasing environmental health problem"; Noise Health. 2004;6:43–49
10. K Persson Waye et al. "A descriptive cross-sectional study of annoyance from low frequency noise installations in an urban environment."; Noise Health. 2003;5:35–46.
11. Gelfand S "Hearing: An Introduction to Psychological and Physiological Acoustics";Informa Healthcare 2010
12. E Lopez-Poveda "Masking, The Critical Band and Frequency Selectivity"; Noise Health. 2004;6:43–49
13. A DeLoach et al. "Tuning the cognitive environment: Sound masking with ‘natural’ sounds in open-plan offices"; The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 137, 2291 (2015);
14. D Ouis "Exposure to nocturnal road traffic noise: Sleep disturbance its after effects"; Noise Health 1999;1:11-36.


  • pervasive city noise

    A significant part of urban noise is from heavy traffic, planes, trains, industry and amenities within buildings such as aircon, lifts and elevators. It's made up of low tones that pass through walls more easily than other higher frequency sounds. Often creating a low level, persistent disturbing hum.


  • noise masking with QuietSpace

    QuietSpace is sesntivie to urban noise and picks up predominantly the low frequencys within it that forms hot-spots (areas within a space where noise is loudest). It learns about your sensitivity and dynamically adapts the soundscapes it plays to best mask urban noise.



breathe in calm

The power of mindfulness, a core component of yoga and Tai Chi Chuan, has only recently been fully embraced by clinical science. Mindfulness uses the rhythm and sensation of breathing as an anchor, to bring our mind and awareness into the present; setting aside thoughts of the past or imagined future, which are often a source of anxiety, stress and pain.

Studies show that accepting and embracing the present; its sounds, smells and sensations, brings us into a deeply relaxed and focussed state of wellbeing. But it gets better... the more you do it, the more effective it becomes. Mindfulness changes the physiology of your brain.

Every journey in QueitSpace begins with focussed breathing in preparation for visualisations and natural soundscapes.

Infinite soundscapes offered within QuietSpace have inherent natural rhythms too.




STUDIES>

1. M Xiao et al. "The Effect of Diaphragmatic Breathing on Attention, Negative Affect and Stress in Healthy Adults"; Front. Psychol., 06 June 2017
2. S Chandla et al. "Effect of short-term practice of pranayamic breathing exercises on cognition, anxiety, general well being and heart rate variability."; Journal of the Indian Medical Association 01 Oct 2013, 111(10):662-665
3.T Descilo et al. "Effects of a yoga breath intervention alone and in combination with an exposure therapy for post‐traumatic stress disorder and depression in survivors of the 2004 South‐East Asia tsunami"; Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica vol 121, Issue 4 April 2010 Pages 289-300
4. E Brown "Mindfulness Meditation: A mental workout to benefit the brain"; Science News Harvard University April 15th, 2013
5. S McGreevey "Eight weeks to a better brain"; The Harvard Gazette, January 21, 2011
6. P Goldin & J Gross "Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Emotion Regulation in Social Anxiety Disorder"; Emotion. 2010 Feb; 10(1): 83–91.
7. Y Tang et al "The neuroscience of mindfulness meditation."; Nat Rev Neurosci 16(4):213–225.
  • your mindful brain

    Simple 15 minute breathing and meditation exercise each day changes the structure of your brain; reducing the amount of grey matter in the amygdala (the 'stress centre' of your brain - shown in orange) and increasing the size of your hippocampus and cerebellum (where your empathy, sense of self, emotional HQ, and memory lie - shown in green). How amazing you are!





light relaxation

The intensity and colour of light effects our sleep, well being, mood, memory and performance; dim light and (best of all) dark is conducive for sleep and brighter light wakes us up and keeps us focussed. That's one reason why using our phones or tablets near to bedtime can make us feel less tired (on top of the emails, messages and content that stimulates our minds too).

Colour of light can induce feelings; in a wakened state red and yellow arouse our senses and imagination whereas green and blue are calming. But when it comes to our circadian rhythm blue light (the sort that is emitted by tablets, screens, LEDs and phones) supresses melatonin over twice as much as green or red light, delaying sleep.

QuietSpace's libraries have empathetic colours and themes; with darker colours assocaited with sleep and brighter for stimulation and wake-up.




STUDIES>

1. I Knez "Effects of light on nonvisual processes"; Journal of Environmental Psychology Volume 21, Issue 2, June 2001, Pages 201-208
2. K Jacobs & J Suess "Effects of Four Psychological Primary Colors on Anxiety State."; Perceptual and Motor Skills, Volume: 41 issue: 1, page(s): 207-210 August 1, 1975
3. B Plitnick et al. "The effects of red and blue light on alertness and mood at night"; Lighting Research & Technology Volume: 42 issue: 4, page(s): 449-458, March 2, 2010;
4. J Gooley et al. "Exposure to Room Light before Bedtime Suppresses Melatonin Onset and Shortens Melatonin Duration in Humans"; The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 96, Issue 3, 1 March 2011, Pages E463–E472
5. J Duffy & C Czeisler "Effect of Light on Human Circadian Physiology"; Sleep Med Clin. 2009 Jun; 4(2): 165–177.
6. Harvard Medical School "Blue light has a dark side"; Harvard Health Letter, May 2012
7. S Rahman et al "Effects of Filtering Visual Short Wavelengths During Nocturnal Shiftwork on Sleep and Performance"; Chronobiol Int. 2013 Oct; 30(8): 951–962.
8. A Mazaheri & O Jensen "Rhythmic pulsing: linking ongoing brain activity with evoked responses"; Front. Hum. Neurosci., 14 October 2010.
9. T Krakovská & S Štolc "EEG responses to long-term audio–visual stimulation"; International Journal of Psychophysiology Volume 59, Issue 2, February 2006, Pages 81-90
10. T Budzynski "The Clinical Guide to Sound and Light"; Standford PhD literature Review, 2006
  • sleep wake control

    The circadian rhythm. It's controlled by our own master clock, the suprachiasmatic nucleus, "hot-linked" to the retina of our eyes; the brighter the light the greater the pull towards wake-up (e.g. release of adrenaline and cortisol) the darker, the greater the pull towards sleep (release of melatonin), no matter the time of day.





peaceful aroma

Aromatherapy has been used for mental, spiritual and physical healing since the beginning of recorded history; only over the last few decades has science 'caught-up' with studies proving that our mood, anxiety, pain, social behaviour and of course sleepiness is affected by the smells around us.

Most effective are natural oils, extracted from plants and their flowers, then concentrated.

So why not try gentle relaxing aromas while using QuietSpace. Lavender and camomile are great for relaxation.




STUDIES>

1. K Sowndhararajan & S Kim "Influence of Fragrances on Human Psychophysiological Activity: With Special Reference to Human Electroencephalographic Response"; Sci Pharm. 2016; 84(4): 724–752.
2. J Kiecolt-Glaser et al. "Olfactory influences on mood and autonomic, endocrine, and immune function."; Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2008 Apr;33(3):328-39.
3. R Herz "Aromatherapy facts and fictions: A scientific analysis of olfactory effects on mood, physiology and behavior."; Int. J. Neurosci. 2009;119:263–290.
4. F Angelucci et al "Physiological effect of olfactory stimuli inhalation in humans: An overview."; Int. J. Cosmet. Sci. 2014;36:117–123.
5. A KocaKutlu et al "Effects of aroma inhalation on examination anxiety"; Teaching and Learning in Nursing Vol 3, Issue 4, October 2008, Pages 125-130
6. K Mijong & K Yun Jung "Effects of Aroma Inhalation on Blood Pressure, Pulse, Visual Analog Scale, and McNair Scale in Nursing Students Practicing Intravenous Injection at the First Time"; Int. J. Cosmet. Sci. 2014;36:117–123.
7. M Diego et al "Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness and math computations."; Int J Neurosci. 1998 Dec;96(3-4):217-24.
"; 8. T Field "Lavender fragrance cleansing gel effects on relaxation."; Int J Neurosci. 2005 Feb;115(2):207-22.
9. K Hirokawa et al "Effects of Lavender Aroma on Sleep Quality in Healthy Japanese Students"; Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2012, 114, 1, 111-122.
  • sleep better, wake refreshed

    Lavender and camomile not only relax your mind, enhancing both Delta and Theta waves (as seen in EEG studies), but also reduce anxiety, lower heart rate and blood pressure too. Lavender helps you reach a deeper sleep that helps your body and mind better recover. And when you wake you feel more invigorated and less sleepy ready for your next new day.





"...the route to peace is in your mind. You do not have to go anywhere else to find it. It is inside of you; just like a ripe mango is already in a young green fruit."
from Ajahn Chah, Thai Buddhist Monk.

Your mindful companion
mango is our working-title for a simple peice of technology we're developing that synchronises with QuietSpace to further enhance calm through masking urban noise.

mango will be entirely new and natural tech, we envisage that it could sit on your desk or by your bedside, diminishing the effects of low-level background hum the drone of urban noise.


sleep - peacefully

urban noise masking & natural journeys

wake - calm

day-ready meditation and mantras

life - simple

natural space & refuge

“Life is a river flowing very fast. So great and swift that there are those who will be afraid; they will try to hold onto the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. But know the river has its own destination. you must let go of the shore, keep your eyes open, your head above the water, embrace those who are with you and celebrate.“
from Oriabi, Arizona Hopi Nation.

HELLO! We're blossom - a group of super optimists, passionate about empowering everyone to make life better. We believe technology and nature should work together to enable better living. That everyone of us deserves better control over happiness and wellbeing. Our mantra is that life shouldn't be complicated, and simple things bring all of us toward a more peaceful and fulfilled life.

We design technology with real purpose and long-term value, based on proven science.

We build with least environmental impact, believing in a responsibility of care for us and our children.

We believe that happiness and contentment make us more creative, productive and fulfilled.

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