What is Sonic Science?

In creating the best sounds to wake our sleeping brains, we looked to a new kind of music informed by science.

We partnered with a Sonic Strategist (yes, that’s a thing) to sift through mountains of research to find the best tones, tempos, frequencies, structures, and instruments to wake you up. In the end, we took everything we learned and arranged it into a detailed sonic brief for musicians to use when composing music for OneClock.

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To summarize the sonic brief, waking music has the following characteristics:

  • Soft to Loud(er)

    Our waking music gently increase in volume, fading in over 30 seconds, to slowly wake your brain.

  • Gradual

    Compositions slowly build in intensity to minimize stressing the
    nervous system.

  • Strong Melody

    Our brains are hardwired to hear melodies, which produce less drowsiness and disorientation
    when waking.

  • Natural

    OneClock incorporates analog instrumentation like woodwinds, brass, strings, harmonics, percussion, and the human voice.

  • Generative

    Humans are susceptible to alarm fatigue. OneClock shuffles songs daily and subtly changes EQ levels to keep your brain engaged and wake you reliably.

  • Range

    Everyone hears at different levels. Our tones range between 200-1000hz, where most human
    speech falls.

  • Soft to Loud(er)

    Our waking music gently increase in volume, fading in over 30 seconds, to slowly wake your brain.

    Strong Melody

    Our brains are hardwired to hear melodies, which produce less drowsiness and disorientation
    when waking.

  • Natural

    OneClock incorporates analog instrumentation like woodwinds, brass, strings, harmonics, percussion, and the human voice.

    Generative

    Humans are susceptible to alarm fatigue. OneClock shuffles songs daily and subtly changes EQ levels to keep your brain engaged and wake you reliably.

  • Gradual

    Compositions slowly build in intensity to minimize stressing the nervous system.

    Range

    Everyone hears at different levels. Our tones range between 200-1000hz, where most human
    speech falls.

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