Does AI have a role in music for therapy?

by Deb Bartlett

This is the third in our series that promotes our upcoming webinar.

Room 217’s November webinar presenter, Zach McMahon, will talk about artificial intelligence (AI) and how it can increase the effectiveness of music in a therapeutic setting. Zach, CEO and Co-Founder at LUCID is presenting Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The webinar lasts an hour, and includes time for questions.

LUCID is using machine learning and music to help people better manage anxiety and stress. Their website says they’ve developed a “wellness-focussed experiences that deliver measurable benefits in as little as 5 minutes.”

One of LUCID’s developments is the Rejuvenation Pod, that helps users reach therapeutic states by adapting to their physiological responses to music in real-time. The company also has an app. LUCID’s website says “It’s music that listens”; the music is curated and enhanced in response to your changing mood state, and has two modes – calm or focus.

The curated music and ambient nature sounds are recorded for an immersive experience. Psychoacoustic stimuli added to the audio mix, and the more you use it, the better it works. LUCID’s AI system “optimizes your music to better suit your wellness needs.”

The team at LUCID works with advisement from researchers in the fields of psychology, music cognition and vibrotactile audio, and has designed a system that “harnesses the healing power of psychoacoustics, easily accessible through your mobile device.”

Research and testing into biometric and psychometric monitoring has allowed the LUCID team to “perfect an auditory experience that is intuitive and unique to each user.” The company is in collaboration with Ryerson University and Mercy Health Group for pre-clinical trials on the technology.

A story on the Daily Hive in January says the “’dream-like experience lets your mind work in collaboration with the AI with a mere thought…because it responds to your brainwaves.”

If you want to learn more about LUCID, and what AI’s role may be in music, be sure to register for Zach’s webinar. As always, it’s free.

DYK you can access our webinars any time through our reference library? We encourage care providers to learn about music’s role in health and wellness. Use the webinars for a staff meeting, or in-service training.

Do you attend our webinars? Is there a topic you’d like to see covered? Let us know, and we’ll work at having it presented. Email Deb at [email protected] with your suggestion.