The Sciences behind Vantage Quest.
Vantage Quest has three strong roots in scientific research, ancient traditions, and modern technology. These roots are distinctly different and contribute to Vantage Quest's diverse applications.
Research studies on the brain and its functions have made dramatic advances in the last two decades. One area of research has focused on the brain's electrical activity and the states of consciousness associated with various frequency ranges of that activity commonly called brain waves. The ranges of brain wave activity are divided into regions called Delta (below 4 cycles per second, or Hz.) associated with deep sleep, Theta (4-7 Hz.) associated with pre-sleep and vivid imagery, Alpha (8-13) a calm relaxed state, Beta (14-35 Hz.) our day to day alert consciousness, and Gamma (above 35 Hz.) which seem to be associated with peak performance. Evidence has also been found of very high frequency waves that may be associated with the special abilities exhibited by some healers and psychics. Research in these subtle energies is still developing. Research has also demonstrated a harmonic pattern across these various regions of brain wave activity.
Carlisle Bergquist, developer of Vantage Quest, extended this research with further studies applying it to creativity enhancement. The research focused the brain's frequency following effect, or tendency to entrain with rhythmic stimuli, and thereby alter consciousness states.
Sound has for millennia been a locus of enlightenment, a pathway to the deep reaches of our psyche. For twenty thousand years of recorded history, shamans have used sound to venture into other worlds on behalf of their cultures. They are the developers of the early science of consciousness. Before the advances in modern physics that now describe the tiniest subatomic particles as interference patterns of various sound frequencies - "nodes of resonance" - these many myths in some way implicated sound as causal in creation. Sound -- vibration -- grants us such passage because it is the core of our being.
Many religions describe sound in their creation stories, the exploration of consciousness, and healing rituals. The creation stories of the western religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity all say that God spoke and all became manifest. The Chinese religion Taoism speaks of "the Great Tone of Nature." Hindu cosmology tells of Nada Brahma -- sound, the creator God. Similar ideas can be found in the beliefs of indigenous peoples around the globe.
Ancient esoteric traditions also include sound in their teachings. Sufism and the Kabballa both describe humankind as having a core of sound, or a "root frequency." The mystical writings of A. A. Bailey, H.P. Blavatsky, and Rudolf Steiner, along with those of the Rosicrucian Order all describe core frequencies that form the basis of human existence. Shamans have known these secrets for thousands of years and used sound to carry them on their travels into altered states.
Vantage Quest is not a spiritual or esoteric tradition. Thus, Vantage Quest espouses no specific doctrine but, like these traditions, it is based on a premise that we are in essence Resonant Beings. Resonance that provides a pathway to the higher creativity and healing found at our core. To learn more about the use of sound in various traditions read, Doorways In Consciousness: An Exploration of Resonant Being.
Recording is both a science and an art. The finest in modern recording technology and talent were used to develop and record Vantage Quest. Angel Balestier, owner of Group IV Recording and ALB Productions, has been engineering and producing hit records since his days with Jimi Hendrix all the way to the opening sequence of the 1996 Olympic Games. Steve Livingston is a music and sound editor for the film and television industry, and a multiple nominee for the prestigious Emmy and Golden Reel awards. Carlisle Bergquist is the former Vice President of Suitewinds Productions and a producer at the Silvery Moon Studios. Carlisle is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice along with researching and writing about the role of creativity in healing. Their combined expertise applied the brains of music to the music of the brain in developing Vantage Quest.
The sound you hear on Vantage Quest is literally hand-crafted and edited using both digital and analog equipment to create the Harmonic Matrix. No other psychoacoustic recordings or devices contain this unique auditory stimulation. Vantage Quest is presented on Brass Foil Compact Disks to better reproduce the complexity and intensity of its audio signals.
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