LSTN: Sound And Purpose

 

PRELUDE

Imagine: the fullness of animated life in the tapestry of the sacred geometric universe is one polyphonically conducted phenomenon of sonic orchestration. Working with this conceptual archetype as the nucleus of our philosophical cosmology, a portal of transcendence materializes which allows the energetic frequencies of the mythical realm to penetrate the doors of perception and become a reality to experience. Now I invite you to inhabit the idea that we are living inside this harmonically organized cosmos. I believe the synesthetic integration of supernatural melody into the collective composition of this modern human adventure will tune up adaptive resilience of body and soul.

This can be recognized as a seamless blending of spirit and science, commerce and community, work and play. My intuitive feeling recognizes that music is born in the metaphysical background of this holo-galactic fantasia and being a minister of music - my muse - I would submit to the sincere musician to set as their primary task; channel those resonant vibrations and honor that gift by replanting it into the infrastructure of our growing communities.

Creativity is evolution in our hands.

Being alive is itself a precious gift from the divine composer of the celestial continuum. Also remember that auditory acuity is not ubiquitous and is actually a privilege enjoyed by the majority. There are myriads of junior and senior women and men that enjoy the amazing gift of life, minus the musical nature of conversation as the rest of us otherwise understand it. There are technologies available that can reintroduce the sense of sound to these individuals with miraculous effects. Facilitating the assistance of hearing impaired people is the philanthropically calibrated manifesto of the entrepreneurial organization known as LSTN (Listen).

If every detail can by careful handling, through association, sound, tone, language, lead us in, then we live in a sacred universe.
— Robert Bly

A SUPREME LOVE

I spontaneously encountered LSTN amidst the blossoming time of this Spring. It's a consciously inspired company that’s constituted by a passionate team of artistic creatives who are lead by visionary cofounders, Bridget Hilton and Joe Huff. They specialize in the industry of sound technology through designing high performance headphones that are aesthetically beautiful, ecologically favorable, while also having a dedicated purpose built into the foundation of their enterprise. My first impression was love at first sight. And then sound.

I immediately ordered a couple pairs and diligently researched them while I waited for the shipment to arrive. I found a great deal of insights through the information discovered because of the parallel between their purpose and the principals which I walk by. When I faithfully witness anyone who’s in alignment or anything analogous with my personal ethics, there’s space in my heart and a place on my path for complimentary companionship. According to my observation and all things considered, LSTN is the cream at the top of their class and second to none in their field.

 

INSPIRING PURPOSE

 

The key signature that is paramount to their company is the restoration of aural faculties for people with hearing impairment. Here’s how they summarize their mission in their own words: "We believe that what’s good for business should be good for the world. When we started LSTN, our mission was to create a company that could create global change by providing high quality products that help fund hearing restoration and spread awareness for the global problem of hearing loss and hearing impairment. We didn’t just want to create another headphone company. We wanted to create something that could change the world."

"LSTN is a for-purpose company that connects individuals, families and communities through sound.  For every pair of headphones we sell, we help restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. In under 2 years, LSTN has been able to give the gift of sound to over 20,000 people through Starkey in the U.S., Peru, Kenya and Uganda because of your amazing support."

Here’s how the Starkey Hearing Foundation frames their objective: "Our mission, 'So the World May Hear’, is about bringing understanding between people through caring and sharing. We believe caring develops trust and by sharing we find our humanity. We believe by growing engagement in this cause that we can increase tolerance and respect for life. Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and sharing and improve the lives of individuals, families and communities around the world."

Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and change lives around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 million children, worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them.

“The purpose of human life is to serve, show compassion and the will to help others.
— Albert Schweitzer

A SENSORIUM OF SOUND

Music has been my primeval administration which choreographs the performance of life. As a consequence of intense theoretical study, I developed an acute sensitivity to the sensation of sound. Subtle nuances in my surroundings can have dramatic influences on my psychic state. At this time, I’ve been sporting headphones uniformly for this reason and furthermore because my relationship with music has recently reached another octave. When I finally received my LSTN headphones, I was excited to switch out the inferior old ones for a superior upgrade.

The timing was additionally serendipitous for the fact that I’d been casually talking about the lyrical word ‘troubadour’ for almost two months prior to even hearing about LSTN and seeing that their premier instrument has the identical name. Of course I chose their 'Troubadour' designer models to be my top choice along with a secondary pair of their economical ‘Bowery' earbuds included in their compilation. Synchronicity augmented with satisfaction.

It’s been a long time since I’ve worn over the ear headphones. When I cloaked these cocoons over my ears, it was like entering a sacred auditorium enveloped with euphonious harmony that reverberated in sync to the beatific proportions of a pulsating sanctuary. The sound quality is par excellence and the audio cascade expertly navigates the spectral nuances of dynamic frequencies. The rich ensemble of notes are extraordinary and the emphasis on low thunderous booms captivates ones attention. Plus a well rounded rainbow curve of medium to high accents result in a fusion of tonal range that’s reminiscent of the finest vintage analog technology.

 

ELEMENTAL ELEGANCE

The craftsman works, looking and looking again, from one revelation to another, often by way of mistakes, listening to the material, coming upon unexpected signals. It takes effort. But it gives something more in return.
— James Krenov; from ‘The Fine Art Of Cabinet Making'

The outstanding physical characteristic that distinguishes these headphones from the peripheral body of participants is the adoption of wood. LSTN builds alliances with furniture and flooring manufacturers to upcycle their trimmed byproducts. The framework shell of each new pair is expertly handcrafted from reclaimed exotic wood. They provide a suite of elegant options to select from their profile. Materials for every housing are custom tailored from Cherry, Beech, Ebony or Zebra and made available for all product models. They have three tiers to choose from: 'Troubadours', 'Fillmores', and 'Bowreys'. I chose the aviator style Troubadours for their aerodynamic contour and the petite Bowerys because of the versatility of earbuds.

Fusing the element of wood with earpieces makes perfect sense on multiple levels. The effective channeling of tonal resonance is best achieved by going with the grain. High quality headphones deserve to be treated with the same method of manufacturing that articulates the anatomy of other acoustic instruments. The subtle nuances of harmonic vibration that emanate from classical guitars, violins, pianos and drums are efficiently catalyzed through this organic medium.

Sculpting with wood captures a personal mood.

Trees play a singular part in the symphony of our shared planet. LSTN consequentially helps promote the growing awareness of preserving these nobel species. Living trees are not directly harvested for producing their headphones but are rather repurposed from reusable cuts which still possess value. This is an intelligent strategy that moves us toward environmental integrity through diminishing impact on already standing trees and highlighting our awareness about these issues by drawing attention to the possibility that a business practice doesn’t have to take something new to just to make something new.

Same song, second verse. Variations on a theme. 
 
Ecological remix.

Getting into this matter of listening to wood, of composing, weaving together an intention with what you and your chosen wood have to say, is an experience difficult to describe. To me it is the essence of working with wood.
— James Krenov, from ‘The Fine Art Of Cabinet Making'

 

A QUINTESSENTIAL CHORUS

I perceive LSTN as a "benefits corporation”. "B-Corp” basically means that a normal "for profit business" voluntarily and officially places its social and environmental pursuits on par with its financial gains. These point are clearly represented through their double commitment of the giving back amplified program and the up-cycling use of reclaimed wood. Their technical engineering is of a superlative nature and efficiently transmits a kaleidoscope of sound that enhances our ability to hear our favorite music in the best way possible. Their craftsmanship is masterfully designed to honor the tactile and visual aesthetics of the most sophisticated connoisseur.

To be aligned with LSTN is like being immersed within the animated amphitheater of a forested landscape. These headphones; they saved my life.

Duke Ellington recognized that “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing” . In my experience, LSTN swings with a most meaningful group of movements. They’re making an ambitious statement and speaking a language that touches my heart. I admire what they stand for and celebrate their unifying message because I witness a congruence between us for being on the vanguard of a culture shift. So as a way of supporting their mission, I craft all this together for you as a call to action.

There’s a renaissance happening right now and the revolution will be heard.

What are you listening to?

A CODA OF COURAGE

In every area of our lives, we only get what we tolerate. Now is the time to raise the standards for excellence. As an artist of life on a quest for the best and a dreamer until the doors of death draw me back where I came from, I encourage you to increase your capacity to imagine a greater world of possibilities. It is worthwhile to invest in sound innovation as well as mutually beneficial advances in the future of ecological human relationships.

As we enter into the 21st century in a caravan of uncertainty, we would be wise to follow the intuitive feelings in our heart and do the best we can with what we have through a seamless blending of improvisation and composition. Creativity is evolution in our hands. Whatever material we’re working with, whether its wood, water, stone, electricity or plastic, we have the capacity to inhabit a place of wonder. The measure of force to apply can be as simple or complex as we wish.

I salute LSTN for their resourcefulness, potency as well as positive influence and suggest that you check them out for yourselves to activate your ability to experience a spectacular pageant of bliss in the symphony of your life. There’s a bell ringing out in the cosmic chambers. If you listen in just the right way, there’s a concentric feeling associated with it.

Can you hear it?

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single person contemplates it, bearing within them an image of a cathedral.
— Antoine de Saint Exupery

 

VISUALIZE THE LOVE MOVEMENT

An impassioned portrait of a street dancer named Olivier

“Sometimes, I don’t control my body, so I don’t know what to expect,” says dancer Olivier Chapusette, in this intimate short. “This isn’t just dance—it’s everything,” he says, while the therapeutic nature of dancing, he suggests, “helps me to be a better person.”

Sleep Sound - Deaf dancers move to the silence with artist Sofia Mattioli. During the course of one day, she danced with 13 members of the Manchester Deaf Centre with ages ranging from five to 27 years old, who responded to the movement of the artist and the vibrations in the air given off by the song.

 

MUSIC TO MY EARS

 

My headphones; they saved my life.
— Björk - "Headphones" from album, Post.

 

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