Our Science

At Brain.fm we develop functional music directly optimized for its effects on our behavior. Our goal is to help the listener achieve desired mental states such as focus or sleep.
Science First Promise
Too many companies today make claims without evidence.
Brain.fm has always been a science-first company and we promise to always operate this way, even when it would be easier not to.
We work with experts in the field–neuroscientists and psychologists–to develop ideas, run experiments, and continually improve our music.
We test our music rigorously despite the expense, because we understand that strong claims require stronger evidence.
The result is music that really works.
To the future - Dan Clark
brain.fm process as a machine

Patented Neural Phase Locking

Brain.fm holds patents on key processes for creating functional music, including technology to elicit strong neural phase locking—allowing populations of neurons to engage in various kinds of coordinated activity. This makes our music unique, purpose-built to steer you into a desired mental state.

brain.fm process as a machine

Reduce distraction

We use a proprietary system to reduce salience, allowing the music to sit comfortably in the background. This approach is drastically different from most music in the world, which is designed to grab your attention. Instead, our process ensures that attention-grabbing elements are subdued or removed.

brain.fm process as a machine

Tested on Brain and Behavior

We collaborate with academic institutions to run experiments. We look at the effects of our technology on the brain, using fMRI and EEG, and also run large-scale behavioral tests, measuring performance on simple games. Our experiments always include a control condition (‘placebo’) of the same underlying music without Brain.fm technology applied, so we can be sure our tech is what makes the difference.

brain.fm process as a machine

Human composers enabled by science and AI tools

Unlike ‘muzak’ systems that generate infinite quantities of mediocre music, our in-house composers make real music with human warmth. These musicians are enabled with patented tools and techniques that apply the science to the music.

brain.fm process as a machine

Isn’t this just binaural beats?

Binaural beats produce weak or absent neural synchrony while modulation applied directly in each stereo channel (rather than arising from different signals to the two ears) has much stronger effects on brain activity. We use this (‘non-binaural’) modulation, but this is just one of many techniques to help people reach mental states. Other examples: our sleep music uses 3D effects to produce relaxing motion (‘rocking’), and our focus music removes sound events that would grab your attention (‘salience reduction’).

Read Our White Papers

Learn more about how we study brain activity