(Inspired by the waterwheel at the National Wool Museum of Wales, near Newcastle Emlyn)

Water on and on and
Water on and on and
Ribbons drip drop drip splash
Ribbons on of water
              drip splash
              drip drop drip
Buzzing flies around and
Boring boring water
On and on and boring
Boring but I like it
              buzzing flies
              flying fluff
Dandelions on a
Manmade dry stone wall
Boring but important
I drive everything here

Scurries of dried blossom,
Sunlight glinting down,
Swallows swooping all around me,
Swallows sitting, red-faced, preening;
Swallows with their fork-tails tipping;
Swallows diving, diving, dipping.

Water on and on and
Water drives me round the
Boring boring water
Boring but I like it

Sunlight glinting on the
Sunlight in the water
Clouds are in the water
Sky is in the water

Water on and on and
Water on and on and
Water on and on and
Water on and on and

(Lyndi Smith, May 2011)

Listen to an mp3 of the sound of the Waterwheel

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The sound of creativity

Do you find that certain sounds or types of music make you feel more creative? Is it just personal taste, or can certain types of music inspire?

When Pythagorus the Greek wasn’t thinking about triangles, he was a healer, prescribing sounds as therapeutic.

Sounds operate at different frequencies. Every different sound has its own frequency. Similarly, different brainwaves have different frequencies. Scientists have found that by playing certain sounds, certain kinds of brainwave activity can be stimulated. At a very base level, fast drumming is likely to make you feel alert and lively, whereas gentle soothing sounds may make you feel drowsy.

John Levine’s Alphamusic is designed to stimulate alpha waves in the brain. Alpha waves often produce relaxed and creative states.

Kelly Howell’s Brainsync CDs and mp3 downloads offer relaxing sounds and guided meditations with ‘binaural beats’, which are scientifically proven to help synchronise left and right brain. A balanced brain allows for more efficient thought processing, helping the user solve problems, stay emotionally centred and feel happy.

But it’s no good prescribing yourself a diet of classical music just because you’ve been told it’s good for you. You have to listen to your musical tastebuds too.

So whether you’re a jazz enthusiast or an indie kid, try experimenting with different genres of music and see which sound frequencies enhance your creativity.