Taffy is Mills’s sex robot. He gave her that name because it sounded young and playful. This month, Mills and Taffy celebrate their two-year anniversary. Which is to say, Mills had her delivered in June 2014, from a company called Abyss Creations in San Marcos, California.
Taffy is the “RealDoll2, Body A” model, with silicone skin and stainless-steel joints. Her $7,149 price tag included an extra $500 for custom freckles because Mills wanted her to look more realistic. The doll also features, per Abyss’s website, “ultra-realistic labia,” “stretchy lips,” and a hinged jaw that “opens and closes very realistically.”
But back to the very real woman, he’d brought back to his place. “I didn’t want my date to walk into the room and suddenly see Taffy,” he says. “Because if you’re not expecting her, she’s kind of terrifying.”
“So I say to this girl, ‘Give me a minute.’ And I run into the bedroom and quickly throw a sheet over Taffy.” He laughs like it’s the kind of story he tells at dinner parties.“That was a close one.”
Mills looks down at Taffy, who’s lying on his bed covered with a blue blanket and a pile of dirty laundry. Her face is the only part of her that’s visible, and with her vacant stare and unkempt blonde hair, she looks like a dead body, the equivalent of a fresh corpse peeking out of leaves in a forest preserve, waiting to be discovered by an unsuspecting morning jogger.
But judging from the way Mills looks at her, we’re obviously not seeing the same thing. “I wouldn’t exactly call this a relationship,” he says, hesitantly. “I think one of the misconceptions about sex robots is that owners view their dolls as alive, or that my doll is in love with me, or that I sit around and talk to her about whether I should buy Apple stock. In other words, the owners are batshit out of their minds.”
Aside from the doll in his bedroom, there’s nothing especially off-putting about Mills. He’s 57, with a curly mop of brown hair, a goatee, and a pear-shaped physique. He calls himself a loner, but he’s effusive and friendly with strangers and prone to oversharing. He’s an author—he wrote the 2006 book Atheist Universe, which still sells well enough to keep royalty checks coming—and is living off what he calls a “modest” family inheritance.Mills is twice divorced—his first marriage, to a Polish immigrant, lasted for 18 years, until he met his second wife on the Internet. He has a daughter, a 20-year-old college student, of whom he speaks fondly. Yes, his daughter is well aware of Taffy’s existence, but Mills says, “We don’t really talk about it, just like we don’t talk about my television set or washing machine.”
Mills has lived in the same modest three-bedroom home in West Virginia for his entire life. “I was brought home from the hospital to the room where Taffy now sleeps,” he says. It’s sparsely decorated, with a framed, hand-signed letter from Albert Einstein (he paid $9,000 for it) and a photo of the comedian Bill Maher with his arm around Mills’s daughter.
Taffy stays in the bedroom because at 85 pounds she’s too heavy for Mills to carry around. “Moving her from the couch to the bed is like trying to move a refrigerator,” he says of his bedmate. “I bought a stand for her, which is like a gigantic tripod, but it’s not very sexy. So I just leave her here.”
He still dates, and he occasionally tells the women about Taffy. And sometimes, sure, they freak out. “They’ll be like, ‘Don’t call me anymore, I’m unfriending you on Facebook, stay away from me and my children,’ that sort of thing,” he laughs. “It happens. But I’ve met some women who were into me because of the doll. I’ve had sexual experiences that I never would’ve had without Taffy.” By “sexual experiences,” he means exactly what you think he means.
“There was one time where…let me think…” He pauses, trying to remember where he was on the bed in relation to the other two women, only one of whom had a heartbeat. “I was sucking on Taffy’s left breast,” he finally decides, “and this girl was sucking on the other. It was great. Really hot. I think she was bi-curious.”
He gestures toward Taffy, a permanent fixture on his king-size bed. “Sometimes it’s annoying, always having her here,” he says.“But she can also make life interesting.”
If She Only Had a Brain
This wasn’t what we were promised. Sex robots were supposed to be sexier. Or at least not as creepy. When you think of cyborgs with functioning genitals, you probably imagine someone sleek and beautiful—aesthetically perfect—and capable of staggering carnal hydraulics. Like Daryl Hannah in Blade Runner, or Kelly LeBrock in Weird Science, or Nicole Kidman in The Stepford Wives. Last year’s sci-fi drama Ex Machina summed up our expectations perfectly when a tech mastermind explained his sex-bot creation with this blunt poetry: “If you wanted to screw her, mechanically speaking, you could, and she’d enjoy it.”
Is that asking for too much? Well, apparently it is because sex robots in 2016 are more reminiscent of Mattel’s Chatty Cathy dolls from the 1960s, which couldn’t do much besides coo “Give me a kiss.”
The two biggest names in U.S. sex robot technology— Abyss Creations and True Companion in Wayne, New Jersey—are already selling robotic lovers, but both companies offer more promises than realistic intimacy.
Abyss’s RealDolls come with an abundance of options; you can choose from 19 faces, five eye colors, 15 hairstyles, and 11 different styles of labia. Who knew vaginas came in so many variations?
Meanwhile, the “RoxxxyGold” robot from True Companion—with a base price, before the extras, of $6,995—offers such enticing options as “a heartbeat and a circulatory system” and the ability to “talk to you about soccer.” Plus, regardless of your skills, it will always have an“orgasm.” And of course, the reason anyone wants a sex robot: She has an off switch.
Taffy and her ilk are laughably primitive. But then again, so were the Wright Brothers’ prototypes. We went from “this is a fantasy” to “I want more legroom in premium economy” in less than a century.
In 2007’s Love and Sex with Robots, artificial intelligence (AI) expert David Levy predicted that by 2050, “love with robots will be as normal as love with other humans.” He even predicts that Massachusetts will be the first state to legalize marriage to robots.
Stowe Boyd, M.S., a futurist and analyst of emerging technologies, went even further, claiming in a 2014 Pew Research Center report that by 2025 “robotic sex partners will be commonplace, although the source of scorn and derision, the way critics today bemoan selfies as an indicator of all that’s wrong with the world.”
The people actually creating this technology aren’t as conservative with the timeline. Abyss founder and CEO Matt McMullen thinks it could take only a handful of years before we see a robot capable not just of ultrarealistic sex but also of “expressing the illusion of emotions.”
Douglas Hines, the founder, and president of True Companion, expects that even before the end of this year, we could have commercially available robot partners that don’t just submit to sexual fantasies but also offer “unconditional love and support.” That’s right, these robots won’t just screw you. They’ll fall in love with you. Which presents a moral quandary. The sex robots of today aren’t especially tempting. But the sex robots of tomorrow might just embody everything you want from a woman. For the right price, you could have a partner that thinks exactly like you and shares your beliefs and interests. She’ll be tailor-made to your tastes, with none of the compromises that come with having a relationship with a real woman.
Wait, Somebody Actually Pays for These Things?
True Companion won’t share its sales numbers, but McMullen claims he’s already sold more than 5,000 lifeless soul mates since the late ’90s. Customers run the gamut: surgeons, lawyers, celebrities (Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil is a proud RealDoll owner), Nobel Prize winners, sheikhs, professional athletes, wounded vets, and regular guys who just want to screw a robot. The market is still small. You’re not going to see Google investing in sex robots anytime soon. “I think the idea of a sex robot probably appeals to a lot of people, but only a small percentage will admit it,” says McMullen. “And only a fraction of them are able to afford it. A sex robot is a major investment, like buying a small car that you hide in your bedroom.” But that will eventually change, he predicts. As the technology improves, the price will drop and sex robots will become mainstream, McMullen insists.
That might sound naively optimistic, but consider this: When the infidelity dating website Ashley Madison was hacked last summer, we learned that the vast majority of male users weren’t actually interacting with real women. Instead, they’d been lured by “chatbots,” computer-generated programs that created around 70,000 fake profiles, nearly all-female, that initiated flirtatious email exchanges with subscribers.
Now that the dust has finally settled, Ashley Madison would have us believe that its business is better than ever. In fact, the owners contend that the site has attracted 6.5 million new members since the hack.
If that’s true—and whether those numbers can be trusted is certainly debatable—it means guys are returning to Ashley Madison despite being well aware that they may be exchanging dirty emails with robots. So millions of men have allegedly made the conscious choice, “Sure, I’ll have an online affair with a woman who may be more software than estrogen.”
McMullen knows that not everyone has an extra seven grand lying around to invest in a robot mistress. So he’s planning on developing less expensive options. Within a year, maybe less, he’ll release a RealDoll Realbotix app that helps users design a virtual partner. “You can create an avatar for her that you can see on a screen, whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet or a computer,” he says. “She’s entirely unique to you and your tastes, constructed from your likes and dislikes.”
If you want her to exist solely on your smartphone, that can be the extent of it. Or you can splurge for a head and body. “The app is basically like Siri, if Siri were all about helping you explore your fantasies and learn more about your sexual identity,” McMullen explains.
That’s what McMullen finds most exciting about a sex robot. He insists that it’s not some masturbatory sex toy for outcasts and weirdos. It’s about sexual self-discovery. “They may learn things about themselves where they’re, like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know that mattered to me until I was allowed to try it with a robot,’” he says.
The argument for sex robots almost always comes down to comparing them to sex toys. It’s the first defense used by both McMullen and Hines. RealDoll’s husband Mills thinks any criticism of sex robots is a blatant sex toy double standard. “Women have dildos and vibrators and g-spot stimulators and all kinds of buzzing things, and nobody thinks anything about it,” he says.“But when men have the audacity to buy a sex toy that looks like a woman, suddenly they’re perverts who need to be locked up.” One could argue it’s unfair to compare sex robots and dildos, as dildos don’t have legs or arms or faces with eyes that stare back at you. And they definitely don’t have custom freckles or come programmed to talk to you about electronic music…
Electro Wow’s Definitive List Of The Best Songs Of 2020
This list is essential for those who want to celebrate New Year’s Eve accompanied by good music. The best songs of 2020 according to Electro Wow include independent and mainstream artists. Within the selection parameters, the combination of melody and lyrics were considered. Furthermore, all of these tracks have one thing in common, their instant catchiness quality! Obviously, it wasn’t an easy task as there are many great tunes that deserved to be on this list.
It’s time to forget the horrible Coronavirus year. Find out the best songs of 2020 right here.
✦ BEST ELECTRO-POP (SYNTH-POP) SONGS
The Weeknd – In Your Eyes
If Michael Jackson ruled in the 80s, Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd seems to take the lead in the 2020s. “In Your Eyes” has irresistible synthesizers and a delicious saxophone solo that makes it easily an unforgettable radio-friendly hit. He explores feelings of regret and pain in his personal lyrics.
Sam Sparro – Eye 2 Eye
I’m really obsessed with this beautiful Electro-Pop ballad! The Australian singer reaches the high notes with his splendid soulful vocals like nobody else. “Eye 2 Eye” gives you goosebumps as he puts intense emotions and so much passion into it. It’s a song about coming together and getting more intimate with the one you love despite being separated by a screen.
Jessy Lanza – Lick In Heaven
Enjoy gorgeous synths from start to end. Incredibly, Jessy’s singing voice feels as sweet as candy. For some reason, this is the type of music that makes you feel happy in no time. In actual fact, this amazing jam was born with a simple 101 bass line.
Kiesza – Love Me With Your Lie
Probably, inspired by Madonna’s “Erotica,” Kiesza rises like a phoenix from the ashes after a brain injury. This absolute banger from the Canadian singer is as catchy as hell. If you start dancing on your own once you hit the play button, then, that means you have a good musical ear.
ORION – Higher
Synth duo Orion Dommisse and John-Paul Sullivan will make you realize that the 80s never died. Their infectious music features a touch of drama and unfolds a nostalgic atmosphere. In other words, they sound like ABBA of the twentieth-first century. “Higher” is so dope!
Munatix – You Just Keep Hanging On
Hailing from Belgium, these emerging artists showcase their great expertise in vintage and analog synthesizers. Certainly, thanks to its singalong chorus, “You Just Keep Hanging On” can become a karaoke classic. Overall, a fun tune with strong hooks.
✦ BEST DANCE-POP (EDM) SONGS
Dejhare – Don’t Let Us Lose (Dance Deluxe)
Dejhare is a singer and songwriter best known for her romantic ballads. Nevertheless, this year she tried something different with a dance makeover of her ‘Unbreakable’ album. Well, the epic results speak for themselves. Listeners from around the world were left open-mouthed, especially with the dance deluxe version of “Don’t Let Us Lose.”
Baby Girl Oksana – Messed Up
Produced by Mr Mav and reaching the #3 position on Reverbnation, “Messed Up” by Baby Girl Oksana will surely get stuck in your head. Oddly enough, the sad lyrics of a broken friendship combine so well with the dancey beats. It’s like a hidden gem that deserves way more recognition.
COY Swede, Matthew Titmouse – You Are
The anthemic nature of “You Are” surpasses all expectations. COY Swede joins forces with Matthew Titmouse whose stable vocals give so much life to a special song that is dedicated to everyone that has experienced a great loss. Inspired by the one and only Avicii, you’re about to hear an underrated masterpiece.
Danny Spade, Tara Louise – Hooked
Needless to say, the feel-good vibes are part of the signature style of the rising American producer. On the other hand, Tara Louise has a beautiful tone that goes hand-in-hand with the uplifting melodies while taking this song to the next level. Evidently, Danny Spade is a name to watch within the Dance-Pop category.
N2BLÜ – Unicorn Tribe
The duo composed of Jonathan Arceneaux and Konstantin Smorodnikov wants you to embrace your authentic self via “Unicorn Tribe.” In this new decade, we need more artists like them whose music outstands due to excellent lyrics charged with positivity. Not to mention, there’s so much euphoria in the breakdown and at the drop.
John Lynx, Sergi Yaro – Dreams
“Dreams” is probably, the most satisfying composition produced by John Lynx. If you close your eyes, you can imagine big crowds jumping and dancing at a big festival to its massive drops. The Tiesto and Armin van Buuren’s influence is also notable on this cut. Sergi Yaro’s emotion-laden vocals confirm you this is one of the best songs of the year.
✦ BEST TRANCE SONGS
Dennis Sheperd, Katty Heath – Losing My Mind
Dennis Sheperd masterfully builds tension throughout the entire track, sparking off a fresh Trance classic. The chorus captures the emotions of someone who is dealing with a challenging situation. Add to this, the powerful vocals from Katty Heath who makes the beats roar.
RAM & Susana – You Are Enough
Here you have a good example of an emotionally-driven hymn. RAM & Susana will put shivers down your spine due to the uplifting melody and the message of this great tune. When they work together, this pair never disappoint.
Somna, Noire Lee – Beside You
“Beside You” perfectly displays the magic Somna is capable of doing at the studio. A highly emotive tune featuring the talent of singer and songwriter Noire Lee. The effects on it are brilliantly designed as well as the chord progressions.
Headstrong, Alexandra Badoi – Fear
Alexandra Badoi offers the heavenly quality needed in Trance music while Headstrong provides the proper sonic treatment with delicate beats and piano solos that will elevate listeners to a cosmic level.
Aly & Fila, Plumb – Somebody Loves You
Designed to send a wonderful message that revolves around self-esteem and confidence, Aly & Fila literally make a brand new hit. Indeed, it’s a response to depression and best of all, with the lovely vocals of Plumb.
Marcus Santoro, Lauren L’aimant – Blackout
“Blackout” evokes the feeling of flying or floating, much like the Trance tunes from the early 2000s. The undulating melodies hook listeners and the ethereal atmosphere derived from the singing voice of Lauren L’aimant is exactly what you can expect from their outstanding collaboration.
✦ BEST HOUSE SONGS
Muzik Box, Rinaldo Montezz – Karma
If clubs and bars weren’t closed due to the pandemic, “Karma” would be a hit within the underground scene. I think Muzik Box know what it takes to sweep listeners off their feet. This fantastic radio-edit version is a joint effort with Rinaldo Montezz who maximized the euphoria of this monster track.
Carnage, The Martinez Brothers, Elderbrook – Together
American producers Carnage and The Martinez Brothers deliver a totally different vibe on this song. It sounds like the future of the genre. Simple and infectious, “Together” is chilled-out House music at its finest!
Colt The House DJ – Summer
Duck Sauce – Mesmerize
A-Trak and Armand Van Helden aka Duck Sauce return with “Mesmerize,” their first single in six years. An uptempo offering charged with a particular 90s retro style. Needless to say, it’s a true gem of House music.
Electric Polar Bears – Break The Ice
Everyone will love the perfect blend of Future and Tech House on “Break The Ice.” The delightful summer-ready jam slithers through captivating clubbin’ rhythms. It’s impossible to listen to this groovy hit and not to move your body.
C-ntroversy, Michael M – Block, Report, Unfriend, Unfollow
I’m sure this funny track will spark a laugh, and its title says it all. With minimal beats, the message here is clear, “Block, Report, Unfriend, Unfollow” in order to protect your peace of mind is a great idea!
BEST DISCO SONGS
Kylie Minogue – Magic
In these dark times, Kylie goes disco for the first time, consequently, the song is pure “Magic.” A sweaty dancefloor filler inspired by the late 70s. With ethereal piano keys melting into brass, what else could you ask for?…
Purple Disco Machine, Sophie And The Giants – Hypnotized
Well, who hasn’t heard this funky track yet? “Hypnotized” became a massive hit across Europe, plus, it got the Platinum certification in Italy. Fans are already eager to hear his forthcoming Disco album in 2021.
The Shapeshifters, Billy Porter – Finally Ready
“Finally Ready” by The Shapeshifters and Billy Porter forms part of a new golden era of the Disco renaissance. With a fresh sound for the dancefloors, this is absolutely uplifting. I’m loving the cinematic strings and horns, but especially the magnificent vocals.
Sophie Ellis Bextor – Crying At The Discotheque
The “Murder On The Dancefloor” singer makes an impressive comeback with this flawlessly executed cover. This is pretty much an essential Disco jam for any DJ out there. With the modern arrangements and her sexy singing voice, she’s giving it a new life.
Doja Cat – Say So
As you probably know, TikTok makes songs go viral nowadays, and that’s the case of Doja Cat’s “Say So.” Probably, it’s the most popular Disco track of the year. The way she sings and raps at the same time proves her versatility, and that’s admirable.
Dimitri From Paris, Aeroplane, Leela D – Can’t Get Enough
This 6-minute slice of DISCO warms the soul. Dimitri From Paris and Aeroplane along with singer Leela D deserve praise from the clubbing world. Trust me, you’ll want to listen to “Can’t Get Enough” on repeat.
✦ BEST REGGAETON SONGS
Bad Bunny – Yo Perreo Sola
Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny is currently the king of Reggaeton. The purpose of this song is to support women wanting to dance alone and feel safe doing it. Giving that sense of freedom back to them.
Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna, J. Rey Soul – MAMACITA
Positively, this year Black Eyed Peas innovate and explore Reggaeton rhythms by collaborating with different Latin singers. “MAMACITA” is a bilingual heater that incorporates all the catchy elements to make you wanna dance.
DJ Blass, Japanese – Larry Caboa
Fill your tank with adrenaline when listening to “Larry Caboa.” This is a highly danceable track that will help you get the party pumping. Don’t get surprised if it triggers Perreo pandemonium at your own house. The ambiguity of the lyrics is pretty hilarious!
El Alfa – Guaremate De Por Vida
Few artists can captivate all your senses like El Alfa and his strangely enjoyable song titled “Guaremate De Por Vida.” Clearly, the tropical-esque beats and its Dembow influence welcome party animals to go wild at clubs.
Gigolo Y La Exce – Cuidao
There is no question “Cuidao” is one of those eargasmic slowed-down tracks with emotive lyrics to sing out loud. Gigolo Y La Exce showcase all their skills, plus verses with good flow and wordplay put the icing on the cake.
Babylizz, Tomasa Del Real – Down
Romantic Reggaeton at its finest! Babylizz and Neoperreo Queen Tomasa Del Real join forces to rework this classic urban hit originally written by R.K.M & Ken-Y. Powered by nostalgia, the song melds the dynamism of the two singers who do their best in rapping with passion.
✦ BEST TECHNO SONGS
Ramon Tapia, Kai Tracid – 303 State
What do you get of play this acid monster from Ramon Tapia and Kai Tracid? Probably, your healthy dose of energetic music. This type of Techno sound is making a huge comeback in recent years, and I think it’s here to stay for a long time.
Will Clarke – Let’s Rave
Lose yourself in the music, “Let’s Rave” is an invitation to throw up your arms in the air. Sonically, its heavy direction can be interpreted as a fresh makeover of the acidic Techno from the 90s. Massive synths and stabs all around.
Josh Wink – Higher State Of Consciousness (Adana Twins Remix)
HURTR – Nu Acid
It’s particularly interesting to hear a Techno track with vocals. Hurtr has been working their way up in the underground scene since 2010. The seductive vocals from Heidi Hull merge with acid synths and pulsating beats in a hypnotic way.
Toma Hawk, Dr.Acid – Velvet
The world needs to hear this futuristic release from the one and only Toma Hawk. “Velvet” is a punch of straight Techno, a great mixture of Acid sounds, and a blast of kicks and basslines!
Paolo Virdis – Survive
Dark synths, excellent synths, and sequences. The mysterious sounding and its driving energy is compelling from start to finish. The Italian producer is one to watch out for in 2021.
✦ BEST NEW INDIE ARTISTS
Mark Henes – Arm Full Of Roses
Mark Henes is truly unique in the world of independent singer/songwriters. The amazing ballad “Arm Full Of Roses” sounds like a timeless classic track you’d probably hear in a movie. Today he’s making a name for himself in the industry by reimagining the Americana style.
Matilde Girasole – Cup Of Tea
From the very start, Matilde proves to be a talented singer. “Cup of Tea” is an energetic Pop tune fueled by her vibrant/vigorous voice. She’s one of the best new indie artists I discovered this year, and I can assure you she will go far with her music career.
Nathan Daniels – I Choose
Jace Heyman – Drunk Text
Jace Heyman blends Caribean music with radio-friendly Pop melodies on “Drunk Text.” It contains relatable lyrics, and they create a common scenario some of you will feel identified with. On a side note, the up-and-coming artist finds inspiration in mainstream entertainers like Chris Brown and Daddy Yankee.
The Migraine Aura – Your House
The Migraine Aura is a collective of artists and vocalists. As a matter of fact, the tune that amassed thousands of streams in Spotify is titled “Your House.” Buzzing with dreamy vintage vibes and nice acoustics, they create pleasing music that guarantees to brighten your days.
RYNO – Powerlines
Recorded during lockdown at his home studio, you can tell the indie artist pours all his emotions into it. As a result, lyrics are similar to a heartfelt letter. An interesting piece of songwriting and vocal performance as well.
✦ BEST ALBUMS
Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG
Black Eyed Peas – Translation
Kylie Minogue – Disco
Sam Sparro – Boombox Eternal
The Weeknd – After Hours
Here’s How To Transform Your Shed Into A Vibrant Sound Studio
It can be a struggle to get the pro sound you’re looking for when recording inside your home. Your surrounding space is noisy and full of distractions. Somehow your roommates shouting in the living room about losing a video game breaks through the honeycomb insulation lining your bedroom. Someone keeps busting in, unable to get the hint that you’re trying to craft something nasty.
It sucks, but there’s a way to make things easier for you and your music. It’s time to renovate that dilapidated shed behind your home into your sound palace. Here are some tips to transform your backyard shed into a vibrant studio.
1 – Seal Up The Walls
You’ll want to seal any existing cracks in the shed walls. Caulk, insulation spray, or even sealing gum can get this job done easily. This won’t just help with keeping the sound in but also keeps the elements and bugs out.
When you’re done sealing, then you can get to putting up soundproofing material. If you want to go all out, you can’t go wrong with full-wall insulation paneling, but fiberglass foam squares also get the job done.
There are insulation types specifically designed for sound studios, so be on the look-out for those specifically. There’s some serious science behind this stuff.
2 – Check Out The Roof
Both the material and overall condition of your roof will matter. If it’s metallic, the roof will generate less-than-ideal vibrations that can interfere with your sound. Even if the roof is decent for sound, it might still have breaks or damage that can leave your studio (and all your expensive equipment) vulnerable.
Having new, professional roofing installed will keep the sound in. Don’t be shy with adding sound-deadening substances on the interior like absorption blankets or insulated foam to complete the soundproofing.
3 – To The Windows, To The…Doors?
Some sheds are built with windows, and it should definitely have a door. These are two parts of the studio that can be left behind or forgotten when it comes to soundproofing.
Windows are tricky because having a bit of airflow and sunlight is nice, but having too much of either messes with your work. Take the time to caulk up any space between the window and wall. Rather than covering windows entirely, hang up sound resistant curtains, so you can close and open them as you please.
Doors are similar, so you’ll want to seal cracks up with caulk or weathering strips. And unless you want to live the rest of your days locked inside the studio (honestly, it’s tempting), you don’t want to seal it shut completely. There are ultra industrial soundproof doors, but a budget-friendly way involves fastening an acoustic blanket above the door already there. Or, you can use the same curtains from your windows!
4 – Down On The Floor
Your flooring needs some love too. If you’re standing on wood or concrete, neither are great at keeping sound in or out. Sound travels through wood particularly well and concrete isn’t much better. Adding thick carpeting isn’t expensive and will help insulate the space for all your recording needs.
Soundproofing an unused shed is an easy way to give yourself a professional quality sound studio. It’s entirely separate from the distractions inside your home, letting you focus completely on the project at hand.
It’s a viable option for any aspiring artist, so what are you waiting for? Get started on yours today! You’ll be amazed by the final result and ready to move in!
How Jazz Music During Study Can Affect Your Mental Health
Although music promotes quality study sessions, it does not directly influence the development of memory. This article comprises the effects of jazz music on your mental health and how you can harness them to your benefit.
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1 – Helps student to focus better
Like classical music in the Mozart effect, jazz comprises of a consistent low-tempo tune without lyrics. Unlike high-tempo music with lyrics, jazz does not divert your attention to the lyrics, thus boosts your concentration.
The background music also helps you create an ambient environment for study. By blocking out the screeching of seats, mumbling of other people in your vicinity, and other noises, it allows you to focus and interact better with the material at hand.
As shown in various studies, jazz activates both hemispheres of the brain, promoting better creativity and memorization.
2 – Creates a pattern that is easier to recall
Ever wondered why committing lyrics to memory is an easier task than storing biology concepts? While interest plays a role in the faster memorization of lyrics, music creates a pattern that promotes information processing and storage.
The low tempo of jazz allows you to study at an ideal pace, ensures maximum interaction of the studied material with the brain, and boosts memorization.
3 – Stress reduction
College lifestyle is a never-ending battle of competing needs and interests. Stress arises from assignments due in a few days, ever-increasing amounts of content, and financial scales to balance.
Owing to the effect of stress on your productivity, you can barely study and commit the material to memory. Jazz induces endorphins production, which controls anxiety, enabling you to focus on the study material.
Even more, background music blocks noise from the environment, which allows you to focus on study material. This aids in endurance over long study sessions, which is essential for mastery of various concepts.
4 – Relax after tedious study sessions
When you are threatened, the body produces adrenaline and cortisol, which increase anxiety and affect your sleep cycle. Owing to the pressure from various academic responsibilities, you may suffer from increased anxiety and low sleep cycles.
Music influences the nervous system to regulate the production of these hormones to the necessary amounts. As a result, you get better sleep quality, thus giving your brain the necessary amount of rest.
This ensures mental health and promotes better cognitive activity in the study sessions scheduled for the next day. As a result, you can gain the most from each study session and avoid long-term mood disorders.
Jazz is among the sedative music that has been proven by various MRI studies to influence mental performance. However, it is vital to note that jazz does not improve your cognitive ability; instead, it helps you focus your attention and manage stress. As a result, you can make the most of each study session and influence the studied material’s storage and retrieval.
Volume regulation is of crucial importance when studying with background music. When the volume is too high, it may distract your concentration, resulting in poor performance.
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