Rock and roll is my generation’s background. My iTunes is stuffed with thousands of songs. When it comes to working on my Mac, I prefer quiet solitude. Silence is golden.
That’s been my Mac modus operandi for a couple of decades. Until now. Running on my Mac, in the background, is mood music—chimes, birds, water, bells, crystals, and very light music. You know what? It works.
Apple’s mantra for years has been Think Different. That means Apple aficionados and Mac users, the creative and intellectual masses, have an obvious responsibility to examine and challenge the status quo.
My most recent challenge to the way things have always been done (silence, no music) resulted in the installation of SonicMood.
It’s an amazingly simple, yet highly complex app that provides you with background mood music.
Each mood, and there are 37 of them, are blends of pleasing harmonies and sounds of nature. SonicMood is exactly the kind of Mac app you have to try, try for at least a day.
Initial setup is straightforward. Double click the start button and you’re good to go.
Your Mac’s speakers or headphones will be filled with a variety of soothing, comfortable, thought-cleansing, and focus inducing background sounds.
Whether you’re at home or in an office cubicle, whatever background noise you have that wholly annoys you and disturbs your focus, melts away, replaced by dozens of carefully crafted sounds.
Sounds? The variety is endless, but the starter list is sufficient to show you that you need more—more seashore, more bells, more cello and violin, more tinkle bells, more surf and whales and rain and haunted forrest.
That’s just getting started. SonicMood is for those of us who want to set it and forget it. And for those of us who love to tinker and craft our own, personalized backgrounds.
And if that’s not enough control, there’s options to fine tune each instrument and sound to the nth degree.
My Mac is surrounded by an elaborate and healthy sound system with a few wonderful speakers, so SonicMood can be fine tuned to blend into the mind without distraction.
Other options include a Picture Window that runs a slideshow of your favorite photos.
And, get this. All those wonderful sonic backgrounds can be recorded and saved into iTunes so they’ll travel with you via iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
The catch for me was giving SonicMood enough time to work, to blend into my mind, to be effective without being distracted. If the music you want to hear isn’t allowed, it’s unlikely anyone would complain about tinkle bells, frogs, flowing water and natural harmonies that magically seem to give your mind clarity and focus without disruption or chemical enhancements.