Monthly Archives: November 2018

The value of the unexpected for wellbeing [Reflection]

Beyond all the process to do live music events and make the people share their fears for songs… there is a constant in all my interventions, the “surprise effect”… people who don’t know what song will be shared… or workers that arrive and find a music in their reception. This creates a curiosity for the new… and maybe this curiosity for the new is something that the daily life of people at work is lost… since they can fall in the routine….

Breaking the routine with music or art in general, could also generate this connection with the three spheres of wellbeing? psychological, sociological and physical?  Personally, I’m someone who doesn’t’ like the routine, does why I avoid taking longer projects… I like variety and feel rewarding moments. Also is an important surprise is designed to create a positive emotion… and for it, the research is the clue… I dream in the future any company could hire a musician to work for the wellbeing, design songs, creat ambient music, support people wellbeing by research, understanding rhythms, projects. Someone who could be part of the team and work for and with them indirectly.

By the other side, I also dream my project of sharing fears could be connected with a music provider that could  use artificial intelligence to make easier the process to chose a song and analyse the words in the fear, create tags, among others… also it will be important to create a profile of fears of people,  and try to analyze what is happening psychologically with the help of professionals. I mean is not only about the fear is about be sure that we are helping.

Hearing and healing
When I start my research I was diagnosed with vertigo, and there I learn the importance of the ear for the human equilibrium. I was in a medical evaluation when I had several simulations of disequilibrium with movements and noise…  without the ability to hear our body will move completely weird and our mind will be completely affected. This causality has made me think more about the importance of this project for the mental health and the brain… we can create more scenarios to hear…. not only music, hear others, hear sounds of the world and nature, I know these mindfulness aspects are a little bit trendy, but being mindful is the ability to be present with all the senses, as society we have been completely visual… is time to get back to the ear. And it seems more people is understanding it… NHS is using sounds or recording songs to help patients with dementia… at the same time there is a project of NHS so in 2030 doctors will be prescribing arts to relieve anxiety and depression.



The launching

After analysing the results of the first intervention where I started on Instagram to interchange fears with songs, using the free system “Weebly” I set up a simple website open to people to share.

Main constrains

  • As a simple website I don’t have data base to analyse or keep the data, I did everything manually so it took long time to answer.
  • The website was iterative because first people didn’t understand that the song to share was not related to the fear… was mostly to support or relief
  • Also I have to explain why to use just the email, because is the only tool I had.
  • Because everthing was manually it was hard to organized what song for who.

General Results

In 48 hours more than 10 fears were shared, for choosing the songs I found the support of some friend according to the genre… even though most of the people choose “surprise genre”, for the song chooser

Now the song criteria were to find a lyric and rhythm to change the fear for more confident.

Fear shared Song sent
Of new beginnings!! We are on a verge of moving. Am I going to be able to be the best version of myself during this chaotic time? How do I don’t get lost in everything that’s going on?
I’m afraid of being unemployed another year in a row.
Hacer las cosas mal / Doing things wrong
Getting fired
Not performing
Not delivering as promised. Providing mediocre results.
-Of not performing as my team and line manager expect.
I had a sexual harassment situation…. I’m afraid of my safety.  (!!!!)

In order to receive the feedback it was defined a small survey to identify de user perception of the song


Even though people didn’t answer the survey, by sharing the fear it’s possible to conclude there is a trend of unhealthy fears… something the people is concern about that is based in assumptions and not a direct danger, also the current worried of performance could be a good insight so people could have into the companies better ways to measure their performance and have more certainity what they are doing god or wrong. Also to improve the project it will be important people give a little bit more context.

About the sexual harrassment report this is a new breakthrough that makes me think in the huge need to connect the project with authorities or organizations that protect workers rights. Also for the future website to have more ways to interact, measure, or help people will create a real impact or the change expected. The idea is to go beyond the song and the song becomes a pretext.

Approach with the Guildhall School of Music to scale the live music intervention

One of the most important struggles with the live music intervention idea is all the costs that are around: Musicians performance, transportation, lobby in companies, marketing among others. Thinking about the possibility of scale the project, and start to offer it as a service, and thanks to the contact from a violinist friend, I was connected with the Research area of Guildhall School of Music where I present my project and did the request of future collaborative work to involve students, and here is their answer


Dear Natalia,

 While I don’t think that I’ll be able to become involved in the project, I have provided some information below that I hope you will find useful.

  • If you are interested in hiring our student musicians, I would direct you towards our External Engagements department. They are able to connect you with musicians within the school and enable our students to work professionally at fair rates.
  • For more general information about live performance costs, I would recommend using the Musicians Union website. They have a great deal of useful resources, including information about recommended rates for various types of performances, template contracts, and articles/resources about various issues within the field.
  • The Guildhall School runs its own Creative Entrepreneurs scheme, a year-long incubator designed to support creative enterprises. You may find it useful to look around the website to see the type of support that we would typically offer to entrepreneurs on the scheme. You may also find their Twitter feed useful, as they regularly post articles with advice about running creative and social enterprises.

I hope that the resources above are helpful for your project. Thanks again for getting in touch.

Kind regards,
Research Coordinator