Observe the music

Changing how we observe our world by becoming a different observer is powerful. A power that gives us more choice.

If you ever need reminding that observing differently can make a difference to how you feel in your soul you can:

  • Listen to a favourite piece of music in a different location, on better headphones, or in a dark room.

  • Listen to a remix or remaster – I recently closely listened to Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells 2003. I hadn’t realised it was a remix of the original music and not just a remaster.*

  • Listen to the Dolby Atmos mix of a favourite album, if available, on Apple Music (Spatial Audio). Pink Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Remix 2019) is currently doing it for me and is the prompt for this post.

A little change in how you observe the world can make all the difference. As they say, “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.”

*For the record I didn’t like it that much. The original is wired into my nervous system after hundreds of listens over 35 years.

Observing with a different field-of-view

The car racing simulator I play, Assetto Corsa Competizione, has the ability to set a field-of-view. This mimics the way our eyes ordinarily see by changing what’s on the screen. In my case, as I sit 2.5m away, the value is 15.8°; significantly different from the default of 58º.

As soon as I made the change the impact was astounding and unexpected. Immediately the car was easier to drive and felt as if I had all the time in the world – even though I was lapping at the same pace. I could be more precise with placement of the car on the track. Rises and falls were noticeable and similar to what I would expect in real life.

It was literally a game changer.

The experience got me thinking. Are there other areas in life where I would benefit from a different field-of-view – a different perspective?

Of course there are. I just need to find them.