The MindHarp™ is now being used as a valuable resource complimenting Peace Building processes and Good Relations initiatives
Lydianhealth and Lydianstream director Mark Smulian has pioneered peace building projects in the Middle East using music & sound as dialogue in conflict zones and an educational tool to unite divided communities.
Since March 2017 with an initial investment from Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Foundation Mark collaboratively started working in Northern Ireland with local Intercultural Arts Peace Building NGO Beyond Skin. Mark is also a member of the innovative international #ArtsDialogue team working with creative agents of social change in Ireland, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Colombia & USA.
The MindHarp™ was first developed as a creative tool to enable anyone to engage proactively with musical sound. It means that playing music either alone or together need not be the privilege of musicians. With a deep understanding of how music stimulates and releases hormones in the brain (the endochrinal system), music creation through the MindHarp™ becomes a powerful way to connect people. Music ceases to be a way to encourage dialogue. Music is the dialogue.
The MindHarp™ is about togetherness. It is welcoming, inclusive & clever technology that brings people into a safe place where they can freely express themselves and start a shared journey of healing & dialogue through sound. The MindHarp™ meets peoples’ needs in dealing with the past, nurturing a sense of belonging in the present and reducing fears of the future.
The first custom application of the MindHarp™ available to the public is dedicated to serving the needs of people living with dementia and their carers. It has had a dramatic impact.
Parallel to this has been the use of the MindHarp™ to address mental health and well-being issues. Pioneering work has started, working with students at the University of Bristol.
More & more, it is being recognised as an effective PeaceBuilding tool. In Northern Ireland working with partners Beyond Skin, Lydianstream are developing the MindHarp™ further to create safe spaces, address poor mental health, economic inactivity, social exclusion & trauma as a legacy of the conflict.