And why can’t apes, cats or any other animal for that matter?

Only humans have the ability to accurately anticipate the pulse of a rhythm and align our clapping with those around us (technically, this is called ‘entrainment’).

We humans are hard-wired to respond to, and engage with, musical sound. We are all born with a ‘music centre’ in our brain: Neural pathways that react almost exclusively to the sound of music.

The human brain instinctively defines a sound as either ‘environmental’ (cars, machine noises, water dripping…) or ‘musical’. When we actively participate in creating ‘musical’ sound we trigger emotional responses which impact positively on our stress levels and generate feelings of goodwill towards others and ourselves.

Lydianstream is currently being utilised in a number of evolving projects in mental health, dementia care and intercultural arts dialogue 

Lydianstream harnesses the power of our ‘music-centre’ in a simple and accessible system.

  1. We have codified the behaviours that have to be demonstrated to achieve high-level teamwork (…and high quality music-making)
  2. We use musical sound as the key to experience, practise and reinforce high-functioning group and individual behaviours
  3. We aim to increase collective and individual EQ (Emotional Quotient) and demonstrate this through objective measurement

For the last 20 years, this system has been applied in the fields of conflict resolution and the upgrading of team behaviours in groups, organisations and businesses. It is used directly for relieving stress and anxiety and provides a fresh approach to developing and enhancing mindfulness.

All applications of Lydianstream are based on The Codes of Behaviour.


The key to unlock the power of this unique system is musical sound. The application of The Codes of Behaviour, learnt through sound-based exercises and tools, leads to increased ‘EQ’.

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