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Autumn 2022 Nature Photography

Autumn is a beautiful time of the year. I love the crisp, fresh air and the changing color of the leaves. I found myself out in nature most days this October 2022, fully immersing myself in mindful meditation walks and soaking up the sights and sounds of my environment. I think with the change of … Continue reading Autumn 2022 Nature Photography

Madison Miller at TEDx Wolverhampton on Nature Sounds and Relaxation During Times of Crisis.

The news is out! I am delighted to announce I will be a Tedx speaker at @TEDxWolves (Twitter) on 1st Oct 2022. There is a great line up of speakers and I can’t wait to network and share my knowledge on improving mental health through nature sounds! About TEDx Wolverhampton 2022 “Our theme for 2022 … Continue reading Madison Miller at TEDx Wolverhampton on Nature Sounds and Relaxation During Times of Crisis.

F Minor: A brief look on how nature field recordings can change the emotion of sound  

The emotional power of music stands as multidisciplinary research, which includes philosopher, psychologists, neuroscientists, and musicologists. From these theoretical and practice-based views, the relationship between emotion and music is explored, often showcasing music as a form of emotional communication (The Emotional Power of Music). According to psychologist Nico Frijda, emotion is a way for us … Continue reading F Minor: A brief look on how nature field recordings can change the emotion of sound  

Mentor Collective: Now offering support to USA student arts & humanities mentees

Once one door closes, another door opens. I recently resigned from the committee roles in the Royal Musical Association and Music and Mental Health Group and am thrilled to announce a new adventure! I am now a mentor with the Mentor Collective, offering mentorship sessions to USA undergraduate students focused on arts & humanities. I … Continue reading Mentor Collective: Now offering support to USA student arts & humanities mentees

Winner: ‘People’s Choice’ Doctoral Depictions Photo Competition 2022

The winners of the Doctoral Depictions Photo Competition 2022 were announced at Researchers’ Week Awards/Celebration Ceremony on Friday 24 June 2022. I am happy to say I won People’s Choice for 2022! I want to thank everyone for taking the time to vote for me and support me throughout the PhD journey. Photography is a … Continue reading Winner: ‘People’s Choice’ Doctoral Depictions Photo Competition 2022

Exploring Song Bowls and Sound

It is no secret on my blog that I started meditating in 2015 to combat my migraines and anxiety. With that, I entered a mental space where I wanted to try different meditation techniques to see which worked best for me. Sound became critical to my meditation practices. I migrated towards nature and ambient sounds, … Continue reading Exploring Song Bowls and Sound

A Look into Binaural Beats: Aesthetics vs Function

(Submitted 18th May 2018, By Madison Miller – Bournemouth University, MA Media & Communications) Introduction Linguistic theories suggest humans have an innate need to communicate, which categorizes language as an instinctual characteristic (Pinker 2015). From this notion, some musicologists theorize music as a universal language, creating a synthesis between the human instinct to communicate and … Continue reading A Look into Binaural Beats: Aesthetics vs Function

Core Opulence Now on Spotify & SoundCloud

Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/show/6RUYcbDxla4FBtxgL9u4Bn?si=4ad3f6549f70436f SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/coreopulence Announcement: I am happy to announce Core Opulence is now available on Sportify and SoundCloud. Core Opulence is a PhD music project that focuses on nature sounds and soundscapes. With my PhD research, I focus on YouTube as my primary source of soundscape sharing. This is due to a familiarity with this … Continue reading Core Opulence Now on Spotify & SoundCloud

Core Opulence Now on Eventbrite

We are thrilled to announce a new adventure. Core Opulence is now on Eventbrite, where online and in-person events will take place starting Summer 2022. Core Opulence Music is a PhD project inspired by Doctoral student Madison Miller. The purpose of the project is to explore music through soundscapes, field recordings, soundwalks, nature sounds, etc. … Continue reading Core Opulence Now on Eventbrite

Immersive Soundscape Exhibit May 2022

Join Madison Miller, PhD researcher in soundscapes, for an immersive soundscape experience 18th May 2022 at the University of Wolverhampton Walsall Performance Hub. Miller will present work which combines nature sounds and nature photography collected during her self meditation walks. This mixed media approach is part of her PhD research where she looks at how … Continue reading Immersive Soundscape Exhibit May 2022

The Uses of Literature: The Arts, Culture and Wellbeing in Times of Crisis (Art Exhibit)

What can the arts and literature do in the face of enormous catastrophe? Help us celebrate the vital necessity of art! Date and time Wed, 30 March 2022 16:30 – 18:30 BST Location Wolverhampton Art Gallery Lichfield Street Wolverhampton WV1 1DU About this event We are currently living through what feels like an unending series … Continue reading The Uses of Literature: The Arts, Culture and Wellbeing in Times of Crisis (Art Exhibit)

Constructing a Soundscape with Self-Meditation Walks

My History of Self-Meditation with Nature Walks When I lived in the USA, I was undiagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, and C-PTSD. Leaving my mental health undiagnosed and untreated led to ordinary or day-to-day tasks, like going to work, extremely difficult. My life was impacted in various aspects including, lack of self-care, poor … Continue reading Constructing a Soundscape with Self-Meditation Walks

Winner of SU Society of the Year (2020 & 2021): Building a Successful Doctoral Students Society

About the Doctoral Students Society The Doctoral Students Society (DSS) is a post graduate researcher society at the University of Wolverhampton. Established in December 2019 by three dedicated PGRs (committee list below), the society aims to bring doctoral students together for social events, networking, and sharing of ideas. The DSS welcomes anyone from full-time to … Continue reading Winner of SU Society of the Year (2020 & 2021): Building a Successful Doctoral Students Society

Reimagining the art of listening: Soundscape design paired with photography (BARN Virtual Colloquia)

Happy to share I will be presenting my research: Reimagining the art of listening: Soundscape design paired with photography. Join me on 11/11/21 at the British Audio-Visual Research Network (BARN) Virtual Colloquia, an international, virtual community of scholars and practitioners from all disciplines engaged with the study of music and sound in audio-visual media. To … Continue reading Reimagining the art of listening: Soundscape design paired with photography (BARN Virtual Colloquia)

Music & Mental Health Group Now on Twitter & Looking for Members

Music & Mental Health Group is a community of students, staff, independent scholars/musicians & recent graduates that advocate music & mental health in a hybrid way. #MMHGroup #MentalHealthMatters The aim is to spread mental health awareness through research, advocacy/action and creative solutions. We liaise with existing establishments whilst also gathering data and information to better … Continue reading Music & Mental Health Group Now on Twitter & Looking for Members

Photography Competition Winner #wlvARC2021

The Annual Researcher Conference (ARC) at the University of Wolverhampton is hosted during Researchers’ Week each year. “Researchers’ Week aims to provide postgraduate researchers with the opportunity to develop their research skills and knowledge development, as well as their networks with other researchers and their community of practice” (Source: University of Wolverhampton). This year Researchers’ … Continue reading Photography Competition Winner #wlvARC2021

FindAPhD.com PhD Inspiration Series

I had the honor of speaking for FindAPhD.com’s (https://www.findaphd.com/) PhD Inspiration series. This series aims to share the wealth of knowledge fellow PGR’s have to help inspire those considering higher education. In this video I discuss my research in soundscapes and what it is like being a PhD student. To learn more, watch here:

Changes to the Creative Process through Autoethnography, Auto-Ethnomethodology and Reflective Practice

An ethnomethodology is an examination of common cultural actions, beliefs, and behaviors that make sense of everyday life. This is done through researching communications of everyday people through speech and other interactions (Allen 2017). However, ‘auto’ differentiates this method by prefixing ‘self’ to ethnomethodology. Instead of focusing on the standard or perhaps alternative ways of … Continue reading Changes to the Creative Process through Autoethnography, Auto-Ethnomethodology and Reflective Practice

Self Reflection and my Annual Progress Review (First Year as a PhD Student)

For my APR (Annual Progress Review), I have thought a lot about my work. Throughout this year, I noticed my tools, environment, and mental health have impacted my creative practice. Read more about these observations below: Music & Reflection Currently my materials are limited. I use my phone (galaxy s8) to do all recordings and … Continue reading Self Reflection and my Annual Progress Review (First Year as a PhD Student)

ARC2020 Hosted by the University of Wolverhampton Photo Competition Winner

Thank you to those at the University of Wolverhampton and PGR’s who have voted for my photo for this year’s Doctoral Depictions Photo Competition. I am chuffed to have won first place and look forward to taking many more photos of my PhD journey. Here is my submission: Whilst collecting field recordings (to grow my … Continue reading ARC2020 Hosted by the University of Wolverhampton Photo Competition Winner

Shower Thoughts in Self-Isolation: A Sonic Guided Journey

Guided meditation is a practice where the listener is guided through a sonic experience in order to achieve various results, usually in the form of finding peace or comfort. The instructor during these guided meditations may ask you to control your breathing, let go of unwanted thoughts, or focus on your visualization/ imagination, and may … Continue reading Shower Thoughts in Self-Isolation: A Sonic Guided Journey

Photography during Quarantine

Before self-isolating to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus, I took a walk into the woods. My equipment: Headphones Music Camera I saw the flowers blooming, ducks in the creek, and leaves making their way back onto tree branches. The sun was bright and the wind was soft, making for a pleasant and peaceful … Continue reading Photography during Quarantine

Troubled Kids & Meditation in Schools

Children displaying bad behaviors in school seems to be be an ongoing crisis in school districts across the United States. Most recently I heard about Philadelphia school district teacher troubles, where 50% of test scores in math, science, and English, do not pass proficiency (NBC10). Bad behavior impacts the child’s ability to learn and concentrate, … Continue reading Troubled Kids & Meditation in Schools

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