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The science behind Endel's AI-powered soundscapes

Recently, Endel launched an updated and streamlined Endel skill for Amazon Alexa that includes the “molecular mechanisms” soundscape with original vocals, music, and voiceovers by Grimes.

The company made major headlines earlier this fall when c (the artist’s new lower-case, italicized name, inspired the symbol for the speed of light) released “AI Lullaby”, a scientifically engineered sleep soundscape that’s now available on Alexa. c actually initiated the collaboration with Endel after using the app, and because of her search for sleeping aids for her young son (whose father is her boyfriend, Elon Musk).

Endel was founded in 2018 by a team of six. It is now a 30-person operation focused on creating personal artificial intelligence-powered soundscapes that take into account an individual’s immediate conditions. It does this by assessing a person’s current state and generating an appropriate soundscape from components of its sound engine. This process was born out of scientific principles about sound’s effect on the human body and mind.

In time for the release of the updated skill for Alexa, Amazon Science contributor Tyler Hayes spoke with Endel co-founders Oleg Stavitsky (CEO) and Dmitry Evgrafov (sound designer) about how Endel uses a variety of contextual data points to play the right sounds at the right time.

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