About MusiCure

The MusiCure music
MusiCure is specially composed music, created specifically for stress relief, mental inspiration and a variety of therapeutic purposes.

These particular music productions stem originally from the “Musica Humana” project where independent medical researchers, working together with the composer, have carried out numerous controlled clinical trials with the music, and documented the effect with scientific methods on several different patient groups in Scandinavia and USA.
More than 15 years of development and scientific research form the foundation for the creation of MusiCure, and new research projects using this music are continuously being initiated.
The music is created as comprehensive and carefully prepared studio productions, which contain instrumental solos and ensemble playing performed on acoustic instruments by professional classical soloists. The music also includes unique recordings of nature sounds, meticulously selected and carefully integrated into the music.

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Background for the creation of MusiCure
The basic idea behind the creation of MusiCure was established in 1998 with the initiation of the pilot project ‘Music Program for intensive care patients’, a multidisciplinary initiative build on collaboration between an artist (composer) and healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses a.o.). The aim was to both create and simultaniously scientifically document a new original music program, made from scratch and designed specifically for therapeutic purposes.
Initiators were executive producer and musician Inge Mulvad Eje, composer, musician and sound designer Niels Eje, and Professor, MD, Lars Heslet from the Danish National Hospital in Copenhagen. Financial support for the project was provided by the Danish ’Egmont Foundation’, which thus laid the foundation for the project ‘Musica Humana’.

Further detailed information about Musica Humana and the research behind MusiCure, see the RESEARCH section at the MusiCure web site

Research with MusiCure
The initial studies of the MusiCure program’s effect was carried out as a pilot project at the Danish National Hospital ICU 4131, under the leadership of Clinical supervisor, Professor, Dr. Lars Heslet and his staff.
Further research and implementation was conducted by dedicated doctors, nurses and music therapists in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the United States – often with the intention of future publication of articles, lectures and presentations at home and abroad. The research projects with this music also sought to uncover issues as: processing time, length and intervals of music listening, volume and sound sources. Composer Niels Eje organized and produced special programs with MusiCure music for a variety of research projects in the years 1998-2003, which were carried out according to the research protocols formulated by doctors and nurses, for the studies in question. The research data and the feedback generated from the research, was used creatively by the composer, and helped form the basis of the total MusiCure program. The first CD release in the series was made available for the public in 2003.

Published studies describing research with MusiCure
Research in the field of ‘music as medicine’ is typically interest-driven and executed by enthusiasts who are passionate about getting deeper into the mystery surrounding the power of music as a healing measure. An example is Professor and anesthesiologist (RNA, PhD) Ulrica Nilsson from Örebro University Hospital, Sweden, who over the years has contributed numerous articles describing cutting-edge research with Oxytocin_study_Swedenmusic. In recent years, Ulrica Nilsson has published studies that can demonstrate music’s influence on people’s hormonal balance. It has in particular attracted international attention that Ulrica Nilsson, through her studies, could detect a significant decrease in the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol, and a corresponding increase in the excretion of the beneficial hormone oxytocin measured in ‘music groups’ (compared to ‘control groups’) in connection with studies of heart patients during rest periods after surgery. These important articles were 2008 and 2009 published in American magazines’ Heart & Lung ‘* and’ Journal of Clinical Nursing **

    * Nilsson U, The effect of music intervention in stress response to cardiac surgery in a randomized clinical trial -’Heart & Lung – The journal of Acute and Critical Care’ Oct.2008

** Nilsson U. Soothing music can increase oxytocin levels during bed rest after open-heart surgery; a randomizedcontrol trial. Journal of Clinical Nursing 2002

A complete list of internationally published articles describing studies with MusiCure can be found here.

 

Applicability of MusiCure
The MusiCure music is basically “genre-less”, “neutral” and “universal” in its expression, and it seeks to avoid associations with any of the traditional music genres or styles, with the aim of addressing everyone, regardless of the user’s individual musical tastes and listening habits, and preferences in music in general.

The MusiCure albums are exclusively available at pharmacies in Denmark and Norway, as well as in selected treatment centers and clinics. MusiCure online: see links on this site.
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How to use MusiCure?
Although MusiCure has been tested and documented by researchers at hospitals, the music is not limited to patient use only. The primary purpose of MusiCure is to provide high quality music for relaxation, stress relief and calmness, as well as positive optimistic experiences which stimulate the imagination and create images in the listener’s “cinema of the mind” .
It is very individual and depending on the situation, how to use MusiCure, but in addition to the therapeutic use it can also serve as soft background music, as well as a meditative, soothing and ‘recharging breaks’ in a stressful everyday life.

 

How to use the individual titles in the MusiCure series

The entire MusiCure series is backed by research and has two primary goals:

1. To have a physically soothing, calming and relaxing effect
2. To stimulate the mind in a positive way, creating voyages of discovery and inner images

The individual albums in the series contain selected sections of the original music programs, each with its own “theme” or “headline” refering to the overall atmosphere and nature sounds in the production. In 2012 there are in total released 10 albums in the MusiCure series, plus the double-album “Nature Editions”:
Information about the specific releases in the MusiCure series can be found at: www.musicure.com

 

Recording of MusiCure in the studio ‘Audiophon’ with Christian Skriver og Aage Tanggaard (recording engineers), and musicians Christophe Dejour: guitar, Hanne Mulvad: piano, Inge Mulvad Eje: cello, Niels Eje: oboe and Berit Spælling: harp.

 

It would be unfair to compare Niels Eje’s MusiCure music with muzak, as we know it from the supermarket. And it would also be unfair to compare it with classical music, for it is neither. And it isn’t pop, rock, folk, beat – nor heavy metal or punk. It is something completely different, which really is hard to define. But if you imagine taking a walk in a forest, then you have something of the silence that characterizes this distinctive tonal universe. For it’s like hearing trickling sounds coming forth from a kind of forest silence…”

From a review in the Danish newspaper ’Politiken’, by Henrik Larsen, 2006