Alan Lane, Marine and PTSD survivor
My name is Alan Lane. As a combat veteran of the Iraq war, whose job was to disarm and defuse roadside bombs/IEDs (the number one cause of casualties during both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars), as well as a teacher of US and foreign Bomb Squads, I have seen first hand the type of thinking and decision-making that has caused people to get killed or injured. While not all incidents could have been avoided, many of them were a result of a lapse of concentration or an inability to completely take in what was going on around them. Some may say that is inevitable, considering the operational tempo of soldiers and the many variables that are often times unforeseen or unknown in a combat environment, but I beg to differ. While constant situational awareness and attention to detail can be stressed and practiced to a certain degree, unless it can become a part of who we are on a moment by moment basis, casualties will continue to occur at the present rate, regardless of the amount of money we spend on providing our soldiers physical tools and protection. The most powerful tool we have at our disposal is our brain, and anything that increases its efficiency and ability will undoubtedly help save lives. How can this be accomplished? By re-wiring our brain, so to speak, which is what the 3D Sound System that Robert LeDonne has developed helps do. While it is not a “magic pill”, feeling music, through a song or a movie, results in the user being much more keenly aware and attuned to his or her environment and much more ‘present’, something that each soldier can benefit from. By using Mr LeDonne’s system prior to deploying and especially prior to going on a mission, each soldier will have a heightened awareness, being able to more fully take in their surroundings, i.e. possible threat, yet also being increasingly calm, something that is imperative to making sound, and safe decisions.
This “re-wiring” of the brain can also have an enormous benefit for those that suffer from some form of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), the overriding and common theme of which is reliving the traumatic experience over and over, preventing the person to properly heal from it and move on with their lives. As one of the over 400,000 current soldiers who have or are suffering with some form of PTS, I know first-hand the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of the numerous treatment methods that hope to manage it, the majority of which have to do with subduing/limiting the symptoms, i.e. prescribing psychotropic medications for such things as depression or sleeplessness, and not the cause. One therapeutic method that does deal with the cause is called EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, the basis of which is stimulating/tapping the palm of each hand while you verbally recall the trauma. The effect of this is that the synapses in the left and right brain, of which have been cut off and “stuck” due to the traumatic experience, are able to “speak” to one another again. The result is that the memory of the traumatic experience(s) is physically reprocessed into a more normal and much less constrictive manner, allowing the individual to still remember the trauma but not be controlled or dominated by it. The 3D Sound System, by sending frequencies that are felt on each hand, is by nature a form of EMDR. The benefit to the PTS sufferer is that they can use it at their discretion, and for longer periods of time, instead of having to rely on a therapist’s schedule, which is often only done, at most, once a week for maybe an hour at a time. Instead of waiting until the next EMDR session, a soldier can “hook-up” to the 3D Sound System and spend as much time as they need to or desire, greatly improving upon the timeline of their recovery.
“I had lost the hearing in my right ear about 30 years ago. I have been a drummer for the last 40 years, the maker of the Grammy Awards for 27 years and have been producing recordings for three years. When I put in a CD of an album I am producing, closed my eyes and put my hands on the speakers, I was so startled; I had to open my eyes. I heard Daryl coming in my right ear, and that’s impossible. What I immediately realized was you have something that could be a tremendous tool to a recording engineer and something that could change the shape and texture of music of the future.”
John Billings, Ridgeway, CO (maker of the Grammy Awards)
“We would see this as an opportunity, for example, to introduce another way of understanding sound and visual images. We would hope to plan a series of programs incorporating this device, to give visitors an opportunity to use it over time, in order to all its potential benefits to unfold and develop.”
Rebecca McGinnis, Deborah Jaffe, Access Coordinators, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY
“It is this search for true integration of audio and video so that they become one realistic experience that has driven our business constantly in the last 12 years. What Robert LeDonne has achieved with his system has taken this basic concept to a whole new level, far beyond simple sound and pictures working together. Every time I go to one of his demonstrations and see the faces of those who directly experience his idea of what audio and video integration should be, I always enjoy their reactions. It’s like the proverbial light bulb turning on in your head. The look on their faces says it all. I am directly plugged into and experiencing this information in a way I have never imagined. It looks to me like Bob Le Donne is on the right path.”
Bob Scruggs, Senior Audio/Video Consultant, The Sound Shop, Colorado Springs, CO
“I think there is great potential for using these devices with a wide range of client populations including people who are deaf or blind, adults and child with developmental disabilities and people recovering from strokes or spinal cord injuries. These sound devices also have potential applications in psychotherapy and in wellness work to enhance creativity and facilitate communications. I like the fact that the vibration is received through the hands and the mobile unit seems to offer some very interesting opportunities for facilitating movement.”
Laurie Rugenstein MMT, MT-BC-LPC; Naropa University, Boulder, CO.
“We had the good fortune of meeting Robert LeDonne, a master artist and inventor. This system can be used to enhance creativity for artists, dancers and musicians. The system may be used with television, videography and radio. We played with his system and found it to be first-rate. We thought up some ways in which his system can be used to teach youngsters some fundamental mathematical concepts. Robert LeDonne is a first-rate person. We enjoy interacting with him.”
Omar K. Moore, PhD., in his 2001 Annual Report as Member of Corporate Body and President of the Responsive Environments Foundation, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA:
Focused, enhanced right/left brain stimulation for regular & special needs; the deaf & the blind; & helps those with ADD & ADHD to focus!