Hinako Omori — music as therapy

Many people say music is a sort of therapy, but Japanese artist Hinako Omori takes this ethos further than most.

The ambient producer is fascinated by the physical and psychological effect of frequencies, saying: “I’m very interested in sound therapy, brain entrainment and how certain frequencies can put our brain in certain states – alpha, beta, theta, delta…”

The title of her 2022 album The Journey makes sense. It’s a continuous 10-track suite of delicate analogue synthesis, wafting vocals and forest field recordings, and binaural beats that sync to the frequency of human brainwaves. 

It’s deep listening, healing music that hopefully translates to the Workman’s Cellar. The one time you can tell anyone to sssshhhh if they even whisper at a gig. 

Hinako Omori plays the Workman’s Cellar in Dublin on March 12