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A Tribute to Harold Rhodes

Harold Rhodes was a piano teacher who had just developed a new and enjoyable way to learn to play the piano, when the Second World War grabbed him. While enrolled in the Army Air Corps, he kept training his buddies on the piano, during his spare time. When a hospital surgeon on the base got wind of his talent, Rhodes was asked to help rehabilitate wounded soldiers through music and learning the piano.

Unable to find a piano small enough to sit on someone’s lap while in bed, Rhodes came up with his own piano, sized like a briefcase. The “Army Air Corps piano” had two and a half octaves of regular-sized piano keys, and used small aluminum plates instead of strings. These resonating plates were cut from spare hydraulic pipes used in the wings of B-17 bombers.

The rehabilitation program proved to be a huge success, and soon was instituted at all the Air Force hospitals. Thousands of these pianos were made, and a quarter of a million GIs went through this therapy. After the war, Rhodes received the Commemoration of Exceptional Civilian Service for his achievement. He kept building electric pianos and refining their sound. The Rhodes piano is still in existence, a reference among musicians.

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  Wow. Mr. Rhodes plus Wind Noise, both animated, takes me somewhere deep into an earlier time that was both happy and sad... brings tears to my eyes.

  Feels like I'm in the Blade Runner dream sequence...

  How do I explain this? It's a moment by the seaside, an evening at a planetarium, a second suspended in space. It's not zen, it's not trying to take you away from your problems. It's a moment to just take your problems and let them sit there. Let yourself cry until you're done. Until everything seems all right. Because this soundscape is so human. It's like a hug from someone who understands.

  Sooooo noise... ahm nice. My peaceful mixture of sounds calming me down after drinking a little bit to much of coffee :)

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  I love this sound. I usually make my own atmosphere by adding the ticking from Clockwork, the Laundromat, the Vinyl sound, and the whispering from the Church Atmosphere. I've been going through a really tough time where stress is taking over, and I love this combo because it just feels like I have nothing to worry about. It helps me calm down enough to where I can actually get work done. Thank you.

  Wow, I still can't believe how quickly and profoundly this relaxes me! I feel like a dreamy cloud floating along a sunset. This one is great for meditation. I recommend trying this soundscape with 4Hz binaural beats and water stream. Thank you!

  I love this website, and all the sound that we can customize and conjugate... But it was the first time I found the ONE, the one that makes me remember special and unique feelings, like an euphoric nostalgia... That's beautiful... I can't work with it, because the sensations the sound makes me feel are so deep... Thank you. It's so calming, relaxing...

  Amazing! Helps my tinnitus when I'm sleeping.

  This sounds great, you should listen to it!

  Somehow this generator feels more human than any of the human-made ones. I want to cry too.

  Makes me cry...

  Such a peaceful sound, all of the world's troubles seem to melt away.

  This feels like I'm sitting in a brightly lit music room on an early spring afternoon, with sunlight streaming in through large windows lining the walls. It's gentle and comforting, like a warm, well needed hug from a friend.

  Default settings paired with 'Intertidal' is one of the most peaceful things I've ever heard! Thank you for helping me get through my homework!

  I love this, the deep notes and clear high melody relax beyond any medication.

  Pair this with Ultimate Rain Sounds and you are set for instant relief.

  Out of the various wonderful generators on this site, none of them have evoked quite the same feeling that this one has. Almost immediately after I started listening to it, there were tears in my eyes; it's just that beautiful... And for me, it's very suited to the wee hours of the night, so it's fitting that I should find this around 02:30. No doubt I'll be using this to relax in the future.

  I love lots of the sounds here but - due to very high stress levels - I was looking for something specific to help calm me down. I tried almost everything and when I came to Mr. Rhodes; my stomach dropped. I physically felt it instantly and the more I listened the more my tension melted away. It's now my go to for stress relief. I tried the advice of another and added The Fireplace, perfect!

  I had never listened to this soundscape before, but I'm so glad I found it tonight. This setting combined with the "Storm" preset on the Distant Thunder generator sounds like the stuff of dreams. It's helping me stay calm as I prepare for final exams. Thank you to everyone at myNoise for the incredible work you do for all of us listening ♥

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  Just blissful. I have yet to find a generator that I love quite as much as I love this one. It's just present enough to serve as something I notice consistently when I'm working, but not so noticeable as to interfere with my concentration or productivity. It makes me feel safe, too. This put on the Animate feature has provided me with hours upon hours of very peaceful, happy listening.

  This is so peaceful and helps calm me down when I'm extremely stressed out, especially when paired with the cat purr generator. It's so soothing.

  I forget the power of sound waves until I hear Mr. Rhodes... magnificent.

  I adore this generator. Combining this with an environment generator yields interesting results.

  I suffer from chronic depression and loneliness, and the nights are the worst. This makes me feel as if someone is sitting beside my bed and kindly playing a soothing song for me to fall asleep to. The other generators are great in their own ways, but I feel that this one has the most emotion to it.

  This is just amazing! Try this with the rain noise, the thunder+rain one, and the fire noise generators. Might sound strange, but it works!

  When this generator first came up and I opened it, I felt my insides stirring, like I wanted to cry with my whole body. It wasn't unpleasant, but quite the opposite in fact. The pads and the keys sound like they were mourning yet singing of a hopeful future. I don't know how else to describe it. It pairs nicely with other nature or atmospheric generators.

  I just combined this with Irish Coast... the feeling is indescribable.

  This is one of my favorites! Lately I've been combining this with Cafe Restaurant and Singing Bowls - feels like I'm in a movie scene, where other people are coming and going but I'm sitting still, watching, dreaming, just being.

  Omigosh, this is so amazing and relaxing. Gets me through the day! But gosh, combine this with Ocean Waves and it's paradise. It's a walk along the shore while watching the sun set and the stars twinkle in one by one. It's being a peace. This gets me through the day and my homework. Thank you.

  Use a combination of this and flying fortress whenever I am snowed under by work. Feels like a peaceful journey across some ethereal skies, great to switch off to for a while.

  My favorite!

  Calm and almost mournful. Good for writing sad novels to.

  So wonderfully calming, and in the moment when I was doing homework and felt an onset of suffocation and a clutching of my chest (I have anxiety). This and a short prayer helped me hugely. Thank you so much for this fantastic site and all the wonderful work you do! I love bouncing around from sound to sound and resting on what I find best for the moment.

  The past few days I've been having on-again-off-again panic attacks, and this is what finally made my brain shut up. Thank you!

  I tampered with the dreaming preset and made a melody that reminds me of old memories and people that I might not see again untill later "down the road". It's so beautiful I can't stop the smile or the tears. Thank you Doctor :)

  Protip: In addition to being nice and relaxing on its own, Mr. Rhodes is in the same key as the Tibetan Choir generator. Double them up for a beatufiul, rich, expansive listening experience.

  I like to imagine that as I'm falling asleep, someone is kindly playing the piano for me, soothing me after a long, hard day. Just the thought of it makes me tear up.

  This is indeed my most favorite soundscape generator I have ever heard. Combine this with the Wind, Distant Thunder, and Wooden Chimes and you got the perfect personal paradise.

  I love to listen to this on its default setting, or on animate. Paired with Distant Thunder, it's just... the best. I've never felt more at peace. I wasn't sure if I'd really like this generator much, since this kind of stuff isn't usually my thing. But wow. Easily my favorite.

  I love this one. So calming and pleasing to the ear. I use it at work to help my stress in addition to helping block out noise.

  It's called "open the doors" and it made me remember what hope is. Pure & soft & good.

  One of my favorites. Great when trying to tune out the world and mundane problems.

  This soundscape takes me to such a magical place. The beauty of these sounds is beyond description. Thank you for making this.

  I have been a fan of this site since stumbling upon it totally by accident a few weeks ago. Every soundscape is exquisite and this one puts me at peace instantly. Thank you for making such a fine site and for giving me the peace of mind I need to finish writing my book!

  This has become an invaluable study aid and pre-exam ritual for me. The soothing Rhodes melodies are rich with bright flavor and character, enough to keep my mind alert, and there's a sort of warm embryonic atmosphere that comforts me to my very soul. Beautiful. Wouldn't survive my exams without this!

  This soundscape reminds me of Minecraft music.

  A Death Cab For Cutie intro that never ends.

  I went through a whole Sunday afternoon listening to this, relaxing in my bed... I didn't fall asleep, but still, I felt so calm. It took me away from any stressful thought and put me in a peaceful place inside my mind.

  At our clinic, we use this Mr. Rhodes (animated!) in the bay where we administer trigger point injections - it creates the perfect atmosphere of calm. We play it all day long and haven't gotten tired of it, 3 weeks later!

  Cathartic. Reminds me of both happiness and sadness.

  This is truly calming. Since visiting this website I have discovered new peace in myself, it helps me deal with stress better, with my writing, a true treasure trove of sound and feeling. I was never happier to become a Patron of anything, as with this site. Good work.

  Just put the sliders on animate: Goosebumps!

  I involuntarily overhear people's conversations while studying at campus, and any music with lyrics or a distinct melody makes me unfocused as well. Mr. Rhodes with the melody slider disabled saves my studies. Thank you <3

  This page on animate, combined with Distant Thunder, is my new favorite. It's been my haven since I tried the combination. The soft, soothing keyboard, with the rolling thunder and gentle rain is pure bliss.

  This. Pure emotions. Happiness, contentment, love, memories, a subtle longing, missing someone dearly loved, reminiscing, a soft sadness, hope, endurance, triumph, eternity, warmth, coming home, being home, hugging a loved one, passing a lovely late afternoon on a perfect temperature day, perhaps watching the sunset start to form, melancholia, anticipation... these settings just WORK.

  It's like a Brian Eno piece that never ends, pure bliss.

  Bliss

  This is just heavenly, especially in combination with the ocean waves generator. It helps me to focus when I'm studying :)

  I LOVE this one paired with Ocean Waves. It's so soothing. I have anxiety and I listen to it while writing essays and it keeps me calm, but doesn't distract me.

  Love this generator. Mixing it with 'Aeternitas' and entering the meditation room setting for both makes for a very post-rock, ethereal feel... Reminds me ever-so-slightly of Sigur Rós, which is always a good thing.

  Just lovely, reminds me of something Brian Eno would write for a drone/ambient piece. Great for relaxing and feeling calm and nice :)

  This is my favorite thing to listen to when I need to get a massive amount of reading done. It's melodic enough to keep me awake & alert, but subtle enough that it doesn't distract my focus. And it's absolutely beautiful, too. Thanks so much!

  Gotta love this soundscape. It gives off a nice sense of peace and calm that I would love to hear in a cafe or library.

  Just... wow...

  Thank you so much Stéphane for this new soundscape! I am just discovering it after a stressfull day at work, and these gentle sounds really soothe the soul!

  The Rhodes keyboard sound is one of my favourite sounds in the world, and this generator captures it perfectly. The soundscape has no real melody to distract you or turn itself into an earworm, just the beautiful sentimental sound of the Rhodes. Puts me in a great mood!

  It's the sound of broken souls tapping away at black and white tiles, trying to salvage a new life out of their sound. Hypnotic and inspiring.

  This generator is melodic and enchanting. Nothing better after tension filled hours of labor. After a day filled with trying to please customers, I feel like someone's at a piano trying to please me. They are doing a fine job of it.

  As someone with music-production-related hobbies, this new generator is near to my heart. Thank you for this, pure gold!

  Beautiful and calming! It reminds me of Brian Eno, but more enveloping.

  Code Breaker used to be my go-to relaxation noise generator, but now Rhodes has taken the gold medal.

  Ah, the pure tones of the Rhodes piano. Beautiful, and so soothing! I love sitting with my eyes closed as it sends my imagination off to places where I am welcomed as a friend. This Generator overall reminds me of the marvelous game Machinarium. I call my setting "In the Distance, There's a Place Called Home."

  I love when I find something melancholy, especially if it has a melody that makes me feel things like nostalgia. It's a sort of sweet sadness that makes the good times all the better, yet doesn't overwhelm me. At the end of a long day, it sort of brings me from a tired headspace to more of a sleepy one, and yes there's a difference between the two. I absolutely love it.

  I like this generator because it has very simple sounds. A lot of the other 'celestial-like' sound generators are very busy with lots of sound options, but this one is just calm and beautiful.

  I love the "drifting" sound it gives you. Sort of like floating in an endlessly still ocean. Very soothing, perfect for sleep!

  It's a little melancholy, and quite beautiful. I find it useful for meditation, sleep, work, and calming anxiety. Particularly effective when paired with soft nature sounds, and chime generators. A lovely addition to the collection.

  This is definitely my new favorite (I feel like i say this to all of them)! So ethereal and soothing.

  Thank you soo much for this. I found this on a day when I could soo use these beautiful, healing sounds.

  Just discovered that this soundscape and Code Breaker are tonally compatible... so I have them going in two different tabs, along with a nice white noise like Cabin Noise in a third, and I can find some peace and focus in the noisiest office!

  "Souvenirs" layers quite well with Northern Lights' "Magnetic Fields" preset.

  Wow, when I first saw this soundscape, I was hesitant to try it. How good could a Rhodes piano really sound? And it's mindblowing. Of course the pads are more of what I'm listening to as you see by my favorite setting here, but it's gorgeous to relax and sleep to. Love this one a LOT. :)

  It's a beautiful and relaxing soundscape! I've been looking forward to see what you could do with a piano, and it's as fantastic as ever. It's also very informative about a man who deserves more recognition and appreciation.

  I have played the piano since I was too young to remember NOT playing it. I thought I knew everything there was to know - I had no idea how brilliant Mr.Rhodes was, or how kind. Beautiful piano music always brings tears to my eyes. I hit "I'm feeling lucky" because, well, I was. And listened with tears rolling down my cheeks for hours. Beautiful. Thank you, Mr. Pigeon.

  As I sat here, just browsing through the various landscapes of sound, trying to find one where I could sit down under the stars with someone I love, and just experience complete, total comfort and relaxation, I found myself sitting, chin in hands, just listening, eyes closed... And for the first time in years, I found myself ready to lay down and go to sleep. Thank you, Mynoise.net, SO very much!

  I really like Mr. Rhodes at work (with Animate turned on), combined with a Beta wave. Good background vibe, not intrusive or demanding of attention but does not disappear in the background. Which I think can be a tough thing to balance (maybe why it may seem slow/quiet at first). It can even be used during boring presentations or conference calls, I am convinced this is keeping me awake! ;D

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Presets

Tines Only • Remember Harold • Good Vibes • Dreaming • Floating • Fading Chaos • Souvenirs • Amnesia

Random

I'm Feeling Lucky
Enter the Meditation Room

Animation Control

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Usage

Each slider controls a particular audio stream. Adjust sliders to taste and mood.

The Animate! button turns the soundscape into an slowly evolving texture. Use this feature if you intend to listen to the generator over a long period of time!

Attribution

This soundscape is a derivative work of A Rhodes Universe by Corsica_S, used under a CC-BY license.