From metal to meditation: Why this B.C. musician is creating music for insomnia

Fifty-one-year-old Devin Townsend has had difficulty sleeping as far back as he can remember.

His troubles were only worsened when he became a touring musician, changing time zones constantly and then became a parent.

An artist by trade — known for his successful career as a heavy metal and rock artist — Townsend began exploring a music-based solution to his insomnia. 

He began writing soothing, dream-like songs, which he recorded and then listened to at night. But the recordings he started making 25 years ago quickly became part of a broader meditative practice that helped ground him throughout the day.

The Early Edition6:38Devin Townsend is known for his heavy music, but he has a softer side

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