Hannes Reck doesn't remember how he first came across the didgeridoo.
He admits that for someone from the Germanic region of Bavaria, it was odd to discover a fondness for a traditionally Indigenous Australian instrument.
"I think I must've heard it on the street somewhere and just really liked the sound," Hannes said.
"It does have a really special and soothing sound."
For nine years Hannes has played the didgeridoo, but after recently arriving in Tasmania, he has started to play the instrument as a form of meditation.
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"For me, it just has a really meditative effect on myself, I just manage to just get all the thoughts out of my head which is the idea of meditation," he said.
"A couple of months ago I started to play for people and a lot of people had a similar effect where they got in a relaxed state."
Hannes said he travelled to Australia in November 2017 to escape a cold German winter and has travelled Australia on holiday working visas.
His journey brought him to Tasmania, where Hannes said he fell in love with the Apple Isle.
"It has a pristine nature and I think a lot of people like the head space," he said.
"Clocks seem to run slower here and the community is full of laid back people.
"It's [Tasmania] this huge time cycle of old trees and mountains, I've been told that the mountains here have been higher than the Himalayas at one point - it's incredible how old this landmass is."
Hannes said he started to get involved with local groups including the Dance Tribe, Hillwood Meditation Centre and later the House of Prana.
It was at these places that he was able to realise his skill with the didgeridoo could be used for meditative purposes.
"Their feedback really gave me that empowerment to be like 'okay, that's good enough, I can present myself'," Hannes said.
From here Hannes was able to practice professionally and start his own meditation service named Sansonia.
Hannes said it was the deep, soothing tones of the didgeridoo that resonated with both him and people he's helped through meditation.
"You have these slow waves, you can immerse yourself," Hannes said.
"It basically gives people a prompt to meditate on, people have all sorts of ways to meditate and it's all about being single-minded.
"Keep your awareness on one thing, one artefact and in my case that's the didgeridoo so people are just encouraged to lay down, relax their bodies, to drive down muscle tones and they're given some verbal prompts to centre and ground themselves.
"Then I just encourage them to give their full attention to the sound of the didgeridoo."
Hannes added that he has received plenty of positive feedback from his ventures.
"Everyone's getting different results out of it, it is very interesting," he said.
"Some people find it deeply relaxing, some people are just going with their minds and having a dream journey and some people are contemplating stuff and resolving personal issues.
"It's really diverse what people bring back from it, but the response has always been positive."
Hannes plans to visit Byron Bay later in June.
There he plans to hone his didgeridoo meditation skills and learn from others who share his passion for the instrument.
"It's like the capital of Australian healing arts I'd say," Hannes said.
"I think there I'm going to be more of a student than a teacher.
"I'm really excited to get there and to learn."
Rather than using a traditional wooden didgeridoo, Hannes was influenced by other didgeridoo players he's seen overseas and on the internet and opted for using polyethylene piping instead.
"It's mainly for economic reasons," he said.
"If it falls down it doesn't break and it's not that heavy.
"When I go on the plane I'm just going to leave it here, and when I get to Byron I'll get a new one."
Hannes said one added bonus of his didgeridoo was its ability to change tones through extending and retracting the piping.
"I can't do it [change tone] while I'm playing as it's not smooth enough," Hannes said.
"I will have to work that out one day and I'll then be able to change tone while playing which will be really cool."
Hannes mentioned that he'd hoped to learn more about the Indigenous aspect of the didgeridoo, as he has not been able to explore that in Tasmania.
"I've yet to meet people where it is a significant part of their culture, It would be really exciting to me," he said.
"Here in Tasmania, the didgeridoo is not part of Aboriginal culture or heritage.
"It would be really interesting to meet people on the mainland where the didgeridoo is part of their culture."
Hannes has tried playing a wooden didgeridoo numerous times, but prefers playing his polyethylene one.
"Most of them [wooden didgeridoos] are a little more narrow, I've grown accustomed to my didgeridoo though, that's my tool," he said.
As a qualified occupational therapist of three years, Hannes said he has been able to combine what he's learned through that with his skill on the didgeridoo.
"It's what I enjoy, I just started playing because I really like the tone and it's my journey," he said.
"I learned with that [the didgeridoo] to still my mind have less meaningless thoughts in my mind.
"I think that's what really needs to happen to make a change - we really need to make a change in our heads and like that we claim our power and own that.
"The didgeridoo is my tool, that's my path, and I'm sharing that to help people do the same."
Hannes admits he is not the first person to use the didgeridoo as a meditation tool, and mentioned that playing it has other health benefits.
"The only researched benefit that it's been used on is obstructive sleep apnoea," Hannes said.
"Basically it trains your respiratory muscles and throat muscles through the technique of circular breathing.
"That's where you meet up 100 per cent with school medicine, and there's no hocus pocus and that's just the tip of the iceberg."
Though Hannes has formerly played other instruments, he said anyone can and should try playing the didgeridoo.
"It's really a gift for all of us and an encouragement for all of us to learn the didgeridoo, it's really great," he said.