Most Relaxing Song Ever

Did you hear? Scientists have teamed up with British band (the most superior rock stars all come from across the pond) Marconi Union to create the Most Relaxing Song Ever. You should go read the article on Short List.

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Sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union compiled the song “Weightless”, using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener.
According to the article, the method involved using a continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causing the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’, making it an ideal audio accompaniment for a good night’s rest.
Excerpts from the article:
“Low underlying bass tones relax the listener and a low whooshing sound with a trance-like quality takes the listener into an even deeper state of calm.”
“While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat. It is important that the song is eight minutes long because it takes about five minutes for this process, known as entrainment, to occur. The fall in heart rate also leads to a fall in blood pressure.

 “The harmonic intervals – or gaps between notes – have been chosen to create a feeling of euphoria and comfort. And there is no repeating melody, which allows your brain to completely switch off because you are no longer trying to predict what is coming next.”  Instead, there are random chimes, which helps to induce a deeper sense of relaxation. The final element is the low, whooshing sounds and hums that are like buddhist chants. High tones stimulate but these low tones put you in a trance-like state.”

– Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy

Here is a link where you can stream the song:

Stream from SoundCloud right here

Personally I think it sounds like the CD my masseuse plays! The reasearchers also named a top ten list of other relaxing songs.

The Top 10 Most Relaxing Tunes:
1. Marconi Union – Weightless
2. Airstream – Electra
3. DJ Shah – Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
4. Enya – Watermark
5. Coldplay – Strawberry Swing
6. Barcelona – Please Don’t Go
7. All Saints – Pure Shores
8. Adele – Someone Like You
9. Mozart – Canzonetta Sull’aria
10. Cafe Del Mar – We Can Fly

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