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Whether you’re forced to work in a noisy office, experience emotional stress, or suffer from sleep deprivation Got Insomnia? Fall Asleep With Relaxing Music [Sound Sunday] Got Insomnia? Fall Asleep With Relaxing Music [Sound Sunday] Free music downloads, streaming albums, and a playlist to ground your thoughts and help you drift off into sleep. Read More , music can be a great aid in untangling your mind. For this Sound Sunday, I’ve once more compiled a collection meant to help you relax.

Thank you to all of you who heard me a few weeks ago, when I urged you to share Sound Sunday more. I can only assume many of you are helping out because the number of people who are seeing each edition has increased dramatically. Please don’t stop and share the music!

Atmospheric

Genre: dark, ambient, atmospheric

“Aurbis” is the first full-length of Av Admia. This album is about the existence and and its dimensions, particularly about some of them, that you will recognize if you have some knowledge about this world.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: ambient, atmospheric

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This album is the prelude to the documentary “The Wounded Healer” by Nathan Ehrlich. You can see the teaser below.

Industrial

Genre: dark, ambient, electronic, industrial

FWF, or Fabien W. Furter, is a sound artist and musician of electronic/instrumental music, based in Nancy, France. His style ranges from industrial music, experimental to ambient music Strictly Ambient: Free Music Downloads, Streams & Playlist [Sound Sunday] Strictly Ambient: Free Music Downloads, Streams & Playlist [Sound Sunday] If you've ever wanted to stream Sound Sunday in one go, finally, this edition contains a one-loop-playlist. Read More , a sort of unexpected encounter between Stockhausen and Coil in a David Lynch movie. A poetry of Oddness.
Source: Bandcamp

Avant-Garde

Genre: ambient, electronic, avant-garde

The reason this album isn’t exactly one hour long has practical reasons. Bandcamp limits files to 600MB and one hour of Mark’s music came out at 605MB; hence the missing 34 seconds. Due to its length, this track is not part of the playlist.

Genre: dark, ambient, atmospheric, avant-garde, industrial, drone

Pulling from [many] organic sources, this EP establishes several rich and natural soundscapes. These pure elements combined with Swell Sound’s signature dark, industrial style are what make Elemental Reform such a unique experience for the listener.
Source: Bandcamp

Drone

Genre: dark, ambient, drone

Atmospheres and Landscapes is homemade music from Santa Cruz.

Genre: dark, ambient, electronic, atmospheric, drone, chillout, trip hop

Deleno na Nula from Bulgaria urges fellow musicians to keep Ambient sound Ambient. Judge for yourself whether he holds up to his own standards or yours.

Genre: ambient, electronic, drone

The Implicit Order is not involved in any wave, stream, genre or scene. I/O started in 1989 as a Mail Art project and by the early 90’s it developed into a musical project incorporating many of the early Industrial/Experimental ideas of the late 70’s, 1980’s and beyond.
Source: Bandcamp

Noise

Genre: dark, ambient, drone, noise

The tunes on this album are sleep ambience trances Relax & Sleep Better With These Free Music Downloads [Sound Sunday] Relax & Sleep Better With These Free Music Downloads [Sound Sunday] Sound Sunday music downloads are mostly free and always legal. In this edition, find ambient, electronic, and classical music to influence your mood and maybe experience the sensation of ASMR. Can you feel it? Read More , most of which are over an hour long. It’s Nocturnal Mantis’ first ambient album, designed to help you sleep, study, work or meditate.

Genre: dark, ambient, electronic, noise

This two-track EP is a collaboration between Deadlights, a full time Amateur from the UK, and Body Smasher, producer, writer, and genius from everywhere.

Hauntology

Genre: dark, ambient, drone, hauntology

Genre: ambient, drone, industrial, lo-fi, noise, hauntology

HP Lovecraft inspired Post-Rave Hauntology Rituals and Radiophonic Occult Synth Horror Soundtracks, from Newcastle-upon- Tyne, England.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: electronic, avant-garde, jazz, hautology

Being the canny individual that he is, [the Trifler] has sampled, chopped, manipulated and generally abused the sound recordings into new forms. The haunting sounds of a long dead media have been transformed into mirror reflections and sound maps for a time and place that never really existed.
Source: Bandcamp

The Playlist

The best tracks from this week’s edition, served in a handy playlist. Enjoy!

How Relaxed Can You Be?

Music can only do so much to help you relax Clear Your Brain With Ambient White Noise [Sound Sunday] Clear Your Brain With Ambient White Noise [Sound Sunday] Let the sound waves wash over you to clear the mind. Free instrumental music downloads with binaural beats, ambient drone, and white noise. Read More . How far does it get you and which genres work the best?

To influence upcoming editions, you’re welcome to add free music downloads to the Sound Sunday Suggestions playlist on minilogs, get in touch with me @TinaSieber on Twitter, or email tina at this domain.

Image credits: Featured Image by Keoni Cabral via Flickr

  1. Michele McFaul
    August 25, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I agree with WLC the drone sound in ambient music is not relaxing, it actually made me nervous. I could not wait for it to end and had to stop both.

  2. WLC
    May 14, 2015 at 3:19 am

    The drone sound in ambient music is not relaxing. It is the opposite of relaxing. It is such a relief when the music stops. Am I confused, or do others actually find that sound relaxing? It is so stressful to me...

  3. Amazonite
    July 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    There is no better soundtrack to napping than a baseball game on TV.

    • Tina S
      August 18, 2014 at 9:18 am

      haha Maybe that's why Baseball is not popular anywhere outside the US. I find the game tiring, too.

  4. dragonmouth
    July 21, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    During the summer, I find sounds of a lawnmower to be rather soporific.

    If I can't sleep, I turn on the TV and set the volume to barely audible. Puts me to sleep most of the time. The problem arise when there is an interesting program on then I start watching it. Bye bye sleep. :-)

  5. Rob H
    July 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

    It may seem counter intuitive but distractions like sound can help you get to sleep. I saw a guy on TV demonstrate how to get a crying baby to sleep. He rocked the cradle, started the vacuum cleaner, had soft lighting but something to look at (a mobile), something to hold (teddy). His hypothesis was that the sensory overload caused the brian to shut down. It's why a lot of kids go to sleep quickly when they're in the car, noise, visual stimulation, movement.

    I use it myself with speech radio or music at low volume, have to be careful about choices as there are stimuli that will break through the drift into sleep. I also found that trying to memorise a long poem worked - to the extent that the first few lines are normally enough and I recently found I couldn't remember much more. The full poem takes about 10 minutes to read in my mind and takes my thoughts away from anything that's nagging away.

    One technique I've used in the past is to try to think about two completely different topics at the same time. If there's some problem I've been battling with (maybe a tricky bit of computer program design) I often find the solution can arrive late at night but that has made me "too awake". The fix then is to turn the light on and write it down.
    I've also found that reading for half an hour before trying to sleep (or if I can't sleep, then stop trying and read for a while).

    If this makes it sound as if I've got a serious insomnia problem: wrong. But maybe if I wasn't using these techniques I would have...

    Anyway, thanks for these Tina some of them hold promise.

    The next challenge is the opposite: how to stay awake in a warm lecture room after a good lunch (possibly involving alcohol) - even a good speaker with an engaging topic will see heads dropping and I'm ashamed to say, one of those is mine!

    • Tina S
      August 18, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Thank you for sharing your proven techniques to fall asleep, Rob!

      So when you read before going to bed, do you use a paper book? Because reading from a screen, possibly also an e-ink screen, will negatively affect your inner clock and keep you alert.

      Thanks for the article idea regarding staying awake / alert. I'll look into this. :)

    • Rob H
      August 18, 2014 at 9:44 am

      @Tina: Paper vs eBook - not sure if it makes a difference but usually I'm reading off paper (sadly that's often a computer mag/book!)

      As for my "staying awake" challenge, I do have some answers.
      It is partly the responsibility of the presenter to realise not just that there can be a problem (some do, it's sometimes called "the graveyard shift" by professional lecturers) but also to try to counter it. On one course the tutor said at the after lunch session "I don't want you to miss any of my presentation and I know there's a risk of falling asleep after lunch. If you feel yourself drifting off I understand and sympathise. I suggest the best strategy is to go to the back of the room and stand for a while - it's much harder to sleep standing up!"
      Another effective approach is to get the individuals involved in some kind of practical activity, maybe break into small discussion groups to solve a problem, complete a written test or, ideally, engage in some physical activity.

    • Tina S
      August 18, 2014 at 10:06 am

      And more great tips right there. Thank you!

      In my other job, I'm co-organizing a conference. It has a super packed schedule, which had me worried because I know how limited attention spans are for passive listening, even if you care about the subject. Generally, I think conferences need to be designed differently; less frontal presentations and more interactivity.

      There's not much I can do about the design of this conference, but you inspired me to brief speakers with ways to keep the audience interested, as well as provide attendees with ideas to get the most out of the conference. Thank you!

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