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Music is one of the most powerful ways to trick your brain. Its direct connection to the grey matter enables it to trigger emotions, bring back memories, or create moods; just like touch, images, and odors. A well composed dose of music can help you relax, calm down, and get a good night’s sleep.
If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting good sleep, however, you might want to try something more advanced than music to relax. A change in routines, diet, or exercise can do wonders, as the following BBC documentary reveals.
And now on to great relaxation music to get you into the mood for some good sleep.
Single: GIBARIAN – Requiem
Genre: ambient, electronic, house, choir
John Gibarian Watson is the man behind this melancholic piece that, according to the album page, was recorded during car crashes. It may be a good start to calm down and reclaim what’s important: life. This insight should simplify things somewhat. Just relax.
EP: Orae – Alexandrina
Genre: electronic, acoustic
Orae is the music project of Geordie Little, Scott Van Manen, Sam Rogers and Jian Kellett-Liew. The four are located in Berlin and associated with the Italian Bad Panda Records, a DIY label startup. Bad Panda Records offers one new release for free download under a Creative Commons licenses every Monday.
Free Floating Music – all|is|calm 2012
Genre: ambient, electronic, sleep, meditation
all|is|calm is a compilation of artists promoted by Free Floating Music, a blog and radio show dedicated to free ambient music. Brad Ross-MacLeod writes: “My goal with Free Floating is to present music that makes us stop and listen more closely to the amazing world all around us and appreciate what we have and who we know. It is most especially true of the all|is|calm series, which I hope will be the soundtrack to winter celebrations and meditations. Let there be peace on earth…”
Stellardrone – Light Years
Genre: ambient, electronic, cinematic, soundscape
From his Facebook page: “Stellardrone is a pseudonym of amateur composer (Edgaras, b.1987) who started creating music in 2007. Using only computer software (Reason, Ableton) and virtual synthesizers. He is mostly interested in ambient / electronic / space music. Releasing all albums for free (with an option to donate/buy) and promotes free sharing of digital copies.”
EP: Microvolt – Dissipate
Genre: experimental, ambient, electronic, lo-fi
From his Bandcamp profile: “I make my music using a fairly lo-fi setup, experimenting with different angles of creating stuff.”
EP: Cube Face – Fair Use
Genre: electronic, bass
Cube Face is Liam from Liverpool. He is a member of the Cadence Collective, a worldwide group of artists & friends striving to create and spread positive energy. Their motto is “community over competition”. The collective and record label is based in New York.
EP: Artisan Loyalist – You’re Glory
Genre: ambient, electronic
The Artisan Loyalist Rob Batke is based in Edmonton, Canada.
EP: Audio Compress – Streaming
Genre: ambient, electronic, experimental, didgeridoo, tribal
Gabor Csirmaz and Tamas Balog from Budapest, Hungary produce experimental tribal ambient music.
EP: Richard A Ingram – Softened Almost Into Melody By The Distance
Genre: classical, ambient, piano, drone, experimental
Richard A Ingram is a musician based in Manchester, UK. The tagline of his website says it’s just noise. I say it all depends on your perspective.
Good Weather For An Airstrike – Lights
Genre: ambient, classical, chillout, experimental, dream pop, drone, soundscape
From his Facebook page: “The Good Weather For An Airstrike project was initially conceived at the beginning of 2009 to help Winchester, UK based Tom Honey alleviate the issues caused by suffering from tinnitus, which causes a ringing sensation in the ear and can often result in difficulty sleeping. The idea was to create a collection of relaxing sounds which would help induce sleep.”
EP: grammeofsoma – headphones to carry you home
Genre: ambient, instrumental, dream, drone, soundscape
From his Facebook page: “Soma, the solo project of Brisbane guitarist and composer Michael Gagen. Ambient sound design, quiet guitar loops, filled silences, sound blankets for study, commute, contemplation or sleep. Have written for visual artists, short film producers, and even for my friends in exam blocks. Ill-frequently live. Three studio albums thus far.”
EP: Iohannes – November
Genre: ambient, atmospheric, experimental, guitar, drone, soundscape
Ivan recommends to use your headphones for a better experience. Enjoy atmospheric guitar sounds recorded in Croatia.
What is your recipe for falling asleep quickly? And can you recommend music to aid the process?
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