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The brain determines how you feel. Select what it picks up through your senses, and you’re half way on the path to happiness. The music in this edition of Sound Sunday can help you set the right atmosphere to relax and fall asleep. Some of the tunes are a great musical backdrop if you would like to concentrate, stay focused, or meditate.
Not too long ago, a study determined the most relaxing song ever. It’s an 8 minute ambient, electronic piece.
Discover more such music below.
Melodic Ambient Drone
Genre: ambient, drone, loop, guitar
Talk Midway is a New York based musician and visual artist. His music is half beat-based, sample-hungry pop and half atmospheric ambient. For his compositions he uses standard instruments, discovered sound clips, Casio keyboards, cassettes, AM/FM signals, and lots of effects. The result are mesmerizing tracks to relax the body through the mind.
Genre: ambient, drone, echelon, post-rock, soundscape
What a beautiful work of art this is. Every dynamic is perfectly placed in every song, and so gorgeous to listen to. There are no ‘filler’ songs on this EP; every song is unique and takes you on an emotional journey. –Tracey Chattaway
Genre: ambient, drone, acoustic, beatstrumental, jazzy hip hop, triphop
Very mature, special sound and great spirit! –Semyon Vyskubov
Genre: ambient, drone, post-rock, shoegaze, compilation
This album is divided into two 40-minute, 5-track halves—both a sort of mini voyage. Both “Warm Night on the Cold Front” and “Dark Moon Lullaby” are epic and blissful (though quite different), slowly fading in and out, ebbing and flowing, with the most dynamic range on the album. Both tracks fade out slowly enough to allow you to fully leave your consciousness behind, before giving you a plush entrance into dreamland via “A Strange Economy” and “Gumball.” We then visit the more mysterious scenes of night, with the reverent “Catenary” and “Eluded.” Flying back on the wings of “Drift Chamber” and “Watching a Glowing Horizon Bend with Earth,” we drift in the heavens for what seems an eternity longer, before coming awake again. The dissonant elements at the end of “They Came and Were Gone” sound to me like the confusion of awakening from an unexpected nap, but they are subtle enough to let you sleep through. “It Was January” is designed to wake you up and inspire you. I encourage you to turn this one up, but it was placed lower in the mix just in case you planned to sleep until morning… –Andrew J Klimek, Ambient Sleeping Pill Radio, January 2014
Genre: ambient, electronic
The music on this album was inspired by the documentary ‘Resonance – Beings of Frequency.’ Where I learned that the planet Earth has a resonant frequency of 7.83 Hz. Originally detected in 1899 by Nikola Tesla, it was Winfried Otto Schumann who formulated the theoretical aspects in the mid-1950s of the global resonances that are now referred to as the ‘Schumann resonances.’
The notion that the Earth is an oscillator onto itself was so inspiring. A flood of ideas for new ambient compositions came to me. Since frequencies under 20 hertz cannot be perceived by the human ear. I incorporated the Earth’s tone in other ways. Using them as a basis for sound modulation, binaural beats, pulses and the frequency intervals of LFOs, filters and oscillators based on the fundamental 7.83 and multiples such as 14.3, 20.8, 27.3 and 33.8 Hz. As it turns out, the use of these frequency intervals worked out such that the finished tracks unintentionally complement each other when played simultaneously in various combinations. –Jack Hertz
Genre: ambient, electronic
¥ DVST wraps himself into deep atmospheres, still life and hybrids instruments, not without influences such as downtempo, ambient & vaporwave, defined by the very own artist as a darkwave sound, without a marked structure and the silence and the night as essential sources of inspiration and creation.
Genre: ambient, soundscape, atmospheric, post-rock
Gorgeous album. I listen to this all the time when I’m studying, doing my homework, or just need to chill. I love it. –Craig Maxwell
A variation on a theme by Pink Floyd called “Comfortably Numb.” This time we might call it “Numb and comfortable!” –Brian Bourassa
Genre: ambient, electronic, space music
M. Persson: Sounds is a sound artist from Sweden. Originally into rock music and playing the guitar, he strayed away from making music for a few years, until ambient recordings from James Johnson got him hooked onto composing his own soundscapes.
Genre: ambient, electronic, drone, space music
[This 50 minutes track] moves slowly and subtly, taking you with it through the clouds. If you can’t find rest with this piece, then I don’t know what else would work for you. This one is highly recommended to play on repeat to keep you floating peacefully all night (or day). –Brad Ross-MacLeod
Genre: ambient, electronic, silence
These tracks represent a collection of ambient musical sketches. I would sit down and begin by finding a subtle bed on which to layer other sounds. Some would be looped and then I would improvise over them. There was little editing or tweaking after the fact and they represent the moments in which they came into being. –Brad Ross-MacLeod aka C.paradisi
Genre: ambient, electronic, space music
These tracks float delicately through some magical aural spaces, spaces that entrance and invite, yet with a subtlety and self-assured serenity. I am truly enamored of these tracks. They have floated throughout my house day and night. They have accompanied me to sleep on several occasions. I’ve only had them for a few months, but they feel like old friends. — Brad Ross-MacLeod
Genre: ambient, electronic, minimal, asmr
Denatura Sonoris is a music project from Osnabrück, Germany. Between normality and chaos, heaven and hell, dark and bright, day and night, noise and silence, leave and hate, something is arising; that’s how they summarize their work.
Genre: experimental, asmr
Genre: nature sounds, lounge music, midi, pop
The ultimate collection of people tanning sounds for people who wish to hear something else other than the less-than-soothing sounds of bus horns, squealing tires, roaring engines, obnoxiously loud stereos, construction jackhammers, etc.
Genre: ambient, native flute, nature sounds
Genre: experimental, nature sounds, soundscape
Les Suetes is an uninterrupted soundscape featuring the high winds that blow across the Boreal Plateau of the Cape Breton Highlands of Nova Scotia, Canada. Recorded in a sheltered old growth Acadian Forest, it is an intimate exploration of this unique weather phenomenon.
Genre: nature sounds, singing bowls
This is a recording of a set of singing bowls. The root bowl is C#, the Aum tone or Earth tone. The other bowls are harmonized with the Chakras in this scale.
These types of singing bowls have been used since ancient times in meditations and healing work. They are traditionally made with 7 metals representing the 7 planets that the tibetan monks were aware of at the time. The bowls produce monaural beats and harmonic overtones that affect body and mind on a deep level. The bowl set here is based on the Earth tone. This is also known as “Om” and is the calculated sound signature of the Earth as it travels around the sun. In Indian music this is also called the Sadja. The corresponding bowls were matched according to the Chakra system in Ayurvedic medicine. This also corresponds roughly with the western major scale. –Jonathan Adams
Genre: experimental, singing bowls
Hours and hours of ringing, pealing and moaning metallic meditations, perfect for massages, séances and plain-old chill-out sessions. –Steve Smith
Genre: ambient, electronic, chillout, piano
Great music for zoning out at work. I’m actually way more productive under Exist Strategy’s sonic environment. –DPL
Fluent and airy, captivating and brilliant. Amazing work. –John Wesley
Genre: acoustic, guitar
This music has a stunning beauty inside, everyone should listen to it, when you listen you cannot only hear the beauty … you can see it. –Luca Giombini
Genre: experimental, classical, rock, post-punk, post-rock, soundtrack
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