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"World's Most Relaxing Music" Composed

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the chill-out-faster dept.

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Musical group Marconi Union and Lyz Cooper, the UK's leading therapeutic sound practitioner, have released what they claim is the world's most relaxing music. They contend that the calming effects of "Weightless" are not subjective but are based on scientific evidence. The music was found to cause brainwaves and heart rate to synchronize with the rhythm, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. In fact, Scientists played the song to 40 women and found it to be 11% more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay. The eight-minute track is so effective at inducing sleep, motorists have now been warned they should not listen to it while driving.

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Wha? (4, Funny)

nman64 (912054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752524)

Sorry, I nodded off for a moment there. Not sure if it was the music or the Daily Mail article.

Re:Wha? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37752582)

Sorry, I nodded off for a moment there. Not sure if it was the music or the Daily Mail article.

Here, have some dubstep [youtube.com]. Guaranteed to help wake you up.

Re:Wha? (3, Funny)

Flipao (903929) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752594)

That's a shame you;re missing out, It's really good!, you can almost feel the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........

Re:Wha? (1)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752938)

That's a shame you;re missing out, It's really good!, you can almost feel the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........

I agree, it's zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Re:Wha? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753348)

It reminds me of pink floyd for the first minute or so. Then they go off in another direction and the instrumentation goes from relaxing to annoying.

Re:Wha? (1)

cooperka (2425344) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752844)

My heart beat really does sync up to the music. Does anyone else experience that too?

Re:Wha? (3, Interesting)

ottothecow (600101) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753098)

What about trained athletes who have low resting heart rates? I am by no means trained at a high level (although more so than average and *definitely* more than the test subject pictured in the article) and when I checked my pulse after 5 minutes of the song, it was going slightly slower.

My first thought when the song started was "hmm that feels fast like my heart beat is accelerating". The song seems to be at about 60BPM while any young healthy person with any sort of moderate endurance training could be below that.

Re:Wha? (5, Funny)

jitterman (987991) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753304)

I'm so out of shape that I can't confirm that I even have a heartbeat. For my activity level, this is dance music.

Or not (3, Informative)

suso (153703) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752530)

I find that any claim of "World's most ....." is usually just a case of people not doing enough research. Try Stars of the Lid - Even (Out)+ [youtube.com] for some really relaxing music.

Re:Or not (3, Interesting)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752730)

I used to listen to stars of the lid while doing homework. I have trouble listening to music with words because I sing along in my head, and I have a trouble listening to classical music because I play along in my head (I'm a violinist). Ambient stuff like Stars of the Lid is great though. I find it doesn't actually put me to sleep, but gets my brain in a thinking rhythm.

Re:Or not (2)

nharmon (97591) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752862)

I too find music with words distracting when doing work that requires a lot of concentration (school work, coding, etc). I tend to listen to electronic music in those situations. My favs:

Boards of Canada
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrBZeWjGjl8 [youtube.com]

Tycho
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCOEg-iUK1U

Ulrich Schnauss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s50jAWtCdQ [youtube.com]

Re:Or not (2)

TooMuchToDo (882796) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753232)

I highly recommend both Daft Punk or Deadmau5 for those long coding/scripting sessions. Helps my mind keep a tempo with what I'm doing.

Re:Or not (1)

pwizard2 (920421) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753356)

When I'm doing work I've always been partial to Vangelis. My favorite tracks of his are Comet 16, Heaven and Hell (the theme from Cosmos) , 1492 (the whole album in general, but especially Conquest of Paradise) and Voices. What's really impressive is that a lot of his work was done back in the 1970s on analog synthesizers... no computers were involved at all and yet it still sounds great by modern standards.

Those who like Enya should give Loreena McKennitt a try if they haven't done so already.

Re:Or not (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37752752)

Try [enter random hi and trendy but obscure art-house nonsense] ...

Ya sure. You own a Mac Book and pound 'Bux caramel macchiato grande soy lattes, don't you? Got a few mock turtlenecks in your wardrobe?

Flawed study (1)

fotbr (855184) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752624)

Coldplay as "relaxing" music? WTF? Sure, it's not 80s hair-band "metal", but still...

Re:Flawed study (1)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752662)

It has the opposite effect on me. I find that Coldplay makes me angry, agitated, and likely to destroy any nearby audio equipment.

Re:Flawed study (1)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753154)

If this puts me to sleep I will use it. I find that for the opposing effect I need only go to a match and listen to footballers screaming "Oy, wats all dis den? Wats all dis?" at each other.

Re:Flawed study (1)

nwf (25607) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753148)

Coldplay as "relaxing" music? WTF? Sure, it's not 80s hair-band "metal", but still...

Obviously, that was a control. On the other hand, I generally fall asleep to trance music while on airplanes.

Re:Flawed study (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753306)

I think by "relaxing" they meant in laxative form...because when I think Coldplay..."where's the toilet paper honey?"

Link to actual file? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37752626)

Anyone care to post a link to the file itself, not some crap embedded Flash player?

Re:Link to actual file? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37752846)

asspained apple user detected

Uh...right (1)

RobinEggs (1453925) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752632)

An 11% improvement in a subjective, multifactorial category like 'relaxation' and they're calling it the World's Best Music for that purpose? Why are we reading this mumbo jumbo, even in idle?

I don't know whose editorial judgment sucks more, samzenpus or Timothy. I'd say samzen just took a major lead for the day, though.

Re:Uh...right (4, Funny)

demonbug (309515) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752718)

An 11% improvement in a subjective, multifactorial category like 'relaxation' and they're calling it the World's Best Music for that purpose? Why are we reading this mumbo jumbo, even in idle?

I don't know whose editorial judgment sucks more, samzenpus or Timothy. I'd say samzen just took a major lead for the day, though.

Didn't you see the photo with the guy in a lab coat? It's science.

Re:Uh...right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753108)

Troy McClure should be used to introduce those Scienticians

AARGHH! (1)

bosah (2117736) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752634)

This sort of lazy unimaginative half arsed drone ambient slop annoys me more than relaxes me. Make a bloody effort people. Still its an impressive marketing strategy they have here I suppose.

Re:AARGHH! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37752722)

Same here. Got pretty annoyed by this "music". Can't believe they compare it to Mozart.

Re:AARGHH! (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752878)

Actually, the sad thing is that it's not uncommon to find people who have put in serious effort to create their ambient slop.

By comparison, some of the experimental musicians of the 1970's (who were on all sorts of interesting drugs at the time, of course) created some really relaxing music with very little effort: For instance, a piece called "Humming" that effectively gets a chorus of people doing exactly what the title says, which creates much the same effect as the most carefully planned ambient music.

You're not the target market (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753132)

You, like many people, have been trained that music needs vocals and rhythms. That's fine, but don't let your bias get in the way of those who can appreciate the many unique alternative styles of music. I personally love ambient music (i.e. music without rhythm), and I'm a drummer. I typically listen to it while at work, or in the early morning or late evening. Before you tell me to man up and listen to some "real" music, you should know that I also love rock, metal, funk, jazz, classical, and everything in between. The genre of music is largely irrelevant to me; I judge music on musicality and musicality only. In fact, the only bias I have in music is against vocals (probably because pop culture seems to think that vocals are the ONLY thing that matters.) I do prefer instrumental music in general, however even here I recognize that vocals sometimes play an important role.

Re:You're not the target market (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753418)

"I typically listen to it while at work,"

If you're a drummer, how can you listen to it while at work?

Re:You're not the target market (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753542)

If you're a drummer, how can you listen to it while at work?

You're an idiot. (to quote a famous /. troll)

Not subjective at all (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752650)

Nope, 11% more relaxing than Coldplay. I'm glad that they used the Coldplay standard to calibrate their work. Sheesh when will humanities majors stop pretending to be scientists?

Re:Not subjective at all (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752802)

I'm sure it has nothing to do with measuring objective things like heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels. The sample size is a little small, but these *are* measurable quantities.

Re:Not subjective at all (2)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753268)

Yup, they are measurable. Measuring something does not give it meaning. Cortisol levels vary greatly in the same individual throughout the day. Heart rate and blood pressure changes constantly unless you are very athletic or take beta blockers. Etc. To claim that even an 11% variation (presumably in the same individuals) is significant is a bold claim indeed, especially when we're not privy to the methodology. Were subjects allowed to get up and go to the bathroom between songs? Was the order of the songs randomized? There are millions more questions like these. Occam's razor states that it is far more likely that this is just a marketing stunt based on some pretty hokey pseudo-science. "Sound practitioner" indeed.

Re:Not subjective at all (5, Funny)

gsslay (807818) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753592)

The Coldplay standard has been well established in the study of coma inducement for some years now.

It's roughly logarithmic. 1 Coldpay is equivalent to the coma induced by band itself. 2 Coldplay is brain stem death induced by prolonged exposure. 3 Coldplay is clinical death. 4 Coldplay is sudden death at a Coldplay concert.

"11% more relaxing" is therefore around 1.05 Coldplay. Will leave you woozy, but you'll be fine after a few cups of coffee and some fresh air.

inb4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37752656)

"No, {insert relaxing band/group/artist here} is much more relaxing!" ...Very subjective stuff

Where's the actual audio? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37752686)

Are they willing to let people actually listen to the music without using Adobe bugware?

But sadly it was not complete. (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752700)

No matter how hard they tried, they could not complete the recording because someone or the other, the conductor, or the piano guy or the viola lady or the recording engineer kept nodding off and messed up the taping.

LoL WUT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37752704)

This is wrong in too many ways... :(

"Research" (1)

ab8ten (551673) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752770)

"The study - commissioned by bubble bath and shower gel firm Radox Spa - found the song was even more relaxing than a massage, walk or cup of tea."

The sort of sponsored bollocks that passes for science reporting in the Daily Mail makes the front page of Slashdot. I know the front page of Slashdot isn't run by the world's most incisive editing team, but come on!

Re:"Research" (1)

Vintermann (400722) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753248)

Well, at least they admit it now, they didn't always. Stuff like "scientists have discovered the formula for the perfect ice cream" as the ice cream season starts in spring used to get published, without a word of who had paid these third-rate academics to come up with it.

By now, people should realize that when Daily Mail writes "boffins discover..." it's a press release disguised as science.

They must've never listened to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37752790)

NYAN CAT!!

nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan ... I usually get totally relaxed after 46 minutes..

Was it really scientific? (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752826)

This reminds me to those ads where a scientist or doctor tells yout that this is the best toothpaste or washing powder in the world. Also, anything is relaxing if you compare it to Mozart [youtube.com].

Yeah...no (1)

Eggbloke (1698408) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752838)

The first bit sounds like the beginning of the Dark Side Of The Moon. The only difference being that the Dark Side Of The Moon is far nicer and more relaxing.

Ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37752856)

Many relaxing and atmospheric groups in Scandinavia. Probably related to climate and long, dark winters (Carbon Based Lifeforms, Solar Fields, Vibrasphere to name a few).

problems of scale? (1)

ajmilton (975709) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752870)

"World's Most Relaxing Music"

"Scientists played the song to 40 women"

glad to know we can determine the world's most anything by testing it on .0000000005% of the global population ...

Reaver breeding (5, Funny)

vaene (1981644) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752894)

99.9% of the test subjects eventually just stopped working, talking, eating, and moving they were so completely pacified. The other .1% became insanely enraged and started slaughtering, eating, and/or raping the the musicians and producers. So the problem kinda worked itself out.

Re:Reaver breeding (1)

nwf (25607) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753170)

99.9% of the test subjects eventually just stopped working, talking, eating, and moving they were so completely pacified. The other .1% became insanely enraged and started slaughtering, eating, and/or raping the the musicians and producers. So the problem kinda worked itself out.

Sounds like the plot to _Serenity_.

Re:Reaver breeding (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753288)

I don't know if it's a "wooooosh", an explanation of the joke itself, in which case you killed it, or a weird Seinfeld reference.

Re:Reaver breeding (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753320)

Two by two, read the gorram GP post's subject.

Smooth jazz (2)

derfy (172944) | more than 2 years ago | (#37752904)

...will be deployed in 3, 2, 1

Re:Smooth jazz (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753636)

Haha.. I bet it can increase elevator farting as your muscles involuntarily relax!

Justin Bieber (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37752910)

World's most relaxing music is actually Justin Bieber slowed by 800%: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QspuCt1FM9M

How to rip a copy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37752968)

How can I get a copy of this? I need to see if it works on my son at bedtime.

My suggestions (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753046)

Most relaxing music:

Deadmau5 - Faxing Berlin, HR 8938 Cephei, Stop Dance, Clockwork
Anything by Bob Marley

Least Relaxing Music:

Yuzo Koshiro - Expander
Slipknot - The Blister Exists
Chimaira - Six
Mr. Oizo - Gay Dentists

Taste in music is subjective (1)

onkelonkel (560274) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753070)

Famous unknown usenet quote "I like music by men. Ugly, angry men who write their own songs and play their own instruments".

Choose Motorhead for max. relax.

Re:Taste in music is subjective (1)

ajlitt (19055) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753402)

By that measure, Richard D. James must make the most relaxing music ever, given that he also makes some of his own instruments.

This is more relaxing to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753086)

http://rain.nxe7.com/

Stressful! (1)

Alan R Light (1277886) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753160)

I tried listening to this track, but it was far too stressful.

It was fine for the first 30 seconds or so, as I waited for the introductory passage to give way to the music...

... but the music never kicked in, and there I was, waiting, waiting, the anticipation building up, waiting for something more interesting than white noise.

I had to turn it off by the midway point. Too stressful. I'll stick to Enya, Vangelis, Devotchka or Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata if I want to relax.

MoRe: Annoying rather than Stressful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753294)

But I felt the same way with the waiting. I prefer listening to what's outdoors to relax.

weapons grade music (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753250)

Each composer only composes one note of the composition, so as not to be killed by hearing the the entire composition. One of them saw two notes of the composition and had to spend a few weeks in hospital.

Binaural Beats (2)

virgnarus (1949790) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753254)

A lot of confusion in here has to do with people and determining 'taste' or 'approach' of music, which of course are relative. What the article is describing is music utilizing binaural beats [wikipedia.org] as a method for causing relaxation. I personally think binaural beats is one of those cases where it's claimed to do far more than its originally discovered effect, but there are no doubts that this - and music in general - have the capacity to stimulate an individual beyond a superficial and emotional level. Binaural beats is just merely focusing on sound and its ability to do such, which is no different to the therapeutic capabilities of just about any other sensation.

This is wrong in too many ways. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753270)

This list of music pisses me off too much to even consider trying to relax too. Boring, predictable music is boring.

Relaxing is subjective (2)

justdiver (2478536) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753280)

For years I have been listening to music my wife refers to as "screaming hell music." I don't know the exact genre but I guess you could call it metalcore. I find this far more relaxing than "Enya" and have been sleeping (headphones so as to not disturb the wife) to this for years.

well they must not listen to classical music (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753326)

cause everyone knows Pachelbel Canon in D is hands down the most relaxing piece ever composed

Science? Statistics? (1)

thehodapp (1931332) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753336)

Ever heard of the placebo effect? I'll admit though I think it's an excellent ambient track, but considering there's an enormous library of ambient music out there, I suspect this "Most Relaxing Crap" is not the best out there.

Ew (1)

Kotiya (2340914) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753358)

Coldplay? Really? Whenever I hear Coldplay I want to stab out my eardrums. A chainsaw is more relaxing.

GRRR! (2)

oGMo (379) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753362)

Relaxing? First the link takes me to a page that doesn't actually have the music, but has a link to another page with the music.. but it's flash. So, opening the music on the computer hooked up to actually play music .. launch firefox, and take advantage of Sync .. oh, but this causes Firefox to halt for about 10 seconds. Once the page loads, and flash stops spinning up (grrr), press play and BOOM BOOM ... high default volume! GRRRRRRRR! The page's design with the volume up in the corner is further annoyance!

Screw the music, I think it'd be more relaxing to go shoot things in RAGE.

Space Music (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753450)

Back in the 90s there was an NPR program called "Hearts in Space" that played this sort of stuff. It was great to fall asleep to, but I think I'll stick with my current trance and progressive for relaxation. Less danger of me nodding off.

Kept turning down the volume. (1)

PenguinJeff (1248208) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753462)

How can it claim to be relaxing when I keep on having to turn down the volume. Its like the people that created this where death or something.

monkey screams (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753480)

Is there a version on youtube yet with monkey screams 2 minutes in?

And the world's most annoying music? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753508)

Already composed.

It's John Tesh.

I never relax... (1)

closer2it (926190) | more than 2 years ago | (#37753520)

... with Coldplay. I'm always trying to find from who's song they ripped the new single this time. ;)

The music was found to cause brainwaves and heart rate to synchronize with the rhythm

It seems to me that the music's rhythm tries to stay in sync with the average heart beat rate and not the other way around.

Scientific Accuracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37753550)

As soon as I see that the article is from the Daily Mail and pertains to Science I automatically assume that it is made up.
I feel that it saves time in the long run.

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