Scientists Discover Most Relaxing Song Ever

Posted on October 24, 2011

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A British band and a group of scientists have made the ‘most relaxing tune in the history of man’, according to Disclose.tv.

Sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union compiled the song, with scientists who played it to 40 women finding it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay.

The ‘weightless’ approach works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener. A continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’. 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.

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. So relaxing is the tune, apparently, that people are being advised against listening to it while driving.

Listen here.

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