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 Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 2:32 PM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)

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

Weightless 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 synchronize 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.

Dr David Lewis, one of the UK’s leading stress specialists said: “‘Weightless’ induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested. Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions.”

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 Rex advised against listening to it while driving.

The top 10 most relaxing tunes were: 1. Marconi Union - Weightless 2. Airstream - Electra 3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) 4. Enya - Watermark 5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing 6. Barcelona - Please Don’t Go 7. All Saints - Pure Shores 8. Adele - Someone Like You 9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull’aria 10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Listen to the beginning of "Kwan" from Maurice Jarre's atmospheric score for "The Year of Living Dangerously," and you're going to think you're hearing the same thing, although in the newer treatment, they've emasculated it, taking out everything else and leaving just the beginning.

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Just about anything Georges Delerue has done fits this description.

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Eh!? No Brian Eno?? eek

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Here, IMO, is one of the most chilled-out pieces of film music ever. It's absolutely gorgeous too! cool

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I was trying to find something that I had already heard that I felt was nearly identical, and I think the beginning of Jarre's "Kwan" fits the bill -- and they just dragged that part out for their entire piece. I think others are posting music that has a similar feeling (as opposed to the same exact music).

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I personally would nominate Gorecki's exquisite 3rd Symphony, especially the last movement.

 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)


And probably the enchanting version of it with Dawn Upshaw (and conductor David Zinman and the London Sinfonietta) that brought that sublime work to the attention of so many of us. (And even cited it a week or 2 ago in another discussion here as a more accessible accompaniment to what Terrence Mallick chose to play during a scene in his "Tree of Life.") I have long included that 3rd movement myself in several compilations I've made over the years for friends, first onto cassette and later CD. Just a few weeks ago I put together a collection of enchanting opera arias for my dentist's receptionist and included that one (if it's a classical work, whether it's the final movement of Mahler's 4th symphony or "In Trutina" from Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" or Richard Strauss' "Going To Sleep" from his "4 Last Songs," as long as it includes vocals I usually assign it the genre classification of Opera), and she simply loved it. Back in the days of tape, I was known for my compilations of opera for people who hated opera, and changed a number of minds of people who were convinced that they would never like opera.

 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Eh!? No Brian Eno?? eek

EXACTLY what I thought upon reading this.

Eno has been doing this since, what, 1975? Not to mention all the groundbreaking artists that preceded him. How many of the 40 women involved had ever even heard of Eno?
A study in which the conditions are so skewed cannot, in any way, be called scientific.
Oh wait, it was commissioned by a spa.
That makes the whole thing merely an advertisement, actually.

I am now inspired to go off and listen to the entirety of "Discreet Music". 31 minutes of bliss.

Ock (an Eno devotee)
big grin

 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

I enjoyed the use of Enya in David Fincher's 'Dragon Tattoo'.

 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I am now inspired to go off and listen to the entirety of "Discreet Music". 31 minutes of bliss.

Ahh. That was nice. Just what the doctor ordered.
Now I'm off for a little 1/1.

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