The most relaxing tune ever?

SCIENTISTS claim to have discovered the most relaxing tune in the history of man, a video of which is at the bottom of this article….as well as my personal choice.

Top of the list is Weightless by British band Marconi Union Scientists played it to 40 women and apparently found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay.

Weightless, according to the survey, 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.

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 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. AdelevSomeone Like You 9. Mozart – Canzonetta Sull’aria 10. Cafe Del Mar – We Can Fly

Personally I prefer

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25 thoughts on “The most relaxing tune ever?

    • ummm yeah…
      That raises an interesting question —>
      Do people become moslems because they’re daft; or do they become daft because they became moslems? 🙂

      please..please explain the point of the clip.
      I DON’T “get it”.

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      • hmmm. Not sure I ‘get’ THAT, either, Dom.
        Doesn’t a moment’s thought suggest that it’s ‘society’ that’s daft?
        ….which means, per se, that anyone who wants to leave or alter it ~ or is ejected from it ~ is NOT daft?

        Look around you. Can you think of even a single example in all of human history where the prevalent ‘society’ is something you’d wish on your children? Would you send your son off to join the US Army? Or the Taliban?
        How about the Collingwood Football Club?
        ‘Societies’ are, by definition, a refuge for fools and scoundrels.

        Conversely, have not virtually all of our heroes ~ backwards and forwards from Socrates, Jesus and Mohammed, for example ~ been a “a pariah of society” ?

        “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?”

        …though, one suspects, not everyone has the talent or integrity of character to live their own lives: who NEED the homogenised pablum known as ‘Society’. .
        Yep!….The ‘daft’ ones.

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      • By the beard of the Prophet!
        It just occurred to me to ask:- Have you read ‘Jonathan Livingstone Seagull’ ?
        It may be THE definitive ‘anti-society’ (as distinct from ‘anti-social’ ) tract of modern times.

        …and for relaxing and inspiring at the same time:-

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      • You are posting a relaxing tune under my unrelaxing post. You really are into anarchy.

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      • I should hope so! (anarchy)
        But at the end of the day what we do (and hence become) is determined by what we ‘get’.
        HAVE you read JLSeagull?
        It’s one of the few things that can consistently bring a tear to my eye.
        ….sort of a ‘connection’ that doesn’t need a name; would; in fact, be diminished by being tagged.

        Have a good day.
        (Go out and do something wantonly different!…eg DON’T get a haircut! 😉 )

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      • Not so much soft as captivated.

        Have you ever considered the ineffable sadness Adam and Eve would’ve felt as they stood outside the gates of Eden, cast out into a terrifying, elemental, foreign world, knowing they had to depend on themselves alone?
        And then considered the ineffable sense of courage and determination to confront and succeed in that world by exerting every fibre of their being?

        That’s what Jonathan Livingston Seagull is all about; an expression of the best that resides in all living things: another version of the gospels, if you like.

        And he does vaguely remember Eden; he carries the memory in his very dna.
        ,,,,as our not too distant ancestors also did.

        And if you look closely, you can see the same memory in the smoky 50,000-year-old eyes of a Bush Blackfella.

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  1. I guess they are right that ”Weightless” could take you into a very relaxed state, but I doubt it would first get you to relax. It just felt boring and irritating to me, I would need something to get me into the initial phase first.

    Mozart’s concerto suited that purpose much better.

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    • I’m with you Strewth.

      I could only listen to ‘Weightless’ for about 40 seconds….if that! It’s just downright irritating, and the heartbeat gave me palpitations. Mind, nothing seems to send me off to sleep……except coach tours, oh, and my mother talking at me non-stop. 🙂

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    • A better one for initial relaxation might be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI41k4AvBec

      Quote from this site, published on 26 Sep 2013

      “Harp music, when played in accordance with God’s law of love, has the unique ability to refresh the mind and lift one’s spirit. This is demonstrated to us in God’s Word, I Samuel 16:23, when David, the son of Jesse, brought peace to King Saul’s troubled soul through melodies from his harp.

      The concert harp, is a small taste of the peace of mind that is available to us through a living relationship with Jesus Christ. May your thoughts drift heavenward as the ambiance of God’s love envelopes .
      One such healing music is harp music. The harp produces a calm, soothing and gentle sound when plucked by the fingers. In the Bible, the harp as a musical instrument and its use has been in existence as early as Genesis 4:21. Thereafter, we read of harp music being used for worship, healing, prayer, meditation, personal devotion, warfare and connection with the Divine Being and the universe. The most famous Bible story is David, as a shepherd boy, playing his harp to bring emotional healing and deliverance from tormenting spirits for King Saul.

      Today, more people are using music healing for both physical and emotional problems. Harp music is being used in hospitals and health care centres as therapeutic music with many testimonies of healing and recovery enhanced by healing sounds of harp music. Hospitals have therefore accepted music healing to be used for patients alongside modern medicine. I have personally benefited from the healing power of harp music myself and if there’s any healing music I’d recommend, it would be harp music.

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      • Try one that suits you first, and have a friend on hand to put on “Weightless” after you’ve achieved what you term a ‘relaxed’ state. It might be effective then in creating deeper relaxation.

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  2. We agree!
    ….although I’ve always felt piano keystrokes, even soft ones, to be a bit disruptive ~ much as I like Mozart. (He’s no Wagner!)
    But something I’ve remembered for years is the last bit of ‘Soylent Green’, where Edward G Robinson goes in to get euthanased. The selection from Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and the rest is as expressive of relaxation (in the context) as I think it could get. Of course the pictures help to get the moving-but-relaxing endorphins racing around, as does Heston’s best (only!?) bit of (non-mechanical) acting I can remember.
    But to set the mood and get the best of it, you need to see the whole movie ~ available for free all over the internet, and anybody who hasn’t seen it should make a point of doing so.
    Here’s a clip:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTjQO163P2E

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