On September 4th 2014 Marconi Union published a new track called “Weightless”.
In collaboration with the British Academy of Sound Therapy, a group of scientists have proven this song is the most relaxing musical arrangement currently known to man.
“Weightless” starts with a steady, continuous rhythm of 60 BPM which slowly begins to drop down to 50 BPM. This drop in tempo induces a process called “entrainment”, when brainwaves and heart rate begin to slow down to synchronize with the rhythm. This can effectively bring the listener into a trance like state of relaxation, known as the “theta state”.
Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson, from Mindlab International said:
“The results clearly show that the track 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.”
“In fact, Weightless was so effective, many women became drowsy and I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous.”
This song implements specific sound therapy techniques to induce a state of calm in the listener. It was so effective, the study was able to observe up to a 65 percent decrease in anxiety among the 40 women who participated.
Top ten most relaxing tracks listed in the study:
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
Marconi Union – Weightless (Official Video)
Author: Joshua Hanna