Hi guys, I am a musician and for a new project I am creating an album designed for sleeping, relaxing, meditation, tripping, mind blowing tantric sex, whatever you want to use it for. The main idea is for it to be relaxing and provide a nice soundtrack for sleeping. I already write and record ambient music but this is the first time I will be attempting music for a “passive” listening experience. Basically I want to hear from all of you what qualities you like in your sleeping music. From some research I’ve done already I understand the importance of white noise and field recording type sounds such as rain and ocean waves. These type of sounds help the listener not be distracted by other sounds that may make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. What sort of instruments do you like to hear? Guitar, piano, synths, flutes, etc. Do you prefer more static drone type music or do you like melodies? Maybe give some examples of what you like. Any contribution will helpful to me. Thanks in advance.
I’ve always wondered how deep we are influenced by the music/sounds we hear. It’s been barely a century(a joke in the scale of life/mankind) that we’ve had the technology to create sound. Up until now our species has only slept to the sounds of nature or our environment.
Why is sound even important to us? Why do some synaesthetics see colors with sound? What is sound to a deaf person? These are questions I have. You may have seen this viral video of an ill man being animated by familiar music he hears. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKDXuCE7LeQ
Definitely a powerful sensation, sound. It seems the more familiar, the more likable(who dislikes the sound of the ocean?). Same with instruments, wind and string sound so natural. I’ve wanted to experiment with isolating people’s hearing for periods of time to see if it changed the way they perceive sounds. Maybe we’re all just conditioned from birth to react to certain frequencies.
Have you heard of binaural beats? They’re meant for sleeping and putting the brain in relaxed states. I enjoy the theta wave frequency, lots of long drones that melt my thoughts away. For tripping I generally like something engaging, and have been recommended raga and other indian classical music for the\sacred notes it uses. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQj8iHtpGEs
@oneirogenic, hey really nice album you’re working on, music for sleep is one of my top categories of music :P
i like music that blends in with what i’m seeing, feeling etc, i guess that’s what you call ambient music but i dont like the kind of music that a search result for ambient music on youtube brings up.
here are some of my favourite artists/tracks:
four tet: album – pause/there is love in you/rounds – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ksISLszHlU
Air (french band): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH5bL_XbO64
Just mellow stuff like that.
if you know more stuff like this, do share i’m always in search for music like this.
another favourite album of mine, but its better to listen to in a car or something: Jakatta – Visions : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPiBLyrxXeg
I like OST a lot here are some:
Crash (movie) OST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_zBBoTzghs
Vicky Cristina Barcelona OST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBIl1-R3bkg
Oldboy (korean) OST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DxjFs_dsR8
@versai, I have checked into binaural beats but I don’t think they are practical in a musical sense. It might be interesting if they could be integrated into music but I think that might defeat the effectiveness of them. Many useful responses so far….
I’m a huge ambient fan, so I would love to hear what you come up with. That said, loops, loops, loops! Repetitiveness is what makes me the most sleepy. William Basinski’s “Disintegration Loops” are a fantastic example. Also, nothing puts me to sleep quite like Eluvium.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
This Will Destroy You
Post rock. Nujabes. Even Shakti. Something rhythmic and repeating that allows us to slowly absorb ideas throughout our sleep that enters a creative space in how things are developed, and heard, and related.
For me simplicity not intracacy is what I look for in ambient sleep music. I love Mozart but its usually to stimulating to sleep with. Favorite song of all time to sleep to (and in general) is “Stairway to Heaven.”