Have you guys heard of this song, by band Manchester Union, before? Apparently, it’s the most relaxing song ever created. A group of sound therapists studied the heart rate and brain function of adults who listened to it and discovered that it actually makes people’s hearts slow down to a relaxed rate.
‘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 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.
How bizarro is that? I definitely found the song relaxing, and these kinds of songs are right up my alley anyway, but I can’t tell if the song relaxed me because it actually relaxed me or because I expected it to. Kind of a mind-trip for Tuesday morning.