That’s how The Telegraph puts it. “Boffins” (a lovely word) helped the band Marconi Union design a song so relaxing, you shouldn’t put it on your car stereo:
Dr David Lewis-Hodgson, from Mindlab International, which conducted the research, 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.”
Richard Talbot, from Marconi Union, said: “It was fascinating working with a therapist to learn how and why certain sounds affect people’s mood.
“I always knew the power of music but we have previously written using gut feeling.”
Here’s what it sounds like. Soothing. There’s a gradual slowing of tempo. Low drones. No repeating melody. Nothing to engage the conscious mind. Anyone remember Music from the Hearts of Space? It’d fit in there.
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