Marconi Union, a group known for their chill, ambient sound, worked with sound therapists and scientists to create what is being called the most relaxing song ever known as Weightless. The composition 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.
Skeptical? Well, a testing lab found that Weightless was eleven percent more relaxing than even some of Enya’s most monotonous pieces. During the testing the women’s stress levels were elevated through a series of timed puzzles, and listening to the track afterwards was found to reduce their anxiety levels by sixty five percent. A fact even more impressive given how exciting and stimulating scientific experimentation and lab tests can be. The song was even more effective than a massage, though their empirical results came from collecting biofeedback data, which is often open to interpretation.
Still Skeptical? Check it out for yourself (but not while driving motorists are warned).
Some argue Weightless is nothing more than a PR push to support an upcoming ad campaign for Radox, a UK bath gel brand trying to get people to stay home and use their products instead of going to a spa. If that is the case, sponsoring the development of Weightless and concocting an experiment to prove this piece of music is more relaxing than a massage, well, that qualifies as an innovative approach to marketing a product.