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25 January 2010 @ 03:59 pm
sleep music  
I have historically not listened to music when trying to fall asleep, because when I've tried, I've found that while it feels restful, it actually engages my brain and keeps me awake.

For a variety of reasons that aren't that interesting, I ended up feeling like music would help me sleep last night, after a couple of hours of not being able to, and I found something quiet and dreamy, and, indeed, I did fall asleep soon after putting it on. And I'm pretty sure the music was the reason, not just that I had sat up and kind of changed gears.

ANYWAY, this has me thinking that I should have more music to hand that I can experiment with for sleep; this is where you come in: advise me!

What I'm looking for is music that's pretty quiet and drifty. It absolutely must not have English or Spanish lyrics, and I really prefer a minimum of words at all, except perhaps for very slow chanting. If it has a beat, it should be very slow: less than 60bpm, and preferably less than that. Watery, foresty, windy sounds are great.

Beyond that, I'm kind of curious to hear what's out there. Do you have any recommendations? Leave them here! I'm more interested in artists and/or albums than particular songs, unless the songs are very long.
I'm feeling: curiouscurious
jordanwillow: Yo-Yojordanwillow on January 25th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Passion, Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ, puts me to sleep sometimes. There are no words, but it does change sound from track to track, so that might be too distracting?

I would recommend Coldplay, because their sound is so regular and even -- but, WORDS!

You might also look into meditation CDs and multicultural lullaby CDs?
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blk: cygnusblk on January 25th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
I second Hearts of Space. You can sample some of their stuff on their website.
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DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on January 26th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've used Enya to this purpose. I also found that for me - and I am extremely overeducated when it comes to music, so YMMV even more than usual - using the same thing all the tine worked best, so I used the slow tracks from one CD over and over.
harimad on January 25th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
One thought leads to another...
If you can find it, try the soundtrack to the movie "Cal" by Mark Knopfler. Irish-ish, quiet, all instrumental. The quiet instrumentals from "The Princess Bride" gives one something of an idea of what "Cal" is like.

What about Andean music? I find it pleasant and restful. Simon & Garfunkel's "El Condor Pasa" is a perfectly typical example, as long as you ignore the lyric.

There are some peaceful instrumentals on Sting's "Dream of the Blue Turtles." Other songs have lyrics, you'll have to do some work with it.

One of the songs on "Dream of the Blue Turtles" led me to Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kije, which I also think of quiet and enjoyable.
blk: treeblk on January 25th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Also Soma FM, probably their Drone Zone channel, although there's a variety to sample from.

Edited at 2010-01-25 09:45 pm (UTC)
Stable Strangeletcuthalion on January 25th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Yay! Sleepy music! I love it for sleeping, and I love it for being awake!

How about I just send you a dvd full of sleepy music? Seriously I have a ton of it. A bunch of it has a more of a beat than the 60bpm, but I'll include the ones that make me want to fall asleep on a train instead of the ones than make me want to dance.
liljackhornerliljackhorner on January 25th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Two words: PAT METHENY -- this man has been putting me to sleep for years. I'm the opposite, I have a hard time falling asleep w/o music but I also need it not to be too intrusive or (if it's jazz) not too much to "think about" -- I can send you a few playlists for sure!
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Haptotropehaptotrope on January 25th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
zoe keating has always been amazingly relaxing to me:

the music of hildagard von bingen.

David Darling: Cello
What do you think we are, Monkeys on Sticks???goat on January 26th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Carlos Nakai - Native American flute

Llewellyn & Lifescapes have some watery/foresty/massagey type music as well, though cheesier than what Nakai does.
Coscos on January 26th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
I see some of the ones I was going to suggest. Others:

Some of Cusco's albums, especially Apurimac II.

Afro Celt Sound System, though you'd have to skip a couple of tracks that have English lyrics.

The soundtrack to Winged Migration (so amazing!!!)

BT's ESCM (minus one track, "Solar Plexus", which sounds like hardcore industrial).

Any of Alison Brown's albums with her regular band (Out of the Blue, Alison Brown Quartet, Replay).

The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack.

Mediaeval Baebes.
vito_excalibur on January 26th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
I used to listen to Gregorian Chants when I really needed to fall asleep.
sarahshevettsarahshevett on January 26th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
you are getting sleepy
Paul Horn. Always puts me to sleep. Especially inside the pyramids, taj majal, etc.
Modern Jazz quartet.
Doug Orleansdougo on January 27th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
I listen to a lot of drony music, so I feel like I should have lots of good answers to this, but the only thing that immediately comes to mind is Spacemen 3's Dreamweapon. I can look through my collection for more suggestions if you like (and I can send you mp3s).