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Relaxation Music: Tracks, Genres and Apps
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The right music is what it takes to relieve stress after a hard day's work. LifeHacker presents a playlist with relaxing compositions and tells you where to look for music for relaxation.

3 applications with music for relaxation:

Before you start, remember that each of the songs is copyrighted, even major applications buy music from sites like Taketones.com paying money for commercial use like TV shows.

The recommendations in this article are subjective, and the songs are tiresome. When music is not conducive to relaxation, special applications can affect relaxation, and the effect of relax music will surprise you. As a rule, they give the user an influence on the process of creating an audio track by providing the necessary set of sounds of nature and lots of instruments.

The mechanics are simple: the user selects the sounds he wants to hear and mixes them, assigning a separate volume for each noise of nature or musical instrument.

Applications differ in the number of sounds in the library and additional functions.

1. Relax Meditation

An application with an intuitive interface where you can select 12 sounds for simultaneous playback. You can also configure the program to play low-frequency noise (for those who believe in the power of binaural rhythms) or hypnotic meditation sessions in English. There is a timer for switching off.

In the free version, not all sounds and meditation are available, there is no function to play music from the library.

2. Relax Melodies

Another application with lots of free sounds and similar features. You can choose one of the preset combinations of sounds or save your own.

3. TaoMix

In this application, you can create points with sounds on the screen and move the circle between them: the closer the sound object is, the louder. You can set the speed of the mug movement or stop it, set the timer to switch off and save the most successful combinations.

The second version of TaoMix is available for iOS devices, the owners of gadgets running Android while they will have to settle for the first. The difference between them a little bit: in TaoMix 2 more available sounds for downloading and more flexible playback settings.

45 tracks to help you relax

Most compilations of relaxing music include monotonous compositions that promote relaxation, but are completely forgettable. We approached the playlist in a different way and added 45 different tracks: from ambient to jazz, from Sting to Paul Keane. We hope that something will be to your liking.

6 musical genres suitable for relaxation:

If you didn't have enough Lifehacker playlist, look for new tracks yourself, focusing on specific genres. The music of the following styles has a moderate pace, is melancholic and not too emotional.

1. Jazz

Jazz is a very diverse kind of musical art. Its weighty share is not suitable for relaxation, so it is better to concentrate on some of the basement: kul-jazz, smooth-jazz or ambient jazz.

What to listen to in the first place...

If you are interested only in the background relaxing jazz music, you can limit yourself to the results of the request relaxing jazz music in the search engine. If you are interested in kool jazz, start with Miles Davis' album Birth of the Cool.

Do you prefer the lightest music of the genre? Then pay attention to smush-jazz. Compositions of this bassinet are in the repertoire of Fourplay, Quincy Jones, George Benson, Al Jerro.

For lovers of abstract music, we recommend listening to hegemons of ambient jazz from Germany Bohren & der Club of Gore.

2) Ambient

Style of electronic music, expressed in atmospheric, unobtrusive sound and the absence of clearly underlined rhythm. It is easy to relax or even fall asleep to the right and favorite ambient music.

What to listen to in the first place...

If we are talking about music for relaxation, it is fair to mention the four-hour album Moby 2016 Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep. 11 tracks with a duration of 17 to 35 minutes can be safely included at night.

And if you're interested in history, start with Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music for Airports. Western critics have recognized his release, which had the greatest impact on the ambient.

3. Trip-hop

Trip-hop is characterized by slow pace, clear bass parts and depressive coloring of the music. This genre was popular in the 90s, but influenced many modern musicians, including Gorillaz, Deftones and Nine Inch Nails.

What to listen to in the first place...

Cult albums of the genre: Dummy (1994) by Portishead and Mezzanine (1998) by Massive Attack.

4. Dreampop

Melancholic and atmospheric music with unpretentious pop tunes. Dream-pop can be different: from the ancestors of the genre from the 80's Cocteau Twins to the modern Lana Del Rey (although fans of the style are not in a hurry to attribute her work to the heritage of drympop).

What to listen to in the first place...

Pioneers of the genre from 80s and 90s - Cocteau Twins (albums by Treasure and Heaven or Las Vegas) and Slowdive (album by Souvlaki). If you want something new, take a look at the work of DIIV, The Daysleepers, The Raveonettes.

5. Chillout

Chillout is a conventional genre designation, by which someone understands just light and relaxing music, and someone - compositions written for the sound accompaniment of elevators and stores.

The word "chilaut" has a special meaning among the fans of progressive-trance and progressive-house. Here, chilaut means a combination of modern disco music with synthesized sounds of string instruments, waves and whispering vocals.

What to listen to in the first place...

If you want to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Ibiza and create an accompaniment to the fantasies of the Mediterranean sunset, try to start with a selection of Café del Mar chillout music.

6. Indy

Another conditional genre, which is usually attributed to independent music - the one that does not belong to the pop environment, but is also not a rock in the classical sense. As a rule, indie record light and stupid music of guitar bands. However, many of these bands appear on the radio, and their concerts gather thousands of fans.

The general musical characteristics are even harder to distinguish, so when choosing tracks for relaxation, you should be especially attentive.

What to listen to in the first place...

Excellent relaxing music can be found on popular indie albums of recent years: Total Life Forever by Foals, Currents by Tame Impala.

3 applications with music for relaxation:

The recommendations in this article are subjective, and the songs are tiresome. When music is not conducive to relaxation, special applications can help. As a rule, they give the user an influence on the process of creating an audio track by providing the necessary set of sounds of nature and lots of instruments.

The mechanics are simple: the user selects the sounds he wants to hear and mixes them, assigning a separate volume for each noise of nature or musical instrument.

Applications differ in the number of sounds in the library and additional functions.

1. Relax Meditation

An application with an intuitive interface where you can select 12 sounds for simultaneous playback. You can also configure the program to play low-frequency noise (for those who believe in the power of binaural rhythms) or hypnotic meditation sessions in English. There is a timer for switching off.

In the free version, not all sounds and meditation are available, there is no function to play music from the library.

2. Relax Melodies

Another application with lots of free sounds and similar features. You can choose one of the preset combinations of sounds or save your own.

3. TaoMix

In this application, you can create points with sounds on the screen and move the circle between them: the closer the sound object is, the louder. You can set the speed of the mug movement or stop it, set the timer to switch off and save the most successful combinations.

The second version of TaoMix is available for iOS devices, while the owners of gadgets running Android will have to settle for the first. The difference between them a little bit: in TaoMix 2 more available sounds for downloading and more flexible playback settings.

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