Music for The World's Most Relaxing Room : [music created in response to a psychology literature review to promote relaxation]
School of Creative Arts
Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
Professor Blinko created the music for 'The World's Most Relaxing Room,' devised by leading psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman. It was open to the public and world press, 21-24 October 2008 as part of the University of Hertfordshire's Health and Human Sciences Research Institute Showcase. Originality: Music designed to induce relaxation is overwhelmingly intuitively created. The key innovation for this research project was the creation of music specifically related to the parameters resulting from a psychology literature review in this area of research, carried out by Prof. Wiseman and summarized as follows: A relaxing piece of music should be continuous and rhythmical with no sudden and unexpected sounds (Grinde, 2000; Fink, 1970). It should also be steady and slow with a distinct rhythm. The volume of music should obviously be fairly low, and the music content should consist of lower frequency notes or pitch (Barber, 1999). As well as classical music, some other music may also be considered to be relaxing. We appreciate the familiarity of a human voice, therefore Barber (1999) claims an unaccompanied human voice; “Gregorian plain chant” or choral works “Tallis” & “Palestrina” as examples.