This is the second volume of work created from the research into music and sound’s role in healthcare that I conducted as part of an NHS Music Fellowship in 2018.

Again, the focus is largely on ambient and beat-less music, that helps induce a state of calm or reflection. One of the few universally measurable effects of music in a healthcare context is the reduction of the stress response, so important in improving the body’s ability to heal itself. Many other facets of music obviously affect people in widely different ways, and what one person may find cathartic, another may find deeply depressing.

There are some commonalities amongst traditional cultures however, with certain scales associated with feelings of calm and passivity, and I have used some of these here.

The album will be on Bandcamp only for the first few months to raise money for NHS charities. Once it goes to streaming it essentially makes no money, but that’s another conversation. For today (1st May) it is also worth much more as Bandcamp are waiving their fees, so I’d encourage anyone who was interested to buy it today especially.

And finally, you can hear it here:

A new mix of relaxing, largely beatless music of the kind I like to listen to myself.

It seems there is a lack of good quality downtempo mixes so this will be my first of several.

Tracklist:

Hope Not Dope – Aardvarck
Words (Processed) – Aphex Twin
Let my Fish Loose [Aphex Twin Remix] – Nobukazu Takemura
Uritual – Boards of Canada
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Inside The Shadow (W. Metals) – Burning Star Core
Duet – Gonjasufi
Brutal – Dean Blunt
Let’s Go Swimming – Konx-om-Pax
P2101V – Arpanet
Bugged in Gaza – Madteo
Self-Playing Schmaltz – Holden
Oil – Jonny Greenwood
Cosm – Alex Smoke
Disorder Whiteroom 3 – Alex Smoke
From no part of me could I summon a voice – Colin Stetson
Ascension Phase – Kuedo
OD Drone 4 – Alex Smoke
Caves Of Paradise – Actress
Silent Night – William Basinski
Laibach – Koran [Alex Smoke Remix]
Disintegration [Alex Smoke Remix] – Laføden
Inside The Shadow – Burning Star Core
Faust (Dream Of Home) – Alex Smoke