About the relaxdaily project
Personally I love both: Good pops songs, with seductive grooves, interesting sound textures, great vocals and performances, nice chord progressions and good production values, but also smooth music to relax, with or without vocals. The latter is mostly slow music oftentimes in the genres Ambient, Chillout, New Age, Easy Listening, Smooth Jazz, Downbeat or Piano Music.
As a musician, I also try to learn from both camps; Activating pop music on one hand, and soothing relaxation music on the other hand, frame a Yin and Yang like play field for musical expression for me.
Main focus within the relaxdaily project is music to relax, of course.
I created and uploaded my first “music to relax tune” on YouTube in September 2011. YouTube is a wonderful platform to reach people from all over the world. Since it is a video platform, as a musician you have to combine your music with something visual (images, video, etc). For my first YouTube releases I licensed photographs or took some of mine to either just set one background picture to the music or to create a tasteful slideshow (changing pictures). Since relaxdaily N°052 I capture my own nature video footage and edit it to sometimes simple, sometimes more elaborative “nature style music videos”. Hope you enjoy them.
For now, I focus on creating truly relaxing music. I learn constantly and come closer to my vision with this project with every new tune. I try to upload new music to relax at least once a month. Just check in for new material or subscribe to my YouTube channel, put my Google+ page into your circle or join me on twitter!
If you want to stream the music only (without a video) the “playlists and download” section might be good for you, where I add new audio playlists from time to time. There you can also download some of my tunes via the mp3 player (for your iPod, mp3 player or your stereo).
Music to relax: What is it good for?
Obviously: To relax…
Over time, I found out that people are using slow and soothing music for various purposes. Some simply like to slow down, unwind or relax. Some look for background music for activities such as yoga or meditation, or for music while working or being creative.
Some like to listen to music while learning, studying or doing their homework. Personally I prefer to have a quiet environment while doing mental work. But everybody is different, and it seams that, with the right soundtrack, some can get into their zone and focus on their task better. Soothing music without vocals should be the winner over activating, and therefore rather distracting, pop music in this context.
Some relaxation music can also work well as „sleep music“, helping to slow down before you go to bed. Slow music can also increase peace in our lives in general.
Peaceful and soothing music can reduce one’s heartbeat and breath rate, reduce blood pressure and release endorphins to the body. All that can be beneficial to the human body.
Music to relax finds commercial application in various environments: Spas and massage facilities, hotels, lounge bars, some shopping malls etc. are using relaxation music to establish a peaceful ambience to make us customers feel good. Webdesigners, podcasters, game and app developers, advertisers and film makers are using peaceful music to enhance a desired emotion within their creative content.
Music can relax us. Relaxdaily is a growing portfolio of soothing music for the mind, body and soul. Be part of it and follow the developement here on this web page or on the relaxdaiy YouTube channel.