What do you like to listen to for relaxing that makes you feel better?
Here are my choices:
Bob James albums like Touchdown,One On One,Restoration.Obsession.Lucky Seven,Two Of A Kind,
Another artist is Tony Oçonnor. Rainforest Magic,Mariner,In Touch,Dreams and Discoveries and Love Songs. Tony lived on the Sunshine Coast,Queensland.
I'm glad you started this thread, I was thinking of something similar!
I don't know if this counts cause it's not really music, but I recently discovered mynoise.net and I love it (there's an app as well, but I've found it buggy on Android and a bit confusing to use on iOS so wouldn't really recommend it). Here is the list of all the noise generators: https://mynoise.net/noiseMachines.php. You can make your own presets or try the ready-made ones. These links are to my own presets of some of my favorites:
I adore music but it takes a lot of energy to listen to so I don't listen for relaxation, more for motivation when I'm not too sick and just need an emotional boost. mynoise also does generative music which I enjoy sometimes (I listen to it in the iOS app, I think it's paywalled) but I do find it harder to listen to than the natural sounds.
I just found this the other day https://www.radio.net/s/radionature. Other than that, I love a good bit of cello! There is a great studio ghibli cello playlist on youtube and I also enjoy some of Yo-Yo Ma's stuff. If I'm having issues sleeping I go for swamp sounds with rain and frogs. I find music can be over stimulating if I'm really "heady" but less layered simple and slow stuff is usually ok, vocals are generally out.
When I'm having a good day I will listen to my normal music because I miss it so much!
@Dencds Has to be Supertramp: Even in the quietest moments
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@Dencds I like the sound of my fan. Nothing quite like white noise. Most music is too busy to tolerate for long.
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@RatsAreFluffy Same here. Such joy when you find the perfect fan that doesn't rattle or tick.
For me it varies a lot depending on what my body is doing. I have lots of music that I've collected over the years that works for me and won't try to describe it all in one go.
The ABC has an online radio station called ABC Kids that plays ambient music, usually laid over nature sounds, from midnight to 6am. This music can be accessed on-demand in one-hour blocks through the ABC Listen app or this webpage.
Gentle acoustic songs are another form that can work for me. If they're in a foreign language my brain can't latch onto the lyrics. E.g.
Clannad - Buachaill Ón Éirne
Ayub Ogada - Salimie
Geoffrey Oryema - Makambo
@pemdelapem thank you for the links, I'm listening to the Aphex Twin one right now and looking forward to checking out the others. At some point in the past I listened to the whole of the Selected Ambient Works, I'd forgotten how beautiful it is.
I enjoy minimalist ambient music too. One of my favorites is an artist called 36. They have an album called dreamloops which is very soothing. Actually it's split over 3 albums (I've linked to the first one) but you can find them all compiled into one album on Spotify.
@river I enjoyed dreamloops, thank you. All tracks but one hit the spot (#3 had a bit too much going on).
One of my recent discoveries is Kate Rusby, a folk singer from Yorkshire with a very grounded adventurous streak. Most of her work is a bit livelier but her slow, almost metronomic renditions of traditional songs work on me like lullabies:
Bogey's Bonnie Belle
The Witch of the Westmorland
Night Visiting Song
Hunter Moon (an original composition of hers, metronomic but not quite as level as the others)