Electronic singer-songwriter Moby dropped his newest album, Long Ambients 2, exclusively on the meditation app Calm to share the sounds that help him fall asleep.
“I originally made these songs for myself because I couldn’t find this type of music anywhere,” Moby told Calm. “Long Ambients 2 was designed to help me sleep and to help other people find calm and maybe get a good night’s sleep. I hope to share it with other people who have sleep issues or battle anxiety or have a hard time calming themselves down.”
Along with guided meditations for areas like self-care, focus, and emotion, Calm also offers a library of stories, music, and soundscapes designed to get people in the REM zone. This makes Moby’s decision in choosing Calm seem fitting, although there’s no word on why the artist chose this particular app over other platforms.
Calm claims to be “thrilled” the artist chose to launch his album “in a way that has never been done before.”
“Music is the universal language,” says the company, “so, it makes perfect sense that it’s such a big and growing part of Calm and our mission to make the world happier and healthier.”
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Sister album Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep. launched in 2016 and was used for Moby’s personal sleep rituals, meditation, relaxation, and yoga practices before reaching other listeners through a WeTransfer download.
This go-round, you can listen to Moby’s newest album for free with Calm’s seven-day trial and the app’s paid subscriptions thereafter. To access the tracks, look no further than the home page or music section under the “Sleep” tab. The album includes six songs, all of which last around 37 minutes and take on minimalist, title-fitting, and tranquil sounds.
Moby probably won’t have trouble finding listeners, as Calm boasts over 337,000 ratings, 4.8 stars, and was dubbed one of the best apps of 2018 by the App Store for self care. It’s safe to say people like using this app, but it does lack one feature that might be especially useful to some users: expert support.
Meditation is typically safe, but if you have a history with certain types of trauma or health-related conditions, meditation could re-trigger some of these issues.
While apps are not a replacement for professional counsel by any means, some do offer ways to connect with other users and experts, and ask questions about your meditation experience. For a more community-based experience, you can check out Unwinding Anxiety and 10% Happier, both of which are featured in our roundup of the best meditation apps.
The science backing digital meditation apps as complementary treatment is relatively scant of date, but the field is growing, and meditation as a practice does have several health benefits when it comes to stress reduction and emotion-regulation.
So how — if at all — will Moby’s songs help you fall asleep or meditate? We can’t assure you that they will, but there is a body of research supporting music’s ability to help you recover from stress-inducing situations and fall asleep. For example, one study published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies found music particularly effective for adults with primary insomnia, or insomnia that isn’t related to other health problems. Relaxing music — songs with about 60 beats-per-minute — is your best bet, if you’re looking to use music to fall asleep.
Moby himself is no sleep scientist, but he is involved in music therapy advocacy, serving as a board member for the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF). Whether the artist sparks a chain reaction in famous singers debuting meditation-specific music is to be determined — but you can bank on meditation (for sleep or otherwise) being a non-linear, highly-personal journey. What works for Moby might or might not work for you, too.
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