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Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol. 2) - Marconi Union

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    In 2011 MU were commissioned to write a piece of music that people would find relaxing. They received consultation from Lyz Cooper a Sound Therapist, who advised them on some of the technical issues relating to how the human body responds to sound.

    What really captured their imagination was the sound of Weightless. As is often the case with MU, when they get excited about a “sound” they want to explore it further. Normally, it takes months for them to make a record but with this album everything just seemed to flow really quickly. All three of them worked separately producing different elements of individual tracks. These were then edited and reworked until they had a complete album where all of the tracks are sonically related but each has it’s own musical identity.

    The abstract nature of the album made it an obvious addition to MU’s Ambient Transmissions series.

    On 16 October 2011, Marconi Union created an eight-minute track, titled "Weightless", in collaboration with the British Academy of Sound Therapy.

    According to scientists at the Mindlab institution (a commercial 'neuromarketing' company) it induced a 65% reduction in overall anxiety and brought test subjects' resting pulse rates to 35% of their usual resting rates. The song features guitar, piano and manipulated field recordings. It is punctuated throughout by low tones that supposedly induce a trance-like state. This piece propelled the band into the media spotlight and news reports, and was reported in newspapers worldwide.

    In November 2011, Marconi Union were featured in Time magazine's list of Inventors of the Year, for writing and recording "Weightless". "Weightless" has been streamed more than twelve million times from Spotify alone, while various YouTube videos have been viewed millions of times making Weightless one of the most well known ambient tracks ever. In January 2017 it charted in the Billboard charts. Despite this, Marconi Union have consistently refused to be drawn into any debate about the scientific findings, preferring to discuss "Weightless" in purely aesthetic terms.
    Track Listings:
    Weightless pt1 8:04
    Weightless pt2 7:10
    Weightless pt3 7:36
    Weightless pt4 7:14
    Weightless pt5 7:14
    Weightless pt6 5:10
    Artist Name(s):
    Marconi Union
    Release Year: 2014
    Drone, Minimal
    Album Type:
    Compact Disc, Digital / Download
    Label / Publishing
    Label Name:
    Just Music
    Catalog Number(s):
    London, UK
    Just Publishing
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