The Therapeutic Benefits of Ambient Music

“Physiological responses from person to person will vary, as will their tastes… But for a significant number of people suffering severe anxiety and trauma, the droning, minimal, wordless soundscapes of ambient are more effective than any medication.”

I’m sure that many of us know about or have experienced the health and well-being benefits of listening to music; that was the #1 reason I created the Ambient Soundbath, but this articleThe Therapeutic Benefits of Ambient Music: Science Shows How It Eases Chronic Anxiety, Physical Pain, and ICU-Related Trauma gets into the science and experience, a bit and I thought that it might be of interest to Ambient Soundbath listeners.

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #82 – Abandoned Cities

Recently, I found myself listening to two long-form Harold Budd tracks in succession, on repeat, over and over for several weeks. Those tracks included Dark Star and Abandoned Cities, two sides of the same 1984 recording called, Abandoned Cities. These tracks have been part of a larger 200+ track Harold Budd playlist that I’ve listened to in ‘shuffle’ mode for the better part of a decade; I had never listened to these tracks in succession, as they were meant to be heard.

After repeated listens, I decided that their distinctly transfixing and meditational qualities, mixed with the organ drone of Coeur D’Orr from 1970‘s The Oak of Golden Dreams were perfect for an Ambient Soundbath. Frankly, I could do a deep listening podcast on Harold Budd’s work alone, but I thought that these tracks made for an excellently relaxing Soundbath.

00:00 – 19:00 – Harold Budd – Dark Star
19:00 – 22:30 – Harold Budd – Coeur D’orr
22:30 – 45:00 – Harold Budd – Abandoned Cities


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Ambient Soundbath Podcast #79 – Shadow Work



“Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected.

– Carl Jung