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Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Sleep Research Facility (often spelled as SleepResearch_Facility) is a dark ambient artist from Glasgow, Scotland, UK, specialising in sleep-conducive beatless ambient music which is both artistic as well as functional.

Sleep Research Facility consists of the single band member Kevin Doherty. His music usually contains no rhythmic elements (one exception is “2.5” on Dead Weather Machine), but instead relies on spacious, extended, richly-textured sounds. Occasionally, true ‘musical’ elements appear in his work, such as sustained chords (in “c-deck” on Nostromo for example), but the majority of his compositions consist of evolving layers of manipulated noise and mechanical drones. He deliberately attempts to avoid any sonic elements which would be likely to disturb a sleepy or sleeping listener, such as sudden loud noises.
In addition to being suitable for sleeping, the music of Sleep Research Facility is also intended to create an aural environment which allows listeners to let their thoughts drift, being gently guided (instead of forced) by the music. The following advice is provided for listeners: “recommended playback level: just above quiet”. A more detailed overview of Sleep Research Facility can be found on the info page of the official website.
The works of Sleep Research Facility are inspired by noisy industrial environments (such as factories and motorways), certain sci-fi movies (eg. Alien) and various natural environments such as empty frozen tundra and deserts.


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  • soundsides

    creepy. like it.

    4 Dec 9:57pm Reply
  • Los_Bybys

    I have Tinnitus as well and his music helps falling asleep immensely. I wonder if his music could actually mitigate it in the long run.

    22 Jul 6:52am Reply
  • Nearco

    Great stuff. I had a bad bout of Tinnitus late last year and could not get to sleep. Discovered this artist and his music really helped.

    29 Apr 11:09pm Reply
  • dragn3t

    Deep Frieze has become my essential nightly sleeping music. The very vague and primitive ambient instrumentation within the field recordings are just right, they're not distracting and as an end result is highly hypnotic and sleep-inducing. Drone perfection.

    27 Apr 1:20pm Reply
  • gkmy

    I love Nostromo for the imagery it breeds in my head. Any new work on the horizon?

    14 Apr 9:02pm Reply
  • aphoticapathy

    Deep Frieze is awesome..

    4 Apr 2:37am Reply
  • skalberg242

    Stealth make me wanna sleep for a week.

    28 Mar 1:22am Reply
  • Lock_Out

    Dead Weather Machine Re-Heat is one dope drone!

    18 Mar 7:29am Reply
  • Tranceroute

    well, I'm listened it once and there was nothin' special for me after Frieze. now I listen it again. ps. any rumours about new stuff?

    15 Mar 8:55am Reply
  • ivor138

    nobody's talkin' about Dead Weather Machine

    11 Mar 11:37pm Reply
  • exaze

    note to self: ruin a set of really powerful speakers with deep frieze

    18 Feb 9:50pm Reply
  • erasethegrey93

    "Nostromo" is great. I really love C-Deck, is really cold :D

    2 Feb 6:16pm Reply
  • DxAxPanda

    hey funeral_mmon, thanks for the link! what are your favourites ambient records? tu parles français?

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Lock_Out

    lol @squezey noob anime freak

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • cybrauralninjuh

    Album artworks: stylistically accurate. This guy is good on his word.

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • funeral_mmon

    @DxAxPanda : very good finding, you can get the full 5 recordings with this torrent :

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DxAxPanda

    Very isolating and relaxing. [2] Indeed.

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • squezey

    Deep Frieze makes me feel like I'm alone in a giant empty movie theater at night that is just playing a bunch of ambient sound through the speakers. Very isolating and relaxing.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DxAxPanda sounds a lot like deep frieze, I'm in love

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DxAxPanda

    I agree...

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
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