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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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  • TheresTheMike

    Very relaxing, soothing and creepy stuff. Love it a lot.

    21 May 2:36am Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    listened to while i was sleeping and felt bad when i woke up ZERO OUT OF TEN

    19 May 4:41pm Reply
  • funeral_mmon

    Stealth, opening the doors of perception !

    30 Mar 8:17pm Reply
  • aphoticapathy


    29 Mar 10:41pm Reply
  • DxAxPanda


    17 Jan 2:34pm 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • gkmy

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

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • aphoticapathy

    Deep Frieze is awesome..

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
  • skalberg242

    Stealth make me wanna sleep for a week.

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Lock_Out

    Dead Weather Machine Re-Heat is one dope drone!

    18 Mar 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • ivor138

    nobody's talkin' about Dead Weather Machine

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • exaze

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

    18 Feb 2014 Reply
  • erasethegrey93

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

    2 Feb 2014 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
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