EasyJet has released charity single and album comprised entirely of engine noise.
‘Jet Sounds’ was recorded at 39,000ft en-route from Gatwick to Nice and features the harmonics of a pair of CFM56, twin spool, high bypass, turbo fan engines.
The album and single was released on Friday, inspired by research which the budget airline claims that white noise can help to send people to sleep.
Recent reports say white noise allows the brain to block out sleep interruptions by displacing background noise and loud interruptive peaking sounds such as traffic, snoring and barking dogs.
Recordings of ‘white noise’ have also been used to calm babies, aid studying and even help overcome writer’s block.
Sleep expert Dr Sandra Wheatley, who has consulted on production, said: “The soft, repetitive, ambient drone of white noise can drown out sounds, gently settle the brain and aid the on-set of sleep.
“There is also strong evidence that it can dampen out disruptive noises that can disturb our slumber. The low throb of a powerful jet engine is ideal for this. easyJet have captured the perfect tones for the release.”
The airline’s head of cabin crew, Tina Milton, said: “Since the introduction of the [A320] neo with its quieter cabin, we’ve created a more relaxed environment for our customers.
“We thought we would share this experience and help our customers get a good night’s rest in their own home, whilst helping to raise money to support The Children’s Sleep Charity.”
Vicki Dawson, founder and CEO of The Children’s Sleep Charity, said: “This is a fantastic, fun idea from easyJet as we know repetitive, consistent white noise can help some people who suffer from disturbed sleep get a better night’s rest – the gentle humming of a jet engine can help to support some children and families to get a better night’s sleep.
“We’re delighted that easyJet are donating the proceeds from the sale of the single and album to our charity, these funds will help us to further support children and families with sleep issues and provide accredited training for professionals.”
‘Jet Sounds by easyJet’ is available to download as a single for 79p and an album which features an extended cut for £7.99.
White Noise Machines can cost up to £40 to purchase.
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