What do trains,ftogs,Abba,counting sheep,motorbikes and a mothers heartbeat all have in common?

How about tuning your radio to an all day Swiss yodelling channel or settling down to an evening of uninterrupted Buddhist chanting?

From 440 radio channels avilable on Osaka Yusen Broad casting Japan’s largest cable-radio network,subscribers can tune into a channel featuring 24 hours of croaking frogs or one that consists of the sound of trains pulling in and out of stations.



As well as the sounds of cicadas or percolating coffee,Osaka Yusen offers nearly 100 channels of announcer free jazz rock classical music,Second World War military marches and folk music from all over the world. Sheena Easton,Abba and Lionel Richie each have entire channels to themselves although the repetiton rate must be almost as high as that of an in flight music channel. One student says that he most often listens to the channel that plays the sound of a revving motorcycle engine.

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For those in search of more intellectual backround sounds for their dinner parties,there is always the abacus lesson channel or a range of talks on spirutal development. But anyone tired of all the above should adjuct their sets to drowsing channels and tune into the sheep counting station,for example which features a mature male voice slowly counting from one to a thousand. Then he startsagain. In the backround there is the faint sound of a train moving slowly along a railway track.

For busy executives wishing to calm down after an awful day at work,there is a channel of slow synthesiser music and another carryng only the sound of a mothers heartbeat. According to the company ‘Babies listen to this noise before they are born.Its a natural relaxant.’


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