Justin Benton reviews Ocean Surf, "arguably the most important relaxation sounds release of all time":

Yet for a considerable faction of relaxation sounds purists, critics and fans alike, Ocean Surf is pure overkill; a spanner in the New Age works. Many of these purists argue thatin the strict terms of the sound relaxation genreOcean Surf is simply too long, too intense, and too freakin' loud. Those who take issue with the sheer sonic force of Ocean Surf view the recording as simply another victim of the Loudness Waroffering an eye-popping loudness rating of -5 dBFS (decibels relative to full scale).

Perhaps more nefarious among fans of relaxation sounds is Ocean Surf’s numerous associations with suicide.

Copies of Ocean Surf have reportedly been found on the persons of at least eight known suicide victims. One example: Steve Bergens, a 53-year-old high school guidance counselor from suburban Detroit. Bergens, an avid relaxation sounds enthusiast, had battled his own share of demons: substance abuse, manic depression, and two failed marriages. In March of 2003, apropos of nothing, Bergens fled to Dubai with nothing but a copy of Ocean Surf. He booked a room on the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Hotel Dubai and, within a few hours of checking in, shattered his hotel window and leapt to his death. When Dubai police entered Bergens’ room to investigate they found Ocean Surf playing at high volume on the room’s stereo system.

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