The city’s Mayor R Rex Parris saw the opportunity to improve wellbeing and lower crime rates by installing a relaxing soundscape for walkers along Lancaster’s half mile boulevard. The Sound Agency designed a soundscape which included birdsong to produce a feeling of security, gentle water to evoke purity and serenity, and music at half the speed of the typical human heartbeat to entrain people down to a slower pace of movement.
Media interest was intense, with the installation featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, along with other international press and TV. Reaction from the citizens of Lancaster has been very positive. The sheriff’s Captain reported that crime rates have fallen 15% since the soundscape’s installation.