I hope this is not closed as OT, after all music has accompanied us humans for quite a long time. And it's value as "social glue" cannot be overestimated.
And I guess everyone of you has already experienced the tremendous impact it has on mood etc. Long story made short: This page lists some intriguing facts about what music can do to our brain. http://www.cerebromente.org.br/n15/mente/musica.html
One simple way students can improve test scores is by listening to certain types of music such as Mozart's Sonata for Two Piano's in D Major before taking a test. This type of music releases neurons in the brain which help the body to relax. The effectiveness of Mozart's sonatas can be seen by the results from an IQ test performed on three groups of college students. The first group listened to a Mozart sonata before taking the test. The second group listened to a relaxation tape before their test. The third group did not listen to anything before the test. The first group had the highest score with an average of 119. The second group ended up with an average of 111, and the third group had the lowest score with an average of 110.
An Australian physician and psychiatrist, Dr. John Diamond, found a direct link between muscle strength/weakness and music. He discovered that all of the muscles in the entire body go weak when subjected to the "stopped anapestic beat" of music from hard rock musicians, including Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Queen, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Bachman - Turner Overdrive, and The Band. Dr. Diamond found another effect of the anapestic beat. He called it a "switching" of the brain. Dr. Diamond said this switching occurs when the actual symmetry between both of the cerebral hemispheres is destroyed causing alarm in the body along with lessened work performance, learning and behavior problems in children, and a "general malaise in adults."
Now my question is, which sort of music do you think is most paleo? Indigenous drum rhythms? Anything with a BMP of 60 (as stated in the article) b/c it's close to the heartbeat? What are your experiences, or maybe studies you've read about this topic?
PS: rock music does make me nervous somehow, while techno (120 BMP) feels relaxing (2x60BMP=heartbeat?)
I think you should just listen to whatever music makes you happy without worrying about how "paleo" it is. Music that makes you happy is good for you, period, no matter what the instruments or beats per minute.
That being said, I sometimes listen to recordings of ocean noises or rain when falling asleep, and it really helps relax me. I'd recommend it to anyone who lives in a city and would otherwise be falling asleep to traffic noise.
Have you ever seen any of those tribes who beat drums and dance feverishly as a shaman channels the spirit world? That.
(That's essentially what my pre-workout routine looks like--I am the witch doctor.)
Okay, I am a teacher and I have attended a workshop on it. The best music for students' brains is Largo and Adagio. They even make special CDs now for teachers.
Here is the link: http://www.newmanagement.com/music/index.html It totally relaxes you.
Here is my favorite music. It is not Paleo, but it totally relaxes me:
Also, I have read a research paper that suggested that the cows give the most milk while listening to Johann Strauss' waltzes.
Here is my favorite Paleo music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTCJ5hedcVA&feature=related (do not milk any cows while listening to this, but still better than Justin Bieber)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH9zNz9L_VA&feature=related (bring your own cow)
Anthropologists have recently discovered a flute that is 40,000 years old. Isn't that a kick!
Paleo is not the ultimate question or standard for everything. I try to eat and move paleo because I am living in this physical body which was "designed" by millions of years of evolution. But my spirit is different and much older. I would recommend any music that uplifts the spirit to the maximum, like Bach, Vivaldi, new age music, Beethoven, etc.
...Considering way back in the day they beat on things to produce rhythm, maybe added melodies from flute type instruments, perhaps a gut strung instrument but nothing too technical. The women would sing, sometimes in repetitive circular phrasing, and the men would yell, announce superiority, claim women, or declare love for finer things like the best meat, or other amenities.
The closest genre we have to that speculation on our history is rap, but all genres basically carry those traits but are presented in more or less obnoxious ways and with a varying degree of truth.
I might wager that one can choose any genre and measure how paleo it is on a separate scale from its place on the genre chart. All music can be divided by type, but there is another scale, is it a new and original sound or is it a sound that clearly imitated another band? That scale is heavily weighed towards the latter but if I were to make a connection between paleo and music I would use it with the small end being what is more paleo.
The origins of man, the origins of a type of music.
I like what I like when I like it....do we have to "paleo-ize" everything? (sorry, haven't had my coffee yet) I agree with Violet9. Whatever music makes you feel good is what you should listen to. Drums and beats and pipes may be the technically oldest sound as music but it would make me nuts to listen to...
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