sometimes when i listen to certain music, it can give me a bigger energy boost than a food meal, and a lasting multiple hour one at that. When I am down or bored I invariably reach for my walkman (no wait, its an ipod) and take a walk. It sends me off to my imagination and i feel rejuvenated. what gives? a lot of us endorse fat or protein or whatnot for energy, but really, what gives with music?
as a subnote to my question, many eastern techniques relying on "mantra' employ vibration and sound to create an effect upon the physical body. While I'm not sure the Buddha was listening to Ministry and Dubstep Radio on Pandora, I do feel there is a connection. What is happening in our biology listening to music?
Music is such a wide term - Chopin does it for me, Mozart, Puccini, Vaughan Williams, ELgar, Scarlatti - loads of different things, for different times. And sometimes - silence can be more effective than anything (silence except for the sounds of nature - birdsong, wind inn the trees, water running etc)
The human body is about 70% water in adults. Dr. Masaro Emoto researched the changes to water when exposed to varied genres of music, and words. His theory was if water crystals changed in response to this exposure then they would change in humans. Check out Messages from Water and Hidden Messages from Water by Dr. Masaro Emoto.
Absolutely, certain types of music especially "goa trance"(a repetative electronic trance-inducing dance music) gives me energy personally.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dowPEoZdwbk - Pure energy!
The video isn't that great, just concentrate on the music that's where the magic is and be sure to listen to the 720 HD.
This music stimulates theta and alpha waves in the brain. Along with syncopated beats, appegios, ancient rythms this puts the listener/dancer into a state of trance, altered conciousness, stimulates the brain and produces energy. It can also enhance creativity.
Regarding the "archaic revival" form the book "Turn on, Tune in, and Trance out The Exploration of Entheogens and the Emergence of a Global Techno-shamanic Ritual"
It also is argued that this Goa Trance Ritual is a modern version of ancient ritual practice that is rooted in paleolithic shamanism.
We're bringing the "archaic/primal into the modern world, I bet many of us are waking up to this. Perhaps going paleo diet is just one of the many things that is about to change our lives.
In the mid 90's my music tastes took a left turn when I discovered this "electronic" artist named BT. I traditionally avoided the whole techno thing, but something about his music invigorated me like I've never experienced. He seemed to understand the subtleties of bringing the listener through emotional peaks and valleys, working on levels I couldn't quite grasp sometimes.
Some time later I found out not only was he classically trained but that he would geek out on things like using an electroencephalograph to get an idea of brain states in relation to frequencies and certain sound designs. He explains a little in this clip from a doc on electronica (briefly connecting it to phenomena common among indigenous music):
Here's an example of his approach... hypnotic, unique energy, builds and releases
something that apparently took 6 months to write in code (CSound), basically like building a sandcastle one grain at a time, but it came out like a lullaby. The underlying layers of glitch and noise seem psychologically inviting rather than irritating. Completely written and executed via binary operations, yet it can near bring me to tears. Definitely from someone who recognizes the psycho-neuro-emotional responses to sound and noise.
I notice an almost instant clam in my toddler as soon as I play some classical music - and the exact opposite if we play some rock and roll or dance music. It's neat watching him- I really think that he has a real 'primal' response to so many things!
Of course as a skeptic I don't believe in "magic", we can probably come up with a good rationale as to why music does what it does, although we may call it "magic" insofar as it has a powerful effect that is observable but has a mysterious cause - that's what magic is and to any phenomenon you can possibly imagine it is far more likely that you simply don't know what is going on than it is an exception in physics...always remember that.
The tribal chant thins fits. Music undeniably creates a sort of unity and bonding but we must ask ourselves if such a warrior bond would necessarily be stronger in the case of a musical ritual in a world of music than it would normally be in a world without appreciation of music. Perhaps music just creates a higher standard that isn't so meaningful if the standard that is required for the standard is taken away. There is good evidence for an entirely conscience-based and empathetic tribal and warrior unity that doesn't need music.
Still, something so apparently insignificant to evolution, yet that still produces such an effect could be described as "miraculous" in the loose sense of the word. I tend to subscribe to Steven Pinker's account of music as simply "auditory cheesecake" in the sense that the love of fat and sugar are adaptive, but cheesecake is not really and not particularly useful in itself, just as the modern manifestation of music isn't any more adaptive than any other talent that impresses people, except it combines impressiveness with ascetics. Nothing says that music is adaptive, but it is powerful, just like cheesecake.
But I'm inclined to call it "miraculous" in a loose sense of the word. if a true accident can produce this kind of unity and purpose http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zklqr1xj32Q then that is worthy of "magic" in as mystical a sense as I am willing to use the word.
Definitely music is magic; it is the key to the heart, body, mind and soul. It can transform the mind from darkness and sorrow into joy, love warmth and passion. The simple joy of watching the sunset or the love from a relationship or even the warmth from a deep friendship can all be aroused by the sounds of music. It comes in so many forms such as jazz, rock, tap or classical, contemporary and many more as well. It can rock the mind, dance the soul, jazz the emotions and free the heart.
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