Forums Music Official: music is a brain stimulating drug

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  • #1050312
    AvatarTechno Viking
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    We all know our favourite tunes are pleasurable, but scientists have dug deep and discovered music can actually be a drug that stimulates the release of pleasure chemicals in our brain.

    A study from scholars at McGill University in Canada suggests the anticipation of our favourite passage can be all the stimulation needed for releasing neurochemical dopamine.

    To determine this, researchers studied the instances where music makes a listener’s hairs stand up – moments known as “chills”. These chills apparently involve a “clear and discrete pattern of autonomic nervous system arousal”, the report says. Of course, some people are more susceptible to the effects than others.

    Some 200-odd people responded to an advertisement that sought “chill-susceptible” music lovers and were asked to name ten tracks that make them tick. The genres included tango, techno, punk, rock, electronica, jazz, folk and classical.

    The entrants took a questionnaire to see how authentic these chills were and then went through a screening test. This process narrowed the group down to ten individuals, who were subsequently scanned over two sessions.

    Get your head around that

    Participants listened to music they decided was pleasurable or felt neutral about, recording the number and intensity of chills they experienced, while noting the degree of pleasure felt from each piece.

    As all this happened, the boffins were watching their brains through an MRI scan.
    The results showed dopamine release was restricted to moments before and during the chills.

    The research proves that the pleasure we get from listening to music is closely linked with dopamine release and why it’s so effectively deployed in rituals, marketing and film.

    I suppose if the report is anything to go by, it’s no wonder so many musicians go onto harder and stronger substances when the music no longer gives them a fix. Does that mean our downloads can be dangerously addictive? Perhaps we’d need another study to figure that one out.

    Official: music is a brain stimulating drug

    #1234890
    Avatarprocess
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    and next on the news….

    The Government makes all music a class a drug.:hopeless:

    #1234897
    Avatarp0ly
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    I’m going to Music counciling sessions ๐Ÿ™

    #1234902
    AvatarKodama
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    Music is fucking me up big time. I can’t get enough of it. It’s gone beyond one style of music now, into downright poly-music use, and it’s spiralling out of control. What do I do, guys? Help me. ๐Ÿ™

    #1234904
    AvatarGylfi Gudbjornsson
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    better stash all the music then, as its a drug now, don’t want to get arrested do we

    #1234898
    Avatarp0ly
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    They’ll ban EDM and only legal shit like Rihana will be allowed.

    #1234905
    AvatarGylfi Gudbjornsson
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    @p0ly 416941 wrote:

    They’ll ban EDM and only legal shit like Rihana will be allowed.

    lol, you know, it would not suprise me in the slightest if the powers that be did, they do what they want if it pleases them and annoys everyone else

    #1234908
    AvatarHoneybear
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    @process 416915 wrote:

    and next on the news….

    The Government makes all music a class a drug.:hopeless:

    hahahaha:laugh_at:

    #1234893
    AvatarDaftFader
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    @process 416915 wrote:

    and next on the news….

    The Government makes all music a class a drug.:hopeless:

    They tried to ban music (and did to a certain extent) allready! – Read into the oragins of morris dancing if you don’t know about it allready. :hopeless:

    #1234906
    AvatarGylfi Gudbjornsson
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    @DaftFader 416981 wrote:

    They tried to ban music (and did to a certain extent) allready! – Read into the oragins of morris dancing if you don’t know about it allready. :hopeless:

    but that might involve watching morris dancing. I cannot stand it, to me all morris dancing says is: beards, volvo’s, tofu, slacks, loafers and caravan holiday on tyneside*

    *couldn’t think of somewhere

    #1234894
    AvatarDaftFader
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    Basicaly oliver cromwell banned it (moris dancing) and all the festivities associated with it. A bit like free festivals and dance music nowdays except I think the punishments were alot harsher back then! Alltho after hearing moris dancers I can’t help but side with Oliver on this one. :laugh_at:

    #1234907
    AvatarGylfi Gudbjornsson
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    alot hasher isn’t the way to put it, the man made Hannibal lector & buffalo bill look like amateurs, he’s one of the only people to have ever served the punishment of being hung, drawn and quatered in a court case. The man was a religious tyrant and a pompous cunt to boot

    #1234903
    AvatarKodama
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    +1 Morris dancing is fucking whack and should still be banned IMHO,

    #1234891
    Avatarprocess
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    @DaftFader 416981 wrote:

    They tried to ban music (and did to a certain extent) allready! – Read into the oragins of morris dancing if you don’t know about it allready. :hopeless:

    i know quite a lot about morris dancing tbf, well my parents do anyway.

    dont see what the problem with it is to be honest, just a different way for people of a different age to enjoy them selves. not much different to how we go out and listen to music outside and dance around while being intoxicated ourselves. only differnece is different music and they get high on real ales! ๐Ÿ˜‰ morris has actually meant that my both my parents are a lot more understanding of me going out in the middle of the night and not coming home for two days. also like someone said before they’ve had to stand up for thier right to dance and listen to music together outside just the same lots of us do every weekend.

    not so different imo…

    #1234887
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    @p0ly 416941 wrote:

    They’ll ban EDM and only legal shit like Rihana will be allowed.

    Thats pretty much already happened in most areas of Suffolk for legal nightlife and soon the crap RnB places will be locked off too because of the drink related violence.

    BTW don’t diss the morris dancers, as Process said they over the years genuinely did stand up for the right to have outdoor music, and CAMRA are the main organisation which got late(r) licenses approved for rural pubs which a lot of my friends have held events in…

    #1234889
    AvatarClang
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    Hi everybody, my name is Amino Clang and I am a musicaholic.

    I guess it all started for me when I was really young with stiff like Seaseme Street and the Muppet Show. I can tell by your reactions that this was a gateway genre for you too. You see the real problem was that the band really took music seriously and produced high grade shit that got a lot of kids hooked from a very young age. My first album was Musical Youth by Musical Youth including the hit song of the time Pass the Dutchie… need I say more?

    As I grew up nothing could even come close to the high I felt in those early days. All of my mates were into the chart music of the time, but I craved for something a bit harder, something created by real musicians, something raw, not cut with crap to make a quick buck. Even though Shaking Stevens was my first concert (well, the kid had some moves and I liked the way he danced… kinda like the welsh MJ), I soon got into The Pogues and The Men They Couldn’t Hang. I just loved that Irish/Folk/Rock sound and when I saw The Pogues live (I must have been about 11 or 12) they blew me away. The mosh pit was a bit intense for such a young lad, but I still planted myself at the front of the crowd and just listened with amazement. The atmosphere in that room was electric and the music blew my mind. The energy that the live band gave me was a real high and something I had not really experienced before. But still it couldn’t match that first high.

    As I said, I never really got into the music that all of my friends were listening to. I went to another concert or two (MC Hammer, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin) but eventually I heard this new sound that really got me going…

    I guess I must have been about 15 years old and I had heard that there was some wierd hippy festival happening near to where I lived. The year was 1991. I was offered a lift and so I decided to go along. The first night I went I spent most of the night lying down on a matress on top of the Land Rover we arived in. I could see a million stars projected in awe-inspiring technicolour above me and from every direction I could hear a different musical style drifting towards me through the night. Rock, Punk, Ska, Reggea, Folk, Rock-a-Billy, Grunge, Indi… the list goes on and on and on. I was in rapture on top of that Land Rover. The high was extreme and multi-dimensional. I will never forget that night.

    The next day I slept a lot, but I went back the night after that with a different group of friends who were all raving about this new sound. The volume of the sound system was awesome (so loud I got the fear about getting too close to it), the ground shook with the sound of the bass coming out of it, I had never heard anything like it before. It was like a constant bang bang bang (or maybe boom boom boom would be a closer description, or maybe even whomp whomp whomp) which was the kick drum, on top of that there was the percussion which just drove through your body and MADE you dance, there was no option! Beyond teh drum kit was all these floaty, wishy-washy sounds and some crazy noises that I had never heard before… and they were part of the music. Not just blaring random noises (although they seemed like it sometimes) but always in time with the music and in the right key with chord progressions, fills, breaks, drops. My hands were in the air, my feet were stamping into the ground, my whole body was part of the music and the music was part of me. Spiral Tribe showed me the truest, purest form of uncut music going – techno music. Cut right back to the active ingredients (drums, bass, melody, strings) with little or no lyrics at all. The music was a bit intense, but I liked it. I was hooked from that day on.

    The next few years are a bit of a whirlwind really. I got really heavily into music, even started DJing to feed my habit. Every weekend was a search for the sound that Spiral Tribe had woken my senses with at the Happy Daze festival in Bala. Every waking hour of every day was spent listening to music, or trying to find more new music, rawer, cleaner, less cut with sacharin and deeper and deeper into the scene… spiralling out of control.

    I have managed to go to Uni and hold down a decent enough job through my adult life, but I still need to hear music every day or I just don’t feel right. I get cranky, upset and depressed and will often take it out on the people closest to me. My friends and family are understanding enough though… in fact most of them are hooked too and enjoy the mix tapes I make. Yes I still DJ too, but its OK because I can afford my vinyl (the rawest, purest form of music avaiable, even in the age of the MP3) habit and I just about have it all under control. Having said that, my saturday ritual of DJing from 12-5 while the missus is at work is possibly the only thing that keeps me going. If I had to give that up I genuinely don’t think my life would be worth living.

    I may be well into my 30’s now, but I don’t let that get in the way of a good night out too. Luckily my GF enjoys stripped back bass heavy music too so we let ourselves go every now and again and go a good nightclub or festival to hear some tunes on a nice big soundsystem. I do even have my own sound system, but its too big for general use so it only comes out very rarely. When I hear the bass coming out of my Lab Subs I just melt. DJing through my own system is the pinacle of the musical high. I love to hear my favourite tunes at high volume with all of the bass reproduced in crystal clear quality. I reckon I am even more hooked on this feeling than dancing in the middle of a dancefloor surrounded by friends listening to the music we all love together… well, maybe. Its difficult to judge really, I’m so confused.

    I hope the members of this group will be able to help me kick the habit of a lifetime. I really need support from somebody other than my frinds and family, because they are all totally hooked too and positively encourage my DJing, my clubbing and my dancing.

    I need your help people. Music has taken over my life. I am even thinking of studying music from a psychological perspective as a way of incorporating it into my working life.

    Thanks for listening and understanding.

    #1234888
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    #1234900
    Avatarp0ly
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    @General Lighting 417034 wrote:

    Thats pretty much already happened in most areas of Suffolk for legal nightlife and soon the crap RnB places will be locked off too because of the drink related violence.

    BTW don’t diss the morris dancers, as Process said they over the years genuinely did stand up for the right to have outdoor music, and CAMRA are the main organisation which got late(r) licenses approved for rural pubs which a lot of my friends have held events in…

    Most Chav club music uses House beats as well, sadly they all sound the same (crap) they’ll also have the lyrics ‘in the club’ ‘get down in the club’ etc

    #1234895
    AvatarDaftFader
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    haha yeah fair play to moris dancers … i don’t like it personaly … wouldn’t stop them doing it tho. It wouldn’t be PC!

    #1234901
    Avatarp0ly
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    It’s a right laugh i reckon, it’s like the film Commando.

    #1234896
    AvatarDaftFader
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    having a go would be fun tanked up .. but i don’t find it plesuable to listen to really. (mby i’ve only heard shit ones tho – it’s too early in the morning to listen to that link)

    #1234886
    AvatarTechno Viking
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    BUMP

    #1234892
    AvatarRaj
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    I love my music – its the best and has kept me sane for years now
    Unrepentant music addict :p

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