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from neuroscience of music, re dopamine

Originally posted on jeremydibbmusic.com:

Why music makes you happy.  Read this article by Emily Sohn from News.Discovery.  Great stuff.

THE GIST

- Listening to moving music causes the brain to release dopamine, a feel-good chemical.

- Dopamine-induced pleasure may help explain why music has been such a big part of human societies throughout history.

- Understanding why people like listening to music is helping scientists understand human pleasure.

People love music for much the same reason they’re drawn to sex, drugs, gambling and delicious food, according to new research. When you listen to tunes that move you, the study found, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical involved in both motivation and addiction.

Even just anticipating the sounds of a composition like Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” or Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself” can get the feel-good chemical flowing, found the study, which was the first to make a concrete link between dopamine release and musical pleasure.

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Best language for math? Not English.

Math has progressed largely by erecting its own highly formal, paraverbal written “languages”. Historically, several verbal languages are required for reading important original works in math: Greek, Arabic, German, Russian, Polish, …

The hypothetical is essential to logic, the core of math. It is supported in grammar by the subjunctive Read the rest of this page »

Bubbles and shakeouts in making music pay

Bubbles and shakeouts in making music pay

Secondary profiting from non-live music has gone through similar boom-bust cycles already. From the earliest, when music was disseminated only through personal learning by performers and travel, the first technological step in separating original creation and publishing was written notation on paper. Bach’s family was his duplicating machine. Read the rest of this page »

In re Docket # 14-28, protecting an open internet

In re Docket # 14-28, protecting an open internet

It is a continuing scandal that the FCC is unable to work for its employer, the people (in particular, the consumer of network services), without continually asking permission of corporate power. Read the rest of this page »

Retiring the Wounded Whitetail

The URL for the blog Tracking the Wounded Whitetail/Off-topic stuff at Earfirst.net has been “earfirst.wordpress.com” (where we’re sitting now). I’m now re-purposing this URL for on-topic material for Earfirst™ Editions in sheetmusic, music theory basics with squiggle™ and slantnote™ , and my concert tours. Read the rest of this page »

~~ hearing deficit ?

Ears age differently. This is a plea: don’t assume – it can hurt.

Some aging ears need more loudness. For others, however, too-loud talking or music is painful. Not figuratively painful — pain painful, right in the ears, pretty damn close in. Read the rest of this page »

~~ the musician: prophet or entertainer?

A musician who contemplates what it is to be human runs up against pesky questions.

For this essay, a prophet is one who warns of urgent truths no matter the cost, and an entertainer structures leisure time for hire. Because this is a mix, not a simple dichotomy, the questions around the distinction can be pesky. Read the rest of this page »

~~ musicians and audiophiles listen differently

I disagree with any requirement to listen to music live as essential to full enjoyment or appreciation. Low-fidelity technology is sufficient to carry all that I listen for in music. Read the rest of this page »

~~ editing Poole’s Frankie and Johnny lyric

The Charlie Poole lyric for the New Lost City Ramblers is much more to my taste than the more familiar one. I make some changes, however, to help me put it across clearly. Read the rest of this page »

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