Electronics, Music, and the Brain

The affects that music has on the brain has been measured as stimulating and advancing; sharpening the analytical, creative, emotional, and so many other types of thinking. It has been called the “Mozart Effect” and said that if one listens to Mozart or music like Mozart’s that contain musical elements like complicated chordal progressions, intricate fingerings, melodies, harmonies, and form; and key relations are just a few elements that might cause our brain to be stimulated and to work at a harder and faster rate. But not only does this affect our brain and mind, but also our physical bodies. After listening to classical music, a person can become relaxed, awake, revived, and so many other beneficial qualities. This, however, refers only to classical music because of the complexity of this genre.
The effects of electronics on the brain causes our brain to peak in areas that shouldn’t be high. This picture below shows what happens to our brain when our cell phones are on and when our cell phones are off.
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This article discusses the problems with electronic devices (cell phones in particular).
I wonder if the effect that some electronics have on our brain is the same of electronic music? Because I don’t carry a brain wave scanner around in my back pocket, let’s think about this question a different way. Does electronic music give listeners the same physical feelings as classical Mozart does? Let’s conduct a simple experiment. Below, there are two options of music: one, electronic and the other, Beethoven. Let me know how you feel by leaving a comment below.

To me, I find that Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is much more relaxing and stimulating than the electronic alternative of The Tunnel, where I find the piece to bring stress and clouded thoughts. Maybe I am effected differently than other people or maybe I just do not care for the solely ‘electronic’ music that is recorded today. That is the purpose of this experiment.
Another reason in the music we listen to is the volume it is played at. Today, most of the younger generation enjoy music at decibel higher than the rate of tolerability of the ears and ultimately the brain. A study on this subject says that music at the same decibel of a jack hammer or jet engine destroys hearing. Why do people listen to music at this volume? It is speculated that most don’t even realize that they are that loud.
To close, I include this article that talks about some of the weird ways that music effects the brain. I hope you enjoy seeing just a peek at how electronic devices effect our brains. http://www.cracked.com/article_19006_the-5-weirdest-ways-music-can-mess-with-human-brain.html

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4 thoughts on “Electronics, Music, and the Brain

  1. One big consideration is that not all electronic music is so energy-charged as “The Tunnel.” Perhaps a fairer comparison with Moonlight Sonata would be an ambient/folk electronic piece from artists like Sigur Ros, Amiina, Sóley, The Books, Björk…

    • misslaw24601 says:

      This is truth. I hope that I did not make it sound like all electronic music is energy-charged or bad for a person. I did find an article that talked about how electronic music helps to stimulate memory. I think a lot of electronic music and how it effects the brain is on how it is used. Thanks Dr. K 🙂

  2. bmpacheco says:

    As much as i agree that music has lots of good effects on the brain. The problem is that a lot of the research is inconclusive. The mozart effect for example only worked for 10-15 seconds after the students stopped listening to music and they could not tell you exactly what was going on in the brain they only knew that something happened. Elctronic music of course will have a different effect on the brain then Beethoveen but it is not necessarily a bad thing.

  3. Listening to the Moonlight sonata was a huge relief after The Tunnel! One thing I noticed was that it took me on a journey — through beautiful, mysterious, ominous then soothing, dark and then light, tension resolving into relaxation… all through the use of pitches and combinations of pitches. In other words, the actual combinations of notes that were played gave me that wide range of reactions. In The Tunnel, I actually went through some of the same places on the musical journey. But that was achieved through variations of volume, distance in time between notes, and spoken word. I think that the achievement of Beethoven is that he took me all the same places without any of those effects, but by variance in harmony alone — but maybe the other song achieved something just as valid by using those methods effectively in place of harmony to achieve similar results. It’s a very interesting thing to consider!

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