REFERENCE - Reference: The Influence of Music on Health

Posted by USM on Sunday, February 15, 2009 @ 18:25:12 CST
3 Music can be as positive or negative as you make it.

Music is not just a singular influence.

Music is a combination of frequency, beat, density, tone, rhythm, repetition, loudness, and lyrics. Different Basic Personalities tend to be attracted to certain styles of music. Energy Block patterns can intensify, reduce, or change these natural inclinations of a person's identity. Different cultures have developed traditions which place a stress on certain forms of music. These are often associated with the common instruments of the country and may be focused according to nationalistic interests. Music influences our emotions because it takes the place of and extends our languages.

LANGUAGE and music share many features.


THE FREQUENCY at which our voice box tissues vibrate determine the basic sound of our voice. Voiceprints are nothing more than a picture of a person's particular frequency identity.

THE BEAT of a language is something which most modern languages have little display of. Very basic languages like that of the African Bushman use clicking sounds in a type of beat signaling. In most other languages, mouth clicks and hum bursts are used rarely and then usually for highly defined meanings such as person-to-person signaling and for showing signs of disapproval or approval.

THE DENSITY of one's language can be understood as the rapidity at which it is spoken as well as the degree to which concepts are captured within a single word.

TONE OF VOICE is the degree to which the voice is a whisper, is low, normal, or shrill.

THE RHYTHM of a language can be the pattern of when and how often the tone rises and falls.

REPETITION of words is often used to provide emphasis, intensity, clarification.

LOUDNESS can be heard differently than tone in the sense that a string of words will have a loudness component whereas singular words may have individual tones.

THE LYRICS of language can be considered here as the meaning which we assign to different combinations of the foregoing factors.

EXPERIENCE TIES feeling together with meaning. We know from Sentics research that all humans across all cultures experience basic emotions in the same reproducible way. Emotions also have a frequency involving duration, rise and fall, and intensity.

We remember words and concepts according to the feelings we attach to the experience of learning them and the meaning they convey to us. To the degree that we have emotional experience and are emotionally expressive, music can serve to trigger emotional cues. Movie score writers have known this for decades and built their craft on it. In an oversimplified way, the following apply:


HORN: attention, alertness, sharpness

PIANO: involvement, romance, suspense

STRINGS, Violin: pain, sorrow, grief, sadness, excitement, involvement, anger

CHIMES: expectation, happiness, reverence, playfulness

BELLS: attention, concern, urgency, security

BAGPIPE: ceremony, authority, sadness, time

SAXAPHONE: depression, hope, joy

DRUMS: drama, power, anger

FLUTE: danger, helplessness, innocence, dainty, playful

ORCHESTRA: stories felt through emotional changes of experience

MUSIC and HEALTH become associated when the one influences the other.
With its ability to trigger emotional states, music can encourage us to feel sad, happy, hopeful, anxious, expectant, angry, sensual, afraid, reverent. Since we have the capacity to be self-directed, we can also choose music which dispels negative emotions and encourages positive emotions.

NEGATIVE EMOTIONS kill and disable.
More and more research conducted over the past 10 years has demonstrated that persistent negative emotional experience or an obsessiveness and preoccupation with negative emotional states can increase one's likelihood of acquiring the common cold, other viral infections, yeast infestations, hypersensitivities, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and other diseases. For better personal health, we can then choose "healthful" music and learn to let ourselves benefit from it.

Healthful music is not simply calming, soothing tones. If your unblocked, free Basic Personality has a strong strength in "innovation" --- writing, humming, playing --- or otherwise personally controlling and playing with music, may provide a great positive benefit for you --- regardless of style. Beyond that, a consideration of the basic positive and negative aspects of each of the following factors --- as they influence most people --- can assist you in regaining and maintaining your health ... a very happy and contented feeling.

Musical Ingredients for your experience.

FREQUENCY: most people do not hear frequencies above 12,000 Hz or below 5,500 Hz, Low frequencies may be felt as vibrations.

Very low frequencies have been found to encourage feelings of depression. Strong background base signatures encourage the development of addictive patterns by patterning a depression which solicits the positive foreground melody. Thus, we may listen to tunes obsessively which sensitize our unconscious awareness to lyrics we find negative, untruthful, or, distasteful --- IF, we were consciously aware of them.

BEAT: increasing the beat tends to increase the heart rate of the listener; slowing the beat tends to decrease the heart rate of the listener. An increasing heart rate provides a feeling of excitement, fear, sexuality, involvement. A decreasing heart rate tends to stimulate feelings of relaxation, and, with persistence -- depression. A steady beat encourages a feeling of security.

A beat of about 60 cycles per minute tends to synchronize with the heartbeat for many people and becomes semi-hypnotic. This factor is intentionally used in Rock Music --- to both involve the listener and synchronize the audience into a monolithic crowd with predictable responses.

DENSITY: fast changing sound tends to create excitement at first, followed by tiredness, then by anger; slow changing sound tends to encourage relaxation, thoughtfulness, meditation, reverence.

Rock Music intentionally uses fast changing melodies to encourage feelings of excitement in persons seeking relief from boredom, anxiety, and depression. The encouragement for self- and external involvement from fast changing melodies becomes overstimulating when unrestrained and predictably intensifies all of the negative emotional feelings it has been sought to provide distraction from.

RHYTHM: provides a sense of movement, pattern, predictability; may add suspense, drama, sensuality, violence.

TONE: a major determinant of acceptability

REPETITION: semi-hypnotic, team-building, memory enhancing

LOUDNESS: soothing, frustrating - loud music can be used to distract the mind and provide escape from unwanted feelings of insecurity, anxiety, and depression. Loud music is also effective in strengthening the negative emotions of anger, hatred, jealousy, intolerance, frustration, and grief.

Since the introduction of Walkman type semi-private and private transportable music systems to North America, the rate of and numbers of teenagers and young adults becoming deaf has steadily risen. Deafness IS effective at blocking out the world. It tends to be irreversible and preventable.

LYRICS: subliminal, motivating, revealing,

If you remember the melody, your subconscious remembers the lyrics. Do you know what the words are? Do you agree with and believe the words. Remember. Every time you listen to the music, you train your mind to accept the message of the lyrics ... UNLESS, you consciously tell your mind to block out or deny the meaning.

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