Someone on FB posted this link in response to Simon P. posting a pic of female gooseflesh with the tagline “When the Music is Good,” and I found it quite an interesting read worth passing along: http://www.sensoryresearch.net/misc/EmotionalSourcesOfChillsInducedByMusic.pdf
Personally, I get the biggest “chill” or “thrill” response (of ALL music I listen to) during Divine Moments of Truth, with the peak occuring during the period 3:11 to 3:50 (that quicksilver frisbee disc sound). It starts along my trunk and filters its way up and out through my fingers and my hair follicles, literally standing my hair on end, and leaves me weak and shaky in the extremities and a little breathless. When I was younger and would wake up from bad nightmares I would always try to turn on my bedside lamp, and the light would blow out the second I hit the switch more times than I can count. Later when I grew up, I reasoned that this occurred because I was so “charged up” from the fear that I actually caused the short-circuit myself. I still believe this, and I also believe the “chill” response I get from music (Twisted music in particular, which is why I love it so much) is directly related. I wouldn’t be surprised if someday a super duper Twisted high allows me to move at least a feather without touching it or blowing on it Anyways, for me, I’ve believed it’s not just the music itself that does it, it’s what I imagine while I’m listening to it. During DMT (the track, not the drug) I imagine a very specific situation with a specific set of movements every time, and having an emotional component as well. I’ll keep the details to myself, but I should at least state that my cerebral playscape is not overtly sexual in nature.. Regarding the linked article, though, I found the section titled “A Theoretical Psychobiological Discussion” particularly interesting. Among other intriguing points, it proposes that my reactions to particular bits of music might be more a product of accoustics than of my own imaginings (i.e. my own conjured emotions); namely, that certain sounds might mimic or at least have some accoustic connection with a “separation call” (for one example), such as a baby animal would make when away from its mother. Being SO convinced that it was all a product of my OWN thinking (not my biological imperatives, historical or otherwise), I have never considered that. Even now, it feels wrong, but it does leave me wondering, nonetheless!
OK, I’m done, gotta get back to real work LOL Enjoy!!