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The Dopamine Connection: Secret Power of Music

The Dopamine Connection: Secret Power of Music | Classical Music | Scoop.it
How harmony, melody, and rhythm trigger the same reward systems that drive our desires for food and sex.

The profound connection between

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J Ruth Kelly's curator insight, November 23, 2013 3:10 PM

The magic of harmony and rhythm are revealed in Maria Popova's post, complete with animated descriptions of how the brain responds to music. Apparently the power of music holds almost as much sway (pun intended) as...


1. Food

2. Sex

3. Drugs


And it's all tied together with the same thread: dopamine. While I prefer to think less about the chemical response in the brain and more about the mystical reality of it all, the power of music is undeniable.

J Ruth Kelly's comment, November 24, 2013 9:31 AM
thanks for sharing
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Opera Stars and the Revival of Bel Canto

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The bel canto tenors Lawrence Brownlee, Javier Camarena and Juan Diego Flórez delight fans at the Metropolitan Opera.
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What makes a great composer? - Telegraph

What makes a great composer? - Telegraph | Classical Music | Scoop.it
Ivan Hewett analyses what qualities are needed to make a great composer and takes issue with the suggestion that Stravinksy is not among the finest
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Play It Again And Again, Sam

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We're all seduced by repetition, music research suggests — 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before. Beyond music, this bias toward familiarity holds up in every culture. What gives?
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In Berlin, the hip place to hear classical music is an old tram-repair shop with free booze

In Berlin, the hip place to hear classical music is an old tram-repair shop with free booze | Classical Music | Scoop.it
Forget the Berliner Philharmonie. The hip place to hear classical music in Berlin is a former tram-repair shop with free booze and a collection plate for donations.
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What do conductors do? - Telegraph

What do conductors do? - Telegraph | Classical Music | Scoop.it
Do orchestras really need someone flapping their arms on a podium? Yes, actually. Ivan Hewett explains why
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Jazz Audience Development: The Gender Factor

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Casual observation of the audience for jazz reveals that it is predominantly male, which also reflects the average jazz band personnel. One wonders aloud whether consumers witnessing more women on ...
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Study Casts Doubt on Superiority of Stradivarius Violins

Study Casts Doubt on Superiority of Stradivarius Violins | Classical Music | Scoop.it
Researchers in France find top-ranked musicians can’t distinguish the sound of a Strad—and often prefer newer instruments.
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Riff on the world

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FOR decades, jazz-club owners looked at their more well-heeled cousins in other genres with envy. Unlike metropolitan orchestras or opera houses, jazz groups usually...
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Bach to the future: Orchestra Iowa composes innovative, successful business model - TheGazette

Bach to the future: Orchestra Iowa composes innovative, successful business model - TheGazette | Classical Music | Scoop.it
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