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(35,918 posts)
Sun Nov 5, 2023, 01:16 AM Nov 2023

Music's Deep Dive: The Emotional Elixir We've Overlooked

I listen to music every morning for about an hour. I didn't know there was a study (see link) about the therapeutic benefits, but I have felt them. I listen with another person and that's all we do: no sipping coffee, no fiddling around on the computer or cell phones, just a pure relaxed state where we do nothing but listen.


Summary: Researchers find that intense focus on music triggers powerful emotional responses with therapeutic benefits.

The study observed participants in the “Listen Up” experience by Indigo Project. Participants listened to music in a dimmed studio, resulting in a range of emotional reactions.

These deep musical immersions were not just mere enjoyment; they were seen as cathartic journeys leading to a serene state.

Key Facts:

Deeply focusing on music can evoke a spectrum of emotions, both negative and positive.
The “Listen Up” experience involves participants listening to music in a dimly lit studio for around 50 minutes.
Participants described their immersive music sessions as cathartic, culminating in feelings of peace and calm.

Source: James Cook University



Also see: Listen Up a Case Study of Focused Listening at Sage Journals.

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Music's Deep Dive: The Emotional Elixir We've Overlooked (Original Post) NJCher Nov 2023 OP
Keeping this! calimary Nov 2023 #1
Cannabis helps achieve that state Warpy Nov 2023 #2
listening supplements NJCher Nov 2023 #3
This is my go to Warpy Nov 2023 #4


(111,571 posts)
2. Cannabis helps achieve that state
Sun Nov 5, 2023, 03:45 AM
Nov 2023

and it's not just music, it's books read aloud on YouTube. I've found great stuff like "A Canticle for Liebowitz" and "A Confederacy of Dunces," for instance, nice to get reacquainted with them.

I listen to music all over the planet. When I first moved out here, it was a short wave radio. Now it's the net. London alone has 450+ stations to explore. Plus, there are low power indie stations all over the US.

I do deep dive listening a lot because I can't do anything else. The article is correct about the effects, with or without cannabis. With cannabis just makes it a bit more fun.


(35,918 posts)
3. listening supplements
Sun Nov 5, 2023, 01:01 PM
Nov 2023

very interesting. What program do you use to find the London stations?

and to add to your point about cannabis, we often do a progressive relaxation exercise before listening, which puts us in an almost hypnogogic state. It's like entering another world.


(111,571 posts)
4. This is my go to
Sun Nov 5, 2023, 02:35 PM
Nov 2023
http://radio.garden/visit/london/0eZoYyEW/channels There's even a "birdsong" station, great when your brain hurts.

Just move the map around to change countries. Knowing your geography helps.

Click on the city name, click on "view all ___ stations" to see the section in that locality.

The Pyongyang station was kind of a surprise, it's peppy music to keep the workers motivated but no harangues. Production quality is insanely good. N. Korea ever dumps the dictators, they're going to pull in people worldwide to record music.

Happy exploring!
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