Interesting Facts About Music: It Utilizes Your Entire Brain!

The brain can work in ways we can’t comprehend. In numerous studies they have been able to see just how much normal things like music can effect, and even alter, it completely. Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time.
The common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (softness and loudness), and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture (which are sometimes termed the “color” of a musical sound). Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements.
Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping; there are solely instrumental pieces, solely vocal pieces (such as songs without instrumental accompaniment) and pieces that combine singing and instruments.
Here are some interesting facts about music:
1. Playing music regularly will physically alter your brain structure. Brain plas­tic­ity refers to the brain’s abil­ity to change through­out life. Changes asso­ci­ated with learn­ing occur mostly at the con­nec­tions between neu­rons. When studying musicians, they found that the cor­tex vol­ume was high­est in pro­fes­sional musi­cians, inter­me­di­ate in ama­teur musicians, and lowest in non-musicians.
2. The Nokia tune is probably the most popular ringtone inspired from a music composition called Gran Vals composed by a Spanish composer – Francisco Tarrega.
3. Jingle Bells was first song to be performed in the outer space by Astronauts, Walter Schirra and Tom Stafford using harmonica and bell (first musical instruments to be carried in space) on Gemini 6 in December 1965.
4. The longest marathon karaoke ever was attempted by Leonardo Polverelli in Italy on 23 Sep 2011. The performance lasted for 5 days and around 101 hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds.
5. Your favorite song is probably your favorite because you associate it with an emotional event in your life.
6. The world’s most expensive musical instrument, a Stradivarius violin, was sold in 2011 for US$15.9 million.
7. Classical and heavy metal music both attracts listeners with similar personalities but dissimilar ages. Younger members apparently go for heavy metal, while their older counterparts prefer classical. However, both have the same basic motivation: to hear something dramatic and theatrical, a shared “love of the grandiose”.
8. The brain responds to music the same way it responds to something that you eat. As stated above, dopamine is a chemical released by the brain. This chemical is connected with the feeling of euphoria which is associated with addiction, sex, and even eating.
Dopamine is what enables a person to feel the pleasures of such things. A study using only instrumental music proves that anticipation for a musical rush released the same kind of reactions in the brain as anticipating the taste of your food.
9. There are few activities in life that utilizes the entire brain, and music is one of them. With Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI), a research team recorded a group of individuals who were listening to music.
They found that listening to music recruits the auditory areas, and employs large-scale neural networks in the brain. In fact, they believe music can activate emotional, motor, and creative areas of the brain.
10. Garth Brooks is one of the last holdout big-name musicians who still refuses to put his music on iTunes because he disagrees with Apple’s approach to selling music. He will make his back catalog of hits and his new music available for download, but only through his own website.

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