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Historical Context: Music as Ritual and Trance

Historical Context: Music as Ritual and Trance

  • Music has ancient roots in ritual and trance, serving as a tool to induce altered mind states.
  • Ancient practices like Ptolemy's experiments with visual rhythm and observations of animal behavior demonstrate humanity's inherent connection to rhythmic stimuli.
  • Ritualistic musical experiences typically require around 10 minutes to induce trance-like states, a phenomenon observed across cultures.

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Physiological Benefits of Music

Physiological Benefits of Music

  • Research by Dr. Barry Bitman highlights the health benefits of musical engagement, particularly drumming.
  • Playing drums for at least 10 minutes can lead to physiological changes, such as altered blood cell counts and increased antibody release.
  • Longer musical engagements correlate with greater health benefits, suggesting a minimum duration for reaping these rewards.

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Historical Regulation and Government Intervention

Historical Regulation and Government Intervention

  • Throughout history, governments have regulated musical rituals due to concerns over public safety and behavior, such as the Roman Senate's prohibition of Bacchanalia (circa 186 AD).
  • This historical precedent underscores the recognition of music's power to influence behavior and alter consciousness.

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Constraints of Traditional Music Formats

Constraints of Traditional Music Formats

  • The traditional three-minute song format originated from early recording limitations, not physiological or regulatory concerns.
  • Despite advancements in technology, the cultural preference for short musical performances persists, limiting opportunities for extended musical experiences – altered mind states and a sense of ecstasy and euphoria.

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The Push for Longer Musical Forms

The Push for Longer Musical Forms

  • Visionary musicians like John Coltrane and innovative bands of the late 1960s challenged the constraints of traditional song lengths.
  • Extended musical compositions offer opportunities for deeper engagement, hypnotic effects, and altered perceptions of reality.
  • Embracing longer song forms can enrich musical experiences, transcending entertainment to tap into music's transformative potential.

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yuyutsu

Absurdist. Failed musician. Successful pessimist. Gamer.

CURATOR'S NOTE

In this series of unscripted videos, Ted explores whether the three-minute pop song hurts music. Let's dive in!

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