How Does the Bass Feed the Soul?
In order for the mind, body, and soul to be in total balance, it is necessary to create a positive influence on our state of being. Music is one of the most prominent forms of energy that has the ability to affect our emotions, and our physical and mental reactions towards each song bumping through our speakers. Music is constantly surrounding us; when we jam out before a dope night out on the town, hit up one of Bassnectar’s crazy sets at Red Rocks, or when we vibe out to a new Pretty Lights song that just dropped, regardless of the situation, it will have some type of emotional impact, and can be profound.
When we listen to music, it is processed in many different parts of the brain. For instance, the Hippocampus allows us to remember music. Music also makes us remember where we were and what we were doing at a particular moment when listening to our most memorable songs. This is why we can recall the concerts we have attended or the lyrics to our favorite song that we have created emotional bonds with. The Nucleus Accumbens and the Amygdala trigger our emotional reaction to music. This is why we associate certain songs with meaningful events in our lives and remember how we felt at that point in time. We as human beings create emotional connections to songs that we can associate with significant time periods in the past. The Motor Cortex is the part of the brain that controls our physical reaction to music whether it is through tapping your foot or “going all out” right when the bass drops. Although we sometimes just like to hear a good beat, it means more than that in our subconscious. It is not just a beat in our brain, it’s an emotion.
There are two broad types of emotions that come along with listening to music which are perceived emotions and felt emotions. Perceived emotions are what we can infer about the song and how the artist felt while creating that specific piece. These emotions are why music is so popular throughout the world. We can listen to a sad song without actually feeling sad or depressed. The listeners get to decide how they feel and create their own emotions towards what they are listening to. We constantly have things circling our lives that may seem out of our control, but music is not one of them, and can give us a sense of comfort. As a listener, you decide what mood you are in, what playlist suits you, and what song will be on replay for the next five hours just because it’s your favorite that day.
Throughout this generation there are tons of music-listeners that love to bump to tunes while doing their chores, homework, and other dreadful tasks. Studies have shown that ambient noise can significantly increase creativity levels. Listening to music at a high volume makes it more difficult for the brain to process thoughts as efficiently as it normally would. Moderate noise level hits the spot to let the creativity flow. By listening to music at a lower level your brain is processing ideas and thoughts at a more intricate level and at a faster pace. So, the next time you have a ten-page paper to crank out or a last minute project to finish, throwing on some jams will make you spew creativity all over the page.
Music has evolved and generated over hundreds of years, but one thing has not changed and that is the emotional aspect. Music is emotion. Music is feeling. Music is our mind, body, and soul. Let the bass feed your soul.
By Taylor Robinson