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two variants of the gene AVPR1A correlated strongly with musical ability (PLoS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0005534). AVPR1A codes for a receptor for the hormone arginine vasopressin and has been linked with bonding, love and altruism in people.
MUSICAL ability is linked to gene variants that help control social bonding. The finding adds weight to the notion that music developed to cement human relationships.
The expression of emotions is a basic feature of Western music, and the capacity of music to convey emotional expressions is often regarded as a prerequisite to its appreciation in Western cultures, the researchers explained. In other musical traditions, however, music is often appreciated for other qualities, such as group coordination in rituals.
Originally posted by mostlyspoons
Not much music being made these days... just a bunch of noise.
The "music" of today is much more than just sound though...
Music of today is a neatly packaged premade lifestyle, created by an industry and marketed directly to your subconscious. The main target of this industry is the young.
Our children are watching these music videos, listening to lyrics that reference all manner of crude human behavior, modeling their attitudes, beliefs and appearances after their favorite stars.
The venomous record industry preys on our human susceptability to enjoy music.
In the early Sixties, a Swiss scientist named Hans Jenny experimented with the effects of sound vibrations on fluids, powders and liquid paste. Photographs of Jenny's work were as remarkable as his observations of the patterns which emerged.
He wrote of "powder erupting into clouds" and crypts like honeycombs; pillar like prominences; column waves and wave forms; current storms and storm currents.
He concluded, "However, this is not an unregulated chaos; it is a dynamic but ordered pattern."