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Medical Dissonant music brings out the animal in listeners

  1. Jun 14, 2012 #1
    "Dissonant music brings out the animal in listeners"

    I don't know about this. Dissonance is effective because it reminds us of animal distress calls, but why are animal distress calls effective? Because they're dissonant, maybe?
     
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  3. Jun 19, 2012 #2

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    Re: "Dissonant music brings out the animal in listeners"

    Maybe just because, randomly, people who were bothered by animals distress, ran away from the distress calls, survived, and had children, more often then people who didn't respond at all?
     
  4. Jun 19, 2012 #3

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    Re: "Dissonant music brings out the animal in listeners"

    Here is the actual article (zoob you forgot the link).

    http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/dissonant-music-brings-out-the-234656.aspx

    I was wondering if the reactions they noted could be the pre-conditioning of the test subjects to certain types of music they relate to certain movie genres, and sure enough, when the music was shown with opposing video, the impact was removed or lessened considerably.

     
  5. Jun 19, 2012 #4
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    DOH! Thanks for locating it.
     
  6. Jun 19, 2012 #5

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    Re: "Dissonant music brings out the animal in listeners"

    This brings to mind the (opening movement to) Moonlight Sonata, as played in Crimson Tide. It felt rather eerie.

    Tvtropes.org even has a page on this: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SoundtrackDissonance
     
  7. Jun 19, 2012 #6
    Re: "Dissonant music brings out the animal in listeners"

    This is a whole different type of dissonance, though. This would be cognitive dissonance as opposed to musical dissonance.
     
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