Beyond the definition
Every art form that exists in the world has something to hold beyond the eyes and simple definitions that run on the internet. Music is one such field. In a layman’s language, music can be defined as an activity done in the medium of sound with varying factors like pitch, rhythm, texture, etc. that differentiates the voice of one musician from another. But it beholds things beyond these words. Starting from the godly depiction of music to the purposes, varieties, and styles of music all across the globe, you would find a lot of interesting facts behind this seemingly simple art form.
The upcoming content discusses in more detail about the interesting and mesmerizing facts about this universal language.
Shorter life span
Got shocked by reading this simple caption? Then hold up, because one research as per the University of Sydney claims that the average life expectancy of musicians is shorter than the normal by 25 years and includes factors like heightened energy to perform on the stage and dark side of the fame for the reduced period. All of these factors have been validated after a detailed analysis of the kinds of deaths- suicide, homicide, accident, or natural that have come to the musicians from 1950 to 2014.
Dopamine effect on specific songs
Even the excitement, sadness, or heightened emotion that comes up when you come across one particular line of your favorite song’s lyrics has the answer to science. It is caused only due to the release of dopamine by the brain that induces this sudden excitement and it further stems down to the explanation of why people resort to music during every high and low moment of their life. In other words, it can be framed like music holds the key to people’s emotions.
One art that utilizes the entire human brain
Yes, you read it correctly that music is one of the rarest activities that require the utilization of the entire brain and involves cross-functioning of different nerves and areas together in a go. When someone listens to the music, the auditory sense of the ears transmits signals to the brain that cause neural activities in the emotional and creative sectors of the brain. This is the scientific explanation for why you can find several celebrities stating music as their source of inspiration for any exceptional creativity.
Mozart had more sale in 2016 than Grammy winners
Sounds a bit weird right that how an 18th-century musician achieved this feat in today’s time where the Grammy winners take over the jukebox like anything! This was one such move from Universal Music Group to boost up their sales, where they decided to commemorate the 225th death anniversary of the famous music composer Mozart in the year of 2016. They released box sets of 200 discs each and even released the contents on the online streaming platforms. Suddenly people started liking the old classic music and the box office crashed like anything- Mozart crossing charts and the boxes getting out of shelves. Even Amazon also started reporting stock-out options.
226 guitar strings in an hour
Musicians are magicians within themselves and hold the power to do anything and everything with their musical instruments. They get so accustomed to those that any end moment alterations that need to be done before the performance is completed within a swish. In April 2018, Thomas Silkman proved this out when he changed 226 strings of his guitar in an hour and proved it out that changing guitar strings is not a tedious job if you have the right intent. This set up a new world record and got quite a media fame and limelight.
Plants also respond to music
If you think that only humans are influenced by music, then you are mistaken because plants respond and also show positive effects when they are exposed to light and soothing music. As per the researchers of South Korea, they conducted tests on the rice plants by exposing them to 14 musical pieces and found the results of their faster growth when compared to a non-musical environment. They proposed that the genes of the plants have an innate ability to hear and respond to the musical sounds.
Music beats mimicked by the human heart
Whenever you hear any music and you like their beats very much, you would be elated to know that your heartbeat also mimics those and you can find a similarity in the ECG pattern and the music beats pattern when you are scanned during music listening. This has been confirmed after scientists tested on 24 volunteers for the activity and found that their heartbeats, blood pressure, and respiration are highly stimulated by the musical atmosphere induced around them.
Metallica to be the only band in 7 continents
In the year of 2013, the famous band of Metallica earned a position in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first and only band that has performed in all of the seven continents of the world. Along with the normal tours and concerts that they organized in different nations of the six continents in a year, they got their streak completed when they finally performed for a group of 120 scientists at the Carlini Station of Antarctica. Such an effort and passion of the musicians is highly commendable.
Never-ending fame of Elvis Presley
The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley might have become old-fashioned with his career peaks gone in the age of 1960s. But still, he holds the record of being the highest-selling artist with 1 billion sales of his albums and records and thus is the best solo artist to date. This shows that fame is not that transient as everyone thinks it to be and sometimes it can last even after death.
A soothe for Parkinson’s and stroke patients
Such is the power of music that it has also invaded into the field of medical science. As a part of therapy, the patients of Parkinson’s disease and strokes who have been paralyzed are exposed to stimulating music that organizes and channels up their neural networks. It also influences their speech and brain motor skills and hones them up to accelerate the process of coming out of their daily struggles and obstacles.
These are just 10 few drops amongst the vast ocean of amazement that music has to offer. One can always refer the web to learn more and more interesting anecdotes on the music.