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    Default Physical/Physiological effects of music

    I'm in a thread creating mood today.

    During the most passionate and exciting parts of music, or just when you really get into the music in general, what are some physical responses (if any) your body has?

    I don't know if anyone else experiences this, but when I come to a particularly moving passage of music the top of my head gets a tingling sensation and my eyes get kind of squinty. Also, my mouth hangs open like an idiot. >.<

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    During a particularly emotional passage I'll often get teary eyed, feel a cold chill down my neck and upper back, and involuntarily throw my hands into the air for some air-conducting.
    Last edited by Curiosity; Sep-12-2011 at 06:58.

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    I get a sensation that my head is being squeezed, the cold chills (and goosebumps) Curiosity describes, my vision can blur a bit, and I can start to sweat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curiosity View Post
    During a particularly passage I'll often get teary eyed, feel a cold chill down my neck and upper back, and involuntarily throw my hands into the air for some air-conducting.
    Oh yes, the air conducting. I do that as well.

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    Oh, and when listening to opera I often mouth and enact either in my mind or around the room (after checking the door is locked) the most interesting part being sung at any one point (often the lead soprano, fun stuff).

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    When listening to Haydn's symphonies, I sometimes begin punching myself in the face, and my other arm reaches for the power button. It's quite a curious physiological response.
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    Mine are far too graphic and unsettling to describe.

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    When I hear Mozart, I lay down and go to sleep.

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    I tend to breathe slowly and fill my lungs with air while my eyes close and yes,...perhaps a bit of air conducting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polednice View Post
    Mine are far too graphic and unsettling to describe.
    Oh. Oh I see.

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    When I'm really into a piece I'll get goosebumps. I may get a little tear well up in my eye as well. Depending on my mood and whether or not anyone else is around this may escalate to an episode of extreme volume increase on my stereo and eccentric behavior characterized by pacing, hand gestures, air conducting etc...

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    Almost all classical listeners that I see remain very stationary in their seats. I often feel like moving and swaying with the music. And yes, air conducting (although I have no idea what I'm doing) happens as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by violadude View Post
    Oh yes, the air conducting. I do that as well.
    A friend of mine used to hold his lit cigarette by the tip of the filter and flail away.
    I got a kick out of that!

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    Yup. Air conducting. I also get the urge to thrash around on the floor whenever I hear Schoenberg's music, though I usually keep that reaction under control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    Oh. Oh I see.
    Yes, exactly...

    Quote Originally Posted by Klavierspieler
    When I hear Mozart, I lay down and go to sleep.
    When I hear Bach, I slip into a coma.

    Conversely, when I wake up from general anaesthetic, I hear Schubert!

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