Does listening to music really have an effect on the body. Here is an outline:
Part 1: Music Media Channels
First, the bad reproduction of music is bad for the brain. Lots of people only listen to bad procreation of severely over-processed music. Every knob in a recording studio produces something that will not last and also a spatial distortion, and they now use the majority of them for all “professional” recordings and live productions. This is joined by file compression of Internet music like MP3, AAC, streaming services, which henceforth scrambles the sound and stunts development of neural processing for listening, spatial perception and intuitive responses to music.
Consumer playback devices are overwhelmingly distorted as well. The cheaped out circuits and horrible speakers everywhere in phones, computers, mass-market music players, televisions, wireless speakers, desktop speakers, “lifestyle” speakers, cheap earbuds & headphones, wireless headphones, headphones with high bass (Beats), headphones with noise-cancelling circuits (Bose) all cause cognitive stress to the ear and bad chemicals in the brain or worse, long-lasting adaptation to the artificial sound which is a kind of brain damage.
movie and video soundtracks contain no actual sound capture, it all from post-production studios, meaning it does not tally with the visual scene. These unreal sounds are further broken down in cable and Internet distribution, you can only get a good signal through Bluray, HD antenna broadcasts and DVDs, If the music audio engineers kept their hands off the music.
I will advise a Bluray, HD and SACD media from “audiophile” websites. You may not hear the contrast at first, which is a sign of neuro-physiological brain damage from bad procreation. It may sound unfamiliar and unsettling, which is a good response; but if you keep your ears from bad sound, after some hundred hours of high-quality production you will not want to go back.
For instance, YouTube and Spotify give me a headache in around 40 minutes.
Part 2: Noise Pollution
Post-industrial noise is bad for your health and mental processes, and most music listening is an ill-informed attempt to cover it over; whereas the noise degrades music rather than music beautifying noise. Music emanates from silence and requires silence as a frame.
Traffic, motorized appliances and bad audio are un-natural sounds which prevent the development of full human hearing capacity. Furthermore, they also terminate sleep and learning; interfere with task focusing and social activities such as conversations, humour and storytelling, and general stress responses from both the sounds and the correct sensation that they mask real danger sounds.
The background noise pollution level of urban and suburban environments is 40dB to 80dB (about a thousand to a million times the noise power) of the environments where we emanated our hearing and has been since at least 1935 when motorized transportation, appliances and radio filled industrial societies. listening to too much music is a symptom of post-industrial noise pollution, is a crying out to retard the noise.
Part 3: Architecture, Acoustics and Music
Noise is aggravated by bad architecture, acoustics and interior design. The materials of the mineral-based economy make sounds that draw attention when struck: metal, glass, ceramics. Also, they resonate with high pitches which excite our programming to listen for any danger.
Rectangular rooms with hard, bare walls produce lots of after sound that overwhelm the articulation of speech and music. The feeling of envelopment can be reassuring that muffling and surrounding are similar to how things sound during the first three months of hearing in the womb. The immersive sound is the greatest now in audio development, but it is just small of artifice reason being that it is inevitably and reduces the perception of consonants (how notes start, stop and transition) that are serious to the meaning of music.
Part 4: Music is a Drug
Music produces very strong feelings with the attendant release of hormones. Live music and particularly acoustic music can produce the highest level of sorrow and joy because it is interactive and connects humans more positively and strongly than any other activity.
In a season of putting together Classical music subscription concerts, one can expect one or two evenings of high euphoria, which leaves a symptom of a hangover the following day. It is a nice and healthy feeling, but not optimal for high-function tasks. If you could put together two or three such concerts, say over four hours of music, it could well be too much unless it is measured into a structure with some peaks.