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The Instant Effects of Electronic Dance Music: Floating in Unity

This article is a continuation of the series about the instant effects of electronic dance music.

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The first part of the article emphasizes on music being a catalyst for social bonding and forging group identity. The second part presents discoveries on the significance of simple bass lines and a steady kick drum beat at high volume levels leading to a floating sensation.

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Introduction to the Instant Effect of Electronic Dance Music (Part II)

This is the second part of the article on "The Instant Effect of Electronic Dance Music (Introduction)". It deals with trance-inducing effects of electronic dance music.

Trance Logic and Musical Wits Whereas the first part of this article highlighted a definition of trance and a resulting state of "feeling good", here we dive into the relationship between trance effects and analytical thinking to explain effective structure in composition.

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The Design of an Optimal Music Experience: A Matter of Life and Death (Part II)

This article continues to approach the concept of an optimal music experience. It deals with the inescapable attraction and inherent danger that the engagement with music holds.

Altered states of consciousness Just as musicians perpetually hone their skills composing music and playing instruments, we as listeners must constantly develop our skills of perception to get the most out of what we hear. This is no easy task, but it is possible to learn to let go completely and immerse yourself in the experience.

While few of us do this naturally, it is a state that can be achieved by anyone — and I don’t mean with formal or academic musical training, but rather a psychological willingness to be open-minded and become aware.

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The Design of an Optimal Music Experience: A Matter of Life and Death (Part I)

This article will approach the concept of an optimal music experience. Learn about the potential of music to carry you from familiar emotions to ecstasy and even beyond, the disintegration of reality.

Understanding an individual's experience of music What I write here may be quite different from what you have previously believed to know about music. Most of it cannot be found in books, even though I will keep making references to scientific concepts and ideas to illuminate the bigger picture. It is a result of my lifelong scientific examination of the subject, combined with the practical application of my findings.

I will discuss different views of music theory and psychology, as well as the human mind and brain. I will go into detail about the role of altered states of consciousness, and the strong powers our mindsets and belief systems exercise on us.

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