When we satisfy our desire to eat, to sleep, or reproduce, our brain releases dopamine--the "feel good" neurochemical involved when we experience pleasure and reward. Turns out this same chemical is released when listening to music (aka eargasms). I will be your song dealer and this playlist contains highly concentrated musical frisson.
About 50% of people get chills when listening to music. Research shows that's because music stimulates an ancient reward pathway in the brain, encouraging dopamine to flood the striatum—a part of the forebrain activated by addiction, reward, and motivation. People who possess this trait have unusually active imaginations, appreciate beauty and nature, seek out new experiences, often reflect deeply on their feelings, and love variety in life.
Musical passages that include unexpected harmonies, sudden changes in volume, or the moving entrance of a soloist are particularly common triggers for frisson because they violate listeners’ expectations in a positive way.
What to expect: changes in skin conductance, temperature, heart rate, breathing, and the hair on the back of your neck will start dancing.
What you need: a pair of nice headphones
About the curator - James Nickele
Who am I, you ask? I am just your average jim with a passion for playing and listening to music. I bring to you the best of the best, the songs that will stop time itself, bring you to the present moment, and provide your daily requirement of aesthetic chills. Please enjoy.
For some of my own music check out ‘james waves’ and ‘guerrilla social’