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The power of Music on the Brain ?

  1. http://www.cephas-library.com/rock_osbournes_satans_first_family.html

    Parents of children who claimed that Ozzy's song "Suicide Solution" inspired their children to kill themselves sued Ozzy repeatedly but unsuccessfully. Ozzy's "Suicide Solution" declares:

    Evil thoughts and evil doings
    Cold, alone you hang in ruins
    Thought that you'd escape the reaper
    You can't escape the Master Keeper…
    Where to hide, suicide is the only way out

    One boy, 19-year-old, John McCollum was found dead after shooting himself in the head while listening to Ozzy's Suicide Solution. Still compressed on his head were headphones with Ozzy's Suicide Solution coming out of the speakers. The Times reported that paramedics and officials at local hospitals in Los Angeles were swamped with emergency as a result of Ozzy's concerts. Some of these visits resulted in death. (Times, June 16, 1986) The McCollum's attorney said that he had received "at least 20 phone calls from parents indicating their kids committed suicide - not just listening to rock music but specifically to Ozzy Osbourne." John mcCollum's brokenhearted father lamented:

    "They know what they are putting out . . .They have no hesitation to sell your kids down the drain . . . you see a perfectly normal kid there who doesn't show any signs of depression at all - happy. Then six hours later, he's dead. Nobody can explain it. The only thing we know is that he was listening to this music."

    Ozzy Osbourne callously dismissed all the lawsuits referring to those who had committed suicides as freaks:

    "Parents have called me and said, 'When my son died of a drug over-dose, your record was on the turntable.' I can't help that. These people are freaking out anyway, and they need a vehicle for the freakouts." Only the most ignorant or those in denial would claim that a song with suggestive lyrics about suicide, sung with passion by ones rock hero could not push adolescents who battle with deep emotional problems over the edge. <font color=red>The Institute for Bio-Acoustics Research, Inc. (IBAR) evaluated the song Suicide Solution in one of the court hearings. IBAR discovered subliminal lyrics that were not printed on the lyric sheet. The subliminal lyrics they found declared, "Why try, why try? Get the gun and try it! Shoot, Shoot, Shoot". After the command to kill oneself IBAR found that there is then hideous laughter. The IBAR institute reported that the subliminal lyrics were recorded one and one-half times slower than normal and would only be understood after hearing the song several times. IBAR stated that the subliminal lyrics "are audible enough that their meaning and true intent becomes clear after being listened to over and over again." IBAR's intense investigation of the song also revealed that Suicide Solution contained hemisync tones, which "result from <b><u>a patented process that uses sound waves to influence an individual's mental state</u></b>. The tones have been found to increase the rate at which the human brain assimilates and processes information." IBAR stated that the use of hemisync tones contributed to John McCollum's vulnerability to Ozzy's lyrics suggesting Suicide. </font>

    Perhaps an answer to John McCollum's father as too how his son could change from a seemingly happy child overnight to committing suicide can be understood when one realizes the power of music. Medical Dr. and brain specialist, Richard Pelegrino, who is a consultant to the entertainment industry, in an article for Billboard magazine speaks of the incomparable power of music upon the human brain, stating that music has the uncanny power to "…trigger a flood of human emotions and images that have the ability to instantaneously produce very powerful changes in emotional states." Pellegrino went on to state:

    "Take it from a brain guy. In twenty-five years of working with the brain, I still cannot affect a persons state of mind the way that one simple song can." (Billboard, January 23 1999)

    Newsweek in an article entitled, Music and the Brain, declared that, "Scientists are finding that the human brain is pre-wired for music." (Newsweek, July 24, 2000, p. 51) Newsweek went on to report that, "The temporal lobes of the brain, just behind the ears, act as the music center…The brain seems to be a sponge for music and, like a sponge in water, is changed by it." (Ibid. p. 51) Thus the latest scientific research suggests that ones brain after listening to songs about suicide can indeed become suicidal. We will remember MTV founder Bob Pittman's plan to brainwash the children, (1) "get their emotions going," (2) "make them forget their logic" and then "own them." This is apparently what happened to John McCollum and many others who have been influenced to take their lives by songs that suggest suicide. Moreover, the music to Suicide Solution is haunting and depressing and seems to be calculated to encourage suicide. Besides the obvious suggestions of the lyrics, "Where to hide, suicide is the only way out," and the subliminals, "Why try, why try? Get the gun and try it! Shoot, Shoot, Shoot," the music ingeniously, if not demonically, produces an overpowering and suffocating atmosphere that could be prone to push those who are already vulnerable over the edge. In fact Robert Walser, who teaches in the Department of Musicology at UCLA stated the following in a candid assessment of the musical construction of Ozzy Osbourne's Suicide Solution:

    "'Suicide Solution' is very carefully crafted to produce an AFFECT OF DESPAIR AND FUTILITY. The song is built around a syncopated power chord riff, played at a morose, plodding tempo. Pulsing bass notes propel each square phrase inexorably into the next, while Osbourne's whiny voice, double-tracked to blur its pitch, repeats sneering, descending lines. Other chords slide inevitably back to the power chord on A; in spite of their syncopated energy, they can never escape. In the bridge section of the song, brutal, unexpected punches form an irrational, disorienting pattern, accompanying the lines 'Cause you feel life's unreal and your living a lie'…The harmonic motion of the guitar chords again is a struggle up away from the tonic pedal which is always defeated…the chords are always forced back to the tonic, accompanied by screams and moans…The fact that there are no guitar solo's in 'Suicide Solution' represents a significant exception to the rule, for heavy metal songs almost invariably have them…The solo allows the listener to identify with the controlling power without being threatened, because the solo can transcend anything. 'Suicide Solution,' however, gains in impact by frustrating this norm; there is power and intensity of existence but no freedom. The song depicts a situation (which the text attributes to alcoholism) of frustration, OF INTENSE NEED BALKED BY NO OPTIONS FOR ACTION SAVE SUICIDE. 'Suicide Solution' also ends unusually; indeed, I do not know of another song with a comparable ending…Near the end, the bass line finally changes, MOVING TO A HEARTBEAT PATTERN. The guitar's activities are reduced to demented noise, crazed sounds from all over sonic space. A cry from the guitar is stifled at the very end. The ending suggests neither continuing forever through a standard fade-out nor assertive closure, the metal norm; IT ENDS UNCOMFORTABLY, SNUFFING ITSELF. Throughout the song, the Timbre of Osbourne's voice is ironic, mocking. His vocals move sometimes quickly across the stereo field, from left to right and back again, A SCARY, DISORIENTING EFFECT, ESPECIALLY ON HEADPHONES. Other metal songs, and other kinds of music, too, have made such use of space to construct a paranoid's experience of persecution."

    Granted, Ozzy Osbourne is probably not intelligent enough to have orchestrated such a demonically disorienting assault as 'Suicide Solution'
  2. I read somewhere that playing Mozart helps plants to grow.

  3. Happily Music can have also beneficial effects :)

  4. I almost committed suicide in the dentists chair yesterday. I was waiting to get a tooth filled and the music was so loud and trashy that I had to stuff wads of paper from my bib into my ears. When the dental assistant came into the room, I asked her to turn it down and she did. I actually couldn't believe that she complied with my wishes.

    I can't believe that anyone could get pleasure from this raucous crap that has No Melody and to listen to it all day is beyond my comprehension. This complaint is coming from a person who wanted to become a musician more than anything else in the world.

  5. your age is showing.

  6. I used to watch news and drink gallons of coffee while trading in the morning. Now I skip the coffee and turn off the tv before the market opens then turn on some of my favorite music. It really helps.
  7. It's a question of repetition. You should return to your dentist more often :D

  8. Your age is showing.:D

    Indeed, this may be true but in the end the hoodooman will have his revenge. When these turkeys are my age they'll be walking around with a hearing aid in each ear.:D
  9. Here is a picture of brain waves that a person generates while listening to different kind of music. I doubt though that this person was a trader :D
  10. I like to see the brainwave patterns of musicians playing these three types of music:D
  11. Actually, I have no idea what those brainwaves thing mean...

    So Jazz = Boring music and Rock = stimulating???

    Also, what the hell do they mean by rock?

    Some heavy metal music or some rock ballad???

    Anyways... I NEEED ANSWERS!!!!



    nah... I really don't care.
  12. Me too. :D
  13. We dont allow noise on the trading floor. Period. This includes TV's, radios, etc. Market commentary is all BS anyway. If you listen to it or believe it you are doomed .....
  14. When I studied for the bar exam in 1991. I knew I was in a bit of trouble. I did well enough in law school but I only studied about half as much as my friends. had unusual recall of what professors said in class (becasuse I rarely wrote notes, I listened) and I remember most of what I read. So I was fine in school. But I really have a much shorter attention span than most so I just did not know how I was going to stuff in all that bar eaxm information.

    The bar required us to learn a large amount of info in a month 1/2. I was the type of person who took classes in what I was interested in--- so many of the topics on teh bar were new to me. I knew I could not put in the reccommended hours let alone the hours my stressed friends were capable of. I did some research on accelerated learning.

    I bought mozart, boroque, some other classical music. I had to buy a c.d player and better speakers. Pretty darn nice boston acustics that lasted until a month ago.

    I played the suggested music while studying and I learned everything. It was awesome. I went to review class in the morning surfed or played volleyball in the after noon. Studied till 10-11 and went out for beers a couple times a week.

    First-- I learned to love the music. Second my room was tranquil while all my friends roomates and girlfriend were wound up and almost nuts. I enjoyed studying. Third. I really think I had much bettter retention than normal. And I actually looked forward to my time with the books. I was confident the whole time. The music seeme to adjust my attitude adjust my suroundings and increase my effectiveness.

    I look back upon my time studyind for the bar with very good memories. It was the music.

    But I had to take the bar three times. (no I passed the first time)
  15. I went to college with a great guy who always had everything under control and always listed to music while he studied. He flunked out his first semester.
  16. During the two weeks of preparation for competitive entrance examination in french engineering schools, I had been listening to Carmen's Opera all day long during the two weeks! I loved the version with Theresa Bergansa (although I'm not very fond of Operas in general): it was on 2 recorded tapes and when it was finished I just put it again so that in a single day I listened to it maybe 6,7 times even more I don't remember exactly, so that the tapes at the end of the ten days became completely destroyed by the repetitive use: no cd at that time :D.

    Really crazy when I think about it now ! I have never done so before or after that period. It helped me keep focused.
  17. And that was Robert Plant, maybe??
  18. If you don't know Teresa Bergansa's voice can find some MP3s here

    1.Aria Di Glannina Hob.XXIVb.18"La moglie quando e buona"
    2.Aria Di eririsena Hob.XXIVb.13 "Chi vive amante"
    3. Canilena pro adventu Hob.XXIII d.1"Ein magd ein dienerin"
    4. Cavatina di alcina Hob.XXIV b.9 "Sono alcina"
    5.Aria Di agatina Hob.XXXc.5 "Ah crudel! poi che lo brami"
    6. Cantate "Miseri noi misera patria"Hob.XXIVa.7
    7.Aria Di nerlina Hob.XXIV b.17 "Il meglio mio carattere"
    8.Aria Di lindora Hob.XXXII.1 "Son pietosa son bonina"

  19. A bit different from Ozzy "Suicide Solution" I'm listening to now:

    I will let you know if I feel like committing suicide after that :D

  20. I listened to it twice: to the probable dispair of my ennemies, no I don't feel like committing suicide :D. In fact I have heard worst musically speaking.

    Now I suppose that a teenager that is somehow unbalanced can be incited to commit the act but I doubt that he can do so if he is normal. Now there can be unconscious effect especially if they had used special techniques - the so-called hemisync - but since I'm not specialist I can't really judge.


  21. i would play the lectures at a very low low volume, on a continuous tape while i slept the night before the big exams.

    this was, ofcourse, after listening to my favorite punk rock bands while skateboarding from class to class.

    i agree with you about hearing damage. my hearing is not the best due to high volume experiences in college. just have to turn it up a little louder now....

    LOL !

    surfer :)
  22. People who play loud music can be difficult to deal with but one day, I did get my revenge.

    They moved three ladies into an office next to me that listened to wham bam boop boop crap music, turned up very loud, all day long. There was a steel interior door between our adjoining offices which was locked but seemed to funnel it all into my office.

    One day, I got tired of asking them to turn it down so I brought a radio to work and pressed it flat against the steel door, dialed in a country music station which I knew that they would obviously hate, turned it on and turned the volume up as loud as it would go. Then I locked up my office and left for the day.

    The next day, when I returned to work my radio was turned off but I never heard another peep out of the other office again so I think that they got the message.
  23. Someone who is suicidally depressed could probably be induced to commit suicide by almost anything.... being on the lookout for an inducement anyway. Even listening to Lawrence Welk might do it!!

    (Not so hard to imagine).


  24. =========================
    Music is also used to influence;
    I am thinking of a non-nutritional product i dont drink much but buy thier orange juice & bought one bottle of thier water.

    Have been offered a lot of that brand of bottled water & usually take it brcause its free to me.

    Music probably helped;
    some of thier ads rhyme, probably more effective than some that dont rhyme.:cool:

    Lot of truth in that proverb if done persistantly.

    Music also sets the mood & grabs attention;
    just saw the ad where the music warns you of a mountain lion sneaking up on that kid, in old black & white film.
  25. I think a love deception at this age can be devastating. Happily it never happened to me - I don't fall in love easily only of exceptional persons :D - but I saw it occurs to others at that period. I guess that they rather listen to these kind of music to have the courage to do the act than the contrary.

  26. "Perhaps an answer to John McCollum's father as too how his son could change from a seemingly happy child overnight "

    This is an 'red flag' statement. No child, teenager or person changes overnight. There were deeper problems with the teenager. Whether or not the parents were aware of the problem or part of the problem we'll never know.

    But it's doubtfull that the music was anything more than a catalysts if that much.

    Best wishes to his family and others in similar situations.