Music is vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion, by definition.
United by a single wave called the Electronic Dance Music, a wave which has been flooding and taking over the music industry, especially since the past decade. Most commonly found to be played at clubs, or other social dance and musical gatherings, it is truly revolutionizing the face of the music industry, and is becoming one of the fastest growing dots on the music map. But apart from the obvious entertainment quotient, it is quite evident, that EDM significantly helps in bringing people together.
In this fast-paced, world, with a growing trend of singular lives, Electronic dance music has become one of the routes for many people to come together and socialize. The number of musical gatherings, dominantly based on the different genres of Electronic Dance Music popular by the alias of music festivals have taken the world by storm all across the globe – Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, Creamfields, Summerfest, Sunburn, Mysteryland, Street Parade, Weekend Festival, to name a few out of the hundreds and thousands of them happening worldwide attracting people from different countries and cultures flying over to experience them from across the globe. But these aren’t just statistical claims, science has also begun to back this notion.
Psychologists comment, the complex fusion of sounds and effects leads to altered states of consciousness, a state of “trance”, a common and shared experience of people, which indulges a spirit of bonding amongst them.
Music can bring out a wide assortment of strong feelings, including joy, sadness, fear, and peacefulness or serenity. Furthermore, individuals refer to passionate effect and regulation as two of the fundamental reasons why they listen to music. Music can produce feelings of intense pleasure or euphoria in the listener, sometimes experienced as “thrills or ‘chills down the spine’. Musical pleasure is closely related to the intensity of emotional arousal. Indeed, even inverse emotional valences (e.g., “upbeat” or ‘tragic’) can be experienced as pleasurable listeners often report that the most moving music brings out two or more feelings at once.
Also, oxytocin might be another factor involved.
Oxytocin is a hormone normally produced in the hypothalamus and stored in the posterior pituitary gland.
Oxytocin is a hormone released during ecstatic experiences, such as dancing, or trance state. Its release induces a feeling of well-being and encourages social bonding. And as some of you know it as the love hormone, don’t get surprised if you find your true love in a person dancing next to you in a musical gathering. We don’t know whether it’s the music or the person who you have fallen in love with, but trust us, you don’t know either. *wink*