According to researches an average music admirer spares 5 hours a day to listen to music. People who don’t particularly appreciate music also listen to it for no less than 30 hours a day. Music cheers up and calms down; it moves you and affects your emotions. But how can it affect the intimate aspect of your life? Can it make sex more sensuous and help reach climax?
In this article, we’re researching the role of music in sexual affection and if its effective, then what is the basis of this phenomenon and how can music help us overcome the obstacles and experience new pleasure from such an ancient but joyous act as sex.
- Introduction. Music and it’s mesmerizing power
- Origins of music
- How does music affect you? Music and orgasm
- How can music improve your sex?
- Binaural beats, music and sex
Introduction. Music and it’s mesmerizing power
Music is an inherent component of any human culture. People have been doing music for at least 40000 years in a variety of ways. It has been used at home, during religious ceremonies and even hunting. For instance, the Pomors would use a gigantic flute named “myamlya” for halibut fishing. First, myamlya had been carved out of a whole dry tree bark, then smoked in a smoldering peat-bog for a long period of time until its reaching the needed tone, then soaked in blubber for it to reach the necessary sturdiness and resistance to moist.
A well-crafted myamlya could be 70 feet long and was really hard to move and heavy. That’s why it was placed on a special stand on the shore. One end of it was submerged in the sea, and the other one was used to blow into it. They used to take turns to blow it as it would be impossible for one man to blow it for long periods of time. A traditionally manufactured myamlya made long damp sounds like “uah-uah” bubbling the water.
Such a kind of fishing was forbidden in 20th century due to animal abuse, because the bigger the flute, the bigger a fish answered its call. Only huge halibuts (at least 400 pounds) answered the call of a giant myamlya. Hearing the long-desired “uah-uah” a halibut would swim to the source of the sound crushing and biting anything getting in its way. There had been cases when the enraged fish would mangle walruses or seals, which weren’t fast enough to get out of its way.
It would instantly get stuck in the mud the moment it would reach the shallow end. All that lucky sailors had to do was wait for the tidal fall and pull the exhausted fish out of the water with hooks.
The meat of such a big halibut was too dense and fat, so wouldn’t eat it but use for ethnic rituals and rites of absolving sea sins and store it. Just as giant halibuts, music attracts us and reaches the deepest parts of our souls.
Origins of music
Music takes various forms. It can be sophisticated like classical or simple as folk melodies, instrumental, electronic or dance. It has an important role in society because of its influence on perception, emotions and behavior. There are lots of theories on this account. For instance, several scientists assume that music originated as a way for mother to soothe her child with rhythmic sounds. Others suggest that it was a way of prehistoric people to imitate the surrounding world.
Some theories point out a strong biological and social function of music, such as being part of courtship, unity of social groups and connection between mother and child (lullabies). However, the exact mechanisms through which music reaches such effect on social life stay mostly unknown.
Charles Darwin used to think that our ancestors used music as a way of charming their partners. Just as birds attract their partners with songs, our ancestors used notes and beats for the same purpose.
How does music affect you? Music and orgasm
The words “music” and “joy” were depicted by the same hieroglyph in Chinese classical literature. And we all know that music makes us happy. But why? And how does that work?
A huge amount of data about music piece of music evaluation had been collected as a result of joint experiment conducted by The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, Rotman University and McGill University (The Neuro is a McGill research and teaching institute). The results showed what exactly happens in the brain during music piece estimation.
The subjects were offered to listen to music they hadn’t listened to before, subjectively evaluate it and also solve the problem of purchasing it indicating the price which they might spend on it. During the experiment the subjects listened to 60 tracks of different genres while an MRI machine received the data of their brain activity and mental states (a program with an itunes-like interface was used for the purposes of the experiment).
Here is the simplified structure of new (unfamiliar to the listener) music piece evaluation process:
- Impulses travel through the auditory nerve to the primary acoustic cortex, which registers and differentiates the sound as well as unifies the elementary attributes of sound irritants.
- In the secondary acoustic cortex neurons analyze amplitude, frequency, rhythmic, and melodic features of the sound signal reacting to particularcombinations of amplitude-frequency indicators and modulations. This process includes the upper part of temple cortex; the images of already familiar compositions are compared with incoming signals.
- Then, emotional (somatic sensory cortex, ventral striatum, prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, etc.) and cognitive structures (centers of abstract thinking in frontal cortex in particular) are included in the analyzing process.
- The result of this complex positive or negative signal evaluation implying positive or negative composition evaluation is a feedback formation. In the first case, the activity of the nucleus accumbens is increased, which launches mediator reactions in the synapses of all the limbic system (to put it simply, pleasure center starts working). Based on collected data nucleus accumbens “predicts” what happens next. That’s why start feeling pleasure right from the first chord and through the whole composition.
In the described experiment subjective evaluations clearly correlated with the MRI results. The more active is nucleus accumbens, the more money the subjects were ready to pay for the track.
I suppose that people familiar with neuro-physiological processes happening during orgasms notices several similarities in pleasure reaction formation. If we simplify the conclusions made after the experiment, then it appears that pleasure from music is much alike pleasure form sex.
Does that mean that music can amplify sexual pleasure? Yes!
How can music improve your sex?
Music makes you sexier
In the course of the recently conducted experiment 59% of people claimed that the partner becomes more attractive if they are listening to music, which both partners like. That makes sense. People love those who share similar interests with them, and music, as we’ve already established, taps into basically the same parts of the brain that sexual arousal does. It has a light “intoxicating” effect. Scientists still can’t explain why, which doesn’t keep us from utilizing this mechanism.
Music makes us more tenacious
Surely, everybody had their favorite song which makes you want to tear your clothes off and just grab somebody. According to the research every fifth person stated that it was music that enabled them to do the first step in the bedroom. It calms you down and helps relax. Compile a few playlists for different moods so that if you are in soft-romantic mood, some alternative rock wouldn’t ruin it for you and your partner. Besides, music is a great way to let somebody understand what exactly you’re expecting in the bedroom (the best way, of course, is to speak frankly). Pick out gentle or fast melodies and your partner will most likely adjust to the beat and the mood.
Music makes us more active in bed
Music can make you do two more sets in the gym as well as help you in bed. Couple that made love with music on spent 37% more time together.
Music improves sex
One out of five people believes that music put on during making love helps them perform better. 47% of surveyed people say that music makes sexual experience more exciting, and 44% stated that their making love became more rhythmic.
Music makes us say “I love you” more often
According to the research, 18% of people admitted that they made love under the influence of the song that played that very moment. And who of us hadn’t expressed our love through music? It is so romantic!
Music brings partners together on all levels
Couples that listened to music together stated that they became significantly closer. And the time spent in the bedroom increased almost twice. Is there any way to get even more out of music? Yes, there is. The latest research in the field of binaural beats prove that.
Binaural beats, music and sex
Binaural beats are an auditory illusion, when two sounds of different frequency are played in either headphone. As a result, the brain discovers the third frequency, which is the difference of those frequencies. So what? Here’s the deal. The brain emits electromagnetic waves in different “modes”, and if you affect it with the aforementioned frequencies, then the sound produces the desired effect. For instance, being in the state of peace emits delta-waves (4Hz). Binaural music with delta-waves, after brief listening, puts the brain in calm, basically drowsy state. Therefore, every type of binaural beats can be used to experience the desired effect respectively.
For instance, alpha-wave binaural beats (7-13Hz) will help you overcome shyness, relax, calm down, regain self-confidence and set up romantic mood before a date.
Beta-waves (13-40Hz) will help to maximize the arousal and give you energy to impress your partner. Love binaural beats usually combine these two frequencies for maximum effect.
As music with implemented binaural beats works correctly only if you’re using headphones, you can experiment with your partner and listen to special love binaural beats before your date.
All in all, binaural beats amplify the positive influence of music on sex and lets you experience several deeply individual effects depending on your needs. You can decide what you want from yourself and set the mood with twenty-minute listening to the track. Binaural beats are not an ultimate cure, but rather an interesting and safe novelty which has a proven scientific effect.
There are many sites on the Internet with free binaural music samples. Try listening to calming or cheering melodies before your date, and if you notice the effect, then move to more serious melodies composed by scientists.
Although we don’t have any idea about the origins of music and don’t completely understand how exactly it affects the brain, it has a proven scientific effect on all aspects of our life including sexual one. Binaural beats can help you increase the positive effect of music on the sexual aspect of your life. However, regular music is also important here. It can actually make you sexier. You really don’t need to study scientific researches to understand that. Just read Iggy Pop’s or Jimmie Hendrix’s biography. So put on your favorite music and good luck to you in all of your endeavors!