We know music is pleasurable, the question is why? Many answers have been proposed: perhaps none are quite right
Can a melody provide us with pleasure? Plato certainly thought so, as do many today. But it’s incredibly difficult to discern just how this comes to pass. Is it something about the flow and shape of a tune that encourages you to predict its direction and follow along? Or is it that the lyrics of a certain song describe a scene that reminds you of a joyful time? Perhaps the melody is so familiar that you’ve simply come to identify with it. Full story.
Roger Mathew Grant (aeon) / September 4, 2018
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