Somatic Response to Music

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One thing I've wondered about on and off has been whether we really perceive all of what speakers make just through our ears. How much of the listening experience occurs in the body, and therefore is not being measured accurately by our current understanding? Maybe different people have different skin responses to music? This would explain some of the reactions I've read about.

Now it seems an article on Salon starts to discuss this very issue.

An orgasm for the skin: The strange science behind “aesthetic chills” - Salon.com
 
Maybe the body also absorbs sound and not everything depends on the ears only. Maybe we can check this with people who are deaf ? Can they 'sense' sound and variations thereof ? 'sense' as apart from 'hear' !
Maybe the frequency range for the 'body' is different from the ear ?
 
One review I heard for a complicated little set up, I think with Quads, or some electrostatic speakers that were run through transformerless tube amps the reviewer said he was literally sobbing like a baby.

This is the sort of event I've seen from massage and acupuncture. Not from pain, but from some memory being accessed in a different pathway than verbally. So, my point is, the body experiences music in addition to the ears. I wonder what of music perception we're missing with our ear-centric view. For instance, I wonder if big horns don't do something quite different than our usual point-source approximating multi-way systems?

Just thinking out loud. :)

Best,


Erik
 
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