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i am not le fraunch

Fascinating fascinating fascinating article about the music-evoked frisson, which I get regularly but only in the presence of live music and usually choral music, and is basically the only reason I ever allowed my parents to drag me to synagogue growing up. You know that thing that happens like two waves of energy have just splashed up against you on both sides and it meets with a shockwave in the middle of your spine? Some people get it as part of being aroused and some people when they're scared and a lot of people, apparently, get it from music? Well I've always called it a frisson but it turns out I wasn't just being clever, it's an actual proper usage of the term, and here's an article about it, and in conclusion, come to the Opera with me and experience simultaneous frissons, please.

http://www.physorg.com/news131212723.html read it read it read it


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Feb. 15th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Never heard the term but I know the sensation. It's the main reason I enjoyed playing in a band and orchestra, especially orchestra because the flutes were usually right in the middle. There is nothing else quite like being surrounded by the music as it is played. Certain pieces are better for this than others, obviously. Also felt this at that Choral Festival we went to where we were singing surrounded by about 400 other really good singers.
Feb. 15th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's super common and I'm sure most people get it and just don't bother to identify or reflect on it. I don't know where I got the term frisson or why I started using it to apply in this case, but I suspect it was during that phase of mine around 13-14 when I was reading Real Serious Grown Up Books and crap. Hahaha, Tale of the Genji, I'll never finish you!

Anyway, I think I get this sensation more easily than you do, because it happens to me practically every time I'm in the presence of classical, live music. Much more rarely it will happen when I'm watching a movie and almost never in front of the tv or on the radio, but in person I'll get a frisson from just the *anticipation* of the orchestra or choir hitting that frequency that will give me a real frisson. I probably couldn't handle being in an orchestra; I'd loose my posture and forget where I was like, every 15 minutes!
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