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Do you get lost in the moment when you listen to music?

Asked by RedmannX5 (814points) December 3rd, 2011 from iPhone

Ive noticed that when I listen to music, time seems to pass by slower or quicker, depending on different types of music, e.g. fast tempo music makes time pass by quicker for me, and opposite for slow tempo music. I’m curious to see how it affects other people. In your personal opinion, how does music affect you?

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babybadger's avatar

Yupp. I agree with you.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

I have a number of police officers who would attest to the fact that I drive much faster under certain music conditions. This is one of them. So, yes. I get lost in the moment.

marinelife's avatar

I can easily get lost in music.

Sunny2's avatar

I can get lost in music and if I shut my eyes, I may have visual picture behind my eyelids. Obviously, I don’t shut my eyes if I’m listening to music and driving. Faster music is more invigorating and slower music make me more languorous. And time passes in sync.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Here’s one for you. Magnet and Steel. Walter Egan.

RedmannX5's avatar

@Sunny2 You bring up a great topic, visual imagery. Oftentimes when I’m listening to a good song I’ll close my eyes and attempt to “paint” a movie in my mind’s eye of the artist singing or performing (which definitely gets me lost in the moment). If you want to read a great book on the topic, check out Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks. One of my favorite authors.

The reason I bring this topic up is because I recently finished doing a psychological research experiment that directly tested how fast and slow tempo music affects how quickly people perceive time to elapse…and I found different results than what I would’ve expected, namely that people thought time was passing by quicker when listening to slow tempo music. Very interesting.

RedmannX5's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I’m not exactly sure what you’re referring to? Don’t mean to be rude, just curious.

digitalimpression's avatar

Every once in a while, with music as a catalyst, time passes perfectly slowly, or perfectly quickly. It depends upon the other stimuli occurring. The light, how comfortable I am (alcohol related or not), and my overall contentedness.

@Adirondackwannabe is talkin about Walter Egan . His song Magnet and Steele has some pretty smooth lyrics as well.

“Ooh ooh ah
Now I told you so you ought to know
Ooh it takes some time for a feelin’ to grow
Ooh you’re so close now I can’t let you go
Ooh and I can’t let go
For you are a magnet and I am steel

I can’t hope that I’ll hold you for long
Ooh you’re a woman who’s lost to your song
Ooh but the love that I feel is so strong
Ooh and it can’t be wrong

With you I’m not shy to show the way I feel
With you I might try my secrets to reveal
For you are a magnet and I am steel
For you are a magnet and I am steel”

Sunny2's avatar

@RedmannX5 Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll check it out.
Maybe I react differently to fast and slow music because I’ve been a dancer and tend to move my body with the music. I never really considered the passage of time but I can understand the inverse relationship. How did they test that?

judochop's avatar

Yes. If it were not for music I probably would have never fell in love.

RedmannX5's avatar

@judochop I couldn’t agree with you more, life would certainly be unmeasurably more dull without music.

linguaphile's avatar

I lose track of time when I’m focusing on music. When I’m part of a drum circle—time definitely disappears.

Ayesha's avatar

@digitalimpression Thanks for posting the lyrics :) Amazing song.
@RedmannX5 Look it up.

RedmannX5's avatar

@Sunny2 I can understand how you feel about you moving along to the music when dancing, and that one’s perception of time might just be a result of how quickly you move to the music (either physically or psychologically). I am a musician myself, and I would probably agree that time might appear to go quicker when I am physically making music at a quicker speed, or even when I am thinking about music in a quicker and more active way (i.e. due to my brain having to process more musical notes in a shorter amount of time with faster tempo music).

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