Why Music Moves Us [It’s Okay to be Smart - PBS Digital Studios]
Why does music make us feel happy or sad? Or angry or romantic? How can simple sound waves cause so much emotion? I went from my comfy chair to the streets of Austin to investigate how it might be written into our neuroscience and evolution. Modern neuroscience says our brains may be wired to pick certain emotions out of music because they remind us of how people move!
Humans are the only species we know that creates and communicate using music, but it’s still unclear how or why we do that, brain-wise. Is it just a lucky side effect of evolution, like Steven Pinker says? Or is it a deeper part of our evolutionary history, as people like Mark Changizi and Daniel Levitin argue?
New evolutionary science says that we may read emotion in music because it relates to how we sense emotion in people’s movements. We’ll take a trip from Austin to Dartmouth to Cambodia to hear why music makes us feel so many feels. The connections between movement and music go far beyond dance moves!
Pokémon Theme Parody Acapella - Try to Catch a Few! (ft. Smooth McGroove)
A parody of the Pokémon theme song done Acapella!
Dookieshed and Smooth McGroove have teamed up to give you the most EPIC collaboration this side of Victory Road! Every Pokémon game is filled with nameless trainers. We thought it was time they got some recognition.
Lead vocals, lyrics, and midframe by Dookieshed; song arrangement and backing vocals by Smooth McGroove.
The Post-Punk / New Wave Super Friends by Butcher Billy
Would it be the effect of their contribution to a cultural movement? Is it the way they impact the time and the generation they are targeting? Or just how their exposure constitutes a defining characteristic of a given society or era?
As a child of the 80’s I was heavily influenced by everything from saturday morning cartoons on TV to the music coming from the radio. Ian Curtis or Johnny Rotten are as iconic to me as Superman or Batman. Real people or imaginary characters, the incorruptible ideals of perfect superheroes or the human flaws and desires sometimes so desperately depicted in song lyrics - all of those influences affect us to the point of defining our character and personality, career paths and life choices.
The references we are exposed and specifically the ones we choose to absorb make us who we are. Who are your heroes?