Is Techno good for your brain? (By Anthony) Feat: DJ Rednote Selector AKA Shane Hockett
In all things sacred and holy in the wonderful book of music with all of its beautiful Genre's,
The one we're here to speak about today is the genre that really got ahold of me and forever changed my life
and that genre, without any contradiction,.....
Techno music is a form of electronic dance music that came of age in the late 1980s and 1990s. While some forms of dance music rely on live instruments (such as disco and early R&B), techno is created using electronic instruments. These include synthesizers like the Roland TB-303 and drum machines like the Roland TR-808.
Techno traces its roots to German electro-pop acts such as Kraftwerk, but the genre distinguished itself in American cities like New York, Detroit, and Chicago. In America, techno picked up elements of house music (particularly Chicago house), electro, and synth-pop.
A Brief History of Techno
Techno music first emerged in the 1970s and quickly evolved, spawning many subgenres.
Early days: Techno music grew out of European electronic music from the 1970s and 1980s. Influences included Germany's Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream as well as Belgium's C.J. Bolland. These artists used electronic synthesizers and songs anchored around repetitive basslines and drumbeats.
The emergence of Detroit techno: By the late 1980s, Michigan residents Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson formed a collective known as the Belleville Three. They used many of the same electronic instruments favored by European dance groups. Music historians sometimes credit Atkins with the first true techno song, 1985's "No UFO's." Along with the rest of the Belleville
Three, he helped establish a Detroit sound that caught on in Europe. Much of European rave music in the late '80s and early '90s revolved around Detroit techno.
Techno’s expanding influence: Techno continued to thrive in Detroit thanks to the Underground Resistance music collective, formed in 1989 by "Mad" Mike Banks, Jeff Mills, and Robert Hood. Other techno capitals around the world included New York (where Joey Beltram (one of my personal favorites) helped elevate the genre), Chicago (where techno merged with the deep house, Chicago house, and acid house music), Berlin (where the Bunker club hosts famous techno live sets), and Ghent (home to R&S Records).
Techno today: Today's ravers dance to a wide array of electronic music. The same nightclub could mix techno into a playlist that includes dubstep, EDM, Chicago house, and breakbeat hardcore. As such, today's techno music is slotted in among genres that influenced it and genres that grew from it. Techno spawned many subgenres including minimal techno, ambient techno, hardcore techno, industrial techno, intelligent dance music (IDM), Detroit techno, trance, deep techno, and tech house. From these subgenres came offshoots like acid house, rave, electronica, and EDM.
Personally speaking, I was 1st exposed to Techno on holiday in Glasgow in 1989 my cousins took me to a back alley underground rave at the time which was called a party
( I discussed in another previous article)
I can remember taking my 1st hit of Ecstacy that night (white dove)
I was overwhelmingly coming up I had to hit the can real quick, I was overheating and I had no idea what was going. on.
It was at that moment my cousin came in and grabbed me and ripped me to the dance floor and it was the 1st introduction to that life-changing experience. As soon as I was escorted to the floor every person around me was losing their shit with arms in the air and feet shuffling like 90.
The song at that specific moment was In Yer Face (8o8 State)
To this day 30 years later, there has never in my life been any emotional experience I have ever encountered quite like that episode.
Was it the drugs? was that the music? was it both? I don't trifle to ask questions, I just know Techno has a sacred place in my heart like no other genre among many I love dearly
So let's take a look at it
HOW DOES TECHNO MUSIC AFFECT THE HUMAN BODY AND MIND?
We all have noticed how music affects our moods and feelings. It affects our way of thinking, and sometimes our actions too. Music can significantly impact our body and mind, and it is more than just a theory! It is scientifically proven.
Many experts say that what physical activity can do for your body, music may do for your brain.
"Listening to music can keep your brain engaged as you age and provides a total brain workout. Any music lover can tell you that music can help you recall emotions from other times in life. It turns out that the power of music, found to bring back powerful memories, has a firm foundation in science; music that stimulates you can cause your brain neurons to fire." - Medfordleas.org reveals in an article exploring the topic of music's effect on the human body and mind. - "When you hear the same song again later, those memory patterns become stronger. The more you hear that familiar tune, the stronger those neuron connections become."
According to a significant number of studies, music can:
-Reduce symptoms of depression and may significantly help boost one's mood.
-Boost cognition. Researchers have found that people who listen to background music can finish tasks quicker and more correctly.
-Lower stress levels. A medical abstract showed that listening to music may trigger stress-reducing biochemicals in one's body and reduce surgery-related stress.
-Improve one's performance under pressure. For example, researchers have found that upbeat music can help people who perform poorly when under pressure
Besides showing immensely positive effects on people's mental health, music has also been shown to be a great "healer" for physical problems. According to various studies, music helps people deal with pain, poor sleep, and reduced heart rate, breathing rate, and circulation. Music has also been shown to be more effective in lowering levels of cortisol compared to anti-anxiety medications.
Additionally, it can also:
Improve endurance during exercise and speed up recovery after workouts.
Help one cut calories when listening to slow music in low light, specifically.
Improve the function of blood vessels.
Having all that in mind, you may wonder how techno music affects our body and mind.
Only good news, here!
Researchers have found that techno music helps the brain release dopamine - a chemical found naturally in the human body, which plays a part in controlling the movements a person makes, as well as their emotional responses. The right balance of dopamine is vital for both physical and mental well-being, and it is usually seen as the main chemical of pleasure.
Additionally, it activates the brain parts responsible for positive emotions, such as happiness and cheerfulness. The fast-paced property of techno music can further explain this.
Some researchers have also found that it helps people stay concentrated on specific tasks.
In physical terms, techno music also has been shown to affect the heart rate in a slightly different way. The music genre's tempo, which varies between 120 and 150 bpm, may increase the heart rate, blood pressure, and anxiety. But, don’t be alarmed! It’s not as bad as it seems, and it is not exclusive to techno music either, as rock and metal music have the same effects.
Studies can conclude that techno music may inspire people to become more physically active...and make them feel extremely happy about it
So if you are lacking your daily dose of intake
we got choo boo
Black Donnelly Radio & The Mixcloud charts House DJ”s
DJ Rednote Selector AKA Shane Hockett
has mad a return with a brand new
episode 37 - Jan 18, 2022
"A Blackdonnelly Media exclusive with some early Techno and hardcore rave classics that filled the best dance floors and served many afoot, ear and mind.
dedicated to Play De Records alumni and legend
Dave Cooper - one great fella that kept me sorted with the wax!
big up!" Shane
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