Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: Today there is a great deal of discussion about online worship and if it can be as powerful as face-to-face worship. Students of music theory have known for a long time that a powerful musical experience can be experienced in the concert hall or over headphones. Part of this is because the human brain is designed to react to certain surprising musical motifs and chord progressions. Read this article to learn more about “frisson” and how to incorporate it in the songs you write.
This 715-song playlist is scientifically verified to give you the chills, thanks to “frisson.”
by Sam Gilberg, The Big Think, 5/17/22.
… “Frisson” derives from French and is “a sudden feeling or sensation of excitement, emotion or thrill,” and the experience is not confined to music. Historically, frisson has been used interchangeably with the term “aesthetic chills.”
According to a 2019 study, one can experience frisson when staring at a brilliant sunset or a beautiful painting; when realizing a deep insight or truth; when reading a particularly resonant line of poetry; or when watching the climax of a film.
… Other reliable indicators include the entry of one or more instruments or voices; an abrupt change of tempo or rhythm; a new or unexpected harmony; and abrupt modulation. Music psychologist John Sloboda found that the most common types of musical phrases to elicit frisson were “chord progressions descending the circle of fifths to the tonic.” This is a deeply affecting chord progression common in many of Mozart’s compositions.
The 715-song playlist was curated by a team of neuroscientists and is available on Spotify. It includes some of my favorites (below):
- Twist & Shout, The Beatles
- The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky
- Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton
- Toccata and fugue in D minor, Johann Sebastian Bach
- Appalachian Spring, VII, Aaron Copland
- Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Across the Stars: Love theme from Star Wars, John Williams
- One for Daddy-O, Cannonball Adderley
- Moby Dick, Led Zeppelin
- Wonderwall, Oasis
- Fields of Gold, Sting
- Walking in Memphis, Marc Cohn
- Vincent, Don McLean
- The Sound of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel
- This Must be the Place, Talking Heads
- Rhapsody in blue, George Gershwin
- Finale, Les Miserables
- Battle cry, Imagine Dragons.
- One Day More, Les Miserables
- Untitled Hymn, Come to Jesus, Chris Rice
- Strange Fruit, Billie Holiday
- Sleigh Ride, the Ronnettes
- One, U2
- Walk on by, Dionne Warwick
- Awaken, Yes
- Oh Come All Ye Faithful, traditional
- Born in the USA, Bruce Springsteen
- Things we said today, The Beatles
- Born to run, Bruce Springsteen
- Across the universe, the Beatles
- Song for the King, Michael W Smith
- I can’t get no satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
- Living for the city, Stevie Wonder
- Ripple, Grateful Dead.
- Living on a Prayer, Bon Jovi
Read more at … https://bigthink.com/neuropsych/frisson-song-playlist/
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