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9 Health Benefits Of Listening To Music Proven By Science

We often hear that music is therapeutic. Some people say that music has healing properties which soothe our mind, body, and soul. Well, it may sound a bit exaggerated, but science came to prove that listening to music really provides maximum health benefits to an individual.

Here are 9 ways music can improve our health:

Improves brain function

According to a research, listening to music can help people recall and remember information better. Participants were asked to memorize Japanese characters. It turned out that the musicians memorized a lot compared to non-musicians. Also, therapists utilize music in helping patients with Alzheimer’s disease remember certain memories.

Strengthens the heart

A study suggests that listening to music strengthens the heart and promotes recovery of patients with heart diseases. Also, according to Massachusetts General Hospital, heart patients who listened to music for 30 minutes had lower blood pressure. Lastly, listening to your favorite music helps the release of endorphins in the brain that improve vascular health.

Regulates mood

Based on a study, listening to music can help regulate our emotions which make us feel calm and relaxed. Researchers from Netherlands found out that listening to music while driving can decrease the risk of drivers to road rage and unpleasant behavior.

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Reduces stress

According to a study, listening to a music can decrease the level of cortisol in the body which are biological markers of stress. In another study, surgery patients experienced decreased stress levels when they listened to music. Apart from listening, performing music can promote the release of hormones that make us feel calm and relaxed.

Eases pain

In a 2013 study, a group of sixty people who have fibromyalgia was exposed to music in one month. They experienced significant pain reduction compared to the control group that never listened to music. In another study, patients who undergo surgery were asked to listen to music. They also experienced a reduction in pain.

Supports immune system

In a study made by Massachusetts General Hospital, listening to classical music decreased the level of interleukin 6 in critically ill patients. Interleukin 6 is a protein that increases a person’s risk to mortality, diabetes and heart problems.

Motivates us to move

Researchers in the United Kingdom found out that most of the people liked to exercise when accompanied by their favorite music. Another study also found out that people who are listening to fast-tempo music are much more efficient in burning calories and consuming oxygen.

Makes you happy

ValorieSalimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University discovered that more dopamine was released when participants listened to music. A dopamine is a feel-good neurotransmitter that makes you feel the sensation of pleasure and satisfaction.

Promotes sound sleep

Lastly, a study indicated that people who listen to calm music for 45 minutes before they go to bed showed a more sound sleep than people who listen to nothing. Also, some therapists use music in treating patients who have insomnia.

These are just a few of the many health benefits that listening to music offers.

8 Stages of Music Production

More than one million songs are recorded and produced annually. That’s like almost 3,000 of songs every day. In this modern era, producing record is very easy because the access to various recording companies is much easier than before. The rise of computer and technology has also helped individuals to create their own music. Plus, smartphones are there to act as instant audio recorders.

But for those aspiring artists who aim to make it huge, the music production is very much different. It follows these 8 steps:

Conceptualization

The first stage of music production is conceptualization. In this part, you shall gather all your ideas, feelings, thoughts and perceptions in life. You must think of an inspiration for the theme and the concept of your music. Think about the message that you want to deliver through your songs.

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Songwriting

Now, it is time for you to put those concepts into words. In songwriting, you should have a certain style in choosing the rhymes or the lyrics. Choose the most interesting and catchy phrases. Your lyrics should produce a recall or retention effect to the listeners.

Arranging

In this part, you will organize the order of the vocals and the instrumentation. You have to arrange the sections of your introduction, verses, chorus, and bridges. Plus, integrate effects or hooks to make your music more interesting.

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Tracking

During the tracking stage, the band will play the instruments which will be recorded. Then, you will record the vocals. You will also record some elements that will be added in your music, including the backup vocals, the second voice, the effects and more.

Editing

After completely recording everything, it’s time for you and the music editor to check some parts of the recording that need to be modified, altered or removed. Also, use this phase to adjusting pitches, moving around parts of the song, polishing tracks and adding some elements.

Mixing

This is where the real fun begins. The music engineer will then combine all the instrumentals and the vocals that you have recorded into a stereo 2-track mix. The music engineer will make sure that every detail of the instruments will be heard. It should have definition, motion, and depth.

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Mastering

The last stage of the whole music creation process is the mastering. In this stage, the music engineer will master or will make sure that there are no irregularities, errors or even a single deficiency in the whole duration of the song. The song shall be completely polished and is ready for release.

Releasing

Once all the songs are completely recorded and mastered, they will be compiled in an album. The producer will then give the “go” signal in mass-producing the copies of the album. The album will then be released in stores and digitally on the desired date. The releasing also involves the promotion of the album, which includes live guesting to TV and radio and performing at various music receptions.

 

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8 Helpful Techniques To Promote Your Music

Some people are really blessed and are passionate about creating music. It has been their avenue for expressing their thoughts and feelings. Their music represents their personality and their unique identity.

Every musician would love to share to the world their masterpieces. However, in this modern time, it may be difficult to make a name in the music industry, given that there are other talented artists who have the same goals as you.

But do not lose hope! Here are 8 helpful techniques to introduce and promote your music to the people:

Create a blog or website

Like businesses, blogs and websites can be helpful in promoting your music. Your website will be your gateway to have an online presence. It will also contain content about you as an artist or your band, your type of music and of course, it will host audio and video formats of your music. It shall also be optimized so that people can easily see you on search results.

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Perform live shows for free

As a beginner, you shall perform on gigs and other live shows for free to introduce yourself and your music to the people. This will be your initial stepping stone in performing to huge crowds. Moreover, it will help you develop confidence and improve your presentation to the people.

Take advantage of social media

Anything good or funny can go viral on the internet through the use of social media. There are a lot of people who are showcasing their talent by posting videos of them singing or dancing. Take advantage of the power of social media to reach millions of users worldwide, instantly. Popular choices include Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Upload unique music videos

Like famous artists, you must also produce a music video for your singles. They are effective means of promoting your music. Make sure that it’s catchy, interesting and unique. Apart from YouTube, you can also upload them on various social media platforms.

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Collaborate with other musicians

If you have connections with other local musicians or even popular artists, take advantage of it! Do not see them as competitors, rather, look at them as companions who can help you reach your goals. You can do a cover with them or produce a collaboration song.

Approach bloggers and influencers

You can also tap some influential people on the internet, including bloggers. Ask them if they can promote your gigs, your shows or even your singles. Their huge following can help you be known to a lot of people.

Send emails

Email marketing is one of the most effective strategies. When you have a website, you can integrate call-to-action forms that will make them subscribe to your daily newsletters for fresh content about your music. It is also an integral tool for personally engaging with your fans.

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Interact with fans daily

Lastly, make time for your fans. Do not feel down when you only have a few number of supporters. You should be thankful for their presence. Without them, you will not succeed. Thus, it is important that you always thank them in your social media or conduct a meet-and-greet with them.

12 Greatest Composers Of All Time

Who are fans of music here? We are sure that you are knowledgeable about the most popular composers, artists and musicians in the world who have contributed to growing list of musical masterpieces.

Now, let us know more about the 12 greatest composers of all time:

Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach was a German composer of the Baroque period. He is popular for his instrumental compositions Goldberg Variations and Brandenburg Concertos and vocal music, including Mass in B minor and St. Matthew Passion.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven was a German composer and pianist who is a remarkable figure of the Classical music era. He made 9 symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, 5 piano concertos and 1 violin concerto, among others.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart was an influential composer and a music genius of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, including symphonies, operas, chambers, and concerts. He was considered the “supreme composer of melody and lyrical quality.”

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Franz Schubert

Schubert was one of the greatest masters of melodic and lyrical composition. This Austrian composer had created 600 secular vocal works, including operas, and symphonies and more than 650 songs in his 16 years of career. He died before his 32nd birthday.

Richard Wagner

Wagner was considered to be the rudest people on Earth, who despised and blamed Jews for all the problems in the world. This German composer was also known for writing his own libretto. Among his finest works were Tristan und Isolde and Tannhauser.

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Robert Schumann

Schumann was a quintessential Romantic composer who wrote musical pieces that were German sounding. He mastered all genres and created symphonies, orchestra, choral and chamber work. His most famous works include Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Carnaval, Kreisleriana, and Fantasie in C.

Claude Debussy

Debussy was a French composer who was known for his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism. He was also a prominent figure associated with Impressionist music. His famous masterpieces include La Mer, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Children’s Corner.

Igor Stravinsky

Stravinsky was a Russian pianist and composer who was prominent for his stylistic diversity. His famous works include The Rite of Spring, The Firebird, Pulcinella, Les Noces, The Nightingale and The Rake’s Progress.

Frederic Chopin

Chopin was a Polish composer and a virtuoso pianist of the Romantic period. He was considered the most idiomatic composer who was behind hundreds of notable works include sonatas, ballades, preludes, waltzes, and impromptus, among others.

Franz Liszt

Liszt was a Hungarian composer who was considered the greatest pianist of all time. He was also a philanthropist and author. He wrote hundreds of masterpieces including preludes, etudes, songs, concerti, short poems, and symphonies.

Johannes Brahms

Brahms was a German composer and pianist who wrote four outstanding symphonies and one of the greatest violin concerti in the music history. His other works include Variations on a Theme of Haydn and Variations on a Theme of Paganini.

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Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi was considered as Italy’s greatest composer who created 28 operas which are still performed in the modern area. His famous works include Ernani, Don Carlo, La Traviata, Macbeth, Aida, Otello and Falstaff (after Shakespeare).

Who are the other great composers you believe should be included in the list? Let us know.

Top 8 Music Genres of 2017

Almost everybody in the world loves to hear the music. It is therapeutic to the soul, a form of self-expression and indeed, the universal language. In the timeline of music, various styles, genres, and eras existed. Thus, music is very dynamic. It changes throughout the years, as with the people who also changed their taste for music.

Here are the top 8 most in-demand genre of music in 2017:

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Hip-hop

Hip-hop is the new King of Music in 2017. Nielsen Music reports that 25.1% of American music consumption is Hip-Hop. Since its birth in the 1970s, it is the first time Hip-hop dominated the scene, with almost 60 million units sales of hip-hop albums in the first six months of 2017.

Rock

Rock still continues to dominate the music scene. According to Nielsen Music, 23% of the music consumed by Americans are rock. This music genre has started in the early 1950s and has evolved to various sub-groups and fusion genres, including alternative and punk rock.

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Pop

Pop or popular music emerged during the mid-1950s. Pop is derived from a lot of musical genres and inspirations. Most of the songs recorded today are categorized as pop songs. Most famous pop stars are Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga.

Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

EDM or electronic dance music is an emerging music genre usually produced by disc jockeys (DJs) who create tracks through electronic mixes and the use of computer software as instrumentation. Among the most famous EDM artists are The Chainsmokers and David Guetta.

Latin

Latin is also a surprise hit genre in 2017. It is the music of the Spanish and Portuguese people, which started roughly in the 1940s. Now, it swept the Hollywood music scene joining the mainstream songs. One of the biggest Latin hits is Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito which featured famous popstar, Justin Bieber.

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Classical

Of course, the classical music never dies. It was the music between 1750 and 1820. But still, the compositions of Mozart, Vivaldi, and Beethoven are widely listened to. Classical music remained the genre that requires a lot of skills to play its songs.

Jazz

Remember Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, and Louis Armstrong? They were among the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Jazz started in the 19th century. Now in the 20th century, various artists still continue to record and produce jazz albums. One of the remarkable jazz albums of the modern era is Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga’s collaborative jazz album called Cheek to Cheek.

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Country

Started in the early 1920s, country music continued to be relevant in 2017. There are a lot of artists who continue to record country songs. This includes Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood, among others.

Apart from these, other genres still continue to emerge in the modern music scene, including heavy metal rock, blues, indie, and soul. Of course, music is dynamic. What’s trending today is not going to be relevant for the coming years for music.

10 Best Operas Of All Time

Opera is one of the greatest art forms that portrays a story through the combination of dramatic song, music, and dialogue. It started in Italy during the 16th century and has continued to flourish all over the world. For the past centuries, thousands of composers have expressed their creativity through the opera.

Let us introduce you to the 10 best operas of all time:

L’Orfeo

L’Orfeo is a late Renaissance opera composed by Claudio Monteverdi who was considered the “founding father” of operatic form. It is an emotional and melancholic opera that follows the story of the Greek Legend Orpheus in his descent to Hades to bring back his dead bride to life.

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Le Nozze di Figaro

Le Nozze di Figaro or Figaro’s Wedding was Mozart’s most beloved opera, with a libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte. This follows the success story of the couple Figaro and Susanna who succeeded in getting married despite the antagonistic Count Almaviva against their relationship.

Dido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas is written by English Baroque composer Henry Purcell and libretto by Nahum Tate. It recounts the story of Dido, the tragic Queen of Carthage and her love for the Trojan hero Aeneas, who left her in despair in search for the new Troy.

Don Giovanni

Another masterpiece from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was Don Giovanni, with libretto by Da Ponte. It follows the story of Don Giovanni who was a young, arrogant and promiscuous aristocrat who encountered something that he was not able to kill.

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Giulio Cesare

Giulio Cesare or Julius Caesar was considered the finest work of George Frideric Handel that talks about the Roman politician and his love affair with Cleopatra. This epic war and love story took place during the Roman Civil War of 49–45 BC.

Carmen

Carmen is an opera by French composer Georges Bizet with libretto text written by Henri Meilhac and LudovicHalévy. This follows the story of the Spanish officer Don Jose who abandoned his duty, his virtue, his family and his soul to possess the beautiful gypsy named Carmen.

Serse

Serse or Xerxes is a three-act opera made by George Frideric Handel. The opera opens with Handel’s best-known aria which is the Ombra Mai Fu. It features the story of Serse, the King of Persia. The plot centers jealousy, infidelity, and betrayal.

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The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville is a sequel to Mozart’s Figaro’s Wedding. It is written by Gioacchino Rossini, considered as Mozart’s successor. It features once again the character Figaro and his adventures.

Die Zauberflöte

Die Zauberflöte or The Magic Flute is another masterpiece of Mozart, with libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder which features a unique musical arrangement and amazing dialogue. Unfortunately, Mozart died weeks after completing this opera.

La Traviata

La Traviata is one of the most performed operas until now. It is also called The Fallen Woman and was composed by Giuseppe Verdi. This follows the tragic story of Violetta and her love for Alfredo. However, the romantic happiness end shortly as Violetta contracted fatal tuberculosis.

What do you think are the other best operas that are not included in the list?

 

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