Feeling the rhythm
Music can pump up your libido, increase your endurance and help you score a date, according to ‘7 ways music affects the body’.
Of course, music and sex have been eternally intertwined ever since humans started banging logs – and each other.
They are both emotionally charged activities that unleash similar sensations, chemicals and rhythmic urges.
“Melodic appoggiaturas, sudden harmonic changes and dynamic leaps from soft to loud in a musical piece can trigger sensations like chills, tingles or shivers, similar to those caused by sexual tension,” according to ‘Music and sex can bring about similar sensations in humans’.
“Laboratory tests found that Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, Adele's ‘Someone Like You’, Leonard Cohen's ‘Hallelujah’, Bach's Toccata in F Major and Celine Dion's ‘My Heart Will Go On’ were most likely to give listeners skin orgasms, or as psychologists call it, ‘frisson’.”
Frisson. Can you feel the beat? Can you feel the heat?
Pumping with the volume
‘What happens when a music-deprived home is suddenly flooded with tunes? More sex, for starters,’ according to ‘This Sonos and Apple experiment demonstrates how music changes your behaviour at home’.
“In 30 homes throughout the world, they conducted an experiment. For one week, the members of each household didn't listen to any music out loud. The following week, they did. And the researchers rigged up each home with Sonos sound systems, Apple Watches, iBeacons, and Nest cams to observe what happened when the music started playing throughout the home.”
Everything changed. Household members spent more time together and at a closer distance. They were also more likely to laugh, cook together, invite people over and say the words “I love you”.
And perhaps most appealingly: couples spent 37% more “awake time” in bed – “you know what that means.”
“If music actually causes people to have sex more often, we could see a change in the birth-rate," says the lead researcher. “Or we could also see a change in the divorce rate. I think the next five to 10 years are going to be interesting.”
Music for Swinging Foetuses
“There's a new way to play music to your unborn baby — but it's invasive to say the least,” according to ‘A new device claims it can deliver music to foetuses in the womb’.
“A new device called Babypod has hit the market and it promises to grant pregnant mothers the opportunity to play music (or podcasts) for their unborn children. All they have to do is insert the device into their vaginas and connect to their iPhones.”
“At 16 weeks, the hearing system of an unborn baby is already fully developed. It's the first sense developed in the embryo. Many paediatricians believe music helps improve neurological development.”
And for the unborn babies to get the clearest sound quality, it’s apparently best to broadcast from the vagina. “This is because the vagina is a ‘closed space’, so sound is not dispersed in the environment. There is also less soft tissue separating the baby from the sound, with only the vaginal and uterine walls.”
“The babies responded by moving their mouths and tongues.”
Indeed, the dance of life begins young.