We’re tremendous excited to see the return of reside music this summer time and to get again to the roar of the gang and all of the motion and emotion that comes from having fun with our musical heroes carry out proper in entrance of our eyes — not on a display screen (hallelujah).

Have you ever ever been at a live performance or reside music occasion and heard a track that gave you goosebumps or a shiver down your backbone? Seems that about half of concert-goers are primed to really feel that very same sort of thrill. The feeling is known as frisson (pronounced free-son) and it comes from deep inside our brains. Frisson is a French time period which means “aesthetic chills” and it encompasses all of these spine-tingling, goosebumps, lump-in-the-throat, and hair-standing-up-on-end emotions. It’s a neurological response that our brains must auditory or visible stimuli — principally a pleasurable reward out of your mind.

However why and the way? When the loud music or an sudden sound hits, our brains can routinely default to alert for a menace (as a result of we’ve advanced from individuals who needed to run from predators). However as quickly as we understand we’re in a protected area, our brains “reappraise” the state of affairs, which supplies us these candy chills.

However don’t simply take our phrase for it.

We’ve spoken to neuroscientist Dr. Matt Sachs, a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia College, who’s been working with SiriusXM Canada to make sure followers can rediscover the chill-inducing expertise of in-person occasions this summer time and past.

Dr. Sachs took us by means of what precisely is going on in our brains once we’re having an emotionally charged response to music. And to train your frisson muscle mass earlier than that subsequent large live performance, we’ve curated a listing of a number of the most goosebump-inducing moments in Canadian music historical past.

Leonard Cohen’s efficiency of “Hallelujah”: Fredericton, 2008

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When Canadian music icon Leonard Cohen broke a 10-year silence along with his efficiency of “Hallelujah” at Fredericton Playhouse in New Brunswick, the fortunate viewers knew they have been watching historical past within the making.

In accordance with Dr. Sachs, when one thing sudden occurs at a reside music occasion, like a loud sound or a performer stunning the viewers, we turn out to be extra alert. Then we have now a “cognitive reappraisal that there’s nothing really threatening,” he tells Each day Hive. As soon as we understand we’re in a protected setting, we expertise “a flick that provides us the sort of enjoyment to expertise shock or uncertainty, however inside an area that’s protected.”

The Weeknd’s Superbowl halftime efficiency: Tampa Bay, 2021

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Over 103 million viewers tuned in to the 2021 Superbowl halftime present to observe Canadian artist The Weeknd — a efficiency that was distinctive in some ways, together with the actual fact he was confined to the stands on account of pandemic restrictions. Undeterred by the boundaries, The Weeknd ran by means of many prime hits (like in “Blinding Lights,” “Starboy,” and “Can’t Really feel My Face”) in his 14-minute set.

For many of his decade-long profession, the Weeknd had been discovering methods to duck the highlight (together with carrying bandages on his face) however this efficiency had him – and his uncovered face – entrance and centre, a lot to the delight of TV audiences.

“Social connections are vastly essential to the formation of reward pathways which are activated by reside music,” says Dr. Sachs.

Music brings “catharsis, a launch,” that comes from “understanding one other particular person just like the artist and the lyrics” or from “being round different individuals which are like-minded, the place you’re feeling such as you’re like them and never alone,” says Dr. Sachs.

Alanis Morissette’s uncensored model of “You Outta Know”: Grammy Awards, 1996

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Alanis Morissette cleaned up on the 1996 Grammys. At solely 21 years previous, she took the crown for Album of the 12 months for Jagged Little Tablet, Finest Rock Album, Finest Rock Track, and Finest Feminine Rock Vocal Efficiency. Her uncooked and uncensored efficiency went down a storm among the many reside and TV audiences.

Dr. Sachs’s analysis discovered the ephemeralness of reside music to be one other goosebump-inducing issue. “Stay music has that extra part [where] you’re typically listening to songs that you realize fairly properly however they might be modified [by the artist] or they may have a stunning second due to the way in which the performer performs — it’s ephemeral; something can occur,” he says.

The Tragically Hip’s remaining live performance: Kingston, 2016

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With the information of Gord Downie’s terminal analysis, it was an emotional summer time that led to the entire nation tuning in on each attainable display screen to observe the long-lasting band finish their journey the place all of it started: in Kingston, Ontario. An estimated 11.7 million Canadians tuned into the reside efficiency, with hundreds of thousands extra attending the reside live performance.

Dr. Sachs’s analysis discovered that the act of shifting your physique in sync with different individuals “is expounded to prosocial behaviours and social bonding,” which leads us to be extra empathetic and “prepared to assist [others].”

Music can be a set off for nostalgia. “How shut we really feel with our former selves influences our emotional responses to music that will have come from [a certain] period,” says Dr. Sachs. “Stay music is tied to reminiscence. When you’re there in particular person, it’s extra possible you’ll keep in mind the occasion sooner or later and subsequently really feel nostalgic for it.”


So there you may have it — the science behind why reside music makes us really feel so good and 4 moments, specifically, that give us all of the frisson feels (even simply writing about them).

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