Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Science: death metal inspires JOY not violence

, March 13, 2019; Jim Carrey, Cannibal Corpse; Six Feet Under; Bloodbath: S. Auberon, Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Jim Carrey Ace Ventura Pet Detective deleted scene, Cannibal Corpse "Hammer Smashed Face"
WARNING: Violent lyrics by American death metal pioneer Chris Barnes of Cannibal Corpse here replaced by George Corpsegrinder, "Stripped Raped and Strangled"! "They think they know who I am. All they know is I love to kill. Face down, dead on the ground, find me before another is found. I come alive in the darkness. Left murdered and nameless. Dead unburied and rotten, half eaten by insects. She was so beautiful, I had to kill her. Tied her up and taped her mouth shut. Couldn't scream, raped violently. Rope tight around her throat. Her body twitches as she chokes. Strangulation caused her death just like all the others. Raped before and after death, stripped, naked, tortured. They're all dead, they're all dead, they're all dead by strangulation... It felt so good to kill. I took their lives away. Seven dead, lying rotten, unburied victims. Their naked bodies putrefy. Strangulation caused her death just like all the others..."

"I've had one desire since I was born/To see my body ripped and torn." The lyrics of death metal band Bloodbath's cannibalism-themed track "Eaten" do not leave much to the imagination. But neither this song nor the gruesome lyrics of other death metal bands inspire violence.

Bloodbath perform "Eaten" live in front of European fans.
That is the conclusion of Australia's Macquarie University's music lab, which used Bloodbath's track in a psychological test. It revealed that death metal fans are not "desensitized" to violent imagery. 

The findings are published in the Royal Society journal Open Science. "[Death metal] fans are nice people," said Professor Bill Thompson, from the Australian university based in Sydney. "They're not going to go out and hurt someone."

This latest study is part of a decades-long investigation by Prof. Thompson and his colleagues into the emotional effects of music. These effects, he explained, are complex.

"Many people enjoy sad music, and that's a bit of a paradox: Why would we want to make ourselves sad?" he asked.

"The same can be said of music with aggressive or violent themes. For us, it's a psychological paradox: So [as scientists] we're curious, and at the same time we recognize that violence in the [mainstream] media is a socially significant issue."

How do scientists test people's sensitivity to violence?
Chris Barnes's Six Feet Under chants "Die, motherf**ker, die, die!" in "No Warning Shot."
A classic psychological experiment probes people's subconscious responses, so scientists started by recruiting death metal fans to take part. The test involved asking 32 fans and 48 non-fans to listen to death metal or to pop rock while looking at some very unpleasant images.
Lead researcher Dr. Yanan Sun explained that the aim of the experiment was to measure how much participants' brains noticed violent scenes and to compare how their sensitivity was affected by the musical accompaniment.
To test the impact of different types of music, they used a track they deemed to be the opposite of "Eaten." [They chose Pharell's popular hit song "Happy."] More

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