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Edição #12
Rio de Janeiro, 2009

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“DKANDLE weaves swirling multi-colored vibrant unearthly soundscapes, blending fuzzy and reverberating Shoegaze textures, mesmerizing Dream Pop meditations, sludgy Grungey tones and moody Post-punk strains, heightened with soul-stirring lyricism and pensive emotive vocalizations”

WHY LISTENINGTO MUSIC IS SOADDICTIVE

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TAGS: culture, philosophy, music

There are three types of music: on one side, we have the music we don't like. On the other side, we have the music we do like, divided into two categories: the new ones, which we hear for the first time and immediately enjoy, and the familiar ones, which were once new, but we liked them and kept them on our playlist, listening to them occasionally even to this day, and plan to listen to them forever.

Good music is like a journey. It takes us to pleasant places, which is why we let it lead us, and we like to visit that place many times, which is why we listen to familiar songs with pleasure. We enjoy listening to new (good) music because it opens up a whole new world, takes us out of boredom, and presents us with a new reality. That's why millions of people love attending electronic music parties, where the DJ is almost always playing fresh, recently released, or underground and unknown tracks that are great to listen to and dance to.

We also enjoy listening to old songs because they satisfy the nostalgia for our origins that we all feel. We all have a kind of nostalgia for our origins, but we have no memory of this origin. It's a nostalgia for something we don't know what it is, but we always carry this kind of longing for something profoundly ours, but of which we have no idea. Music seems to speak, without words, of a distant world—there's something in it that speaks of our unknown origin, because the depth from which it comes and from which we come is the same. That's why we get the impression that we are old acquaintances. This brings great pleasure. Music is quite satisfying because it will always be something nostalgic: when we hear a good song for the first time, it's as if we already know it, even though it's new. This is because music can only be as it should be within the listener. When you listen to music, you and the music become one; you become one being. It's as if you access another reality closer to your origins as a Being.

Music also helps us pass the time better. We have this constant background of boredom that generates anxiety, so we are constantly trying to escape that unbearable state. Music helps us "abstract" from the mundanity of the normal world. It takes us by the hand and leads us to another place, allowing us to escape from the monotonous existence for a few moments.

A song that doesn't find listeners is just moving air; music doesn't exist in the world, it exists only within us. This fusion brings a feeling of natural ecstasy because we are stripped of rationality and become one with the music. When we listen to good music, we cease to be individual humans; we become something else because that music is merging with you. Your existential state is now different; your individuality ends when the music begins. That music is you!

Familiar music, when we listen to it, goes beyond everything mentioned before; it becomes even more nostalgic because it reminds us of good times we want to relive. When we listen to a familiar song that we like, all our previous "selves" who listened to it are also contained in that experience, which is why it brings such a nostalgic feeling. This is also why many people have difficulty liking current music and live in the past, only listening to bands from their youth, from a time they believe was "when real music was made, not the garbage of today." However, there is indeed a lot of good music being produced today; you just need to search for it.

Music is addictive for this reason: it touches the core of our being, speaks directly to the soul without needing words, and provides us with extremely pleasurable moments when we merge with it and forget about our (burdensome) individuality for a while.

The best way to listen to music is with your eyes closed, your body relaxed, and without any discomfort, itchiness, or irritation. You should be lying down or sitting comfortably. Ideally, cover your eyes with something like an eye mask, a cap, a black t-shirt, or anything that gently presses on your eyes, as this helps you immerse even more in the music. Use good headphones, or even better, position yourself lying down with your head between the speakers. You can be on your back or stomach. The important thing is that the music is at the right volume—not too low, but not so high that it becomes uncomfortable. Doing this will help you merge more easily with the music. I suggest you listen to the type(s) of music you enjoy the most. If you allow me, I would like you to start this "ritual" by listening to the track below from my electronic project Colortronic. It's called 'Ananda,' and it has an ethereal and dreamy vibe, perfect for listening with your eyes closed.

Enjoy the journey!

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