I admit it, I get skin orgasms.


Did that get your attention? 

It seems that the topic of how therapeutic music can be and how it can involve us on another level has been discussed before with some of us describing a kind of ethereal effect on our minds and bodies, sometimes to the sound of crickets (short threads).

Well, it seems there is such a thing and most of the population can feel it when provoked, or stimulated. It's called frisson

I also wonder just how many here feel it and on how regular a basis. After reading the article I've come to the conclusion that it is addictive and is partly responsible for our obsessiveness, our tweaking, our search for better gear. It also explains a kind of refinement one goes through when seeking out particular styles of music and music reproduction and why some of us have a low tolerance for music or gear that doesn't stimulate. Why bother when deep down in we all know what we like and avoid, with prejudice, anything that interferes. 

It might also explain why some of us have developed a keener sense of hearing compared to those who can't experience what we feel: detractors may be simply unable to experience frisson. Other kinds of addiction can result in extremely acute sensory receptions to the stimuli that others can't appreciate.

If so, I hope they never develop a 12 step program for this as I can't imagine a more beautiful kind of addiction one can have with their clothes on. 
Fess up folk, who else here is addicted?

All the best,
Nonoise
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This is only somewhat related, but I have long been aware that the number one major difference between live music and reproduced is, for me at least, the lack of "physicality" in reproduced---the lack of feeling the music physically in one's body through a home system. That is partly because live music is often much, much louder than we play it on our systems, but also because very few home systems reach low enough in frequency at high enough SPL levels to provide the physicality of live music. I'm dying to hear the Eminent Technology Rotary Woofer (response down to 1Hz!).

Then there is the probability that few recordings contain the very low frequencies responsible for that physicality. Even if they did, how many cartridges/pickup arms could follow a groove, should it even be possible to be cut into a lacquer, with frequencies that low? I am all too aware that only the tiny hairs in my ears (cochlea) are being vibrated by the sound from speakers, not my skin, and certainly not my bones.

I never thought of "goosebumps" as skin orgasms, but ok, I can be moved by music to the point of a strong emotional reaction- sometimes one that does manifest itself in physical feelings, "goosebumps" being one of them. To me, much has to do with the creation of tension and its build up and resolution. That's the drama in music that is so compelling-the composition or song, combined with the playing, rather than sonics, as such.  My description could probably be written in the same (sexual) terms you are using -- perhaps that is said in the article you linked (which I didn't read)--of gradually building tension to a crescendo/release. I suppose opera buffs and classical listeners experience this kind of involvement- jazz listeners too (though I find listening to jazz live much more compelling than recordings). For recorded music, i can get it from a well written and performed piece of rock music (though those are often "quickies").
But emotional/visceral involvement in the music and its performance to this degree is not about the sonics for me as much as it is the composition and performance itself. 

I've always thought of them as, "eargasms".
BTW: bdp24  re: SPLs- EXACTLY!!!!
I agree with Whart.

Of course the actual sound (recording & system presentation) is important but it's fundamentally the composition which evokes those euphoric & emotional feelings. 

S**t music (composition) on an ultra high end system will still be s**t.

Well, maybe not SPLs per se, but Dynamic Range.

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Thanks Nonoise. Frisson explains a lot for me. Music does have to be at a particular level for me. I love rock music and other genre's that give me peak emotional musical experiences are usually very lively and dynamic. I'm a frisson head I guess. I'm cranking up Helmet right now "In the Meantime". Also heaphones don't seem to give me the same thrill. I can hear the same songs forever and don't get tired of them. Two solos that give me the chills are "All Along the Watchtower" and "Dazed and Confused".
 Another aural phenomenon is earworms. You know when you experience that song that just won't get out of your head! Lol
Ah, a blast from the past. When I saw this thread after it laying dormant for so long, it was nice to hear someone who actually relates on the true meaning of frisson.

It can be a piece of art or a vista or view that can produce the same effect as listening to something that can only be described as beautiful.
I believe it was this type of reaction that inspired poets, artists and others to paint, sculpt, and write, hoping to pass on that aesthetic, and the corresponding reaction.

All the best,
Nonoise
I wish there was this same enthusiasm for my idea on another thread?
You can just say it! Music is like sex to the ears.
HMMMM, Deep Ear? That would also explain the predilection of some, for phone sex.

frisson ~ “escalofrío” in Spanish, which captures the idea of cold shivers down your back.

Goosebumps, neckhair, and backshivers all together (rare) are the big 3-0.

We audiophiles probably have a stronger frisson experience. I can hear the same song thousands of times and not get tired of it. I listen to the music a lot more than the lyrics. Hey you just don't get tired of good sax!!