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Subject: rock music
From:    at <reppLENNY.HASKINS.YALE.EDU>
Date:    Wed, 3 Jun 1998 11:50:25 -0400

One important factor that has not yet been mentioned in this semi-serious discussion is volume. I believe it is uncontroversial to claim that, the louder the music (especially if it is rhythmic and hard-driving), the more of an energizing effect it will have on the listener. And if that listener is already horny or inclined to violence, the music may well increase these tendencies in proportion to the volume at which it is played. However, the reference to sex should probably be restricted to highly active, violent, and abusive mating. There are more gentle and sophisticated forms of sex that are unlikely to be enhanced by the ear-splitting beats of rock. It is unfortunate that sex is commonly conceptualized in terms of a simple rigid periodicity, when in fact gesture and expression are just as important in this pleasurable activity as they are in music. Bruno H. Repp Haskins Laboratories 270 Crown Street New Haven, CT 06511-6695 Phone: (203) 865-6163 (10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) FAX: (203) 865-8963 e-mail: repp(at)haskins.yale edu WWW: McGill is running a new version of LISTSERV (1.8c on Windows NT). Information is available on the WEB at

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