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02/28/2004: "the physics of running, and dance music."

Every other day or so I run laps (this is how I attempt to amuse myself these days) while listening to a different album. I've been experimenting with albums that will cause the largest amount of cognitive interference and physical resistance with the act of running, which by nature (also physics!) is a forward-vector motion. Listening to most music doesn't interfere with the act of running -- usually I listen to something straightforward with a steady-state 4/4 beat, which just serves as a simple soundtrack to make the run more interesting. But there are some kinds of music that actually mess with the simple motor commands required in pushing your legs forward. Listening to schaffel while running, for instance, causes my brain to go into overdrive, trying to resolve the different vectors into a single forward motion; the top-heavy waltzy-woozy schaffel beat encourages a sideways motion instead of a forward one. Listening to Remarc's 'Sound Murderer' (thanks Simon!) while running amplifies the neurological dissonance beyond belief -- though it encourages a forward motion, it also encourages movement in all directions -- backwards, diagonally, side to side. The snare rushes and unexpected wooshes and surges make you unconsciously accelerate and decelerate while running, but they also make you more prone to taking funky twists and turns throughout the route. As I found out.


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hydrocodone said @ 09/18/2004 12:09 AM EST

hah, i must try running to schaeffel! i love running to 'speicher' but i always end up going too quickly. also good for astanga yoga...(not very purist, but hey).

anyway, great blog. enjoy m. mayer and superpitcher. saw them at fabric (www.fabriclondon.com) in london recently and they were just awesome. bass in the floor! you should come over...

rik said @ 03/12/2004 04:12 PM EST

i wonder how the world seems to a fish in a river, always in motion, swimming against the current - if it stops moving fwd then it's going backwards, no such thing as standing still.....

ed said @ 03/03/2004 01:26 PM EST

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