In a recent blog post, Joseph Mosby of josephmosby.com talked about using music to get “into the zone” … the zone being that point when we have complete concentration, complete focus. In his post - http://josephmosby.com/2015/02/15/the-psychology-of-a-small-playlist-on-repeat.html - he quotes Arkansas psychologist Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis who wrote a book called “On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind” that tangentially delves into this question … how does music on repeat help people to get focussed. This is what she says:
“Musical repetition gets us mentally imagining or singing through the bit we expect to come next… A sense of shared subjectivity with the music can arise. In descriptions of their most intense experiences of music, people often talk about a sense that the boundary between the music and themselves has dissolved.”
I regularly have one or two tracks on repeat too when trying to focus albeit the tracks I turn to tend to be post-70 minute monsters … longform drones that allow me to dissolve into the music. I get lost in the soundscapes and paradoxically find myself anew: I am able to focus and get stuff done by letting the curious part of my being wander in environments that feel simultaneously both new and familiar. It really does sound nuts and all a bit “out there” but it works for me … and for others … and I guess that’s the point.
The twenty-fifth dronescape from Cousin Silas is another belter of a journey: think dusk in a vast, open space where the darkness has yet to arrive and I am free to explore … calls are heard in the near-distance … I am not alone and yet I do not feel unsafe … the sun’s warmth is still prevalent and I feel at peace.
I really hope you enjoy “dronescape 025 (waag_drs025)” as much as I have … and it provides those looking for focus with what you so desperately seek.