ESCAPING THE ADDICTION
A practicing psychiatrist, who has done careful research into various forms of addiction, including rock music, explains the problem. Although she has not learned about the "drum possession rhythms," discussed earlierBecause they don't exist., her insights are still very revealing.
"One of the most powerful releases of the fight-or-flight adrenaline high is music which is discordant in its beat or chords. Good music follows exact mathematical rules, which cause the mind to feel comforted, encouraged, and 'safe.' Musicians have found that when they go against these rules, the listener experiences an addicting high.
"Like unscrupulous 'diet' doctors who addicted their clients to amphetamines to ensure their continued dependence, musicians know that discordant music sells and sells. As in all addictions, victims become tolerant and want something stronger. The music must become more jarring, louder, and more discordant. One starts with soft rock, then rock 'n