What is music?
We are all aware that music and „atmosphere“ go together. We might put on relaxing music for a quiet romantic dinner, but listen to something livelier while doing some physical work or exercise, or when out socialising in larger groups. You might have heard of farmers who increase production by playing music to their animals, recent studies showing that listening to fast music whilst driving increases the rate of car accidents, and the Mozart Effect claims to increase intelligence.
While some claims may be exaggerated, there is no denying that music can suggest and affect our state of mind. But the reason for this is very mysterious.