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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

Sunday Morning Uptown Funk

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music, and Humanities features one of the Bruno Mars / Mark Ronson funk tune videos I keep on my computer desktop, since it never fails to get me up from of my desk chair and moving.

Most of us are unable to resist moving our bodies to the thumping beat of funk music, but we may feel less desire to dance when listening to a highly syncopated type of music, like free jazz.  

Science explains why

A web-based 2014 survey study was conducted on volunteer participants from all over the world who listened to funk drum breaks with varying degrees of syncopation. The investigators rated the extent to which the volunteer subjects wanted to move, as well as how much pleasure they experienced. 

The study was published in the prestigious peer-reviewed, open- access journal PLOS ONE. 

Rhythmic drum patterns with a balance of medium syncopation in groove created the most desire to dance and enjoy music, according to the study conclusion. 

Funk, as a style of music, emerged in the late 1960s as an outgrowth of rhythm and blues, jazz, and African American groove or sense of movement. The lyrics often involved social or political issues. 

It's the groove of the bass line and the repetition that makes us want to get up and dance.


We also invite old movie dance-scene lovers to enjoy this delightful Mark Ronson / Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk" mashup. 

Enjoy the day.

Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff