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At the end of the 19th century, Blues music was created by African-Americans. The Blues was usually performed by one singer and accompanied by a guitar or a banjo.

Blues music has three lined verses. The first line is repeated, which is the second line and then the third line is usually improvised on the spot. By repeating the first line it gives the singer time to be able to think up the third line. (Springing the Blues, 2010)

When techno music is played it creates changes in the human body. A recent study showed that dance/techno music increases heart rates and self-rated emotional states. Dance music has also been seen to assist with exercise, the upbeat tempo of the music distracting the mind off the aches and pains. The heart will also attempt to sync up with the music, making it easier to exercise.
In 1981 three high school friends decided to change what music was listened to, putting together electronic sounds with their everyday music. Later that same year the “Roland TB-303 mini-keyboard” was made, which produced unique techno sounds, allowing the production of purely electronic music.
Dance/techno music induces changes in your neurotransmitters, hormonal reactions and emotional state. Dance music can also boost the immune system; the fast beat activates the brain to release endorphins and healing hormones.
The culture of Dance/Techno music is one that breathes the feeling of freedom. Youth from all over the world come to see DJ’s play. The culture allows the expression of identity through dance, providing further escape from reality.
Dancing is a key aspect of this music genre which encourages the release of endorphins giving a natural sense of happiness or high. Another aspect related to this genre is drugs, which will in turn create changes to the individual’s mood; this is not a natural high and can cause the individual and community harm.
The lyrics of Blues music is raw, full of emotion, dwelling on love and loneliness.
They usually tell stories of injustice, hopefulness, and their longing for a better life.
Listening to Blues can alter your mood from joy to sadness with the change in tempo.
Cross Road Blues Songs and Lyrics
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The Blues genre touches the souls of people. When people are listening to the blues they can feel a mix of emotions like soothed, excited, calm and even joy.
The musician who sang the Blues were usually telling a story of their life or where they wanted to be in life.

Blues music reflected the hardships of the African-American people in the 1900's.
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Guy Starts Dance Party. 2009. [film] directed by Sasquatch music Festival 2009.sl.:YouTube

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This presentation looks at the influences of mind, culture, health, mood and history of different music genres. Using a checklist we were able to evaluate each source of information to determine its credibility. The following sources of information proved to provide reliable clear and concise information, free from grammatical errors, authority of publication, authors name and credentials, objectivity, up to date and relevance, while providing non- bias views. An on-line Wiki has been used to communicate ideas leading up to and during the duration of this presentation. Prior to publication the group reviewed Empressr, Google docs, Slide rocket and Prezi. We found each had different functionality that we were drawn to, such as the flexibility of the Empressr when it came to import/export and thematic schemes for presentation, however it would cost money to work collaboratively. Google Docs provided a user friendly layout and was similar in aesthetic to PowerPoint. However, the tool that provided the most flexibility and functionality for each member in the group proved to be Prezi, due to accessibility by both the author and user. It encourages user interaction and allows freedom to access non-sequential information by moving around the slides.
Hard Rock first arrived on the music scene in the mid-to late 1960's. The founding roots of Hard Rock derive from garage rock and blues rock; when musicians began experimenting with Hard Rock elements. Many historians point to bands like the "Kinks" and "The Who" to be the first groups to break through to mainstream appeal.
As Hard Rock's social impact and popularity grew across the word throughout the 1970's and 1980's this had a major influence on the culture and social attitudes. Hard Rock has been credited with changing attitudes as it rejected all forms of social convention held at the time as well as expressing divergent views on sexuality and gender.
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The intensity and frequency of Hard Rock music can have a bearing on our mental health and behaviour. Reports have gone as far as linking mental health issues such as bipolar disorder or ADHD with the environmental factors that exist in Hard Rock music. Singer of Guns"n"Roses - Axel Rose is well known for his bipolar disorder. To what extent dose his disorder affect the music he performs and the behaviour of his fans?
Like all froms of music Hard Rock stimulates your frontal lobe and anterior amygdala. The intensity and frequency of Hard Rock music can empower the mind and make one believe they are invincible!.
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Connections between social moods and the Dow can be made in relation to music. This chart by Robert Prechter explains how Hard Rock contributed to a drop in the economic dollar, as it influenced the mood of the economy.
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Guns N Roses Riot St. Louis, Published 2012, video recording, Youtube, featuring new report on riot.

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The Who - My Generation [Woodstock 1969], Published 2006, Youtube, featuring live performance by The Who.

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Psychologist, Don Campbell (2008) researched how music alters your mental state and published his findings in the text titled 'The Mozart Effect'. Through his research he found that listening to music shifts your brain waves that control how the neurons in our brain talk to one another.

While classical music was found to improve concentration and memory, religious music makes us feel grounded in the moment, while listening to the blues can uplift and inspire and can release feelings of joy and deep sadness.
The You Tube clip above demonstrates how listening to music can influence people and their feelings.
The Blues genre had many musical influences such as african musical traditions and Negro spirituals.
Blues music has influenced other musicians such as Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and The Rolling Stones who incorporated the blues instumentation, vocal styles, form and raunchy lyrics into something of their own in their Rock and Roll music. (J. Gilmore, 2013)
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Neuroendocrine responses of healthy volunteers to `techno-music': relationships with personality traits and emotional state . 2014.Neuroendocrine responses of healthy volunteers to `techno-music': relationships with personality traits and emotional state . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167876097000718. [Accessed 25 January 2014].

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Electronic Dance Music’s Love Affair With Ecstasy: A History - P. Nash Jenkins - The Atlantic. 2014. Electronic Dance Music’s Love Affair With Ecstasy: A History - P. Nash Jenkins - The Atlantic. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/09/electronic-dance-music-s-love-affair-with-ecstasy-a-history/279815/. [Accessed 25 January 2014].
For most, music can represent a time, place, and envoke deep emotional connections. Throughout history different music genres have shaped our ideas and experiences to who we are today. While it is evident that music has a documented affect on the way we think and behave, it is safe to say that whether it be positve or negative, music is a vital part of our everyday life.
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