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A Spartan Flutist in the midst of the battle The Spartans marched to war to the sound of flutes and used bugles to signal military commands.On the attack, the Spartan Army moved forward while their king sang one of their many marching-songs. According to Thucydides, the songs and tunes kept the marching line in order, which helped the Spartans close in a solid, unbroken line.
The Spirit of 76 By Archibald Willard George Washington apparently thought so much of martial music that he demanded his own fife and drum corps practice regularly and get better with the threat of demotion and loss of pay if they failed.Why does something seemingly nonessential like music engage that life promoting system?Scientists are still trying to figure that out, but what happens to your brain when you hear a song you love may provide some crucial insight.Then, if you are starting to tap your foot, youve activated the motor cortex in a very particular way because youre tapping the exact beat of the song.Finally, if the song has you feeling good, the song has turned on your brains reward system, ancient powerful circuitry triggered by essentials for survival like eating and sex.In one instance the Chinese played a particularly eerie version of the Hank Williams song, Your Cheatin Heart that fit well into the fog shrouded night-time battlefield.
When I first enlisted during the Korean War we had bugle calls that woke us up, told us the flag was being raised (reveille) or lowered (retreat) and gave us everyday messages such as chow or mail call. I still remember them all.
Everyone has seen the charge of the Air Cavalry in Apocalypse Now where Lieutenant Colonel Kilgores helicopters played The Ride of the Valkyries as they approached a Viet Cong controlled hamlet. Put on PSYWAR Ops make it loud Shall we dance? In 1986, Paramount Pictures offered Top Gun with Tom Cruise.
Strangely, there may be some truth to that scene since it has been reported that near the end of WWII, the Germans sometimes played that song to their soldiers to motivate them to continue the fight. We have a loudspeaker here, and when we go into battle we play music, very loud. It has been called the greatest enlistment movie ever made.
Iranian clerics have long insisted that rap music is the devils work, but they had no complaints when Amir Tataloo, a rapper with a hard-partying, gangster-style reputation, turned into a nationalistic admirer of Irans military effort in the Persian Gulf. Tataloo rapped that an armed Persian Gulf is Irans absolute right. Another famous Iranian singer by the name of Hamed Zamani sings in a song entitled U. A.: Our injured throat is familiar with your claw, next to a version of the Statue of Liberty as a skeleton holding up a menorah instead of a torch.
The Military music dates back to early Romans, when it was used to control the military formation.
Music increases cross talk between brain structures in old reward centers that handle pleasure and newer areas at the cortex that handle prediction and anticipation. says Robert Zatorre, PHD, professor of neuroscience at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at Mc Gill University.