Moby: Breaking Down the Neuroscience of Music Appreciation

Moby at Wanderlust’s Speakeasy, explaining the science behind our love of music.

How old were you when you had your first music-related transformative experience? If you’re Moby, this moment came at age three, courtesy of Credence Clearwater Revival. And the rest is history.

But if you’re Moby, it’s not enough to simply let the pleasure and power of music drive you. You need to find out why. Thus begins his journey into the neuroscience behind music appreciation, which he shares in layman’s terms for our Wanderlust O’ahu Speakeasy crowd.

Moby shares:

  • why he had to move beyond his own perception that music was a frivolous pastime;
  • how music actually functions in the brain as a remarkable healing modality;
  • how neurological thought has evolved to include the notion of neurogenesis and what behaviors prohibit/promote the creation of new braincells;
  • and most fascinating: why people who have strokes and have lost the ability to speak can sing their favorite songs.

Moby delves into the fascinating findings of Dr. Oliver Sacks, which are truly remarkable testaments to the power of music and how the brain processes musical information differently. Anyone who’s ever felt the power of Moby’s thumping, cathartic dance sets at Wanderlust would concur: the power of music is legitimately transformational.