A new study has explained why humans have such an affinity for bass notes in music.
Published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), the research found that “superior time perception for lower musical pitch explains why bass-ranged instruments lay down musical rhythms”.
This means that our brains understand rhythms better when they are played at lower frequencies, and thus we enjoy songs more when they have more bass.
The scientists discovered this was even the case when the bass was a background element, supporting the other aspects of the track — or in official lingo: “The low-voice superiority effect for encoding timing explains the widespread musical practice of carrying rhythm in bass-ranged instruments and complements previously established high-voice superiority effects for pitch and melody.”
Better crank that bass up then... science says so!
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