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Ears more sensitive in a dark environment?

post #1 of 28
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I think music just sounds better at night or when it is dark. Am I crazy?
post #2 of 28
Haha, nope. Many people think the same way, myself included. Also, my mind wanders when I can see things vs when I can't, so darkness helps me focus on the music rather than it being a back ground to my thoughts.
post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by Brian_the_King View Post
Haha, nope. Many people think the same way, myself included. Also, my mind wanders when I can see things vs when I can't, so darkness helps me focus on the music rather than it being a back ground to my thoughts.
I think that's it.

Without any other sensory 'interference' you can concentrate solely on the music.
post #4 of 28
That's the same reason blind people have a much better sense of hearing than people with sight do. Since they don't have another sense to process, their hearing becomes much more acute.
post #5 of 28
I do all of my critical listening with my eyes closed.
post #6 of 28
I'm not saying that's bad or anything, but for some reason I "listen better" with my eyes open, but in basically total darkness. Closing my eyes doesn't work for me, for whatever reason.
post #7 of 28
Music is much better in the dark.

For one there is the previously mentioned effect that the brain doesn't have to process the information from the eyes, making hearing more astute.

Second I find that I'm much less stressed in the dark allowing me to concentrate more on the music.
post #8 of 28
Music does seem to be a lot better at night when I'm walking. Closing my eyes doesn't ever help, though.
post #9 of 28
hmmm... i wonder if deaf people can see better than people withj all senses intact... that'd be cool but unlikely!

i, too, prefer listening in the dark... i can just concentrate more. i almost completely ignore music unless i focus on it. luckily i have the ability to type and focus at the same time!
post #10 of 28
Yup, when your vision is dulled, your other senses become more active, and I'm guessing the night has an effect like that, since, at least in my case, I can't look out the window and see stuff. Also, it has to do with the fact that at least in my case, I become much more awake and aware late at night. I know, I'm weird.
post #11 of 28
I definitely like listening more in the dark too. I don't think it's a lack of distractions that causes it, as I'm always doing stuff like reading forums at the same time. It just seems to set up an atmosphere that better suits listening to music. You can't see the music anyway, so having a dark environment seems to make the brain more accepting of these sounds coming from nothing.
post #12 of 28
Less Road/car noise at night, air-conditioning units are not laboring so hard at night, less people/construction/activity outside @night...

And, if you are reclining, (more often at night) your body is working less hard at pumping/digesting/etc - even your bodily processes are slower/lower/quieter.
post #13 of 28
"In the jungles of Peru, the fight for survival heightened his senses. Now, Detective Jim Ellison is a sentinel in the fight for justice."



Seriously though, listening in the dark has the same effect as raising the volume on my amp by a solid 1/8 rotation. Pretty dramatic.
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I agree with all the comments. I also find closing my eyes helps me to focus on the sound.
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