Affiliate links

Here’s a list of Amazon affiliate links to products I’ve bought and reviewed on the YouTube channel.

https://youtube.com/user/GIChowDotcom

Should you ever happen to purchase one of these items new then you will pay the same price and the channel will receive a small commission if you use my affiliate links below for your country (if you use the link from another country no commission is received unfortunately):

US links
* = sonic bargain!

*Creative Stage v2 https://amzn.to/2T5Zvdo

Sony WF-1000XM4 $270
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Sony WF-1000XM3 $180
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Sony WF-1000XM3 (Renewed) $100
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*Sennheiser CX 400BT $100
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Sennheiser HD 600
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Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro
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Shure Aonic 50
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Beyer Lagoon ANC
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Sony WF-1000XM3 $180
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Audio Technica ATH M50xBT https://amzn.to/3fixHLs

*AKG K371-BT
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Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro $145
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Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro $130
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*Sennheiser CX 400BT $100
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Sony WF-1000XM3 (Renewed) $100
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Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 $80
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Moondrop Aria https://amzn.to/3dFxsIR

*Anker Soundcore Life Q30 $68
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*Etymotic MK5 https://amzn.to/3AoMPiw

*Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 (Renewed) $56
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*Mpow H17 $50
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Mpow M30 Plus (100h) $40
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*Superlux HD668B headphones $40
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AKG K175 studio headphones $39
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*Aukey EP-T27
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Aukey EP-T21S
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*Monoprice Retro https://amzn.to/3wf1Ekx

*Mpow M30 $33
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*TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 $32
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Blon BL-01
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UK links
* = sonic bargain!

*Creative Stage v2 https://amzn.to/3zRJGrc

Majority K2 https://amzn.to/3vWq6aa

Sennheiser HD 600
https://amzn.to/3qPoDjo

Shure Aonic 50
https://amzn.to/3tzUzdx

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Black
https://amzn.to/2NPVoiR

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Silver
https://amzn.to/2NPT2Au

Beyer Lagoon ANC https://amzn.to/2QtE5oL

Sony WF-1000XM3
https://amzn.to/3rl65Ii

Audio Technica ATH M50xBT https://amzn.to/2OYNkgz

*AKG K371-BT
https://amzn.to/2PuRSes

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro
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Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro
https://amzn.to/2LQr9aD

Samsung Galaxy buds live
https://amzn.to/3kWCbqi

Yamaha TW-E3A
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*Sennheiser CX400BT
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Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro
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Moondrop Aria https://amzn.to/3xhSDbx

Anker Soundcore Life Q30
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*Anker Soundcore Life Q30 renewed
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*Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2
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Earfun Free Pro
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*Etymotic MK5 https://amzn.to/3qIBmpH

*Koss Porta Pro
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VE Monk Plus
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SoundPeats Truengine 3 SE
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Mpow M30 Plus
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AKG K175 studio headphones
https://amzn.to/2PaLZmi

Aukey EP-T27
https://amzn.to/31ZIbHZ

Aukey EP-T21S
https://amzn.to/3fUR79C

*Superlux HD668B headphones
https://amzn.to/3bJsnNX

*Mpow H17
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*Monoprice Retro https://amzn.to/3xcaosS

*Mpow M30
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*Taotronics SoundLiberty
92 https://amzn.to/3mWcsQv

Blon BL-01
https://amzn.to/3sqvwsm

Soundpeats TrueAir2
https://amzn.to/39Tbkte

*Samsung EHS64
https://amzn.to/2VeXaKF

Why music moves us

This is just the beginning of what may become a collection of musings on what aspects of songs/pieces of music that I find particularly moving might make them so emotionally affecting.

Starting with the live performance by the Chemical Brothers of The Golden Path

2021 and crying, laughing, inspiring.. absolutely chemical, bros! @1:26 the seamless transition from insistent staccato isolated almost plucked sounding notes searching high and low to melodic uptempo phrases integrated with vocal harmonies conveys for me a sense of learning, achieving togetherness and resolution. Certainly different to the album version tho both have a nostalgic/lamenting yet optimistic and loving feel..like upsetting times but older and wiser afterwards. Not really sure what I’m talking about or why it’s so emotionally affecting but love it.

‘Fragments of Bliss’ is a very appropriate title for this piece which again inspires and moves me to tears. Against a deep pulsating monotonic deep bass drone (a constant earth / environment) synth strings play and chords rise and fall in melodic washes that transport us on an epic journey from uncertain shifting places to a beautiful warm idyllic beach paradise.

A repeated haunting but jaunty plucked note melody conveys a sense of nostalgia but this is combined with a bassier driving guitar rhythm that says to me life goes on, keep those sad times and losses in mind but keep ploughing on, working through past upsets and happier times will come.

Not a piece of music this time but a principle which this tutorial sets out. Any repeating part (sequence of notes or rhythm), however dissonant or uncomfortable, is something we eventually become used to and get to like. This struck me as a potential analogy to life where even if something is unpleasant but we continue to live through that unpleasantness we come to associate that particular unpleasantness with continued life and hence as something ‘good’. Something may not be nice but it’s familiar and ‘what we know’. Perhaps this relates to what is meant by someone who is ‘twisted’ – their unhappy life experiences have formed them / they have grown around, and come to embrace, unhappy life experiences developing into a grotesque form as a way of surviving those experiences.

It takes ‘courage’ which is perhaps really ‘just’ the willingness to take a risk (i.e. accept the possible negative consequences of an action for the potential upside) to break free from such a way of living. Courage can I suspect be developed..maybe by doing things outside one’s comfort zone?..and doing them well enough that one survives them relatively unscathed. I guess the inspiring thing about the willingness to take risks is that there is the conviction or belief that there is or should be something better or more harmonious than where one is right now.

So my work in progress summary of why music moves me:

Notes, timbres and rhythms evoke aspects of nature e.g. low notes convey the idea of something big, high notes of something whimsical and ethereal.

The interplay of notes over time depicts a story or sequence of events giving us an idea of cause and effect.

Notes played together can convey harmony and peace of mind or disharmony and tension.

Repetition can create a sense of familiarity and stability.

Voices, sounds and words can bring some emotion, thought, character or action of the vocalist or instrumentalist to mind e.g. we can empathise and know the movements and energy required to create a frenetic drum pattern or the dexterity required to perform a sequence of notes or the feeling that evokes a vocal intonation or form of words.

Parts of a piece of music can remind us of other pieces of music and bring those associations to mind.

Music can lead us to anticipate what note comes next and when an ‘expected’ note arrives, maybe after a long period of tension, that can result in a sense of euphoria, perhaps because we experience a sense of connectedness to the composer/performer.