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The hiddenemotions.org launching

After analysing the results of the first intervention where I started on Instagram to interchange fears with songs, using the free system “Weebly” I set up a simple website open to people to share.

www.hiddenemotions.org

Main constrains

  • As a simple website I don’t have data base to analyse or keep the data, I did everything manually so it took long time to answer.
  • The website was iterative because first people didn’t understand that the song to share was not related to the fear… was mostly to support or relief
  • Also I have to explain why to use just the email, because is the only tool I had.
  • Because everthing was manually it was hard to organized what song for who.

General Results

In 48 hours more than 10 fears were shared, for choosing the songs I found the support of some friend according to the genre… even though most of the people choose “surprise genre”, for the song chooser

Now the song criteria were to find a lyric and rhythm to change the fear for more confident.

Fear shared Song sent
Of new beginnings!! We are on a verge of moving. Am I going to be able to be the best version of myself during this chaotic time? How do I don’t get lost in everything that’s going on? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTvJXXXijgo
I’m afraid of being unemployed another year in a row. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK1Kd-uL-mc
Hacer las cosas mal / Doing things wrong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HJX-1-_AAY
Getting fired
Failure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWo-02Hsab4
Not performing https://youtu.be/pO40TcKa_5U
Not delivering as promised. Providing mediocre results. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMQhn7Wh98A
-Of not performing as my team and line manager expect. https://youtu.be/OpVBC_MYBD4
I had a sexual harassment situation…. I’m afraid of my safety.  (!!!!) https://youtu.be/Vet6AHmq3_s

In order to receive the feedback it was defined a small survey to identify de user perception of the song

Reflections

Even though people didn’t answer the survey, by sharing the fear it’s possible to conclude there is a trend of unhealthy fears… something the people is concern about that is based in assumptions and not a direct danger, also the current worried of performance could be a good insight so people could have into the companies better ways to measure their performance and have more certainity what they are doing god or wrong. Also to improve the project it will be important people give a little bit more context.

About the sexual harrassment report this is a new breakthrough that makes me think in the huge need to connect the project with authorities or organizations that protect workers rights. Also for the future website to have more ways to interact, measure, or help people will create a real impact or the change expected. The idea is to go beyond the song and the song becomes a pretext.

♬ The intervention I dreamed comes true! ♬

After one month of lobby contacting more than 5 companies in the digital field, finally, I found the support of an important company who build satellites to provide internet to the world. They allow me to bring a flautist into their workplace, just into the main reception. Here some highlights and learnings.

The setup

  • I rent 3 devices in the CSM Loan Store
  • One camera to record the people faces
  • One camera to record the general place
  • One audio recorder to have a backup of audio as evidence
  • Three days previous to the intervention I send a Survey Available here

Note: One day before the intervention I visited the place to ensure where to place the cameras and how to prevent any disturbing situation for other offices or employers.

The repertory:

With the help of the flautist, we define a repertory with a mix of baroque and classical pieces, we also add some commercial songs, because according to my research knowing a song previously increase the level of emotional connection.

The day of intervention

With the support of facilities Manager and Coordinator, we did the setup early morning 8:00 a.m., we play the repertory from 8:35 to 9:05, reaching around 14 employees and a group of 5 visitors.

Reactions

  • People got surprised, smiled and did eye contact with the flautist
  • Most of the people didn’t understand exactly what was happening
  • When they noticed the facilities coordinator was in the opposite side not all of them show the emotion they project in the video face.
  • Some of the employees say hi to the coordinator and say a gesture of “thanks”
  • Other employees were moving around to connect with some others and share LIVE MUSIC HELPED PEOPLE TO RECONNECT WITH EACH OTHER TO SOCIALIZE BEFORE TO WORK
  • Most of the people behind a room window where more engaged and expecting the next songs, also they were moving.
  • The 5 executive visitors where really surprised, facility managers were concerned about the expectations or if they wanted the music got stopped for their meeting but they didn’t have any issue, also the wanted to listen.

Learnings

  • The music could be connected with the morning coffee or breakfast so people know it is for their benefit and they understand better how to react.
  • The morning music could help to the “work onboarding” so people can be easily prepared for the day.
  • The repertory needs to be better chosen to don’t repeat songs and don’t disturb people who already arrived.
  • Since people socialize there should be a

Preliminary  results

  • People got engaged and show their happiness during the day
  • Some people have contact to ask if this could happen everyday
  • Some employees talk about their musical capabilities and share with others “I play the piano, I play the flute”…
  • Stakeholders feel really happy whit it an participate with people conversations. MUSIC CREATE CONVERSATIONS, MUSIC IS THIS THING TO TALK ABOUT BEYOND THE WORK
  • I also send a short survey to measure people perception of the intervention, this is the most important answer:

 

 

 

 

How musicians and music experts are helping me in this process

During all those weeks I’ve been thinking a lot if what I’m doing is new or it has been done in other spheres, so I decide to look for professional advice about my intervention idea an those are some results and suggestions:

Paul Brown – Musical Guide Beatles Story, Liverpool 

  • “Is a really interesting idea, there is a lot of good academic literature about the affective and emotional response to music in public spaces and workplaces, you should be exploring that. “
  • “Just remind Classical music might be not for everyone and not at all people would like to listen to music while working” 

 

Natalia Valencia – Music passionate and blogger

“So obviously you already read the books of Oliver Sacks?” (No yet, but now I will)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julian Gil Rodriguez – Violinist London Symphony Orchestra 

  • “You could involve music students to develop your interventions, is the opportunity to create new scenarios for musicians and make they begin to acquire experience and earn money in an early stage. I´m not sure if a current musician in big orchestras will do it but the new musician generations would love too.”
  • Think about Camera Music and

 

Discoverings about music as anxiety relief

 

After my second tutorial and after contacting a musician who will help in my intervention, I have been reading about Music Therapy and the role of music to relieve anxiety and stress. According to the article “Implications of Music and Brain Research” by Donald A. Hodges I found some important aspects to understand better what I want to do, and also I found the strong connection with healthcare.

 

  1. To speak about music is important to understand the concept of noise and music:

NOISE: “Sounds that exist without controls for volume, duration, or cause/effect relations.”

 

MUSIC: an intentional auditory stimulus with organized elements including melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, form, and style.”

2. Noise regularly cause fatigue, hyperalert, insomnia, and decreased appetite, some kind of music helps with anxiety but it depends on several factors:

  • The circumstances
  • The listener preferences
  • The intentions
  • Anxiety level
  • Distractions

3. Music therapist exists from decades ago and normaly are professional musicians responsible for the restoration, maintenance, and improvement of mental and physical health. Music therapists work in a variety of settings as part of the healthcare team.

4. There are some effects by music have already tested:

  • Classical music increases heart rate variability, a measure of cardiac autonomic balance (in which increased levels reflect less stress and greater resilience)
  • Rock music decreases heart rate variability (reflecting greater stress).11,12 In students engaged in stressful tasks, lower salivary cortisol levels are noted in those listening to music compared with control subjects, whose cortisol levels increased.13
  • Ins some cases Music could be compared to the opium effect in patients.

5. Music can be designed to reduce anxiety and is the type of music who has more positive effects: relaxation, mental clarity, vigour, and compassion and significantly decreased hostility, sadness, fatigue, and tension.

6. Currently the music therapy is used in several surgery and healthcare procedures as surgeries, cancer trearment, dying patients, among others.

Music therapy may offer benefit to some patients undergoing clinical procedures by helping to divert their attention from potentially unpleasant experiences; however, it may be important to tailor the intervention to patient desires and preferences.

My reflection
If I want to reduce the anxiety in the workplace using classical music… I need to understand better what the users think about classical music and also what are their current music preferences, some other studies show to relief anxiety using music it is important to understand the emotional connection with the songs because sometimes are the memories related to each one who create or evoke another emotion. That What

Originally I was expecting just to use traditional Baroque Music but after readings, now I will use some new popular songs. However, I will do a previous survey into the company I will do the intervention to understand what are their preferences.

Some new sources about music in the workplace:

  • The sound of cooperation: Musical influences on cooperative behavior. KEVIN M. KNIFFIN1*, JUBO YAN2, BRIAN WANSINK1 AND WILLIAM D. SCHULZE1
  • Whistle while you work? A review of the effects of music in the workplace. Karen Landay⁎, P.D. Harms
  • The Effects of a Single Music Relaxation Session on State Anxiety. Smith, Melissa