Can sound induce orgasm?
One of the most fascinating aspects of electronic music, part and parcel of its ability to create new and unique sonorities never before heard on the planet, is its ability to directly stimulate the brain through the auditory center. Psychoacoustics, as art and science, allows technology to create sounds that can either fool the brain into false perceptions of its environment or cause the brain to react on a subconscious level to what the ears perceive. Examples include the shudders in the limbs and torso when chalk scrapes across a blackboard, the feeling of awe when in the presence of a church organ playing bass pedal tones, or (somewhat more obscurely) the use of time delay and frequency equalization to fool the brain into believing that the body is in a different environment than it really is, like a cavern or cathedral, or even that sonic events are occurring *inside the listener’s head*. But an area of psychoacoustics that has never been explored in any depth is that of, um, well, um, sexual stimulus.