hormone of sociality
The musical research of
Mattia Vlad Morleo
In the transposition into music of the genetic code of Oxytocin, Morleo started from the stimulating aspect of the hormone, which acts in social interaction, especially family, telling through the increasing polyrhythms of the Prophet 6 synthesizer, the strengthening of the bonds that hormone provokes and through the homogeneous harmony of the whole piece the confidence that derives from it.
Oxytocin (from the Greek ωκυξ and τοκοξ "rapid birth") is a peptide hormone composed of nine amino acids (henceforth called nonapeptide) produced in the hypothalamus and secreted in the neurohypophysis. Its translation takes place through the transcription of the gene called Oxt, which is therefore the protagonist of our musical score.
Effects on animals
In dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
In rodents (mice, rats, voles, squirrels)
Oxytocin in rodents (such as mice, rats, voles or squirrels) reduces anxiety and stimulates memory, especially social memory, due to the effect the hormone also has on the sense of smell: thanks to it, these animals can recognize their own fellows and distinguish harmful foods from those useful to their own survival.