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He, of self proclaimed immaculate objectivity (ha, ha, ha!) thought that it proved all he needed to be proved.
He went for the cracked spindle thing and suggested we not play our TELARC lps.
I took it seriously for about five minutes and then put on one of those evil disks.
Not to discourage inquiry into what works and what doesn't for enjoying music in the home but one must learn to edit the silliest parts of your "thinking".
At the time I had a NORDIC TRACK in my listening room and I tried my same workout with both "pure" analogue playing and digitally recorded (all was on LP at this time) - I found I had no difference in my workouts.
It was most effective in getting the crazy's (US) to pay attention to them.
Nor were "workouts" what Diamond was discussing. His research in Applied Kinesiology was based (inter alia) on the deltoid response. It's a simple test and he found that not only CDs but sugar, fluorescent lights, some kinds of music etc. etc. will depress this response. (Wouldn't be surprised if some kinds of people will too!)
I recommend his three slim volumes in The Life Energy in Music series.
"(Wouldn't be surprised if some kinds of people will too!)"
As you surmised, certain people provide positive and other negative contributions. I have experienced this effect while climbing mountains with different people. Certain places tend to accumulate positive and negative characteristics, and these can be influenced by positive and negative music.
The reference provids the outline of a conceptual framework to account for these and similar observations.
"Diversity is the law of nature; no two entities in this universe are uniform." - P.R. Sarkar
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