Scientists Study The Art Of Moshing

What have scientists learnt after studying videos of mosh pits at rock concerts? It turns out they behave the same as particles of gas, according to this study.

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Scientists love to study the arcane, chaotic and unpredictable, and try to make sense of it.

That's why they've been studying dozens of moshing videos on YouTube to see what they can learn about people who rock out in the pit at rock gigs - and the results were surprisingly familiar.

It seems that people in mosh pits behave exactly the same as particles of gas at equilibrium, such as inside a balloon.

Jesse Silverberg and colleagues at Cornell University in Ithaca studied mosh pits in crowds of 100 to 100,000 people. After removing camera shake from YouTube videos, they used special techniques to measure how moshers move around.

They found that rock fans would begin to move in vortex-like patterns, such as those seen in the video below.

To check their findings they were able to simulate moshing inside a computer, which was easily reproduced according to Technology Review.

"These findings offer strong support for the analogy between mosh pits and gases," said the researchers. "The collective mood is influenced by the combination of loud, fast music (130 dB, 350 beats per minute), synchronized with bright, flashing lights, and frequent intoxication."

The scientists say it raises interesting new questions. "Why does an inherently non-equilibrium system exhibit equilibrium characteristics?" they ask. Hey, don't look at me.

Watch an example of a monster circle pit here:

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    Awesome, thank god we got to the bottom of that... Next on our list, cure for cancer!
    not all scientist study the same subject. you wouldn't ask a drummer for guitar lessons because hes a musician right?
    Hey, mosh pit and circle pit are different things.
    If some jerk is slamming and windmilling and kicking and punching and then falls down, don't pick him up. Let him lay there and think about it.
    A7X has the talent to create mosh pits.....Jesus Christ and a cracker!
    Because obviously creating mosh pits is a feat that only the most masterful of metal musicians are capable of, sadly I have yet been unable to produce this miracle, but the other day you won't believe what happened!! I clapped on stage in time the music my bandmates where playing and other people started clapping as well!!! I think I got some serious talent when it comes to making audiences clap!
    Nero Galon
    I love how they studied mainly videos of pits instead of going into them for real
    Mr Winters
    I know right? It's like, why don't they get themselves into a spaceship and fly inside the sun instead of studying it from here with telescopes and shit?
    they think they're so clever but it's just because circles let you move in a more continous fashion. which incidentally might be the case with gas particles too i dunno.
    The entire universe works on the principle that everything always takes the path of least resistance, this includes both gas particles and humans. So yah, I'm pretty sure it's the same case with gas particles. When everything in the entire universe moves according to the same rules your going to get quite a few coincidence's like this, well it's not really a coincidence when there both doing it for same reason but you get the idea.
    I must be the only one who actually finds this interesting... Stars are made of gas, everything we know comes from stars, people behave like what stars are made of when rocking out to loud music.
    Glad someone else thought this is actually interesting It at least has some value in terms of relating things, rather than, par example, the study suggesting dogs dislike loud, heavy, distorted music Scientists study lots of things, not everyone does the studies on cancer!
    Moshing and stage diving were cool back in the 80's, maybe in to the mid 90's, but surely it's time to move on to something new? Do punks from the 70's still pogo?
    No they don't, because most Punk bands today don't play music that fits with pogoing. Instead, they mosh like the rest of us, because the music fits. Metal music still fits with moshing, and so it still happens. Metal and what it's about isn't tied to a specific timeline, dude. That's why you'll still find most die-hard fans with long hair and leather jackets, even if the average fan constantly urges us to dumb the style down under the guise of "progress"
    so what if someone decides to jack it in the pit instead of moving around, does that mean gases do the same thing ?
    What a load of crap, this is almost certainly a spoof article. 350BPM? Yeah, find me a large selection of popular songs at that tempo. 130dB? Well, there's limits imposed on even the largest gigs that are well below 130dB, and even the record for the loudest live performance ever was something like 132dB I believe (may have since changed) and that was for no more than a few minutes. ~124dB is the volume of a 747 taking off from a few feet away, for the record. Oh, and using YouTube videos of crappy mobile phone camera footage to support scientific theory? Yeah, gonna call BS on this one.
    And the difference between a YouTube video and a video which a scientist has gone to take? It saves time, money and effort. I think the dB and bpm values were wrong (obviously), but the general idea of loud, fast music still holds. How about you think beyond simply what you read?
    Well it's a lot better than if they tried to study it in a lab, god knows how they'd **** that one up. Also just because the numbers are off it doesn't mean the general concept is BS. It's pretty simple, people generally take the path of least resistance when traveling anywhere, so do gas particles, so it's not a stretch that we'd take a similar path through a chaotic situation with many collisions. This reminds me of the study where they set up a Japan shaped study area, put sugar where the cities would be, threw on a slime mold, and the slime mold formed a system that looked almost identical to the placement of japans rail lines.
    Here in Puerto Rico, theres always a group that stomps and flails their arms around at a gig. Ive seen my share of fights when one of the retards whacks an unsuspecting person in the face. dont know how it is anywhere else.