Intrinsic to our brains is the capacity to anticipate rhythm. We detect notes, “see” a pattern of notes, then anticipate or predict what comes next. This forecasting ability of the brain apparently bathes our brain with dopamine, which affects our mood, attention, pleasure, heart rate, and movement.
In a way this brain activity is perfectionistic. It is perhaps the case that awareness of time is in itself a P trait.
A way to account for the temporary suspension of the P trait is the unpredictability of prediction, which enhances pleasure, due to the possibility of being right. Also, the unpredictability of the choice of music further increases dopamine expression for the same reason.
Nice use of the erhu and koto, which adds a certain complexity or unpredictability to the music.
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