Posted in metal | music on February 13, 2013

Stage-diver at Cro-Mags, Chaos in Tejas 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Mosher

A Cornell Physics grad student took his girlfriend to her first metal show, and as with any good scientist he examined the patterns that took place in the melee. We quote:

Being a physicist first and a mosher second ("fieldwork was independently funded"), the student, Jesse Silverberg, can't help but notice curious patterns in what had always felt like the epitome of chaos. "Being on the outside for the first time, I was absolutely amazed at what I saw -- there were all sorts of collective behaviors emerging that I never would have noticed from the inside." So for an even better perspective, he turns to YouTube, to figure out what happens to people under the "extreme conditions" borne of a combination of "loud, fast music (130 dB, 350 beats per minute) ... bright, flashing lights, and frequent intoxication."

..Moshers, as they "move randomly, colliding with one another in an undirected fashion," seem a lot like gas particles, the researchers note. Or, as Silverberg explained to me: "It turns out that the statistical description we use for gasses matches the behavior of people in mosh pits. In other words, people bounce around like the molecules in a gas" -[The Atlantic]

Incendentally, the girlfriend (read: test subject) hasn't returned to a metal show since.

-Thx Caroline!

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Comments (40)

i wouldn't return to a show either if a whale of the size pictured above attempted to dive into the crowd

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 1:45 PM

LMAO

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 1:47 PM

This is what they teach at Cornell? Glad I went to a shitty state school.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 1:52 PM

I LOVE THAT PIC....maryland deathfest pic from like 2 years ago?

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 1:53 PM

That is an unbelievable picture. Give it a tag line and make it a poster.

This is at leat caption competition worthy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 1:57 PM

beautiful picture

Posted by GreenGT | February 13, 2013 2:01 PM

BRACE FOR IMPACT

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 2:09 PM

Gotta love the crowd reaction on the bottom right. It's the "oh f@ck" moment of the show when everyone is in disbelief and can't get out of the way. She must have been quick.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 2:09 PM

WOULD-


N'T

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 2:10 PM

notice every single person covering themselves for the impending catastrophe

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 2:15 PM

I hope this dame was punched

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 2:16 PM

That girl deserved a beating for that. She had to have known she was not of acceptable stage diving size.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 2:30 PM

wow 350BPM

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 2:36 PM

cornell is a state school you idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 2:36 PM

that's a taint no one looking to get acquainted with.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 2:38 PM

2:36 apparently has no idea what a state school is

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 2:42 PM

The physics of chickpea mashing is the physics I study.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 2:49 PM

Douchetastic! Fuck you very much!

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 3:01 PM

"If it bleeds, we can kill it."

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 3:07 PM

"I heard the dessert bar was just... over... there... I can almost reach it!"

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 3:31 PM

is that beth ditto surfing?

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 4:06 PM

Really disappointed in these comments thusfar.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 4:37 PM

chick looks like Rust Staub.

Posted by blag the hot shot | February 13, 2013 4:44 PM

I like Brooklyn Vegan, but now I question my myself with the fact that anyone would ever bother with such shit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 11:10 PM

face of the dude between her legs is priceless

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 11:11 PM

Moshzilla: Redux??

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 11:35 PM

Bet the audience was thinking, "damn, I should have renewed my COBRA coverage.."

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2013 9:51 AM

I've definitely been crowd surfed on by men that although they don't look larger, are much heavier. If you had chosen a photo of a tall, jacked dude right as he jumped the audience would have looked about the same I can guarantee it cause I cowered from a guy like that less than a month ago at the Ty Segall Webster show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2013 10:17 AM

Okay, who the fuck was stage diving at a Ty Segall show???

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2013 11:55 AM

I've definitely been crowd surfed on by men that although they don't look larger,
are much heavier. If you had chosen a photo of a tall, jacked dude right as he jumped the audience would have looked about the same I can guarantee it cause I cowered from a guy like that less than a month ago at the Ty Segall Webster show.

Posted by cartoon network araic | February 14, 2013 2:01 PM

wow pic of the year, someone must forward this to fatchicksinpartyhats.com

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2013 10:46 AM

"Next week, on 'GIRLS'"...

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2013 10:23 PM

"Really disappointed in these comments thusfar."
Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2013 4:37 PM

Excellent.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2013 3:14 AM

She should return that is all I'm saying.

Posted by mike | June 25, 2013 1:01 PM

Get her back. We want to know what really happened after she jumped!

Posted by Writer | June 27, 2013 4:14 AM

our! people are very strong!

Posted by massagem | June 5, 2014 4:32 PM

If you had chosen a photo of a tall, jacked dude right as he jumped the audience would have looked about the same....

Posted by Massagem Tantrica | July 31, 2014 10:39 AM

I can guarantee it cause I cowered from a guy like that less than a month ago at the Ty Segall Webster show.

Posted by automotiva | August 5, 2014 7:33 AM

jacked dude right as he jumped the audience would have looked about the same I can guarantee it cause I cowered from a guy like that less than a month ago at the Ty Segall Webster show.

Posted by massagem recife | August 5, 2014 4:09 PM

Organised chaos is what it is like at the front. Them on top of that you got people who weigh a ton thinking it is a great idea to stagedive.

Posted by Rice cooker | August 14, 2014 10:50 AM

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