The Science Behind The Mosh Pit
Have you ever wondered why they rotate in a counterclockwise fashion? Have you ever wondered why they spontaneously ignite with certain musical patterns? Do you believe circle pits are random? The answer is rather scientific.
Meghan Holohan of NBCNews.com (2013) reported that people in mosh pits follow the “rules of collective motion.” If you don’t understand what that means, think of a murmuration…movements you see with a flock of birds. It’s orderly and coordinated unlike what you might see with an unpredictable mosh pit or with bouncing gas particles. An experiment ensued that basically revealed that circle pits collectively coordinate without a conductor. It just happens. Those who want to enter the pit are attracted to it while those who aren’t form the outer ring like a container. It’s all very methodical albeit semi-violent at times.
As metalheads I think we all know that, but would never think to tie to it to some kind of science. It was an interesting study to read and is currently awaiting publication. So, there is more to the story than what was presented in this article. I hope to find it someday and read more in-depth.
I used to visit the mosh pit regularly when I was more youthful. I did find that there were two kinds of mosh pits, for which I preferred the orderly circle pits. Today, you are likely to find me on the outskirts or even up in a seat enjoying the show from a comfortable distance.
This basis for this post was retrieved Feb 21, 2013 from this site.
This is a colossal circle pit
Here is a murmuration