Numerous studies have shown that listening to music leads to changes in activity in core brain networks known to underpin our experience of emotion. These networks include the deep brain areas such as the amygdala, cerebellum, and cingulate gyrus. But they also consist of cortical areas on the surface of the brain including the auditory cortex, posterior temporal cortex,… Read More >> 0 comments
Listening to it and hearing it are not the same thing. In fact, the difference is fundamental — not only to how we approach Jackson’s songs, on the 10th anniversary of his death, but to how we shape our everyday consciousness. To hear is to sense your physical reality all around you. To listen is… Read More >> 0 comments
Video: Seeing and feeling synchronized movements with someone else blurs the brain’s sense of itself and another.
Video: Why are we so often shy to sing? What makes it so powerful – especially when we sing together? Does singing have the power to heal?
In Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), the movie about the British band Queen, the scene that sticks in my mind depicts the Live Aid concert in London in 1985. Queen belt out their best-loved songs and the crowd is singing along, swaying, clapping and stamping its feet. I could empathise a potent sense of togetherness in the audience,… Read More >> 0 comments
But we should not discount the power of music to bring Americans together. One-hundred-fifty years ago this week, the National Peace Jubilee sought to achieve precisely this goal in the wake of a moment far more divisive than today — the Civil War — and its success, though in some ways limited, is a sign… Read More >> 0 comments
Video – harmony and emotions. Herbie Hancock & Jacob Collier. 23-year-old musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier explains the concept of harmony to 5 different people; a child, a teen, a college student, a professional, and jazz legend Herbie Hancock.
During a drop-in home visit to a family in the Dukha Community, two young girls sang a beautiful song that Ganbat, the community Shaman, had taught them about reindeer. It was so beautiful that we wanted to hear it again- but this young girl was not about to give an encore. Eventually, she did sing… Read More >> 0 comments
The iconic “stomp-stomp-clap” of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” was born out of the challenge that rock stars and professors alike know all too well: How to get large numbers of people engaged in participating during a live performance like a concert — or a lecture — and channel that energy for a sustained time… Read More >> 0 comments
Alternatively, a raft of sociological and anthropological explanations focus on community, asserting that dancing is one of the first means by which the earliest humans solidified strong social bonds irrespective of blood lines. In these accounts, dancing is eventually replaced by more rational and effective means of social bonding that the dancing itself makes possible, such… Read More >> 0 comments
Medical imaging reveals that the neural networks of premature infants who have listened to this music, and in particular a network involved in many sensory and cognitive functions, are developing much better.
The answers to these questions remain unknown, but it is now scientifically proven that most of us carry a mother’s voice in the neural patterns of our brain: bedtime stories, dinnertime conversation and the chatter we heard before birth identify us, uniquely, as surely as the fingerprint, enabling emotional development and social communication in childhood… Read More >> 0 comments
Hearing music where you’d expect speech is the norm in opera. But in this context, it created a sense of displacement; an embodiment of problems of translation inherent in the scenario, as the customs officer’s spoken words and the woman’s song failed to communicate; and a very moving moment of theater.
What is it about these performances that you’ve done with Choir!Choir!Choir! that are so powerful? It’s a sense of community. Choir!Choir!Choir! offers people a very immediate, electric infusion with just the art of expressing yourself vocally. You know, it has been great to be a part of that with them momentarily. It’s a sense of… Read More >> 0 comments
A four-year study by Youth Music concluded that too many schools fail to include current musical genres and recommended that lessons should focus on “Stormzy rather than Mozart” in order to engage hard-to-reach young people.
Video. Every culture dances. Moving our bodies to music is ubiquitous throughout human history and across the globe. So why is this ostensibly frivolous act so fundamental to being human? The answer, it seems, is in our need for social cohesion – that vital glue that keeps societies from breaking apart despite interpersonal differences.
(I included this article because I so appreciate the orchestra metaphor. – SA) Scientists are racing to treat brain disabilities with electrical stimulation. Here’s a metaphor to help make sense of the progress. … An orchestra metaphor is a good place to start. A brain humming along well is a Mozart-like production, with many diverse,… Read More >> 0 comments
Music reminds us that the mind is more than a calculator. We are resonant bodies as much as representing machines. … Yet some of the musical experiences I’ve had in that dingy basement have bordered on the otherworldly. When I’m pinned to the back of my seat by the mind-warping rhythms of a drummer, or… Read More >> 0 comments
A more recent study, published earlier this year in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, linked dancing to improved “white matter” integrity in the brains of older adults. Your brain’s white matter can be thought of as its connective tissue.
Many of the younger Scandinavian black metal bands believed that the “purity” of their ancient Norse culture had been diluted by the influence of Judeo-Christian religions.