Saturday, 1 June 2013
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Ever wonder why music is so important to us and has such an impact on our emotions? Well wonder no more here they are ! The number one reason is 'Positivity', two & three reasons are 'Diversion and Mood Management', fourth reason is 'Forming Relationships', fifth reason is 'For Personal Identity' and the sixth reason is 'To Learn About Others (and the World)'
Would you like to find out more, well click on this this link which will take you to the article "The Psychology of Music: 6 Reasons We Love (and Need) Music" where these 'reasons' were published.
Saturday, 24 November 2012
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Can you "see" while listening to music or do you belong to those who don't associate images with music?
In our modern world it is hard not to associate music with visual elements. Images and music are often and present together so it becomes more difficult to "dissociate music from images". In the past however things were a little different :
"....... those who have a good musical culture love music have no visual representations when listening to their favorite kind of music. Any association between music and mental representations maybe accidental and temporary." More
Sunday, 5 August 2012
Exactly what is music? How does the scientific community attempt to answer these sort of questions related to music and and its effects on human beings? What happens inside our brains when emotions are released while we are listening to music? In fact what what makes our brains in the first place to connect to these 'electrical impluses and "converted sound vibrations" ?
"Electrical impulse and converted sound vibrations are just the beginning of the madness that our brain must sort out and deal with " More
Friday, 27 July 2012
The story of the evolution of aesthetics makes interested reading, why for example does music or visual art exists at all ? How important were aesthetics in human evolution and later in human societies ? The following article offers some interesting insights into these questions.
"One of the great mysteries of art is why it exists. Although our desire to create and enjoy art is so widespread that it appears as natural as eating or reproducing -– nearly every culture draws, dances, sings, recites poetry and tells stories -– the origins of human aesthetics are not clear-cut. What’s peculiar is that from a biological point of view art appears to serve no adaptive advantages whatsoever." More
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Do you ever ask yourself why your like music ? Do you wonder what exactly is in music that moves you ? Also why does listening to music has such an emotional impact on you ? What about your tastes in music, where do they come from ? Marvin Minsky attempts to answer some of these questions in in his article "Music, Mind, and Meaning"
"Why do we like music? Our culture immerses us in it for hours each day, and everyone knows how it touches our emotions, but few think of how music touches other kinds of thought. It is astonishing how little curiosity we have about so pervasive an "environmental" influence. What might we discover if we were to study musical thinking?" More
Friday, 30 March 2012
Why do we feel the way we do when we listen to music ? Maria Popova in her article " 7 Must-Read Books on Music, Emotion & the Brain" attempts to answer this question by providing the reader with
"..... seven essential books that bridge music, emotion and cognition, peeling away at that tender intersection of where your brain ends and your soul begins." Read More
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
During the past few years how often have we heard about the demise of Rock Music ? At the moment it maybe in a temporary state of hibernation but eventually it will rise again from this dormant slumber and those 'gentle' electric guitar riffs will be heard once again. An interested article by Jason Axelrod titled " Debating the death of rock music" explores this further :
"If you take a glance at music history over the past 50 years, you’ll notice rock bands used to dominate the pop charts. At one time, even in the recent past, rock was synonymous with popular music." Read More
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Music has the ability to tap those hidden resources that lie in each us and help us cope with those challenges that life often throw at us from time to time. Siobhan Faith explores in her article 'The Healing Benefits of Music' the link between music and healing.
"Music can also be a great source of healing. It can calm and soothe, rejuvenate, energize, relax, inspire and restore. Music can have an amazing transformative effect in harmonizing our body systems. In fact, studies have shown that using music with the intention of healing has brought about positive effects on the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems." MORE