Thursday, 13 December 2012

Six Reasons Why Music Is Important To Us

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.

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

I Love Music


Saturday, 25 August 2012

Music and Images

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

What Exactly Is Music?

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

Why Does Music and Art Exist ?

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

Let Us Have A Go 'At Musical Thinking' !

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 ?

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

Rock Music: Are We Witnessing Its Demise ?

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

The Benefits That Music Can Bring You

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

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Various Affects of Music On The Brain

Via - the psychology of music

"Brain functioning, moods of an individual, emotions and behaviors have great connection with music. All of them can be altered, changed and improvised according to the requirements and perceptions with the assistance of ... "Via

Sunday, 1 January 2012

The Sounds of Colour: A look at Synaesthesia in Relation to Music and Colour

Let us begin this article by asking the question what is 'synaesthesia'? Well synaesthesia can be described as people having 'hallucinations'. A hallucination roughly speaking is usually an error of the brain in its interpretation of the mass of sense-data, which our senses send to the brain.  The the most common example of this is the falling sensation, this is when a person thinks they are physically falling when they are on the verge of falling to asleep.

The most typical of these synaesthesia experiences is probably in relation between music and colour. This is when a person sees colour when he or she hears music, this is often known as  as 'colour hearing'.  This particular experience has been known since antiquity.

A number composers have actually been fascinated by this concept of 'colour hearing'. They have included Sir Arthur Bliss, whose composition 'The Colour Symphony', offers a vivid recollection about his own personal colour perceptions that may have passed through his mind and imagination while he was composing this symphony.  Each and every one of the titles of the movements is in fact a colour. 'The 'First Movement': Purple the Colour of Amethysts, Pageantry, Royalty and Death. The 'Second Movement': Red the Colour of Rubies, Wine, Revelry, Furnaces, Courage and Magic. 'The 'Third Movement' : Blue the Colour of Sapphires, Deep Water, Skies, Loyalty and Melancholy. The 'The 'Fourth Movement': Green the Colour of Emeralds, Hope, Joy, Youth, Spring and Victory.

For other composers musical keys seemed to have held a great deal of interest.  Beethoven for instance is known to have referred to the B minor key as a black key.  If one accepts black as being a symbol associated with death together with suffering and many other darker emotions, Beethoven must have thought of this key as gloomy and sad.  This music however is not as  nearly as so dark, tragic and heartbreaking as when the key of B minor was used by J.S. Bach in his own compositions. The music which flowed from this genius mind in the B minor key is some of the most despairing, desolating and painful music within that key.

The Russian composers Rimsky-Korsakov and  Scriabin  both developed strong associations  between particular musical keys and colours though each interpreted these associations in their own way. Though generally there are disagreements  among composers on what colours relate to what musical keys, these differences are fundamentally unimportant compare to whether these types of relationships and connections exist any way.

Different parts of the orchestra have even being given colours, black for instance has been given for strings and voices, red for brass and drums, blue for wood. It has even been suggested that to help to make orchestral scores easier to read, the above colours ought to be used in the printing of the staves committed to the different families of musical instruments.  Associations have also  been made between timbre and colour such as cello - indigo blue,  human voice - green,  trumpet - red, bassoon – violet and so forth.

So  irrespective whether or not an individual person has actually have has personal knowledge of “colour hearing” for themselves, there do exist  people for which the synaesthesia experience connecting music and colour is a very real experience and not simply an 'hallucination'.