From ancient times to the present day, musical art has undoubtedly been recognized by philosophers, musicians, and teachers as an indispensable means of developing the spiritual world of man. No art can compare with music by the power of emotional impact.
In ancient Greece, musical art was given the leading role in education. The great Aristotle emphasized not only the pedagogical, but also the therapeutic value of music, believing that music through catharsis removes heavy mental experiences.
Pythagoras believed that music, as a manifestation of cosmic harmony, can create in man the same internal order and harmony as in space. It is known that music also has a therapeutic effect on the human body. Hippocrates also used in his medical practice the influence of music on the sick. Continue reading
Daniel Levitin worked with Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison and Santana and knows a lot about music, except for one thing – where does it come from.
In the early morning, students slowly fill out one of the classrooms at New York University, where a lecture on music perception will take place. Two girls came first – one with black painted nails, the other in hooligan vintage high-heeled boots.
Behind them is a young man with turquoise hair. It is easy to imagine how they would react to Professor Daniel Levitin, a 40-year-old lecturer, with a mobile phone on his wrist dressed in black jeans and a tie with a crazy pattern – what is it, the fiber of wood? Or bacteria unrealistically magnified by a microscope?
Levitin’s lecture, based on his new book, “This is Your Brain on Music,” begins with a tortured metaphor: something about lakes, boats, and a cork popping out of a bottle. So the neuroscientist is trying to explain to students the amazing sensitivity of the eardrum – “just a pair of skin flaps tightly stretched over the bone and oscillating back and forth.” Continue reading
The French otolaryngologist Alfred Tomatis was the first to systematically investigate the influence of high frequency sounds on the human psyche.
According to his theory, a baby, swimming in an amniotic fluid during fetal development, hears a lot of sounds that become inaccessible to him after birth – mother’s breathing, her heartbeat, voice, noise from the work of internal organs, etc.
This is due to the fact that during the period of intrauterine development, the child’s ears are filled with a fluid that conducts sound much better than air; in particular, high-frequency attenuations in a liquid are much less
To use his discoveries in practice, Tomatis immersed microphones and speakers protected by a film in the bathroom through which the work of the internal organs of a woman was broadcast. Thus, he simulated sound filtering through the mother’s placenta. Continue reading