It's not spelt musician, it's spelt magician!
Music is far from just an art. Its a power that enables you to manipulate and transform the cosmic energy around you.
As much as that sentence sounds like a bunch of BS, it is true.
The ability of music to influence the functioning and emotive state of the brain has been known for quite a while. It is said that Albert Einstein associated his intelligence to his ability to play the violin. If it worked for Einstein, we could use some help from music as well.
Lots of research has been done in this direction and the results have been quite intriguing. The most popular subject of these tests has been Mozart’s 60 beats per minute pattern that affects both the left and right brain simultaneously. This was found to maximize the functioning of the brain including retention and learning while consistently improving the brains ability to process information. Specific tests done dealing with learning a completely new language showed that music enabled a 100% recall rate in the brain even when material was not reviewed for a few hours.
Its just so fascinating to see how something we love has such kind of medicinal and spiritual effects.
Up until about 1970, most of the research around music revolved around the beats of music. It was found that slow music could slow the heartbeat and the breathing rate as well as bring down blood pressure. Faster music was found to speed up these same body measurements.
However subsequent research revealed the most important aspect of music - how order of music affects the human brain. Lets try to understand this better : the human brain distinguishes material by deciding how similar or different they are. This is done in music of the baroque and classical periods by playing a theme and then repeating or changing the theme. The repetition is only done once. More than one repetition causes the music to become displeasing, and also causes a person to either enter a state of sub-conscious thinking or a state of anger.The human mind shuts down after three or four repetitions of a rhythm, or a melody, or a harmonic progression. The moot point over here is how the design and arrangement of a song can affect its popularity - as popularity is a function of a listeners emotional state.
So, as musicians, when we sit and make music, we are not only creating a string of words, phrases and notes but more importantly making something that affects the functioning of other peoples brains. Here’s to making better music!
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