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Hi Joseph,

 

Ever wondered if the brain communicates between its hemispheres in music? Always curious about why some brilliant mathematicians also have high musical ability or how some prodigies like Mozart almost spout symphonies from the womb. Up until the 20th century I guess apart from a lucky few, we could not share each nation’s music very well. Now we can and despite the very different cultural origins – so much of it seems to be aprt  of us and is extraordinarily evocative. We commonly here that God is a mathematician and that we might be able to communicate with extra terrestrial intelligences with mathematics….but music seem hardwired in too. How extraordinary that you tell us that what we feel is actually true…music heals our brains..but what kind? All – or is Mozart better than Van Morrison or Meatloaf?


Steve

 

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From: Forum dedicated to the work of Stafford Beer [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Joseph Truss
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Subject: More on music and the brain

 

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Singing can help repair brain damage

AP

Sunday, 21 February 2010

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Words and music, such natural partners that it seems obvious they go together. Now science is confirming that those abilities are linked in the brain, a finding that might even lead to betterstroke treatments.

Studies have found overlap in the brain's processing of language and instrumental music, and new research suggests that intensive musical therapy may help improve speech in stroke patients, researchers said Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-music-instinct-by-philip-ball-1902642.html

Snip:  The Music Instinct, By Philip Ball

Listening to music is a more interactive and complex mental activity than many of us realise

Reviewed by Doug Johnstone

Sunday, 21 February 2010

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"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." That statement, which is most often attributed to Elvis Costello, is quoted in this bright, complex and occasionally profound book, and it highlights just what a tricky task the science writer Philip Ball has set himself. Because here, he's trying to examine what music is, how it works and why it exists. It might seem strange to ask the seemingly basic question of what music is, given the ubiquity of it in the world (no human culture has developed without some form of musical expression), yet it is incredibly difficult to define what we mean by music. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/singing-can-help-repair-brain-damage-1906130.html

 

Joseph Truss
Team Syntegrity International AG/ Metaphorum / Abbey North Drummers

 

 


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