The horror and mystery of a Russian folk
On the one hand, fortunately, gone are the days when the concept of "Russian folk music" was reduced to "Play, accordion" and the ensemble "birch". On the other hand, we…

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The brain is "under jazz»
When jazz musicians improvise, their brains switch off the areas responsible for self-censorship and inhibition of nerve impulses, and instead turn on the areas that open the way for self-expression.…

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Music and health (part 1)
I was walking along a quiet, old Moscow street one day and heard the wonderful sounds of Chopin from the window. Marvelled. After all, this house is a Russian research…

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bilateral damage

Music therapy (part 2)

I owe my art to the fact that I did not commit suicide.

Oh, people, if you ever read this, you will remember that you have been unjust to me; let the unfortunate be comforted by seeing a fellow-sufferer who, in spite of all the opposition of nature, has done everything in his power to become a worthy artist and man.

Goodbye and don’t forget me at all. Be happy.

Ludwig Beethoven. Heiligenstadt, 1801.” Continue reading

Sounds that are not

Let’s listen to a tape of spiritual music — Tibetan monks or Gregorian singing. If you listen, you can hear the voices merge, forming one pulsating tone.

This is one of the most interesting effects peculiar to some musical instruments and chorus of people singing in about one key — the formation of beats . When voices or instruments converge in unison, the beats slow, and when they diverge — they accelerate. Continue reading

Musically gifted brain

Just as short-term learning increases the number of neurons that respond to sound, long-term learning increases the responses of nerve cells and even causes physical changes in the brain. Brain reactions of professional musicians differ significantly from those of non-musicians, and some areas of their brain are over-developed.

In 1998, Christo Pantev (Christo Pantev) from the University of münster in Germany showed that when musicians listen to piano playing, the area of auditory zones reacting to music, they have 25% more than non-musicians. Studies of children also confirm the assumption that early musical experience facilitates the “musical” development of the brain. In 2004 Antoine Shahin (Shahin Antoine), Larry Roberts (Larry E. Roberts) and Laurel Trainor (Laurel J. Trainor) from McMaster University in Ontario recorded the reaction of the brain 4-5 year old children to the sounds of piano, violin and pure tones. Continue reading

Genetic codes and music
Nigel Helyer from the University of Western Australia (Univesrity of Western Australia) and the University laboratory SymbioticA created the project GeneMusiK, which turns genetic codes into musical works and Vice…

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Myths about language (part 2)
For all kinds of "inability" to foreign languages often is either a lack of knowledge of the native and – I'm not afraid of the word – dislike for him,…

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Music therapy (part 1)
I have a rare profession for our country - music therapist. I was convinced that the creators of great melodies are powerful healers who are able to help a person…

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Mozart effect (part 1)
Listening to Mozart's music increases our brain activity. After listening to Mozart, the people who answer the standard IQ test demonstrate increased intelligence. This phenomenon discovered by some scientists was…

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