• Marina Victoria Pascual

A6 - The Brain on Music - Chp. 2 Response

Reading this chapter on rhythm is definitely making me think very differently about music. When most of us listen to music, we take for granted all the elements that are create the musical piece. We simply perceive the whole aspect of it and do not realize that it might actually be composed by many complex elements, and that these complex elements are what make the piece be so beautiful or engaging.

I had already learned and understood that color does not actually exist by itself in the world but that it is created in the mind. However, I never realized that the same thing is true for sound. I find it fascinating that the sound that comes out of a violin, in reality, is nothing more that simple particles moving through air at a specific frequency. And in return, it is amazing that our ear is formed in such a way that allows us to recognize such a variety of sound waves and that our brain turns it into beautiful sounds.

Music is in a way much more abstract than visual art (or at least most of it) in the sense that in music, you cannot really relate a certain melody with anything else other than the sound it creates. On the other hand, with visual elements you can recognize if the painting is a landscape, a portrait of a person, and so on. And yet, music makes us feel sooo much. I am very interested in this aspect of music; in the emotions that it evokes in people. As someone who has focused their work mostly on visuals, I have to recognize the fact that music does something to the human soul that visuals simply cannot. Music speaks directly to the spirit in a way that visuals are not so capable of and this is something that intrigues me greatly. I really hope the book will cover what seems to be the magical component of music in the following chapters.

Leaning about rhythm, and harmony makes music seem very mathematical and it is interesting to see how these patterns of what in the visual world would be beautiful complex and symmetrical structures created by the laws of nature are also representative of the musical world.