Raga CDs of the months (03/10): Music & Language (part 1 of 2)
Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 15, 2010
The grammarians of Sanskrit, the ancient Indian science language regard music and language as divergent aspects of one and the same phenomena.
Music seems to be reflected far less vaguely in us than it had been granted so far. Rather our perceptions of sounds are defined very exactly by outlined possibilities and borders. The audiomental system has greater importance than one had assumed recently.
As shown by recent studies the perception of music and ‘music making’ incorporate nearby almost all regions of the brain. The widespread acceptance that music is processed in the right brain hemisphere and language in the left had completely been wrong. The current research shows that language and music are assimilated almost identically. The profound emotional content of music, from felicity to sadness affects particularly stimulating our brain and also produces frequently physically intensively perceptible reactions to the listener.
Music settles visibly in our life, in brain activities which are measurable nowadays and made vividly visible with modern medical imaging techniques e.g. (functional) magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) or Magnetoencephalography (MEG), see picture below.
In part 1 of 2 IMC – India meets Classic presents the structure of music & language. The following broadcasting (part 2) will bring light up the social psychological meaning of music for individual and community interaction processes influenced by the nature of music as communication form.
Note: IMC OnAir’s radio show “music and language” in two parts (2x 58 min.) represents a fundamental introduction regarding the multiplicity of sciences involved (music ethnology, anthropology, language and social sciences, neuro sciences, psychology, computer sciences (artificial intelligence) among others).