Friday, July 16, 2010

When you're breathing music

After just recently finishing reading "This Is Your Brain On Music" by Daniel J. Levitin, I've constantly been fascinated throughout my days by the notion of music, and more generally, sound, irreversibly surrounding us and filling the air in all the spaces we navigate through, and enacting huge impacts on our survival as a species, and our understanding of the places around us. The sound in the air triggers innumerable neurochemical reactions in the brain, on multiple levels, in a dynamic fashion. Music excites our brains electrically. Music makes our brains flutter with connections and transmissions of energy and information.

And then there's THIS article by the BBC that is about sound/music having the very real and dangerous potential to cause your lungs to collapse. Wow:

"It is thought that the intense pulses of low-frequency, high-energy sound causes the lung to rupture because air and tissue respond differently to sound."

Apparently a 23 year old non-smoking man had one of his lungs collapse on him while he was just "standing quietly near to several large loud speakers” at a pop concert.

Now the concept of sound/music permeating the air surrounding us in every space is even more serious when music has the ability to literally take your breath away.

you are truly breathing music, and drowning in music, and receiving music through your skin and your chest and your bones.

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