sobota, 19 lutego 2011

Being a fan of Richard Armitage Part 10 : Possibility that RA-voice-TheRApy can be scientifically proved - Human body and rhythm

The most wonderful of analogy between music and organism of human is in phenomenon of rhythm.
From Biblical Perspectives HERE
Everything in nature, including the human body, has rhythm. There is a rhythm to the heartbeat, respiration, and speech. Scientists have discovered that even the brain functions in rhythm (Lawrence Walters, "How Music Produces Its Effects on the Brain and Mind," Music Therapy (New York, 1954), p. 38.). Brain waves have frequencies that are influenced by physical and mental states.
John Diamond, a medical doctor quoted earlier, wrote: "Our bodies have a pulse, and so does music. In a healthy state, we are in touch with our ‘inner pulse,’ which Dr. Manfred Clynes so well describes as ‘the key to the empathy we experience with a composer.’ . . . The phenomenon of the inner pulse . . . is in effect an internally conducted beat." (John Diamond, Your Body Doesn’t Lie (New York, 1979))

The most wonderful articles about human body and rythm are

CLICKIE A theoretical framework for rhythm perception by Dirk-Jan Povel In Psychological Research Volume 45, Number 4

This study relates to the perception of simple rhythmical patterns. A theoretical framework is presented that aims at predicting the perceived organization, the judged complexity, and the experienced rhythmical value of temporal sequences. Two simple assumptions form the basis of the framework. The notion of the  temporal grid  is proposed to specify the temporal structure of a sequence. Such a grid is a time scale consisting of isochronic intervals. Since a rhythmical pattern generally allows for several different possible grids, an  economy principle  is employed for selecting the most efficient grid. Economy of description is determined by the number of tones covered by the grid and the ease of specifying the noncovered tones. Since this basic model cannot explain all relevant phenomena, it is extended in order to incorporate three additional factors, namely the starting point of a sequence, subjective accents, and tempo.


CLICKIE Defining rhythm: Aspects of an anthropology of rhythm by Haili You In Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry Volume 18, Number 3

This paper outlines the relevance of the idea of rhythm to cultural anthropology, with specific suggestions for a medical anthropology of rhythm. By reconsidering the fluid nature of the concept of rhythm in ordinary language, the paper defines rhythm functionally in terms of a temporal order that anticipates, suspends and fulfills on the level of the visceral, physical, ecological, institutional as well as the moral. Although the paper identifies most explicitly the link between the bodily and social rhythm, it tries to suggest a cosmic background in the interaction of the social and bodily rhythms. The paper is divided into three parts: 1) the general problem of defining rhythm, 2) the concept of rhythm from its origin, and 3) the concept of rhythm in cultural theory since Durkheim. Further readings in particular reference to medical anthropology are often indicated in the notes.

Unfortunately they have to be buy to read (I read them in book which is polish), but about what I’m talking about is: if the rhythm of our body is disturbed, as rhythm of the music composition, everything is ill, everything is wrong, parts of our inner music not fit. Our life is improvisation. So the music is ideal medium which helps discover how we are composed, how we can adapt us to life, how we can express ourself. But when the rhythm is disturbed we need…BALANCE. And one of the best form to bring balance is MUSICTHERAPY. But talking about music, this is not only music itself, but voice too.

If You have will You can read works of
David Aldridge

who writes e.g. About Music Therapy in Dementia Care HERE
or Music therapy and neurological rehabilitation: performing health HERE

The most wonderful example:
I red that people with dementia remember some tunes. Favorite tunes can prompt fond memories. Music is very effective in easing the stresses of dementia, e.g. HERE you can find some solutions for people who are living with people with dementia. There are solution with music.
I’ll try to explain a little more from music therapy aspect in some of the next parts.

Bungle - You from the album Down To Earth (2007)

4 komentarze:

Phylly3 pisze...

Great article! My mom has dementia but music always played an important part of her life and still gives her great pleasure. She can sometimes remember the words to an old song, but cannot often remember me anymore! I am grateful just to play her favourite music and enjoy it with her.

Jonia's cut pisze...

Hello Phylly :) How are You :) Thank You for visit. I hope that music brings amazing moments in your life. Take care of Your wonderful mum and Yourself. And don't forget about balance. :)

wfredrickson pisze...

When I hear certain songs I can 'see' places and sometimes even have a smell memory. Music can have strong ties to memory.
I like your post.

Jonia's cut pisze...

Hello Wendy! Nice to see You here ;)
Yes this is the best, when I'm listen to the Richards interviews I'm sometimes smelling my shampoo, because many times I'd listen to them in vacation, at the morining when I had wet hair after shower. :)

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