In preparation for tomorrow’s event at the Exploratorium, where I will be part of a discussion circle on why music moves us, I have been studying how music affects us from a biological and scientific standpoint. One article that really stood out to me was written by David Byrne for the Smithsonian Magazine.
The article makes an interesting point of illuminating how our state of mind sympathizes with the sounds we hear, and has developed from the evolutionary skill of survival into a mode of passive communication between living beings. Additionally, Byrne tackles the idea that music is returning to a more “natural” state, where it is being generated by the universe spontaneously, rather than being expressed specifically by individuals. Check it out! If you are interested by music, this is a fantastic read!