Classical music and fantasy
Being a pianist, I went through a long process of understanding that music can be lacking colors, pictures of any kind while the whole world moves through images.
I would often go to recitals and observe the audience or ask people what was going through their heads while they were listening to music. The answers were interesting: in most cases people were busy with their everyday’ life problems, depending on the nature of the music their thoughts would be calmer or more turbulent.
That was not exactly the answer I expected: Truly enough, I expected the concentration on music and dreaming, but by dreaming I thought of more artistic mental pictures. So I started searching for an answer and got several books to guide me through.
All the scientists agree that the music has an almost identical effect on our brains; Music activates so many parts of our brain that it's impossible to say that we have a center for music. Regardless of where the brain activity takes place, it does seem to differ based on a whole host of factors, including how much experience with music the person has, whether he or she is hearing live or recorded music and whether or not the music has lyrics, whether the person plays an instrument.. Fascinating books about our brain on music have many insights but I could not find one thing and I will tell you why
I noticed that when I would listen to classical music in the evening, my dreams would get more colorful. So I thought that the music would activate our imagination and also creativity. According to lead researchers in brain sciences, there is neither one center for imagination. Imagination is mental workspace, neural network that consciously manipulates images. Apparently it is very difficult to manipulate imagination but imagination affects how we hear the world. Again, imagination has to do with the activation of visualization and it is Imagination that gives us intense mental focus. „Albert Einstein once said. "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
The classical music can trigger a cascade of interesting responses. One intriguing side-effect of listening to music is the activation of the visual cortex. Research indicates that some music can provoke a response in this part of the brain, as the engaged listener tries to conjure up appropriate imagery to match the changes and progression in the music. The Romantic composers and especially Impressionists Debussy or Ravel used this trick in the Program music; just think of the titles “Bells”, “Reflections in the water”, “Gardens in rain”, “Rainbow”.
So listening to classical music can improve the visual attention. But what happens when we deliberately add the visual elements like multimedia show projections to pure music? There appears a new art form, where the visual and musical elements influence each other and do the magic: Bela Balázs, film critic said in his book “The invisible man, written in 1924) “ I can imagine an organic connection of „pure music“ with the film. It is not music that accompanies the images, but the images appear as an accompaniment to the music. The ideas awakened through listening, fantasy that goes by like a cloud, music: it is all reality. The Images are glimmering in our sub-consciousness. It is not the film with music; it is music with the film”.
When put into the music organically, visualization can create a new dimension of music understanding; it gives us a key to the piece. There is never one key, never one interpretation, and it is always a matter of subjectivity, but isn’t a case with the art anyway?
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