1990: WHAT CAN MUSIC TELL US ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE MIND?

A PLATONIC MODEL Brian D. Josephson Cavendish Laboratory, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HE, U.K email: bdj10@cam.ac.uk and Tethys Carpenter Department of Music, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, Egham, Surrey TW2 0EX, U.K. (conference proceedings to be published by MIT Press) ABSTRACT We present an account of the phenomenon of music based upon the hypothesis that there is a close parallel between the mechanics of life and the mechanics of mind, a key factor in the correspondence proposed being the existence of close parallels between the concepts of gene and musical idea. The hypothesis accounts for the specificity, complexity, functionality and apparent arbitrariness of musical structures. An implication of the model is that music should be seen as a phenomenon of transcendental character, involving aspects of mind as yet unstudied by conventional science. Running title: Music and the Nature of the Mind Keywords: music, self-organisation, universal mind, Platonism The […] Read More

1999: Music and the Brain

Laurence O’Donnell “Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired” (Boethius cited by Storr). Music’s interconnection with society can be seen throughout history. Every known culture on earth has music. Music seems to be one of the basic actions of humans. However, early music was not handed down from generation to generation or recorded. Hence, there is no official record of “prehistoric” music. Even so, there is evidence of prehistoric music from the findings of flutes carved from bones. The influence of music on society can be clearly seen from modern history. Music helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence. When he could not figure out the right wording for a certain part, he would play his violin to help him. The music helped him get the words from his brain onto the paper. Albert Einstein is […] Read More

2016: What Music Really Is, What Is It, and What It Is Not

Music, Sound and other Acoustic Phenomena are discussed and analyzed in their NUMERICAL FORM only and visualized exactly as they are perceived through the sense of hearing. This is a Holy Grail for the innocent music lover, player and composer, who for the first time in history have the possibility of understanding what is music from a holistic point of view that doesn’t limit theory to one system only. By Bo Constantinsen, author of WhatMusicReallyIs.com The “Research” section on this website [WhatMusicReallyIs.com] represents the in-the-making process of the What Music Really İs manual as an interactive presentation, book, and featured documentary. It wishes to be the scientific & mystical knowledge base on the science of music: harmonics, sound, acoustics, tuning and all else related. “What Music Really İs” is a statement. It is not a question and not a theory. It is a fact. “What Music Really İs: The […] Read More