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Exploring Music as Sound Vibrations and Patterns

Updated on April 28, 2013

My original hub explored the patterns created by sound vibrations(or as I like to call it: noise vibrations). Some of the comments I received echoed my thoughts; most of that noise was quite annoying, though the patterns were fascinating!

Since most of the patterns were created by more or less annoying sounds, I wondered if anyone had done work focused on pleasant sounds? I was wondering if I could find anything showing music and what patterns sound vibrations of music could form in similar mediums.


Visit this link for a visual representations of musical notes from a piano, as well as, Pink Floyd music that is both starting and haunting to watch. http://cymascope.com/cyma_research/musicology.html

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Now that we know that sound vibrations of music makes beautiful patterns, does it mean anything to us at all?

The patterns are beautiful to look at. Yet, one wonders if there is any practical use for this information? Well, the effects of music on humans is an interesting aspect of sound vibrations.

I remember making a comment about having a visceral and emotional reaction to piano music, in …of all places, a mall! The other music that has evoked emotion happens to be Scottish bagpipes I have seen in parades. I get choked…why I don’t know, but there seems to be a reason, I have found, in my research: resonance. In either case, I was not in any particular mood to evoke such responses and was quite surprised at my own reaction.

Was it involuntary?

Following, is a You Tube Interview with Jocette Chollete, an artist who uses multidimensional music; Jocette is using the vibrations of the music to achieve a feeling. Some of her music is composed is in frequencies we do not even hear! These vibrations affect us even though we are not conscious of them. We all know how music can change our mood…so just maybe she is unto something. You be the judge!

Description of multidimensional music

Musical Brain

An article in Scientific American “Exploring the Musical Brain” By Kristin Leutwyler , January 22, 2001...

Music affects the limbic system of the brain, an ancient part of our brain we share with all animals. The limbic system controls our emotions! The article went on to explain that Carol Krumhansl of Cornell University has demonstrated “music directly elicits a range of emotions”.


Whale Music?

What I also learned is that there is whale music that is similar to human music!

We did not invent music! What!?

Humpback whales, apparently use the same techniques human composers do to create their songs: “ their songs rhyme and are rather catchy” and are similar in length to human ballads. Whales will pick up and learn the songs of other whales…a kind of humpback “hit parade”. Really?

Check out the 2nd You Tube video below at about the of three minute mark into the video and see if you you get a chuckle at the little "extra" beats to jazz up the long song...made me chuckle because I recognized it!

I suppose, in the end, it doesn’t matter one way or another, except music is to be enjoyed. Having a visualization of it just adds another dimension and if for some reason it is discovered that music can indeed alter states of consciousness, well then, that is an important discovery since that could end the drug trade…since so many people are trying their darnedest to find “something” other than the world we live in!

Here is a link to a news iarticle on whale song: http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9457000/9457855.stm


One of My favorite Whale Songs :) Is she also dancing?

Multidimensional Music

According to the developers of multidimensional music, some of the synthesized music resonates at frequencies we do not hear, yet respond to and in doing so we work out discordant emotional issues and “retune” our thinking processes …a sort of “reset to default”. I suppose at the limbic level of our brains…that just might be possible. Would that help to make us happier? Maybe some of us need to play it very loud!

Here is a link to some multidimensional music samples (which I enjoyed) by Jocette Chollete and the website with more information on her work. Go to ”Listen to CD samples” on the menu on the left. Enjoy.

http://www.multidimensionalmusic.com

Is there a universal music awaiting discovery?

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    Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thank you ElderRedwood. There are so many fascinating topics out there I will find more on this as the fall and winter arrive and I am indoors more. I never realized how fascinating sound is. Thank you for stopping by!

    Cheers!

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    AE Redwood 6 years ago

    I am fascinated by this topic. Keep on writing. It is an interesting articles.

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    Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    DaNoblest, I am glad you enjoyed this Hub. There are so many fascinating discoveries out there waiting to be found! This topic was one that was pure fun to write! Glad to spread the awe!

    Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

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    DaNoblest 6 years ago from California

    Amazing hub...simply amazing. I always had a feeling there was more to music. I am still in a state of fascinated awe after what I just read and saw. Excellent hub! I will now join your mass of followers =]

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    Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Vocalcoach, I am glad you enjoyed the subject matter and videos. Until I began to research for this article, I did not known about the ability whales have to create their own music and copy each other! I was glad to find videos to share!

    Thanks for your vote and comments! Cheers!

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    Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    An excellent, most informing hub Scribenet. Love the videos, especially the whales. Though I knew that whales compose music and copy each other, I had not actually watched them in action until reading your awesome hub...for which I voted up!

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    Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Rafini, I couldn't believe it when I read it myself,that whales compose music and copy each other, so I had to find some videos and there are more out there...some are not that musical(to my ears), but I got the impression these two videos are two whales enjoying their compositions...and the first one gave me the impression she was singing to the people on the boat! Of course, I have to add, I have a vivid imagination...lol!

    Thanks for the vote up, comments and for stopping by! Cheers!

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    Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Chspublish! I love asking the questions! The world is such a fascinating place.Someone,somewhere might be trying to communicate with whales, but I haven't found it yet in my searches...so maybe you DO have a new "idea"! ...and gorillas are starting to walk upright...what is this world coming to...lol!

    Thank you for your comments and thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

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    Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

    Excellent hub! I knew whales could sing but I had no idea they were composers, too! lol That's a very interesting fact. Voted up!!

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    chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

    Wow, Scribenet, you have a lot going on here. I love all the ideas you have put forwrd here and how it affects our brain.

    The whale music also makes me wonder if putting out the 'multidimensional' aspect would be a way to 'talk' to them or has that idea been mooted already and I'm a bit late with it?

    What ever is the answer anyway, it's all very stimulating. Thanks for the info. I'll have to get off your site now or I'll be up all night thinking about your ideas!

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    Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Glowingrocks! I too definitely use music to wake me up, to calm me down...just relax or increase my concentration...and I do have those experiences where the music just prompted a reaction (ie tears) and to this day I cannot figure it out!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    BTW I just added some whale songs! Cheers!

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    glowingrocks 6 years ago from New York

    I know music as a source of inspiration,insight and release of stress.Always related music and emotions so this hub seems to reinforce my own experiences.

    Thanks

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    Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Genna, I was flabbergasted to learn that fact as well!

    Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

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    Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    "Humpback whales, apparently use the same techniques human composers do to create their songs: apparently, “ their songs rhyme and are rather catchy” and are similar in length to human ballads. Whales will pick up and learn the songs of other whales…a kind of humpback “hit parade”."

    I never knew this. Amazing. Wonderful hub!