viernes, 8 de abril de 2011

The effects of music on living beings by Esteban Arrieri

The effects of music on living beings

Many people believe that music is part of their lives and they could not imagine life without it. Many of them take music as an entertaiment (like many of us may think it really is), but at the same time they might ignore the effects that it has upon us. And not only on us, but also on any kind of living organism. Music is not only played to entertain people, it is played and it has been played in religious ceremonies and in many aborigine tribes as a way to iniciating youngsters in the daylife and activities of the tribe.

Music can be a very good companion for people in different circumstances, for example it is played at nightclubs where people are having fun at weekends or even in pubs where many people gather after working all day long to relax and drink something. Many people like to listen to music when they are doing the housework. Music plays an important role in their lives. Whatever the kind of music they like, it is something that they have chosen because they like it and it makes them feel good.

Some people who have researched the effects of music on humans, say that it does not only affect human’s mood, but it can also affect their body physically. Music has the power to change their moods, to help them relax after a long stressing day or to make them feel even worse. It has also the power to make them feel angry. In spite of that, the music that people really like has to play an important role, too. Personally, I like some sort of music, but there are times, when I am very tired or I have such a terrible headache that I do not want to listen to any kind of music.

Scientists also claim that music has effects on humans’ organisms. They found that the rhythm of slow classical music can influence the beat of humans hearts and make their blood stream go slower. With fast classical music the influence is the same, it makes their heart beat faster and also changes the speed of the blood stream.

The effects of music on animals have also been researched by some curious people. The most amazing experiment was done by an university student who exposed some mice to classical music 24 hours per day, and took another group of mice and exposed them to heavy metal. The experiment was meant to see what influence music may have on them. He found that those mice which were exposed to classical music had increased their ability to solve mazes, but he had to stop the experiment because the other group of mice (the ones which were exposed to metal music) started killing each other. This means that music has the power to influence not only humans but also animals. On the one hand, there is the classical music power, which helped the mice increase their intelligence. On the other hand, there is the metal music power which led mice to let their beast and angry instinct take control of them and became very violent.

A further point to add here is about experiments on plants. Retallack carried out an experiment which consisted of playing different kinds of music to plants and seeing how they (plants) grow up. The researcher used different kinds of music such as rock and pop, country and jazz. Those plants which were exposed to country and jazz music, grew healthily and very well. But the ones which were exposed to rock, grew tall and in a sad way. These ones died in just a fortnight.

All in all, music is around everything, and it has been around probably since the beginnings of the human race. It may sound strange to talk about the powers of music, but it may be because those powers were ignored until today. Now that experiments have enlightened something about the influence of music it could be a good idea to go on with these experiments. Some of them have shown that music can help people with some diseases, like Autism, and they have also shown that classical music is good to develop memory or increase intelligence, even to relax.
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Brooke Fraser

Background information
Birth name Brooke Gabrielle Fraser
Born 15 December 1983 (1983-12-15) (age 27)
Wellington, New Zealand
Origin Wellington, New Zealand
Folk rock

Years active 2002–present
Labels Sony Music
Wood + Bone
Brooke Gabrielle Fraser, better known as simply Brooke Fraser born (15 December 1983) is a New Zealand award-winning folk-pop musician. Her third studio album Flags has become the most successful album of her career, with the single "Something in the Water" reaching number one on the RIANZ singles chart in 2010.

1 Early life
2 Musical career
2.1 What to Do With Daylight
2.2 Albertine
2.3 Flags
3 Personal life
4 Charity work
5 Discography
6 Awards and nominations
7 References
8 External links

[edit] Early lifeFraser is the eldest of the three children born to former All Black, Bernie Fraser[1] and his wife Lynda Fraser.[2] She grew up in Naenae, Lower Hutt and attended Dyer Street School, Naenae Intermediate School and Naenae College.[3]

Fraser took piano lessons between the ages of seven and seventeen. She started writing songs at age twelve and taught herself the acoustic guitar at fifteen, although despite her singing success she has never taken singing lessons.[3]

She performed at Parachute, an annual New Zealand music festival, and did so for several years, beginning in 2000 – including a special guest performance in 2007.[3]

She began writing for the Soul Purpose magazine at age fifteen, and was later made editor in 2002. She gave up her job as editor shortly after moving to Auckland in late 2002 in order to pursue her music career.[4]

[edit] Musical careerIn 2002, while Fraser was in Auckland, Scotty Pearson, the drummer for Elemeno P, organised a meeting with producer Matty J for her. Matty J became her manager, liaising with the major labels who had shown interest and compared their offers. Fraser had about five different labels offer her deals and chose to sign a multi-album deal with Sony Music.[5]

[edit] What to Do With DaylightMain article: What to Do with Daylight
Fraser's first album, What to Do with Daylight, was released in New Zealand in late 2003, debuting at number one and achieved gold status in the same week. The album eventually went seven times platinum,[6] selling over 105,000 copies in New Zealand alone.[7] It remained on the album charts for sixty-six weeks.[8] All five singles from the album reached the top twenty in the New Zealand Singles Chart.[9] Her album also topped the New Zealand Top 50 Albums of 2004.[10]

Following the release of What to Do with Daylight, Fraser toured Australia and New Zealand with American artist John Mayer and then toured New Zealand with veteran U.K. rock artist David Bowie.[11][12] Whilst on tour with John Mayer, she met with his guitarist and keyboardist Michael Chaves who, after recording Mayer's album Heavier Things, Fraser enlisted to play on her album and future concerts.[13]

martes, 5 de abril de 2011





I totally agree with the findings of the researches written on this article. I had previous personal convictions about the reactions produced by some kinds of music. However, some other results of these studies about reactions and behaviours are really surprising to me.

The power of music in the human mind is wonderful: it helps to express emotions that poetry, painting or other types of art do not allow to. Sometimes music produces effects that are desired, such as intelligence or less pain and other times, it produces undesired effects, for example violence and suicide. I think people like different kinds of music depending on the need they unconsciously have, as they are not able to express deep emotions and the only way they find is by music.

However, the findings can also apply, not only to humans, but also to animals
and plants. I agree with those findings, as I knew animals recognize sounds and songs and by some attitudes, we can infer which song they like most. I did not know the relationship between music and plants. Nevertheless, I believe in the research results as I have heard once that children’s voice is healthy for plants, and they vibrate when they “hear” children or some other familiar’s voices. Some people turn on the radio to the plants so that they grow healthier and nicer but we cannot explain how it is produced as plants have no ears. We may be called “unscientific” but it is something true that has no rational explanation.