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Thursday, September 9, 2010
Music♫ at 11:31 AM

What would we do without the reverberating resonance of sound? The ensemble of tones, pitch and rhythm can be manipulated to be akin to honey flowing through our eardrums, sweetly coating our most sensitive senses.

Enough with the romanticism, but all in all music is such a powerful and vivid expression of the human psyche and in a way acts to fulfil our deepest desires. Is there a more addictive, satisfying stimulant?

This blog must be depressing for a deaf person, but they are not without. They have one of the rarest experience of music...the music of silence. I'm not being lame, Beethoven much? Which brings an entirely different perspective to all of this.

"He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his finger-tips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore. And thus the task of making conscious the most hidden recesses of the mind is one which it is quite possible to accomplish."
—FREUD (16)

Silence is very much underrated. It's hard to live in such a hyped up society and be in an environment of silence. The further the world progresses into modernization, the further away it moves from traditional aspects of living. We are all so focused on getting a high out of novelty and excitement, that our sensations have become numb to the simple forms of stimuli. It's a kind of adaptation that wills us to look for more and probably end up being unsatisfied with the find. Although it does propel us to move forward, is it okay to let the psychological consequences slide? A psychologist would probably have more to comment on this matter, but the general population is slow to realize the speed of change and the change of themselves.

How hard is it to learn to appreciate silence? Does one have to go into isolation? To go as far as to remove themselves from the pace of society? Clinically, this may be hard, as it seems the physiological conditioned response for human beings respond with impatience to silence. Leicester and Durham proposed a "no music" condition amongst other levels of musical complexity, and found that "participants waited for the least amount of time during the no-music condition, and that there were no differences between the three music conditions. Other evidence indicated that this may be attributable to the music distracting participants’ attention from an internal timing mechanism."
So we're screwed from the beginning, if our conditioned response to a lack thereof is always going to be impatience. Conditioned to be whores of modernization? If removed from all these so called 'distractions,' days will indeed seem far too long to bear. I guess it comes down to what is a good distraction and what is a bad distraction. Silence or no silence, a form of distraction is bound to manifest itself into any available or possible source of excitement. Thus, does this mean that silence will never be stimulating? What form of absence becomes a satisfying stimulant? Has the increase of colours, synapses and flashes distracted us long enough to not have an answer, or was our fate always to be unfulfilled if left with nothing but ourselves? As social beings, is solitude and an absence of environment going against all our physiological and psychological principles? If so, is it a lie to believe some are satisfied with being in this state of solitude?

To answer one, or a few of the questions raised:

- yes, as social beings it is against our physiological and psychological principles to be in solitude and exempt from social contact. That is why people go crazy if, say, trapped in a place by themselves. On the contrary, with the right mental conditioning such as meditation it is possible to avoid this - not scientifically proven, but monks and the like do indicate it is possible to avoid insanity haha.

- and yes, i think it's a lie that some are satisfied with solitude. Intrinsically we are social beings and therefore will always prefer the company of other people (or even pets) as opposed to being alone. Those that truly do prefer solitude most probably have some kind of mental disorder --> psychobiological bases (chemical imbalance = neurological).

hi !
IMO, I don't think what drives us crazy is the mere absence of human presence. I believe what our nature tries to avoid is not isolation but the feeling of loneliness. But I wouldn't know. Epic write up though

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