History, Characteristics, Movements

Andy Warhol was a famous and well-respected American ‘Pop’ artist, considered even as a ‘Post Renaissance Man’ for his unique and unmatched style. I wondered: Could our processing of music be so different, or so basic, that abilities relating to it remained accessible in people so limited in function? In 1978, little was known about music and brain function. Today, as a result of exponentially increasing research, particularly over the past five years, we can venture some initial answers to my question. Music has been shown to trigger the nucleus accumbens in the brain, and that structure is also associated with dopamine, the chemical the brain releases during eating and sex, so experts believe that music is biologically desired and rewarded. There was another study that used an fMRI machine to examine the activity of the nucleus accumbens while people listened to music. Researchers played 60 clips of novel songs … Read the rest

Andy Warhol was a famous and well-respected American ‘Pop’ artist, considered even as a ‘Post Renaissance Man’ for his unique and unmatched style. I wondered: Could our processing of music be so different, or so basic, that abilities relating to it remained accessible in people so limited in function? In 1978, little was known about music and brain function. Today, as a result of exponentially increasing research, particularly over the past five years, we can venture some initial answers to my question. Music has been shown to trigger the nucleus accumbens in the brain, and that structure is also associated with dopamine, the chemical the brain releases during eating and sex, so experts believe that music is biologically desired and rewarded. There was another study that used an fMRI machine to examine the activity of the nucleus accumbens while people listened to music. Researchers played 60 clips of novel songs … Read the rest

History, Characteristics, Movements

In these days of budget cuts and limited resources, it’s often the case that fine arts classes are the first to be cut. Edwards, J. (1999). Considering the paradigmatic frame: Social science research approaches relevant to research in music therapy. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 26(2), 73-80. Even when Reinhardt was not literally making collages, he alluded to the practice of it in many of his drawings, applying color in overlapping, autonomous swaths like pieces of paper laid down on top of one another. In several elegant black-and-white drawings dating from 1936-39, the negative space is allowed to take on its own constructive presence, moving from the edges into the center, as in a gestalt-shifting optical illusion. (Here again we find Reinhardt’s insistent exhortation to stay awhile, looking, even in front of his smallest, quickest works.) Transparent forms seem to float in early gouaches from 1938-39 like colored tissue paper layered … Read the rest