Thoughts & Insights
Mind Riding on Waves
Where does sound come from? What happens to us while listening to the sound of a symphony such as Tschaikowsky’s Pathétique? What changes in us after the sound waves have entered our ears, and our mind?
As we submerge into them, therewith traversing a wide spectrum of emotions, which we find hard to withdraw ourselves from, leaving us questioning these emotions, their formation. The answer to these questions may lead us into the wonders of the cosmos, which surrounds us, along with the wonders of our bodies, especially our brains.
This begins with the fact that our cosmos essentially consists of various waves and humans having the ability to receive at least some frequencies of these electromagnetic waves. In other words, we can hear or see them. It may further be explained by the sensitive composition of our hearing organs, which allow us to perceive these waves as sound, coupled with the formation of various emotions. The latter being triggered in our brain, especially when sensing musical sound entities such as chords and harmonies.
Oubey has focused on the process of the creation of consciousness through the conversion of sound waves in the brain in three drawings, which he called “Musical-Topographical Experiment”.Oubey has focused on the process of the creation of consciousness through the conversion of sound waves in the brain in three drawings, which he called “Musical-Topographical Experiment”.
Music enables us to sense a wide range of emotions. From cheery happiness to deep sadness, from the shivers of awe to an explosive unloading of energy, often expressed by dancing. We can submerge to such an extent, that the final note leaves us muted instead of applauding, as described in the previous blog post. Music can trigger all of this! For emotions created in this manner, there is no explanation other than sound entering our brain through our ears. That is rather amazing. Once we have experienced, which emotional states music can trigger in us, we have the ability of doing this consciously. Thus we may trigger specific emotions, simply by listening to music, as for example Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata or Brian Wilson’s ninth chords.
Even though we may one day be able to explain the scientific cause-and-effect of all this, we will always have the freedom to let our minds, with the aid of music, ride along the waves of the cosmos. That is rightly so.