About the Playlist
This playlist was originally made for my Thursday ‘Ballet Fusion’ class, however it pretty much captures the mood of a typical evening for me. Perhaps it’s the feeling that it’s almost the weekend and it’s finally sunny? I think so.
I’ll just leave this here. Enjoy.
Favorite pastime: listening to music from different rooms.
About the Playlist
Have you ever listened to your favorite track in another room only to realize that there seems to be parts you haven’t noticed before? This could be referred to as ‘the other room effect’ or diffraction. This ‘other room effect’ is also a sound effect electronic musicians have been using for years. This playlist is made of longer, more bass-like tunes that are meant to be played from another room. Perfect for spring cleaning, perhaps?
What’s in a Sound Wave?
A sound wave is longitudinal and is the physical sensation and vibrating object that stimulates the ear.
The reflection of sound can be classified as an echo or reverberation. An echo is considered to occur within long distances (e.g. the Grand Canyon) and reverberation to occur within short distances (e.g. Grizzly Bear… performing in a bathroom).
The refraction of sound happens when waves change over different mediums and/or properties, and therefore changes the speed of the wave. For example, the speed of sound is faster in warm air and slower in cold air.
Lastly, the diffraction of sound help sound waves bend around obstacles. Low-pitched (long wavelength) sounds carry further than high-pitched (short wavelength) sounds (e.g. an owl’s hoots carry farther than a birds’ tweets through a forest).
Distorting or changing the acoustics of a room can further manipulate our perception of sound. Custom Audio Designs states, that there are three psychoacoustic perceptions: frequency response, size and position of the stereo, and spatial impression.Trevor Cox, an Acoustic and Audio Engineering Professor also states that “one thing our brain senses from reverberation [for example] is the geometry of the room where music is being played”. What we then perceive is timbre, ‘the colour’ or tone of the sound.
Try placing your music box in a bigger room, a smaller room, a different room from where you are, or just in a different position.
Have fun xo
Check out this month’s tunes and quick facts on repetition.
About the Playlist
“Could you repeat that?” is a bit jazzy, a bit ‘gooey’ with some gentle repetition. However, it does not include the greats such as Steve Reich or Phillip Glass as the playlist is kept short and sweet. Originally created for teaching and movement devising purposes, its eclectic sound is quite seamless. This playlist ranges from deep electronic bass lines to swirling guitar riffs alongside tambourines.
Why is musical repetition often appealing?
Some say we are actually processing each repetitive moment differently allowing us to enjoying it almost as new. David Huron states that, “90% of the time spent listening to music, people are actually hearing passages they’ve listened to before.” There is also something called the exposure effect where the act of repeated exposure can actually enhance our feelings towards that something over and over again.
Ricky O’cannon reports, in a study found in pop music, that repetition can correlate with popularity. A song that repeats its chorus may mean that we want to hear over and over again. In another experiment, Elizabeth Margulis mentions that repetition is often registered as being ‘very human’. For example, a phrase that was once found as random may become clearer and more meaningful the second time around.
Why is movement repetition often appealing?
Think Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch and Pina Bausch. In the response to the saying “you cannot bathe in the same river twice”, Anna Kisselgoff puts it nicely: “In translation, this means that the dancer who seems to repeat the same step is different from the dancer he was a second ago […]”. In addition, repetition could make choreography more effective as the audience would need to see certain or movements again to connect with the work.
Dance also uses a repetition technique called retrograde where a phrase or a piece of choreography is performed in reserve order. A fun example would be the ending of Hofesh Shechter’s Political Mother (Director’s Cut), where the dancers repeat the entire performance from the end to the beginning. Retrograde can provide a new visual experience with it being somewhat recognizable which can enhance the viewers experience.
More on Music, Movement and Repetition
Your Brain on Music
Making Video Dance
Mesmerising or Maddening?
Ted Ed Talk
Robert Henke’s Take on Music
Presenting you the 2nd dose of my current musical rotation.
About the playlist
I wanted a mixture of tunes to serve as an alarm clock (especially in the pitch black), a motivator (within the 3 hours of sunlight), and a relaxation tool (once I’ve finally wound my self up). So I’ve put together a combination of both gentle and driving beats. The following facts and suggestions have also been an inspiration to organisation this month’s current rotation during these short days and long nights. Shuffle, repeat, keep, and delete as you may.
Morning exercise is often the best exercise
- Using upbeat music can help motivate your movement and/or morning boogie routine.
- Early morning exercise can also help lower blood pressure and provide a good night’s sleep later on in the day.
- Not a morning person? Fortunately, it can take as little as 5 minutes for movement to improve your mood.
- Make and keep a morning routine, even on the weekends if possible (having a good playlist helps too).
- Music can help distract the mind from sensations of fatigue (especially during high intensity movements) by narrowing one’s attention.
- While music may not make the movements easier, the mover is more likely to have more of a pleasurable experience.
- Using music for exercise is not only good for cardio but for the brain as it enhances our vestibular abilities.
- Music and rhythm can be used as a therapeutic tool as it works on our autonomic nervous system, which allows the body to subconsciously enhance our well–being.
Calm it down
- Before bed, choose music with less key changes and slower tempos to help you relax says Dr. Williamson. Getting adequate sleep plays a key role in waking up more refreshed in the morning (obviously, but often difficult to achieve).
- Modified and slow yoga poses/stretches can help induce the parasympathetic nervous system, which means letting your fast paced, stressful day all behind you.
- Classical music was previously found to reduce sleeping problems in participants with sleep disorders (oh why hello, Bach).
- Just like a morning routine, try to maintain an evening routine by creating a ‘wind down’ period because sleep matters… a lot.
Now introducing Movement Playlists–
for teachers, choreographers, movers, anyone.
What a favorite pastime– listening to music. Maybe I was a musician in my past life or maybe I will be a DJ in the next one (ha). Either way, I love making and sharing playlists. Along with sharing music, I’ll also dish out a few facts about music and movement such as the possible links between the two and what research has found.
Music + Movement
- When music enters the central nervous system, some information goes to the brain and some goes to our motor nerves and spinal cord. This means we tend to move to the rhythm without even trying.
- Both music and dance deal with movements of the body measured in time. However, the body is often more time consuming than musical gestures (e.g. a violin trill).
- Rhythm is classified in three groups: motor rhythm, breathing rhythm, and emotional rhythm.
- Dance and movement may have rhythm in common, but it may not have melody in common.
- An infamous research study has shown that music and movement do share a common structure that helps the brain process emotional expression due to their shared neural circuits, which became evident across cultures.
Stay tuned for more playlists and quick facts every month.