The Sync Project and Berklee College Of Music Partner To Explore The Science Behind “Music As Medicine”

“The Sync Project, a PureTech startup working towards scientifically measuring and harnessing music to improve health, has announced a collaborative partnership with Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). The partnership involves joint original research, course development and an internship program. 

‘Music can be a catalyst for new disruptive ideas to emerge, whether those ideas are applied to the creative music space or whether those ideas are exported into other fields, like health,” said Panos Panay, Founding Managing Director of Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. “The Sync Project’s rigorous focus on the leading science of the neurological and health impacts of music, makes them a perfect partner.’

‘The Sync Project’s mission is to bring together the scientists, technologists, clinicians and musicians of the world to help accelerate the discovery of the clinical applications of music,” said PureTech CEO and Sync Project Co-founder, Daphne Zohar. “With this collaboration, we hope to engage and inspire the next generation of musicians to help us advance the field of music as medicine.'”

Via — Hyperbot

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A speech to graduating Harvard architects – TEDChris: The untweetable

And above all. Pursue generosity. Not just because it will add meaning to your life — though it will do that — but because your future is going to be built on great ideas and in the future you are entering, great ideas HAVE to be given away. They do. The world is more interconnected than ever. The rules of what you give and what you hold on to have changed forever. If you hold on to your best ideas, maybe you can for a moment grab some short-term personal commercial gain. But if you let them roam free, they can spread like wildfire, earning you a global reputation. They can be reshaped and improved by others. They can achieve impact and influence in the world far greater than if you were to champion them alone. If we’ve discovered anything at TED these past few years, it’s that radical openness pays. We gave away our talks on the web, and far from killing demand for the conference, it massively increased it, turning TED from something which reached 800 people once a year to something which reached half a million people every day. We gave away our brand in the form of TEDx, and far from diluting TED, it democratized it, and multiplied its footprint a thousand fold.

Henry Jenkins on how cultural and critical studies fit together

The defense of participatory culture and the critique of media ownership are two sides of the same coin — two flanks in a battle to democratize and diversify media in this country. One starts with a focus on agency (participatory culture), the other with a focus on structure (media concentration); one starts with an emphasis on the new world we are trying to build, while the other focuses on the system we are trying to dismantle; one is focused on what we are fighting for and the other what we are fighting against.

Why Musicians Make Us Weep And Computers Don’t

Although the participants did not play instruments and considered themselves unmusical, their brains showed clear electric activity in response to musical changes (unexpected chords and changes in tonal key), which indicated that the brain was understanding the “musical grammar”. This response was enhanced, however, when the sonatas were played by musicians rather than a computer.

Dr Koelsch said: “It was interesting for us that the emotional reactions to the unexpected chords were stronger when played with musical expression. This shows us how musicians can enhance the emotional response to particular chords due to their performance, and it shows us how our brains react to the performance of other individuals.”

The study also revealed that the brain was more likely to look for musical meaning when the music was played by a pianist.

“This is similar to the response we see when the brain is responding to language and working out what the words mean,” says Dr Koelsch. “Our results suggest that musicians actually tell us something when they play The brain responses show that when a pianist plays a piece with emotional expression, the piece is actually perceived as meaningful by listeners, even if they have not received any formal musical training.”

Chaos We Can Stand: Attitudes Toward Technology and Their Impact on the New Digital Ecology – hypebot

This shift has also changed what it means to be an artist.The traditional record industry has strongly reinforced a belief that artists should just be artists. As creators of cultural content, artists were told they should not have to worry themselves with how they are engaging with their audience; these activities were viewed as disturbances to their creative energy. But as we know, the age of the aloof artist, disconnected from his audience or not even knowing them at all, is long gone. It is not that there cannot be artists who center mainly on the process of creation, but for every artist that is not willing do get more deeply involved with their careers, there are many, many more who are willing to do the hard work.

Long essay by Kyle Bylin with many good points and references.

SOCY 398D – Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame – Professor Mathieu Deflem (University of South Carolina)

Objectives: This lecture-based course introduces students to a sociological analysis of selected social issues related to the career of Lady Gaga. Specifically, within a framework of the sociology of popular culture and music, this course focuses on societal elements in the rise of Lady Gaga???s popularity to her global status as a pop music icon. The central objective of this course, then, is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga. Specific attention in this analysis will be devoted to the role of: business and marketing; the old and the new media; fans and live shows; gay culture; religious and political themes; sex and sexuality; and the city of New York.