Musical Language was:(Re: DIPLOMACY: Memetic Morphing)

Max M (
Mon, 16 Nov 1998 15:26:19 +0100

From: Patrick Wilken <>

>There was a recent article in Nature/Science suggesting that music training
>in childhood permanently raised verbal IQ. I haven't read the article so
>can't comment, but it seemed to have surface plausibity. The argument that
>similar (same?) areas of the brain are used by both.

As a long time musician (+15 Years) I am absolutely convinced that music is no more than a stylised abstraction of the human language!

Music consists of rythm, tone and pitch. When I hear my kids learning to speak they don't say the words right at first, but the rythm, tone and pitch is in place long before that.

My youngest girl is called Clara and when she tries to say her name it comes out as ara or aha.
My oldest son is called Magnus and she pronounces that as arhus. When she tries to say "thank you for dinner" (tak for mad) it comes out as "ak or ad".
In fact everything she tries to say comes out as a "musical" version of the right words and sentences. Even when it's all garbled the rythm is usually right.

It would also explain what a musical genre is. A dialect of a musical language. When the dialect becomes too different from it's root language it becomes a new language.

Any music we don't know ususally seems boring and superficial. That is probably because we don't understand the "language" and "dialect" of that genre. Thus we cannot enjoy the details, which is what usually defines a genre.

Max M Rasmussen,   New Media Director     Denmark

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