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

Timothy Bates (
Tue, 17 Nov 1998 16:36:58 +1100

Hi all

Max M wrote:
>As a long time musician (+15 Years) I am absolutely convinced that music is
>no more than a stylised abstraction of the human language!
>It would also explain what a musical genre is.
>Any music we don't know ususally seems boring and superficial. That is
>probably because we don't understand the "language"

You have additional support from the finding that in non musicians, there is a right hemisphere advantage for music while in trained musicians, this shifts to the left hemisphere: it is "lingufied"

OF course the right hemisphere has an ability to read single words and remains the seat of prosody (roughly the equivalent of rhythm).