Music is medicine

illus­tra­tion by Thomas Fuchs

There seems no end to sci­en­tists try­ing to tie all the abstract loose ends of music into a neat lit­tle bow. The lat­est efforts explore the ways music can take the place of med­i­cine. The idea is to have spe­cific pieces com­posed not for aes­thetic merit, but instead:

…to deliver spe­cific stim­uli ‚Äî dosages of rhythm, har­mony or dis­so­nance and tim­bre ‚Äî at the appro­pri­ate time and in an effec­tive sequence.

It’s an inter­est­ing con­ceit to con­sider that we composers–not doctors–have the power to deliver a dose of medicine!

The arti­cle ref­er­ences, for instance, Source­Tone Inter­ac­tive Radio, “the world’s pre­miere music health ser­vice.” The whole phe­nom­e­non is reported by Matthew Gure­witsch in the New York Times. Click here for the full arti­cle.

About Richard D. Russell

This was written by Richard D. Russell, New York City based composer of fine music.