We should not underestimate the potential for sound to affect us both psychologically and physiologically.
Sounds can soothe us, inspire us or stress us out. They can also evoke memories and emotions – in the same way as sights and smells.
Is the difference between noise and music just a matter of maths? Or intention? Or enjoyment?
If I love the following sounds – does that make them music?
- the barista grinding fresh coffee beans and making me an expresso
- sitting on a veranda listening to magpies and other birds singing at dawn over my first cup of coffee
- crickets chirping on a balmy summer evening (the sound made by running one serrated wing over the other)
- the roar of the crowd at the cricket when a wicket falls (usually right at the moment that you chose to go to the toilet after nothing had happened for hours – see my last post re cricket)
- gentle rain falling on a tin roof
- kookaburras and people laughing
- mail arriving in my inbox (Click on ‘Like’, ‘Follow’ or ‘Share’ now!)
- trams rattling by in Melbourne
- deadlines as they go whooshing past. (Just joking – that was Douglas Adams – not me??!!)
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