The influence of music in our life is more pervasive than we might
realize. This influence can harm or heal us. It can change our mood
from boredom to exuberance. Music can bring tears to our eyes in
graceful reverence. It can also plunge our spirits as with a Dirge.
As a consequence music can enhance our creative potential or deter
it, depending upon its harmonics and frequency.
To understand the power of music on our brain and creative potential,
we first need to understand the mechanics of sound and how sound
relates to other frequencies. One of the simplest explanations of
wave frequency as it relates to resonance and musical tone is by
Jose Arquelles in his book The Mayan Factor. He says, "When
people speak of resonance, they also speak of frequencies and tones.
Frequency refers to rate of vibration. As everybody knows, there
are higher and lower rates of vibration, while all vibration is
pulsation of waves. A frequency held for but a single wave-cycle,
otherwise known as a beat, becomes a tone. A tone, then, is any
sustained frequency, whose level determines which of our sense organs
may be affected."
The range of frequencies that the human ear can hear is from 15
cycles per second up to 20,000 cycles per second. Below this range
is called infrasonic and above this range is considered ultrasonic.
An interesting note in man's relationship to the cosmos, via his
audible frequency range, is that the wavelength of the earth's sonic
frequency is 53.1 and 54.7 minutes. This is exactly 20 octaves below
the audible range of man. The tone of the atom is twenty octaves
above the audible range of man. Therefore, man is placed audibly
exactly mid-way between the microcosm and the macrocosm.
Sound is an acoustical wave frequency as opposed to an electromagnetic
frequency. An acoustical frequency operates on the principle of
compression and rarefaction of air molecules. This means the pushing
together and pulling apart of air molecules. Electromagnetic frequencies
are created by an oscillating electrical charge. Since sound needs
air to be communicated, there is no sound in a vacuum. Sound is
also transmitted differently through solids and liquids than through
gaseous material. The elasticity and density of the material it
travels through determines the speed of sound. Gaseous material
is more elastic and therefore retards the velocity of the sound
waves passing through it. Sound travels more quickly through solids
Sound waves are comparable by their pitch, loudness and quality.
Pitch of a musical note is the frequency of the sound producing
it. The loudness of a sound is subjective to the listener, but is
a function of the energy of the transmitted sound wave. The quality,
or timbre, of a sound wave depends upon the instrument producing
the wave, i.e. the difference between a piano, violin or flute.
With the invention of radio wave technology music is now available
to every man and women at a finger's touch. You need not own a musical
instrument nor be present for the artist recording the melody. In
order for music as sound to be made available to everyone the acoustical
frequency has to be transformed into an electrical frequency. Electromagnetic
frequency recorded as radar waves is bounced between two antennas
and the receiving antenna transforms the frequency back to acoustical
sound, to be registered by the ear. This has truly had a profound
influence on the ability for music to permeate the creative consciousness
of the whole of mankind, individually and as a collective.
Harmony is the quality of music as a frequency that renders its
ability to touch and move the soul. Harmony is understood to be
"a pleasing agreement of parts," according to Webster's dictionary.
The difference between music and noise is defined by the attribute
of harmony. Isaac Asimov describes this difference as, "The wave
patterns of musical sounds are composed of separate sine waves that
display an orderly set of interrelationships. Where this is not
true, but where the component sine waves are chosen and combined
at random, so to speak, the result is not music, but 'noise'."
With an understanding that music is based on the relationships of
harmonious frequencies, and knowing that everything is energy patterns
comprised of differing frequencies, we can see why music has such
a profound effect on the human psyche. The human being is a compilation
of energetic frequencies vibrating at a rate that appears as organic
matter. It only stands to reason that one frequency body should
be effected by the frequencies in its environment. Music is an environmental
frequency of harmonic resonance.
How is this useful to all that invite music into their daily lives?
How can this enhance your creative problem solving abilities and
general creative potential? If you know that music can raise or
lower your emotional and mental frequency, then listen to music
that accomplishes this purpose. It has been found that particular
harmonics increase the entrainment of the brain hemispheres.
In 1993 researchers at the University of California-Irvine reported
in Nature magazine some results on acoustic enhancements
to learning. When college students listened for ten minutes to Mozart's
Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major before taking a spatial IQ test,
they scored eight to nine points higher than when they listened
to a relaxation tape or silence. In addition, the frequency beat
of 60 beats per minute has been found beneficial to brain synchronization.
The work of Alfred Tomatis has also revealed that the frequency
range of 5,000 hertz to 8,000 hertz can recharge the brain's batteries.
He has done extensive work on the energizing powers of different
frequencies and has helped to cure various learning disabilities
with his pioneering methods, dyslexia, ADD and autism for example.
Tomatis also felt that Gregorian chants were "brain food" in that
they had the perfect resonance of high frequencies to optimize brain
An excellent source for an in depth study of the effects of sound
and music on learning and creativity is found in the books Superlearning
and Superlearning 2000 by Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder.
As a boost to creativity the works of the Baroque composers is very
beneficial. These composers are Mozart, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann,
Tchaikovsky and Corelli, to name a few. The beat, harmonics and
frequency of their music is very conducive to brain entrainment,
and optimizing alpha brain frequencies.
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God." Perhaps the Word was the energy and frequency of sound.
Sound is the primordial essence that moves through the deep and
silent recesses of the Void to emerge on the other side of creation,
as a fluid and malleable influence on all levels of the manifest
worlds. It permeates and brings life to the material world. Sound
is the basis for all music. Thus, it appears then that music was
not only a gift from God to man, but music is the all-pervasive
song of creation playing eternally as creation itself. As Pythagoras
coined it, "the Music of the Spheres."
Certain music can not only enhance creativity, it is the stuff of
creation itself. Experiment with different types of music as a background
to your problem solving and creative efforts. Augment your imagination
and creative genius with your favorite composer. This is a simple,
easy and pleasant way to boost your creative experience and add
some enchantment to your day.