Many of us think that music exists in the ether – that while it defies definition, we know it when we hear it. But the truth is that we only hear it when we know it. Music isn’t music until our minds make it so. Just like music has the power to connect people, to change minds, to incite violence and tame beasts, to give us energy or heal our pain, our minds have the ability to turn noise into this panacea. How? This talk demonstrates just how ethereal and magical music is, that there is no right way to listen or play, and that extracting meaning from sound is one of the greatest gifts that natural selection has given us.
Based on the podcast Cadence - what music tells us about the mind, neuroscientist and opera singer Dr. Indre Viskontas demonstrates how music makes us better.
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BIO: Indre Viskontas
Indre Viskontas works at the intersection of music and neuroscience to educate, engage and entertain. She has a Masters of Music degree in Voice Performance and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and currently holds faculty positions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of San Francisco. She is the creator and host of the podcasts Inquiring Minds, where science and society collide, and Cadence: what music tells us about the mind. She is also the Creative Director of Pasadena Opera.