Art and Music

Art and music is at the centre of today’s discussion. What music do you listen to when you are creating? I would love you to share this.

Even though taste in music is a very personal thing, it would be really interesting to know if there is a certain music genre that people tend to favour when creating.

Research has shown that in fact classical music and in particular, Baroque music, actually aids the creative process.  Why is this?  It has to do with the rate at which our brains cycle as we do different activities.  There are five distinct frequencies, that our brain waves cycle through, known as Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta and the lesser known Gamma. I am not going to detail what they all do in this post, if you would like to know more check out this article.

The states that we should be interested in as creative people are the Alpha and Gamma frequencies. Art and music both function at their maximum efficiency during the Alpha brain wave frequency of  7.5-14Hz.  Now where music comes into this is that certain types of music, namely classical and particularly Baroque music, as mentioned previously, actually put our brains into this frequency cycle when we listen to them.

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As yet little research seems to have been on the Gamma state, but from what I can ascertain, it is the highest of the frequencies and it is this one that operates when we experience flashes of insight.  I know that often as I paint, I receive flashes of insight, particularly when I have reached a block in the work. By entering a semi meditative state, I often then get this flash of insight into what to do next,  with no conscious ‘thought’ processing involved.

Interestingly enough, a strong presence of gamma waves throughout the cortex has been observed in musicians listening to music, compared against a control group of non-musicians. Which suggests selective use of these waves in association with a specific creative discipline.

Elizabeth Miles has written an interesting book on this subject, if you want to really take a more in-depth look at how music affects us, not just in terms of creativity, but also the vast influence it has in our modern lives as well.  Music is every where, from the shopping mall to the pub or the doctor’s waiting room.  If we are not choosing the music we listen to, then we are actually allowing others to have subtle influence over a minds and bodies.  Everything in the universe has its own frequency, so by listening to specific music as we create, we can enhance our own creative abilities.

While researching for this post I came across a fascinating video and then got completely side tracked on Facebook – Oh NO!!

Anyway here’s the video which is about resonance and how that affects us, with some reference to music at the beginning. (I apologize for the poor quality of the video)

Now since our paintings also must have a vibrational resonance, and we are creating them from our own state of consciousness it might be interesting to think about

  • What happens to the paintings as we work?
  • And are they affected by our state at the time?
  • Further to that if I listen to uplifting music, can I then change my state and produce better work?

Play with this.  What have you discovered about your own creative process?


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Post By : Kadira Jennings

Pix Credit: Digital Image – Kadira Jennings

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