Sunday, January 01, 2017

Mind Games

How do musicians' brains work?
The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) has reported on Eriko Aiba’s attempt to provide some answers. Aiba is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan. She has also played the piano since age five. She fully appreciates the complexity of playing:
“When considering a human brain as a computer, playing a musical instrument requires the brain to process a huge amount and variety of information in parallel. For example, pianists need to read a score, plan the music, search for the keys to be played while planning the motions of their fingers and feet, and control their fingers and feet. They must also adjust the sound intensity and usage of the sustaining pedal according to the output sound.”
This task is so complicated it currently is beyond a computer’s capabilities. It also seems to bring out the individuality in every performer, as she found that “each musician has their own strategy—even if it appears they’re all playing the piano in the same way.”
This is your brain on music...

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