Journeys In Sound With Nemone [Escape With 6 Music]


01Cheesecake For The Mind20210117 (6M)
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Music resonates, creates community and connects us to ourselves and others - firing up synapses, moving our bodies and stimulating our souls. It also transports us. But what effect do certain kinds of music have on people’s mood and well-being?

In this three part series Nemone combines her roles of 6 Music DJ and integrative psychotherapist to take us on a journey to find out how music really affects us.

Taking psychologist Steven Pinker’s description as music being “cheesecake for the mind” as her starting point Nemone gains insights from award-winning neuroscientist Dr Daniel Levitin and psychologist Dr Victoria Williamson, both specialists in the study of how music is processed by our brains and the ways in which it impacts our behaviour.

Nemone also sets out to answer a question posed by Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.

Featuring music from Luke Vibert, Stevie Wonder, The Fall, The Beastie Boys, Made Kuti, James Brown, Khruangbin, Max Cooper, Ellen Alien and The O'Jays.

Nemone looks at the link between music and our minds

A selection of sonic journeys for the mind.

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From our mother’s beating heart in the womb to the ‘four to the floor’ beats of the dance-floor and the cocoon of a crowd at a sweaty gig or festival, humans have been enveloped by and experienced the joy of moving to rhythmic sound all their lives.

Music genres aren’t so ‘tribal’ these days but during lockdown radio proved that we still value shared experiences, whether it’s the All Day Raves on BBC 6 Music, the Sing-Alongs, or the many live music events that have been streamed online during the global pandemic. Despite not being physically in the same space, through this period of increased stress, uncertainty and danger we have found ways to connect through a shared love of music, without having to be in the same room.

When dancing as part of a crowd in a club or jumping up and down together in time to music in a festival field do our brains process music differently from when listening to our favourite songs on headphones? Which pathways are fired up in the brain, making us want to dance? And how does nostalgic music stimulate our minds’ muscle memory? Award winning neuroscientist and musician Dr Daniel Levitin and music psychologist Dr Victoria Williamson, who both specialise in how music is processed by the brain and the ways in which it impacts behaviour, explain what’s going on in our minds while we engage in joyful shared musical experiences.

And what is it like for musicians or DJ's to be in charge of such movement on a mass scale? Nemone talks to Tom Middleton, ambient musician and DJ turned sleep science coach, to find out. Tom also explains how music can help the body to relax, and how to get a good night’s sleep. There is also a mini meditation at the end of the show for a moment of relaxation.

Nemone looks at the link between music and our minds\u2026and how music literally moves us.

A selection of sonic journeys for the mind.

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Sound and music reflect our feelings. We reach for specific music or surround ourselves in sounds according to our mood, emotional state or sense of well-being. Music is therapeutic and offers release when there's no other available. Immeasurable comfort comes from hearing your own story reflected back in song. Music connects us to ourselves and others in times of isolation. Never more has it felt like we need sound and music than we do right now.

In the final episode in this series Nemone delves into the science once more with award-winning Neuroscientist Dr. Daniel Levitin and music psychologist Dr Victoria Williamson. Is there such a thing as a happy and sad musical note? She also journeys beyond science into the realms of meditative music to find out its benefits.

Nemone talks to voice teacher Jill Purce from The Healing Voice who explains how she uses sound to enable other states of being through chanting.

Electronic musician Jon Hopkins who is best known for his stunning soundscape albums ‘Insides’, ‘Immunity’ and ‘Singularity’ is guided by the practice of autogenic training and transcendental meditation, of which he says, "For me, it's not about relaxing. It can get music flowing in a way that's really uninhibited, and I want to spend as much time in that place as possible." Jon talks to Nemone about his meditative work 'Singing Bowl', a 20 minute piece created by a 100 year-old singing bowl found in an antique shop in Delhi.

Plus Grammy award winning record producer, musician and songwriter Paul Epworth, who has worked with a huge range of artists from Adele and Rihanna to Florence and The Machine and Maximo Park, talks about the special emotional connections in music and how he captures that magic in the studio.

Featuring music from Bicep, Prince, Lizzo, Yugen Blakrok, Jon Hopkins and Hannah Peel.

Nemone looks at the link between music and our minds\u2026and how it touches our soul.

A selection of sonic journeys for the mind.