Prof. Dr. med. Rosch / Prof. Dr. med. Koeditz • Music & Brain Medical Perspective
Explanation of the terms:
“natural harmony laws of the microcosm of music”
“music of natural harmonic order”
“music of natural harmonic logic”
“Every tone or sound has, to some degree, a rich internal life. One can hear it and also make it even more audible. This internal life of a tone or sound can be most meaningfully described as “the microcosm of music”. From the first sound impulse, a sound growths in time and space into a complex tonal and rhythmical pattern, like a tree from a seed and at some point in time it decays – like every other thing in creation.
Today, these internally living structural developments of tones and sounds can be rendered visible and audible using special scientific devices.
Thus today it is scientifically and technologically possible to filter out individual internal tonal and rhythmical developments from a tone or sound and, as such, to examine them.
And if we spatially and temporally lengthen these acoustic expressions, which may themselves last only fractions of a second, then we recognise in each one of them an infinite number of connected movements – each of them a completely individual variable tone with its own variable pitch and volume, its own variable rhythm, its own point and time of origin and a completely unique pattern of development – nothing short of “a personal journey through life”.
Nevertheless, there are fixed rules in their evolution, like those we also know in the physical, chemical, biological or astronomical world as “natural laws” – the natural harmony laws of the microcosm of music. And the specific term to describe the quality of natural structures inherent in sound evolution is “of natural harmonic order”. “Music of natural harmonic order” and “music of natural harmonic logic” thus refer to the natural structures and logic of sound evolution.*
The systematic investigation and focused application of the microcosm of music in the field of medicine appears sensational in so far as it is possible today, for the first time, to grasp musical structures both qualitatively and quantitatively, to arrange them in order and to relate their parameters to those of the medical measurements objectively and with reproducibility on a scientific basis.
An objective medical application of music should be based on the natural resonance capability between the natural laws of harmony of the microcosm of music and the natural laws of harmony of biological life. The task is to activate the natural laws of harmony of biological life via the brain using the natural laws of harmony of the microcosm of music, and in the course of this to make these more readily available to the brain activity and beyond this to the entire human organism.”
Excerpts from a lecture of the classical composer and musicologist Peter Hübner at the University of Tel Aviv