Tod Machover reveals music's holistic powers
Ditto on hearing a piece of music. Ditto on playing a piece of music.
“Our ears," he concluded, "are now in excellent shape.”
It turns out that not only are our ears in excellent shape, but also, 60 years later, we are finally finding encouraging confirmation that music is good for you, all of you. Music may even be our most holistic art form.
At least that’s the really good news from the brilliant composer and MIT Media Lab futurist Tod Machover. Here’s something that might make you feel better just hearing about it — the latest, culled from his recent report from the music healing frontline in a talk at UC Santa Barbara titled “Music, Mind and Health: Diagnosis, Treatment and Well-being Through Active Sound.”
— Mark Swed
Photo: Tod Machover with cerebral palsy patient and composer Dan Ellsey. Credit: MIT Media Lab.