Relational vs Absolute

Through research and experimentation, I am developing tools to experience the nature of audio and visual languages. These apparatus of my art practice are manifested through my research of neuroscience, music, visual art, linguistics and the related biological mechanics and syntactic structures of each.

I just read Daniel J. Levitin’s book This Is Your Brain On Music, and it is fascinating. In recent years neuroscientists, including Levitin are using functional MRIs to observe the brain while their subjects think about, listen to, and perform music. These experiments are illuminating amazing things about how our brains work in respect to music and all other human experiences as well.

Our brains are more active when we listen to music and even more when we play music than with any other activity we do. This is amazing information. What is this really telling us? If our brain is supercharged with activity when music is fueling it, does this mean we can expect to have heightened visual experiences of endless subjectivity? I wonder how this sound activated brain influences the visual world we experience and vise-versa.

One thing we know about the brain is that memory is very complex and it alters our perception of the present. How the brain processes memory is not yet completely clear. Do we tape record our experience and then play it back as it absolutely happened, or do we relate bits and pieces of what happened and put them together to complete a memory?