The Scream Of Nature

He observed how they gave voice to emotion, conveyed information, and established relationships through learning and creating their own children’s musical culture. He identified two types of children’s singing – ‘egocentric’ for private pleasure, which, as the child matures, gives way to more social or ‘communicative’ music making. A recording with a blind 5-month-old girl illustrates intermodal attunement between the heard melody of a mother’s song and the proprioceptive feelings in the body of the baby of a gesturing left arm and hand . The human ability to sense the shape of a melody within the body is intrinsic to our enjoyment of music as human communication .

Playing the music on the piano was like reading a piece of poetry to a friend. There wasn’t really a decision made by me to write a solo album after 20 years. I never thought about it until someone told me that was the case. I myself benefit from music because it takes me to wonderful places within myself. I’ve visited beautiful places within my soul because of music, and I think that it can take you to greater places of spirituality, of joy, of sadness, anger, greatness… You can dive into such a vast array of different emotions, and I think that everyone can benefit from listening to music.

A restless future-seeking intelligence, with our urge to share it, inspires us to express our personalities as ‘story-telling creatures,’ who want to share, and evaluate, others’ stories . Quality – consisting of the contours of expressive vocal and body gesture, shaping our felt sense of time in movement. These contours can consist of psychoacoustic attributes of vocalizations – timbre, pitch, volume – or attributes of direction and intensity of the moving body perceived in any modality. Pulse – a regular succession through time of discrete movements (which may, for example, be used to create sound for music, or to create movement with music – dance) using our felt sense of acting which enables the ‘future-creating’ predictive process by which a person may anticipate or create what happens next and when. Evocative, rich and lyrical, the Norwegian composer’s music is always very special – and his only piano concerto is one of the finest pieces ever written for the instrument. Our Full Works Concert presenter Jane Jones says this work is “healing, calming and reassuring all in one go. The moment the piano finally comes in after the orchestra in the second movement is one of the most moving in all of classical music with its sensation of utter relief.”

In 1969 Bateson had her first child after beginning postgraduate studies at MIT with Margaret Bullowa, researching language development using statistical analysis of vocal expressions. Observing a film in Bullowa’s collection as well as the experience of rich exchanges with her own infant opened her awareness of the form and timing of communication that developed in the first 3 months, which she called ‘proto-conversation’ . She benefitted from attention to the field studies of Albert Scheflen on the stream of conversation and Ray Birdwhistell on body movements in natural conversation . Our musical creativity and pleasure come from the way our body hopes to move, with rhythms and feelings of grace and biological ‘knowing’ (see Merleau-Ponty). The predicting, embodied self of a human being experiences time, force, space, movement, and intention/directionality in being.

There are a few humans that are very meaningful to me but the rest seem to be unnecessary and unneeded. You can, instead, devote your time to being amongst nature and, through doing this, you do feel much richer. Every day, I found myself writing a piece of music, and the music came naturally. It was like the music was coming by itself, without any effort from me.

To mark World Earth Day it’s great to announce the second running of the Tune Into Prize. The launch in 2020 saw 180 entries and resulted in the inaugural winner, I Eden by LYDIAH. The Oak Project is supporting the the prize this year and with a judging panel including musicians Martyn Ware, Sam Lee, Supriya Nagarajan and poet Zena Edwards we are in search for a piece of original music that tunes into nature – helping to highlight the need for a new relationship with nature and provide vital support for young creative practitioners. To mark World Earth Day, The Oak Project has announced the second edition of the Tune Into Nature Music Prize, following a successful launch in 2020 which saw 180 entries and resulted in the inaugural winner, LYDIAH.

A sense of time in the mind is the fabric from which movements of all kinds are woven into ambitious projects that value elegance with efficiency. It is a manifestation of the ‘biochronology’ that is essential to the vitality of all forms of life . In Rhythms of the Brain, György Buzsáki presents a wealth of evidence that the brain functions as a coherent rhythmic system, always in synch., and with a rich array of rhythms that are organized to collaborate. The ability to create meaning with others through wordless structured gestural narratives, that is, our communicative musicality, emerges from before birth and in infancy. From this innate musicality come the various cultural forms of music. Musicking is knowing bodies coming alive in the sounds they make.

‘Language of nature’ we equate with our embodied moving consciousness – our communicative musicality. An excess of ‘artificial signs,’ perhaps aimed at increasing productivity, leads to loneliness and ruthless rationality. However, the cultivation of our communicative musicality, in ourselves and others, through playful music, dance, ritual and sympathetic companionship, makes our communal life of shared work of the body and mind creative in more hopeful ways. It restores our common humanity and our connection with all living things.

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