That's why Zatorre
helped organize a conference, "The Biological Foundations of Music," sponsored last week by the New York
Academy of Sciences, at which experts in disciplines ranging from
neuroscience and neurology to brain imaging and psychology met to
exchange notes about what's known--and, more important, what remains
to be learned--in this small but growing field.
What seems clear is that the ability to
experience and react to music is deeply embedded in the biology of the nervous
to be processed mostly in the right hemisphere of the brain, no single set of cells is devoted to
Different networks of neurons
are activated, depending on whether a person is listening to music or
playing an instrument, and whether or not the music involves
Specific brain disorders
affect the perception
of music in very specific ways. Experiments done on epileptics
decades ago showed that stimulating certain areas of the temporal
lobe on both sides of the brain awakened "musical memories"--vivid
re-creations of melodies that the patients had heard years earlier.
Lesions in the
can result in so-called musicogenic epilepsy,
an extremely rare form of the disorder in which seizures are triggered
by the sound of music. Autism offers an even greater puzzle. People
with this condition are mentally deficient, yet most are proficient
musicians; some are "musical savants" possessed of extraordinary
The opposite is true of the
less than 1% of the population who suffer from amusia, or true tone deafness. They literally cannot
recognize a melody, let alone tell two of them apart, and they are
incapable of repeating a song (although they think they are doing it
correctly). Even simple, familiar tunes such as Frere Jacques and
Happy Birthday are mystifying to amusics, but when the lyrics are
spoken rather than sung, amusics are able to recognize the song
"This goes way
beyond an inability to carry a tune," observes psychologist Isabelle
Peretz of the University of Montreal. "They can't dance, and they
can't tell the difference between consonance [harmony] and dissonance
They all appear to have
born without the wiring necessary to process music."
with amusia show no overt
signs of brain damage or short-term-memory impairment, and
magnetic-resonance-imaging scans of their brains look normal.
There is evidently no way
help these unfortunate folks (though, admittedly, they don't know
what they're missing).
instrumentalists, at least, music can evidently trigger physical
changes in the brain's wiring.
By measuring faint magnetic fields emitted by the brains of
professional musicians, a team led by Christo Pantev of the
University of Muenster's Institute of Experimental Audiology in
Germany has shown that intensive practice of an instrument leads to discernible enlargement
of parts of the cerebral cortex, the layer of gray
matter most closely associated with higher brain function.
As for music's emotional impact, there is some indication that music
can affect levels of various
including cortisol (involved in arousal
called Hydrocortisone, an organic compound belonging to the steroid
family, the principal
hormone secreted by the adrenal
glands. It is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and is also used for
the palliative treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Use of cortisol in
therapy produces the same
undesirable side effects
as cortisone. Both drugs have been largely superseded
synthetic steroids as prednisolone
testosterone (aggression and arousal) and
an organic compound
belonging to the steroid family and occurring as the androgenic, or masculinizing, hormone produced by the testis.
responsible for development of the male sex organs and such masculine characteristics as facial hair
and deepening of the voice. Testosterone can be manufactured by
chemical and microbiological modification of inexpensive steroids,
such as diosgenin. It is used clinically for treatment of testicular
insufficiency, the suppression of lactation, the therapy of certain
types of breast
cancer, and the treatment
of frigidity in women.
oxytocin (nurturing behavior) as well as
Natural oxytocin is
secreted by the posterior pituitary gland, which holds and secretes
oxytocin produced by the hypothalamus. Oxytocin causes milk to be
ejected from the
breasts during lactation;
the amount of
however, has little effect on
uterine contractions and does
labour.When synthetic oxytocin is
infused in larger amounts, however, it causes smooth muscle in the
wall of the uterus to contract and initiate the process of labour.
release of the natural
opiates known as endorphins.
any of a group
proteins with pain-relieving properties that are found naturally in
Endorphins have been found to
be clearly involved in the regulation
pain; even the
analgesic effects of acupuncture
treatments may be attributable to them. Such substances are also
believed to have some relation to appetite control,
the release of sex hormones through the pituitary, and the adverse effects of shock.
There is strong evidence that
endorphins are connected with "pleasure centres" in the brain. Using PET scanners, Zatorre has shown
the parts of the
brain involved in processing
emotion seem to light up with activity when a subject hears music.
Endorphins may serve in
modulating the release of other peptides from endocrine cells in the digestive
Opiates achieve their effect on the brain
because their structure closely resembles that of certain molecules
called endorphins, which are naturally produced in the
pain and enhance
mood by occupying
certain receptor sites on specific neurons (nerve cells) that are
involved in the transmission of nervous impulses.
Blue notes from
makes me forget my real situation. It
transports me into a state which is not my own. Under the influence
of music I really seem to feel what I do not understand, to have
powers which I cannot have." ~Tolstoy
Babylon according to Hislop who defines most gentile Temple-states
which includes that in Jerusalem because God turned them over to
worship the starry host (Acts 7 etc., etc.)
Only the high
priest and other privileged
members of the clergy and
permitted to enter the cella, or inner part of the
temple, which held
special statue of the deity
[Only these were
involved with the musical animal sacrifices for purifying temple or
personnel in the Jerusalem
The needs of the
provided for in
accordance with impressive
out by a vast institutionalized clergy
priests, musicians, magicians,
soothsayers, dream interpreters,
astrologers, and hierodules (temple slaves or prostitutes).
Sacrifices of food,
drink, or incense were offered daily. Numerous festivals were held,
the most important of which was the celebration of the new year at the spring equinox. Encarta Encyclopedia
"According to the system
which Nimrod was the grand instrument in
introducing, men were led to believe
that a real spiritual change
of heart was unnecessary, and that so far as change was needful,
they could be regenerated by mere external means.
"Looking at the subject
light of the Bacchanalian orgies (Read Ephesus and Corinth),
which, as the
reader has seen, commemorated the history of Nimrod, it is evident that
he led mankind to seek their
chief good in sensual enjoyment,
and showed them how they
enjoy the pleasures of sin, without any fear of the wrath of a holy
Rock, Boogie Woogie becomes Contemporary Christian Music)
"In his various
expeditions he was always accompanied by troops of women; and
by music and song, and games (ritual drama) and
revelries, and everything that could please the natural hearts,
he commended himself to the good
graces of mankind."
55, Loizeaux Brothers)
All of these point to
observation that music releases chemicals which produce the impulse
flight or sex." That is
its only historical value as performed in religious rituals for the
As tantalizing as these
research are, they barely begin to address the mysteries of music and
the brain, including the deepest question of all: Why do we
appreciate music? Did our musical ancestors have an evolutionary edge over their tin-eared fellows? Or is
music, as M.I.T. neuroscientist Steven Pinker asserts, just "auditory
cheesecake," with no biological value? Given music's central role in
most of our lives, it's time that scientists found the answers.
--REPORTED BY ANDREA DORFMAN/NEW YORK
While "loud" is often
associated with Rock concerts, 300 or 3000 voices when on key
produces a body-shaking power: you can feel it as hurt in the
eardrums and the shaking of your song book. Therefore, "church"
concerts produce the same effects as Rock concerts at some
"On pages 90, and
131, of this book Battle
Dr. William Sargent,
a leading scientific authority on the human nervous
system, writes, "Electrical recordings of the human brain show that
it is particularly
sensitive to the rhythmic
stimulation by percussion and bright light among other things,
and certain rates of rhythm can build up recordable abnormalities
of brain function and explosive states of tension sufficient enough to produce
Of the results caused by
disturbances, the most common one is temporarily impaired judgement and heightened
"Rhythm induced stress shows up in many ways, including decreased performance, hyperactivity, increase in errors in the work force, decreased decision making ability,
One doctor said that
practice I have found that the academic records of many small
children improve considerably after they stop
listening to rock music while studying.
respect for authority.
rhythm, like many drugs, can become addictive. Repeated exposure to it causes one to seek it. It
is as if a switch is thrown in the mind.
After this switching takes
place the body begins
this unnatural beat or rhythm over a
"It is as if the body can no
longer distinguish between what is beneficial and what is harmful.
In fact, the
body actually chooses that which is destructive over that which is
The Biblical and other
evidence clear shows that once you have become addicted to music the SWITCH HAS
BEEN THROWN and you have
"fallen and will never get up."
Consistent with addiction, it is common to try to tempt others into
the same dilema.
Chapter VII.-Sacrificial Orgies.
up HOLY PALMS to exclude what he called WITHOUT WRATH
or without ORGE or ORGIES.]
"But they did not cease
worship images, by reason of the evil intelligence of the
excuses for them, which had power to constrain them to the foolish
establishing this things by magical ceremonies, they assigned them feasts from sacrifices, libations, flutes, and
by means ofj which senseless men, being deceived, and their kingdom being taken from
them, yet did not desist from the
worship that they had taken up with.
To such an
extent did they
prefer error, on account of its pleasantness, before truth.
They also howl after their sacrificial surfeit, their soul from the depth, as it were by dreams, forewarning them of the
punishment that is to befall such deeds of theirs
Now the parable is
seed is the word of God. Luke 8:11
Those by the way side are
that hear; then cometh the devil,
and taketh away the
word out of their
hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. Luke 8:12
does the Devil LIFT UP to carry away the IMPLANTED SEED?
(g142) ah'ee-ro; a prim. verb; to lift; by impl. to take up or away; fig. to raise (the voice), keep
in suspense (the mind);
spec. to sail
away (i.e. weigh
anchor); by Heb. [comp. 5375] to expiate sin: - away with, bear (up), carry, lift up,
to doubt, put away, remove, take (away, up).
Nasa (h5375) naw-saw'; or nac¹ah
 naw- saw'; a prim. root; to lift, in a great variety of
applications, lit. and fig., absol. and rel. (as follows): - accept,
advance, arise, (able to, [armour], suffer to) bear (-er, up), bring
(forth), burn, carry (away), cast, contain, desire, ease, exact,
exalt (self), extol, fetch, forgive, furnish, further, give, go on,
help, high, hold up, honourable (/ man), lade, lay, lift (self) up,
lofty, marry, magnify, * needs, obtain, pardon, raise (up), receive,
regard, respect, set (up), spare, stir up, / swear, take (away, up),
* utterly, wear, yield
Is.13:1 THE burden
of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
Massa (h4853) mas-saw'; from 5375; a burden;
(abstr.) porterage; fig. an utterance, chiefly a
doom, espec. singing; mental, desire: - burden, carry
* they set, song, tribute.
Jer 23:32 Behold, I am
them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them,
and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet
I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit
this people at all, saith the Lord.
Jer 23:33 And when this
people, or the prophet,
or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What is the burden of the Lord?
thou shalt then say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you,
saith the Lord.
Take thou away from me the noise of thy
songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. Am 5:23
But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and
Chiun your images,
the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Am.5:26
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man
knoweth the Son, but
the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Matthew 11:27
Come unto me all ye
that labor and are heavy
laden, and I will
give you rest. Matthew 11:28
The heavy lading
the clergy whom Jesus identified as a "den of vipers" and children of
their father, Satan. Their method of substituting their own words did
the same musical work of Satan. Laden is:
OUTLAWED FOR THE CHURCH:
Phortizo (g5412) for-tid'-zo; from 5414; to load
up (prop. as
aa vessel or animal), i.e. (fig.) to overburden with ceremony (or spiritual
anxiety): - lade, be heavy laden.
Rom 15:1 WE then that are strong ought to bear the
the weak, and not to please
ar-es'-ko; prob. from 142 (through the idea of exciting emotion); to be
agreeable (or by impl. to seek to be so): - please.
Airo (g142) ah'ee-ro;
a prim. verb; to lift; by impl. to take up or away; fig.to raise (the
voice), keep in suspense (the mind); spec. to sail away (i.e. weigh
anchor); by Heb. [comp. 5375] to expiate sin: - away with, bear (up),
carry, lift up, loose, make to doubt, put away, remove, take (away,
A. pleasing, mostly in bad sense, obsequious,
cringing, Arist.EN1108a28, 1126b12, Thphr.Char.5.1.
II. areskos, ho, the staff borne by pornoboskoi [brothel keeper] on the stage,
Arist.EN1108a28 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics book 2
 In respect of truth then,the middle character may be
called truthful, and the observance of the mean Truthfulness1 ;
pretence in the form of exaggeration is Boastfulness, and its possessor
a boaster; in the form of understatement, Self-depreciation, and its
possessor the self-depreciator.
 In respect of pleasantness and social
amusement, the middle character is witty and the middle disposition
Wittiness; the excess is Buffoonery and its possessor a
buffoon; the deficient man may be called boorish, and his
disposition Boorishness. In respect of general pleasantness
in life, the man who is pleasant in the proper manner is friendly, and
the observance of the mean is Friendliness; he that exceeds, if from no
interested motive, is obsequious, if for his own advantage, a
flatterer; he that is deficient, and unpleasant in all the affairs of
life, may be called quarrelsome and surly.
Don't forget that a
people all singing close harmony are moving your brain in the skull.
It is extremely loud and harmful much like Rock music with
amplification. Not forgetting that "churchy" music is LOUD music or
it would not do its magical work we are asked to:
Consider the following three types of damage
that takes place in our bodies under exposure to loud volume.
volume slows down our ability to
memorize and do other
brain functions by constricting the flow of blood to the brain. In
the words of Dr. Arnold Scheivel, professor of medicine at UCLA and
brain growth, "If there is a bottom line, it is that no
neuron is healthier than the capillary that supplies it.
We have a very strong
that in the capillary supply system is the story of the maintenance
or slow decline of the
brain." How does volume
effect blood supply? The blood
vessels undergo a
narrowing of caliber in the presence of
loud sound. This narrowing decreases the flow of blood to the
different parts of the body, including the mind. A person studying under the influence of loud music
has a decrease in the amount of blood flowing to the brain. This
makes it more difficult to memorize and to understand their
Second, loud music can cause a form of schizophrenia. When a person is exposed to high level
sound, a chemical is formed in the brain that is normally
found in schizophrenia
patients in mental
institutions. A music therapist, investigating the effects of loud
music, gave an emotional
stability test to 240
teenagers while they listened to music.
A psychologist, who
was unaware of how it was given, examined the results and determined
that the test had been given in a mental institution.
Martin Polo, the
Audio Visual Services at UCLA and noise consultant for the aerospace
industry and related technologies writes, "Lastly, the presence of
continued exposure to high level sound can trigger psychopathological impacts on
These impacts can
range from depressions noted among females during the menstrual period to actual presence in the brain of chemicals normally found
in schizophrenia and psychosis. There are a number of other interesting reaction to
the presence of high level sound which involve the brain, including
interference with vision.
Third, loud music can cause ulcers. When susceptible individuals are
exposed to loud sound over a period of time, certain stomach functions are disrupted and an increase of hydrochloric
acid is released,
causing ulceration of the stomach. Martin Polon of UCLA writes, "The
continuing exposure to high energy sound creates a stress reaction in the body that significantly involves
the gastrointestinal system. Certain stomach functions are disrupted
by abnormal contractions of the abdominal area, and increased
infusion of hydrochloric acid causing dyspepsia.
Recurring activation of this
syndrome will lead to peptic ulceration in susceptible individuals.
If you consider that Crack
Cocaine is dangerous when abused, how can you deliberately feed our young people with a "church" dose of cocaine claiming that you are not an
But, in harmonic singing,
"barks" and '"drips" which drive us crazy are momentarily very loud as
everyone gets in "harmony." Therefore, if you feed your children
"moderate" doses of music-induced morphine how can you know that you
are not just the "whip
arm" of Satan tearing
down the kingdom of God?
All of the ancient
says that you are the agents of Lucifer.
The Bible agrees that music
says to God: "We don't want to hear from you, we have a better
Secular history even at the
Towers of Babylon knew what medicine is just now beginning to grasp:
music can disable the rational brain God gave you.
"Then why did God give me
musical talent and the power to control people with music?" Hitler
asked the same question and moved Wagner from the churches to the
streets. God gave me the power to consume buttered popcorn and I will
be that you can attract more "customers" to your theatrical religion
if you hand out hot, buttered popcorn. So, the use of "talent" in an
attempt to worship for others is "the idolatry of talent."
If you have already
turned your "religious system" over to theatrical performs, if the
ancient stories are true:
You have fallen
and you will never be able to get up.
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