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  • Writer's pictureDulani Don Tennakoon

3. Mood board of my brain.

Updated: Nov 18, 2022

My main take away from all my experiments is that we never do nothing.

Physically, our internal body is never still, our heart is beating, lungs are absorbing oxygen, blood pumping, and brains constantly working, controlling every thought, memory, emotion, touch, motor skills, vision, breathing, temperature, hunger and every process that regulates your body.

I noticed that I always surround myself by sound, be it music or podcasts. My Alexa is always playing music and if I'm out, I have my headphones in. So music and audio, is a big part of my daily life.

I am definitely someone who feels anxious over little things which turns into me overthinking, so often I feel as if my brain spirals out of control, leading to many different thoughts of unnecessary worry and stress. Often, listening to (very) loud music is the best way for me to destress.

Below, is a mood board I created to try show, visually, how I feel when I sit in silence versus how I feel when I have music on.

Music, emotions and our moods.

I found an article, from the Journal of adult development, 2011, Vol.18, called Music and Stress, by Nechama Yehuda. It looks at the relationship between music and how it may contribute to improving different health issues.

"Several areas of the brain are activated while performing or listening to music, and the researchers examined possible neurological and physiological mechanisms of stress and how music can mediate the calming of stressful situations."

"Many bodies of research support the healing effects of music. Our favourite melodies release dopamine, known as the feel-good hormone, which activates our brain’s pleasure and reward system. Music can have a positive, immediate impact on our mental state; fast tempos can psychologically and physiologically arouse us, helping energise us for the day. Slower, meditative tunes can help us to relax and lower our stress levels."

-Alex Fuentes, National alliance on mental illness

Music and sound is such an important part of our daily life. It is something that can greatly affect the way you feel when you are watching something. For example, when watching a horror movie, I often cover my ears while still watching. This makes it easier to watch as there is now no sound and makes it less scary. The way in which sound is used is what helps creates the atmosphere of a film, to create emotion and feeling when watching something. The soundtrack of a film is crucial, and the best will leave an impression on you that will last with you long after you watched it, so when you hear it again all those emotions from you felt while watching will come rushing back.

The soundtrack to the Disney film Luca makes me feel a weird sense of nostalgia, and I couldn't quite understand why. One section of the song pulls on my heart string and its such a strong feeling it was hard to pin point why. Looking into it, I feel that maybe it is because the story is set in Italy and that for me has a strong connection to my childhood. The music really makes me feel quite emotional.

"Whenever I do a film that's referencing a region, I like to completely immerse myself in that music while I'm writing the score."

-Dan Romer, composer for Disney's Luca

Sound has such a lasting imprint that you can hear it again and instantly you will be reminded of the visuals that you saw when you heard it. This can be true for chat music as well as film music, some chat songs remind me of people in my life every time I hear it. Other songs will take me back to a moment in time, and sometimes even bring back all those feeling.

Memory from a song

Taylor Swift, Blank Space.

This song for some reason brings back such a strong memory.

It reminds me of an afternoon of when i was in year 11. I had taken the 52 bus home after a revision class. It was winter so it was already dark, with water droplets on the window as it had been raining. I had my headphone in, and we were passing pen-y-lan road.

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