Arrgh, how irritating!
Last week I clearly remember hearing a piece on NPR (my lovely wife corroborates this, btw) that reported on recent neurological research into the ways that music lights up the motor center of the brain, and now I can’t find it. The researchers were particularly impressed with the fact that it’s hard to not tap your foot along to music (true, but sort of makes you say “duh”).
I’ve been reading an essay by Richard Middleton (p.104) in which he argues for a gestural metalanguage for doing music analysis, and reflecting on how it relates to this nice bit of brain science. More than the actual physical reaction to music, I’ve been thinking about how I imagine movement when I hear music. I also dig it that this points to a nice way of getting past the mind/body dualism.
Anyway, if anyone out there has a ref. for the actual bit of research I heard about on NPR, I’d love a citation–simple searches have not yet turned it up.