Music for the mind

Last week we had a very happy boss at work, not that he isn’t usually very happy, but last week in particular he was in his element as he had been asked to help out his old band mates in re-mixing and adding the final touch to their album of songs from back in the college days…




Now, when your evenings are still spent in the area of your work, i.e the studio, it can only show how much you love what you do and also show how important it is from time to time to have a side project to indulge in and maintain the passion for your work.


This all got me to thinking about just how important music really is for the mind and our happiness, as they say “Music is to the Soul as Food is to the body.”

“The relationship between music and the human nervous system is, in fact, so complex that it constitutes an entire scientific field: the cognitive neuroscience of music. According to Daniel Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain On Music, listening to music can have a significant impact on our brain chemistry, including the way we feel both physically and mentally. When we listen to our favorite songs, our brains release dopamine, a pleasure-inducing neurotransmitter that’s also released by a good meal (or a good roll in the hay). ”





This has been brewing for a while anyway as Nick Harris is very happy to be composing within our strong focus here at Tamborine, the wonderful animation world. By mid August he will have composed 24 x 22 min episodes combined of two brilliant Netflix Original Shows.


And it isn’t only benefitting the engineer creating sound and music; continuing into the Animation industry there are already elements of using music to inspire children not just by enjoying signing along but in an inclusion & therapy form too…


CBeebies’ show, “Melody, is a show designed to introduce preschool children to a variety of classical music through stories and animation. Melody, the title character, is a partially-sighted girl with an incredible imagination. CBeebies worked with the RNIB to make the show as accessible as possible for children with a visual impairment, by working with high contrast colours, having centrally-focused action, bigger movements, longer shots and telling the story as much as possible with voiceover and sound effects.”





If it isn’t already being done, perhaps it would be an idea to further develop shows not only in the pre-school genre but pushing into programmes we adults’ watch in the evening or for all the family at the breakfast table. Much like how it has been a recent craze for adults’ colouring books to de-stress and relax our busy minds, wouldn’t it be great to have programme music subliminally calming us for bedtime or giving that good feel factor to start the day, especially in a generation where the TV is quite a big focus in the household.


‘Music helps reprogram our brains because the right songs can pair pleasure (dopamine release) with our successfully becoming calm. Then we are doubly rewarded as we successfully accomplish a specific goal and with calmness. Your brain gets the message that, in effect, if it calms down in this specific situation, the next time around it will get rewarded. So when the situation next presents itself, your brain anticipates the reward and sends your mind and body instructions to calm down and behave in a certain way. When it receives its reward, you feel good. Additionally, doing what is in your best interests is reinforced. So the next time and every time thereafter, it will become easier to stay calm and on track and get to that mindset more quickly.’ Joseph Cardillo PH.D.