Wired for Sound: Music and the Brain

Saturday, November 28, 2009 Producer: CBC Radio 2 Listen Again On this episode of The Nerve, host Jowi Taylor takes you on an aural journey, from the creation of sound at its source, through the air and the outer ear to the cochlea, the spinal column, and the cerebral cortex. On the way, you’ll hear… Continue reading Wired for Sound: Music and the Brain

The Pipe, the Drum and the Thunder Run: Music and War

Saturday, November 21, 2009 Producer: CBC Radio 2 Listen Again On this episode of The Nerve, host Jowi Taylor surveys the entwined histories of war and music. Military music is meant to stir the blood. In order to achieve this, some instruments, some compositions, some sounds are more favoured than others. The Israelites used trumpets… Continue reading The Pipe, the Drum and the Thunder Run: Music and War

Sentimental Journey: Music and Emotion

Saturday, November 14, 2009 Producer: CBC Radio 2 Listen Again Some music expresses joy; other music expresses sorrow. It also can affect our emotions and *make* us happy or sad. On this episode of The Nerve, host Jowi Taylor asks what makes sad music sad, and whether those elements are universal across cultures. Music is… Continue reading Sentimental Journey: Music and Emotion

myTunes: Music and Identity

Saturday, November 7, 2009 Producer: CBC Radio 2 Listen Again Today, it seems, everyone has the opportunity to create their very own personal soundtrack to their lives. There’s a very simple reason that the iPod starts with the letter “I”. On this episode of The Nerve, host Jowi Taylor examines how music plays an integral… Continue reading myTunes: Music and Identity

Enchanted, Entranced: Music and Spirituality

Saturday, October 31, 2009 Producer: CBC Radio 2 Listen Again In Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and every minor religion around the world, music has been used as a tool to elevate the spirit or unite the faithful. On this episode of The Nerve, host Jowi Taylor looks at how music has come to be… Continue reading Enchanted, Entranced: Music and Spirituality

In the Key of DNA: Music and Evolution

Saturday, October 24, 2009 Producer: CBC Radio 2 Listen Again This episode of The Nerve asks the question why? Why did music evolve in the first place? Some people think music is merely an evolutionary frill, a by-product – delicious cheesecake for our ears that has no evolutionary purpose. Darwin himself was puzzled by music.… Continue reading In the Key of DNA: Music and Evolution