Curating The Week: On Synchronization, Turning Art Into Sound, And How The Mind Affects The Body


A piece about the reason why a group of metronomes will eventually synchronize with one another.

“This process, known as phase synchronization, was first observed in pendulum clocks in 1657 by Christian Huygens. It has since been found in systems ranging from thermoacoustic engines in the lab to the rhythmic blinking of fireflies in nature.”

An article about a musician who turns paintings into soundscapes.

“In order to convert images to sound, he breaks down paintings in thousands of  cubic particles, which he then associates with sound frequencies based on the warmth and intensity of the tone. The warmer tones correspond to high frequencies that go up to 800 Hz, while the cooler tones dip to low frequencies, around 50 Hz.”

An interview with Jo Marchant about her book Cure that discusses the effects of the mind on the body.

“Your brain reflects the way that you think throughout your life. You kind of shape it by your thoughts and your behaviors. If you play violin for eight hours a day, then the parts of the brain responsible for helping you to play the violin will get larger. If you’re thinking stressful thoughts for the whole day then those parts of the brain are going to get larger and other parts of the brain will deteriorate.”

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