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Music audio library

Here you will find various audio files split into two groups: tracks specifically intended for use alongside the Melodic Marvels activity and homework exercises, and some more general tracks that illustrate some of the audio effects described in ‘Big Picture: Music, Mind and Medicine’

Activity and homework tracks

These files are for use with the classroom activity and homework exercises.

 

1. Dance music composed by Zack Moir (1 min 25 secs)

Listen to the track and follow the instructions on the activity sheet.

2a. Violin string (10 secs)

Listen to the track and follow the instructions on the activity sheet.

2b. Harmonics produced within the human voice (14 secs)

Listen to the track and follow the instructions on the activity sheet.

2c. Long ‘glissando’ or musical ‘slide’ (34 secs)

Listen to the track and follow the instructions on the activity sheet.

3a. ‘Batonebo’, a ‘healing song’ (1 min 40 secs)

Listen to the track and follow the instructions on the activity sheet.

4a. Exercise to aid reading and writing (10 secs)

Listen to the track and follow the instructions on the activity sheet.

4b. Opening of the Allegro of Mozart’s ‘Clarinet Quintet in A Major’ (1 min 28 secs)

Listen to the track and follow the instructions on the activity sheet.

5a. ‘Moon Palace’  piece for piano (1 min 22 secs)

Listen to the track and follow the instructions on the activity sheet.

6a. Techno music composed by Zack Moir (1 min 28 secs)

Listen to the track and follow the instructions on the homework sheet.

6b. Larghetto from Mozart’s ‘Clarinet Quintet in A Major’ (1 min 48 secs)

Listen to the track and follow the instructions on the homework sheet.

Additional tracks

These audio files are not an integrated part of the Melodic Marvels lesson idea, but may be used in the classroom if desired.

 

Whistled conversation (1 min 43 secs)

Whistle speech in Sochiapam, southern Mexico, is often used over a distance in preference to shouting, which is rarely used. This whistled conversation is between two men in different fields. Find out what is being said.
© 2008 Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, AC

Missing fundamental (13 secs)

This is an ascending diatonic scale starting with middle C, played three times in succession. The notes in the first scale are comprised of harmonics all of equal amplitude; the notes in the second scale contain all but the first harmonic (i.e. the fundamental); and the notes in the third scale contain only the first harmonic.
Courtesy of Jerome R Breitenbach

Dissonance (11 secs)

A harsh, discordant combination of sounds.

Devils Interval (18 secs)

Playing two notes that are three tones apart, simultaneously or one after another, automatically induces a feeling of dread. In medieval times this was considered evil and was banned.

Tarantella (57 secs)

This is a recording of the tarantella, a musical therapy for people bitten by the tarantula. This version is by Diego Carpitella, based on the music of Ernesto de Martino. The first clip gives a sample of this intense musical dance therapy in full swing; the traditional arrangement is led by mandolins and tambourines. The second clip is from the climax of this therapy, characterised by chanting and wailing. The third clip features towards the end of the therapy, and is characterised by yelling and banging.

Bone flutes (45 secs)

In 1999 excavations at the early Neolithic site of Jiahu, located in Henan province, China, yielded six complete bone flutes between 7,000 and 9,000 years old. They are thought to be the earliest complete, playable, tightly dated, multinote musical instruments.
Courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory

Animal sounds (1 min 13 secs)

Clips of whales, mice and birds (in that order).

Timbre (36 secs)

Explore the the difference in sound quality between different instruments playing the same note.

Pitch (8 secs)

Pitch represents the perceived fundamental frequency of a sound. Here it is demonstrated by playing middle C, then C one octave higher, then C one octave lower.

 

 

Lead image:

Iwan Gabovitch/Flickr CC BY

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Music, Mind and Medicine’ in June 2009 and reviewed and updated in August 2014.

Topics:
Neuroscience, Psychology, Medicine
Issue:
Music, Mind and Medicine
Education levels:
11–14, 14–16, 16–19, Continuing professional development