I’m in the midst of reading a fascinating book called This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, written by Daniel J. Levitin. Levitin is particularly interesting because he became a neuroscientist after first working as professional musician, sound engineer, and producer.
Do we need any evidence that music affects all of us viscerally, and often passionately? The medieval Catholic Church
banned the musical interval of an augmented fourth, the distance between C and F-sharp and also known as a tritone (the interval in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story when Tony sings the name “Maria”). This interval was considered so dissonant that it must have been the work of Lucifer, and so the church named it Diabolus in musica.
Now I wonder if I can get Pope Benedikt to do something about heavy metal.