The brain is the largest control center in the body. The largest part is the cerebral cortex, which is divided into two parts. The left brain focuses on analytical thinking, while the right brain works to process information in a more creative manner. A little thing called the corpus callosum connects the left and right brain, making it possible for the two hemispheres to communicate.
The Power of Music
Music has the power to alter our state of consciousness. In fact, it may incite the flow of stored memory across the corpus callosum, allowing the left and right brain to work together. Music initially triggers the right hemisphere, as it is nonverbal in nature, but when words are incorporated, it signals the left brain, facilitating communication between the two hemispheres.
One doesn’t even have to listen to music to hear it. Robert Zatorre and his colleagues discovered that imagining the music playing can effectively stimulate the auditory cortex, even if there is no sound in the room. Music also has the power to create synthesia, causing a person to see a color, smell a scent, experience the sensation of a taste, or feel a temperature change as a result of the music they’re listening to.
Music has also been proven to both stimulate creativity and make people more generous. Simply listening to music helps stimulate the mind while relaxing the body, helping to induce a level of generosity not present without it.
Many children grow up learning to play a musical instrument, but for youth living in the barrios of Paraguay, this was once just a dream.
Paraguayan filmmaker Alejandra Amarilla and her team wanted to do something when they heard the story of The Recycled Orchestra. Started from the creativity of a humble garbage picker, this youth orchestra made music with instruments crafted entirely from trash.
Using the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, Alejandra Amarilla and her team worked hard to meet their initial fundraising goal of $175,000 to produce The Landfill Harmonic documentary, telling the story of The Recycled Orchestra. However, they were able to surpass their initial goal by 23%, raising a total of $214,129.
Thanks to Alejandra Amarilla and her team, this incredible story is now known worldwide. It is truly amazing to see the amazing things that can happen when an entire community works together to support a music program in the best way they know how.
The documentary brings a level of awareness to The Recycled Orchestra that they never would have been able to achieve without it. This moving story can now continue to touch the lives of everyone who hears it for years to come.