Culminating in March 2009, the Music and the Brain series is sponsored by the Library’s Music Division and its Science, Technology and Business Division, in cooperation with the Dana Foundation. Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychologist at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, served as project chairwoman and brought together scientists, scholars, composers, performers, theorists, physicians, psychologists and other experts.
In an effort to bring the Library’s resources to you, programming in the series is available in podcast form. Hosted by Steve Mencher, a former radio producer for Carnegie Hall and National Public Radio, the podcasts feature one-on-one interviews with the guest speakers. Past topics have included the brain activity behind music improvisation, the hidden connections between language and instrumental music and crimes that have been connected to musical genres.
In addition, webcasts of the actual presentations are also available. Search the Library’s webcasts site for “music and the brain.”