Oliver Sacks y la música

musicophilia.jpgEn Wired publican una entrevista con Oliver Sacks sobre su último libro Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (curiosamente, indican que la versión web es la larga, es decir que la que aparece en la revista es menos; ¿para qué sirve entonces la revista?). Tanto me ha gustado, que he pedido el libro.

Un fragmento curioso sobre drogas y música:

Hume wondered whether one can imagine a color that one has never encountered. One day in 1964, I constructed a sort of pharmacological mountain, and at its peak, I said, «I want to see indigo, now!» As if thrown by a paintbrush, a huge, trembling drop of purest indigo appeared on the wall — the color of heaven. For months after that, I kept looking for that color. It was like the lost chord.

Then I went to a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the first half, they played the Monteverdi Vespers, and I was transported. I felt a river of music 400 years long running from Monteverdi’s mind into mine. Wandering around during the interval, I saw some lapis lazuli snuffboxes that were that same wonderful indigo, and I thought, «Good, the color exists in the external world.» But in the second half I got restless, and when I saw the snuffboxes again, they were no longer indigo — they were blue, mauve, pink. I’ve never seen that color since.

It took a mountain of amphetamine, mescaline, and cannabis to launch me into that space. But Monteverdi did it too.

(vía Boing Boing)

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Pedro Jorge Romero

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  • María 13 octubre, 2007, 2:43 pm

    Precisamente estoy consiguiendo poco a poco los libros de este autor… me anoto este a la lista.

  • Lucy Cordero 24 diciembre, 2007, 5:29 am

    Hola soy músico y docente, me encantaría adquirir el libro de musicphilia en español, se podrá? Gracias

  • Tina 10 enero, 2009, 11:52 pm

    Hola Lucy Cordero…
    Acaba de salir éste libro en inglés… peró por lo que me han dicho, la traducción no tardará en llegar… así que como tu, tendré que esperarla!

    Hay sitios donde hay capitulos enteros traducidos al español… si buscas un poquito, lo encontraras!

    Un beso.