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In Chapter 8: Things Fall Apart: Amusia and Dysharmonia, Oliver Sacks examines these two neurological conditions. He states that there are numerous factors involved, all connected with the perception, deciphering, and combination of sound and time, and hence that there are numerous types of amusia. Sacks indicates that A. L. Benton (in his chapter on the amusias in Critchley and Henson's Music and the Mind) admits "responsive" from "interpretive" or "performance" amusia, and distinguishes more than twelve types. By and large, however, types of rhythm deafness are not common, in light of the fact that rhythm is portrayed broadly in the brain. Approximately five percent of the population suffer from true tone deafness, and individuals with such…show more content…
Culture and experience establish some of one's tonal sensitivities also. Hence, somebody like Sacks may perceive the diatonic scale more “natural” and more orienting than the twenty-two-note scales of Hindu music. Yet, there does not appear to be any intrinsic neurological inclination for specific sorts of music, any more than there are for particular languages. The main imperative components of music are discrete tones and rhythmic organization.
Furthermore, Sacks reports what Robert Silvers told him about Joseph Alsop, the columnist, who "used to tell me that the music I admired, or indeed any music, for him was something like the sound of a horse-drawn carriage passing over cobbled streets." This case
(called dystimbria) varied to some degree from the ones of pure pitch amu¬sia. They are perceived as an unmistakable type of amusia that may exist together with defective pitch discrimination or happen all alone. In this manner, Timothy Griffiths, A. R. Jennings, and Jason Warren as of late reported the striking instance of a forty-two-year-old man who, after suffering a right-hemisphere stroke, experienced dystimbria with no modification of pitch
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