The teacher's freedom #12 – music to your ears - The Point

Professor Fabrizio Bucella is a physicist, doctor of science and teaches at the free University of Brussels. Sommelier and zythologue (specialist of the beer),

The teacher's freedom #12 – music to your ears - The Point
Professor Fabrizio Bucella is a physicist, doctor of science and teaches at the free University of Brussels. Sommelier and zythologue (specialist of the beer), he leads the school of oenology Inter Wine & Dine. He professes also in the masters 2 the law of vine and wine, university of Bordeaux and in the law of wine and spirits from the university of Reims Champagne-Ardenne. He is the author of numerous books on the wine and we look forward to seeing you regularly through her column " The teacher's freedom ".

The music softens the manners. If Plato said that Aristotle was taken, that the penalty ? The rhythm and the harmony we would protect the passions. Let's start with a paradox. The musical expression ad libitum is often used in its meaning literally " at will ". Drink ad libitum means to drink without restraint, not the best sign of temperance platonic. We forget, however, that on a partition, ad libitum indicates that such a group of instruments may be omitted, at the option of the director of the orchestra. "At will" does not mean " to the limit ", but " for our good pleasure ", the pleasure that can be removed, so drink no more. The paradox was only apparent. We find the idea of continence, dear to Plato.

If the music softens the manners ad libitum, the question is, what music softens it better and what music softens less. During a research seminar on sensory analysis, which I direct at the free University of Brussels, my students have explored a number of associations between wine and music.


The experience which I would like to talk to you about relates to aromatic persistence intense. This characteristic of the wine is considered to be one of the most important. It is counted in seconds that the specialists name caudalies and shows the time that the wine lasts in the mouth after you have swallowed or spit out. The general idea is that a wine, the more persistent is more qualitative. The advantage of the aromatic persistence is two-fold. The first is that it depends a little tasting conditions : temperature, decanting, ageing, etc., it appears to be relatively constant. The second is that it is robust, the consistency of inter-judges being very strong : tasters different quickly of agreement between them, with accuracies lower in the second.

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I often experience in my tastings in the great amphitheatres. We have over one hundred and fifty students who participate, up to 529 in the aula magna, the record. With applications to the subtle, we can ask the students to vote for persistence. The result always impresses : the votes are held in a pocket handkerchief, the standard deviations are extremely low.

Plato, rhythm, and harmony

could it Be that the intense aromatic persistance is affected by the music played in the background ? The students have scoured the scientific literature and they are convinced that the rhythm of the music was the key factor. Already Plato spoke of rhythm and harmony that penetrate the soul. Neither one, nor two, our clever schoolboy drew a sheep and a experience inventive. Left to talk about pace, they took a music that was slower and more relaxing as I know – personally I'm always collapsed before the end of the first minute. A study by the Mind Lab of the university of Sussex calls this music of the most narcotic in the world. It would be up to 11 % more relaxing than other music in the genre, and 6 % more relaxing than a massage (promised, and the next year it explores the interactions between massage, music and wine, the volunteers, will be announced in the journal).

By comparison was selected a dynamic music, own to motivate a manatee for the dance the jerk. Here, too, I admit that under a minute is enough to my suffering, and a desire to smash the first available object to me invading as soon as the first noise.

Unfortunately, due to the virus, it was not possible to conduct all of the experiments, but preliminary results are encouraging. They show that the music clearly influences the perception of the aromatic persistence intense. The partition that relaxing would allow a better precision in the evaluation of the latter, the mind is relieved and available, instead of creating rhythmic more distressing.

These analyses will be continued in the academic year next, but it is already possible to carry out the experiment at home. Here are the two songs that were used, the titles are already poetry in itself : Marconi Union – Weightless (calm music) and Workout Music Source // 180 BPM Running Workout Mix Vol. 2 (upbeat music).

your feathers, I'm curious of the results.

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