Music, Music, Music, produced by Jessica Leitko at University of Houston, tells the story of how humans are hard-wired to love pleasant, harmonized sounds. This short piece explores our musical affinity through history, science, and culture. I will be providing feedback on the research, media application, and flow of this piece using the Jason Ohler digital storytelling assessment rubric.
Music, Music, Music examines the human brain’s craving for rhythm and melody. In this piece, Leitko utilizes the knowledge of Dr. John Lienhard, Professor of Technology and Culture, at the University. When explaining the science behind our love of music he says, “PET scans show people reacting to their favorite pieces of music much how they react to food or sex.” Based on the narration, I assume Dr. Lienhard researched and compiled the script, while Jessica produced the visuals and final product. I found that how she wove images together produced an educationally potent end product.
I applaud how Jessica’s music, narration, and imagery are used in a way to make the story more compelling. The images compliment the story nicely and kept me wanting more. It seems that Jessica pulled from every possible source for her images: ancient instruments, PET scans, courting couples, famous musicians, sheet music, and flamboyant dance. Utilizing the song Music! Music! Music! by Teresa Brewer was a nice touch as it added variety to Dr. Lienhard’s narration.
Music, Music, Music drew a large web of all the ways our brain’s relate to and crave harmonies. It seemed that Dr. Lienhard covered so much information that he barely took a breath. His pace is just fast enough to make me a little anxious. I think the overall storytelling could have benefited from a better paced flow of information. I wonder if Jessica could have implemented pauses here and there to slow down the pace. A better flow may have let the audience take the words in more deeply.
All and all, this was a fun digital storytelling piece. I liked learning that my love of music is a biological response and not just an obsession. Thank you Jessica and Dr. Lienhard for sharing your work.
(Photo Credit: Amazing Grace and Roses Christian Sheet Music Hymn Hymnal Digital Download Image Vintage Clipart Scan Graphic vs0092 via Etsy)