Re: Dancing to the Dishwasher

Subject: Re: Dancing to the Dishwasher
From: miriam clinton (iriXx) (
Date: Tue Oct 05 2004 - 04:33:13 EDT

Eliot Handelman wrote:

> Sandra wrote:
>> I was wondering what some of your views were on
>> the topic of music and how it is perceived in very young children
>> (toddlers age 12 months +). Did my son perceive the sound(s) of the
>> dishwasher as music?
> It used to be believed that our interest in rhythm had something to do
> with hearing pre-natal mom's heartbeat and other bodily rhythms, but I
> doubt that -- I think ourt interest in rhythm has more to do with the
> way our consciousness is organized than with the learning and
> association the argument implies.
> I don't know what's with the dishwasher, thoigh -- somehow it got
> linked with (I gather) ordinary music. He didn't firtst start dancing
> to IT and then later decide to include regular music. There's a
> definite progression of inclusion. At some point he recognbized "this
> too is X", where X is what he experienced when he heard what
> we call music.

the story of babies and dishwashers is that the sounds /are/ very much
like the sounds of the womb - the watery sound, rhythm of blood etc. i
knew a friend who used to put her washing machine on when her baby went
to bed... and had recordings of similiar sounds to play to her if she
wasnt doing her washing...

errr... which reminds me... ping David Mooney...
loved that washing machine music piece for Thrash.... ;)


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