Images of Mozart Effect Transplanted at SoundWalk 2005 in downtown Long Beach. The opening is Saturday, August 20, 5 - 10pm. The closing party follows at The Basement on Linden Ave.



The Mozart Effect Transplanted
tests the premise of the Mozart Effect on a set of cacti. In this project, four cacti are planted atop a looping music player. Each cactus listens to one song repeatedly as its growth is measured. One cactus listens to the current Rap hit Just A Lil Bit by artist 50 Cent, another listens to Holy Is The Lord by Christian Rock artist Chris Tomlin, the third cactus listens to Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448, while the final cactus does not wear headphones. Metaphorically (and certainly not scientifically), the test among the four cacti pits nature (the control plant) against the following forms of nurture: human aggression (50 Cent), Christian praise for God (Chris Tomlin), and science or mathematical accuracy (Mozart).

From Dr. Gordon Shaw’s Mind Institute web site :
“The Mozart effect is an inclusive term signifying the transformational powers of music in health, education, and well-being. It represents the general use of music to reduce stress, depression, or anxiety; induce relaxation or sleep; activate the body; and improve memory or awareness. The term Mozart effect was coined by the media after the initial groundbreaking Nature publication (1993) which showed that college students who listened to the Mozart Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448 had short-term subsequent enhancement of their spatial-temporal (ST) reasoning (making a mental image and thinking ahead in space and time, as in chess, music or math).”