Christian Long

Vishal Vaid: Hypnotic Song

In TED Talks on May 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Reflection by SHANNON L.

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Vishal Vaid: Hypnotic Song

Music covers a range of emotions and sensations, from relaxation to agitation and anger. Vishal Vaid begins his music with very smooth instrumentals. The song started out sounding like a native American Indian chant, like something you would hear in a spa, very relaxing and hypnotic. As he begins to sing, the music changes to a very melodious song sung in one of the dialects from India. The song reminded me of a soothing Kenny G song.

Vaid then begins to introduce bongos and a bass guitar. This then picks up the beat and the song becomes more intense as he repeats a phrase over and over again. Throughout his performance he encourages the audience to join in. It is still reminiscent of a Celtic folk song but not as relaxing as when it started. Vaid begins making hand gestures which then made me very curious to know what the song is about.

The song changes from very relaxing to very intense, which made me want to escape the music. He no longer was drawing me in but instead he is pushing me away. Throughout the song the camera shows the various instruments being played. These instruments were very unique, though there were a few that I did recognize, like a bass guitar and bongos. The instrument that he played looked like an accordion with beautiful designs carved in the wood.

The longer Vaid played the more anxious and agitated I became. By the time the music came to a close I was mentally withdrawing from the music. Throughout Vaid’s “Hypnotic Song”, I was able to experience a series of emotions, something that I have never noticed before when listening to music.

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