Tuning the Brain with Music

The healing powers of music on the brain deserve to be recognized and above all heard.
Tuning the Brain with Music allows us to discover cutting-edge research in musical neuroscience through the stories of people for whom music has succeeded where other therapies have not. The film alternates between neuroscientific research, music therapists in session and true stories retold by those who have been transformed by music.

  • Isabelle Raynauld
  • Isabelle Raynauld
  • Frederic Bohbot
    The Lady in Number 6
  • Carl Fred
  • Peter Krieger
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    De la Musique pour le Cerveau
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    1 hour 18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 16, 2019
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    Canada, United States
  • Language:
    English, French
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Distribution Information
  • FilmOption International
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • Bunbury Films
    Country: Canada
Director Biography - Isabelle Raynauld

French Canadian writer and director she is a also a film professor and Head of the cinema and video games program of the History of Art and Cinema Department at the University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She obtained a Ph.D. in screenwriting from the University of Paris VII. She has been a guest professor in filmmaking at the universities of Amsterdam; the Sorbonne Nouvelle/Paris III , at Utrecht university and at CMS/Writing at MIT.

She has directed three fictions and four feature length documentaries and has written two features, one being a UK co-production with producer David Pearson (a suspense set in Quebec). Her documentary, Mystical Brain (National Film Board of Canada, 52 min) about sciences and religions won the “Best Science Documentary” Gémeaux Award. She has also made a documentary on male sexuality titled Histoires de zizis (Penis Stories, Radio-Canada Television, 52 min) as well as one about spirituality on a feudal island : A Man on the Isle of Sark (TV5 Canada, 52 min). Her first film, Le Minot d’Or (Blue Potatoes, Radio-Canada, 52 min) won the Jutra Award for Best Documentary as well as two Gémeaux Award for “Best Editing” and “Best Original Music.” In 2016 she directed her first VR film «Hearing Poetry in Motion in Harvard Yard» presented at the «Virtually There: Documentary Meets VR» conference at MIT. She is a Fellow at the Open Documentary Lab at MIT.

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Director Statement

I have been researching and working on this film for over five years. How our brains hear, process and store music and sounds for decades, independently from time passing it seems, is a process that has intrigued me since early childhood. As a matter of fact, most of my father’s siblings and their children were born deaf. But not him. I just couldn’t understand how this could happen to a family and I always felt extremely grateful I was born hearing while many of my cousins struggled growing up in the hearing world. Doing the research for this film has permitted me to meet top neuroscientists that have dedicated their lives to discovering how our brains store, recognize and remember music for what seems like forever. The other aspect that attracted me to this subject was the obvious but still unexplained powerful healing powers of music on the mental health and overall well being of people who’s lives had been saved by music. I thus embarked on a journey to find these people and have them tell me their personal story and special relationship to music. Their amazing and moving life stories have changed mine forever.