International Strange Music Day - August 24

International Strange Music Day was created by Patrick Grant, a musician from New York City in 1998. Its purpose is simple: to get people to play and listen to types of music they have never experienced before. The 'weird' part can also be unfamiliar - your choice entirely.

Patrick believes that expanding people's musical spectrums can also change the way they look at other aspects of life - his mantra is 'listening without prejudice'. The growing movement has concerts, a record company and strong support from summer schools, where it is valued as a great way to stimulate young minds. 

Experiencing different types of music is beneficial to us in many ways. Listening to different types of music helps to broaden horizons. It also promotes seeing things from a different perspective.

Studies show that different genres of music affect the mind and body in different ways. For example, jazz is known to soothe the body. Pop music helps improve endurance. Metal music provides a stronger sense of identity. Of all the types of music, classical has the best effect. Classical music fights depression, ignites creative sparks, releases pain and trains the mind.

Apart from the well-known genres of music, there are other lesser-known types. There is music made by whistling, drumming on pots and pans, the sounds of roaring chickens or the sounds of creatures living in the depths of the sea. There is also music that is made by blowing a kazu (an American musical instrument that distorts the voice of the person playing it).

How to celebrate International Strange Music Day?

Today is the day to experiment with different styles of music that you have not yet tried. You can listen to music from other parts of the world, such as distant islands, the Far East, folk music from foreign countries and more. You can also try to play on strange and creative instruments and express yourself in person.

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