The Background The power of sound has fascinated millions over centuries. Certain types of mu sic have been known to reduce stress, depression, headache etc while other kinds make the opposite happen. Unless one realises that music-mechanics supersede the individual artist or even the genre of music (classical, pop, jazz etc) that is being heard/rendered the field of Music Therapy would be consigned to quasi or pseudo scientific alternative (or at best complementary) medicine. On the other hand, if more fundamental laws of physics that are the building blocks of even the highest level of music are objectively studied, the incredibly precise though complex relationships between music and health could be quantifiably understood and tapped into. The need of the hour is quality research in several areas by distinguished specialists and institutions with as much scientific rigour as seen in allopathy. The scientific study and development of this area, which I termed as Musopath
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