OUT OF THE SILENCE – THE HEALING POWER OF SOUND

Sound has become an established element of conventional medical therapy. We discover a realm beyond our familiar perception of music where the phenomenon of "sound" takes on many different therapeutic forms.

What can music do? Can sound heal? In Oriental and Asian cultures, it has never been doubted that music has a therapeutic, healing potential. Enlightened Western societies, however, stopped believing in the healing powers of sound for many years and focused on scientifically proven findings in medicine. This attitude has only recently started to change. Relatively recent findings in conventional medicine suggest that although sound cannot cure serious illnesses, physical healing only works optimally if the needs of the spirit and mind are also considered; music and sound have been found once again to be effective tools in a person's recovery. The film embarks on a journey through the different worlds of healing sounds. We meet world-famous Turkish pianist Fazil Say, Austrian intensive care specialist Klaus-Felix Laczika and music therapist Rahmi Oruc Güvenc. We learn about the therapeutic qualities of classical music, the sounds and melodies of ancient Arabic, Oriental and Central Asian cultures and the Japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi. Find out with us about the latest research into the healing power of sound.

Genre Science / Human Interest
Length 52’ HD
Film by Herbert Eisenschenk
Production Vermeer-Film and TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion with WDR/ARTE, ORF and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs with the support of Kultur Niederösterreich
Original Title Aus der Stille – Die Heilkraft der Klänge
Year 2015

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Sound has become an established element of conventional medical therapy. We discover a realm beyond our familiar perception of music where the phenomenon of “sound” takes on many different therapeutic forms.
What can music do? Can sound heal? In Oriental and Asian cultures, it has never been doubted that music has a therapeutic, healing potential. Enlightened Western societies, however, stopped believing in the healing powers of sound for many years and focused on scientifically proven findings in medicine. This attitude has only recently started to change. Relatively recent findings in conventional medicine suggest that although sound cannot cure serious illnesses, physical healing only works optimally if the needs of the spirit and mind are also considered; music and sound have been found once again to be effective tools in a person’s recovery. The film embarks on a journey through the different worlds of healing sounds. We meet world-famous Turkish pianist Fazil Say, Austrian intensive care specialist Klaus-Felix Laczika and music therapist Rahmi Oruc Güvenc. We learn about the therapeutic qualities of classical music, the sounds and melodies of ancient Arabic, Oriental and Central Asian cultures and the Japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi. Find out with us about the latest research into the healing power of sound.

Science / Human Interest
Length 52’ HD
Film by Herbert Eisenschenk
Co-production Vermeer-Film and TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion with WDR/ARTE, ORF and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs with the support of Kultur Niederösterreich
Original Title Aus der Stille – Die Heilkraft der Klänge