Deaf people can experience music by feeling the vibrations in their body,
a process which can be enhanced if the individual holds a resonant,
hollow object. A well-known deaf musician is the composer Ludwig van Beethoven,
who composed many famous works even after he had completely
lost his hearing. Recent examples of deaf musicians include Evelyn Glennie,
a highly acclaimed percussionist who has been deaf since age twelve,
and Chris Buck, a virtuoso violinist who has lost his hearing.
This is relevant because it indicates that music is a deeper cognitive
process than unexamined phrases such as, pleasing to the ear would suggest.
Much research in music cognition seeks to uncover these complex
mental processes involved in listening to music,
which may seem intuitively simple, yet are vastly intricate and complex.