The Art of: Music

Taken from Wikipedia, music is defined as:  “an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Its common elements are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; “art of the Muses“).

Music, to me, is a fascinating characteristic of humanity. There is no culture that exists, or has ever existed, that does not have some sort of musical concept within it. From the tribes of the Amazon to the United States of America, music has become an integral part of everyday life within all of society. It is inescapable, having permeated all of our life’s boundaries. How many times can you recall in a day where you hear music that you weren’t even listening to voluntarily? Probably, one will be able to think of a couple times in which that has happened. Probably there are very few of us left in this modernized world who can say otherwise.

It fascinates me even more to think of how there is seemingly a music for everything that we do in this world. What I mean by this extends beyond genre and crosses over into the realm of songs or tunes that were specifically designed for a certain setting. For example, can you think of the last time you were in a some type of doctor’s office, perhaps a dentist’s office, and recall the music that was being played in the waiting room? Most likely, the music that you could hear in such a situation was quite calming, tranquil music. The reasons for that are simple. Music, inherently, is typically able to affect our mood beyond reach words. As the rhythms of songs caress our ears we can be either relaxed or energized depending on the tunes ferocity. So, for this reason, the music in the doctor’s office would be calming in order to soothe your nerves before heading in for your consultation or treatment. I’m sure if they played a song from the death metal genre or a more sombre and melancholic song, one’s feelings would necessarily be changed. I am sure you can think of many more similar situations that you’ve experienced in which music was used to influence our emotions, as in the doctor’s office.

Music, of course, is an immensely deep subject, one that you can spend an entire lifetime on analyzing. For this post, however, I will end it here asking you to relate your personal experience with music (if you played any instruments, your favorite type of music, singer, etc.). If there is anything else you wish to add, feel free to do so.

Thanks for reading!

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2 responses to “The Art of: Music

  1. Music is definitely one of the best aspects of humanity. I always think If I ever had to choose to be blind or deaf I cant imagine I would be happy if I couldn’t hear music.

  2. I have no musical talent. But I do enjoy listening to many varieties of music.

    As I have some background in the radio profession, I’m delighted to be able to get do pretend to be a radio guy on the internet at times. I’ve spent many hours this past year playing tunes on ds106 radio.

    I like to find obscure net-label music that is offered through Creative Commons on the Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/details/netlabels)and share it with listeners who more than likely have never heard it before. It is absolutely staggering to realize just how much music is out there that most people will never get the chance to enjoy.

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