In our modern world the concept of music, or more specifically, the concept of music is slowly becoming obsolete. We are so in love with technology that we have lost sight of what it used to be like to hear music in its purest form. Music used to be a language all of its own and communication between people spread across the globe through music, dance, and other forms of expression. Nowadays music has become so commercialized that it has lost many of these qualities. It has been diluted and watered down to the point that it has lost many of its unique qualities. In order to appreciate the culture whose mythology began with the healing power of music, one must understand the significance of music back in the ancient times.
The most commonly accepted definition of music is ‘the arrangement of sounds so that their sound reaches an audience.’ But that definition does not adequately define the nature of music. After all the sounds themselves are meaningless without the voices that allow us to hear them. What then is music? A definition from the ancient times of music would then have to include the culture whose mythology began with the use of music as a language of sorts
When we think of music today, we often think of the popular styles that dominate the music industry. Pop, jazz, and hip hop are the most common types of music heard on the radio today. But how do we know this? The definition of music given by the great scholars of the ancient times would lead us to believe that music can only be understood by the creator. Thus, the culture whose mythology is the music of love and passion.
In fact the definition given by the scholars of music is actually very similar to that of how we define technology. We refer to something created out of the ordinary using available resources to create something extraordinary. This same line of thinking is used to describe music too. But what exactly is astonishing is that it is this very line of thinking that drive the music industry, the way in which music is created, and the way in which it is marketed.
It is this very mentality that creates a dependency within the music industry. The belief that music can be created and marketed without the creator at the head, is therefore very dangerous for the future of music. The idea that music can be marketed without the involvement of the creator is thus very dangerous for the future of music. The idea that music can be created and marketed without the creator at the head is thus very dangerous for the future of music.
The music created by a group represents the beliefs, dreams, and values of the people involved. This music generally represents the mainstream culture. The beliefs, dreams, and values may vary from one group to another, but they are held within the same general framework. A popular misconception within the music industry is that there is a difference between ‘music’ and ‘culture’. This difference is false.
The two concepts are actually one and the same. Music is a human need, just like breathing. Just as music needs to be breathed into the air to be delivered to the audience, so does culture. The culture of any society is a collective understanding of the society. And just as music needs to be breathed into the air in order for it to reach the audience, so does culture.
The music of today has evolved into much more than music. The sound of today’s instruments is an expression of the artists who perform them. The creation of music and the audience are both integral aspects of the same culture. The use of metaphors and allegory within music is also a part of the same culture. So is the use of repetition. So is the importance of symbolism and all of these things together.
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