Is Music, or is it Not

One definition of music is that it is sound that has been organized by rhythm, which is timed. Do you think this is true? Think about a single note that may be strikingly beautiful to you, such as the chime of a bell.  When someone says, ‘It’s music to my ears,’ is it necessarily a melody or harmony? Can the intermittent flow of traffic, ocean waves or whale songs be considered music as well? These are important questions to contemplate before we define what music is, and what it is not.

Most will say that music has to be aesthetically pleasing in order to be called music. However, atonal music can be quite strange and irregular, and yet people would declare that it is music, rather than the banging of pots in the kitchen.

Does this mean that music also has to be intentional? Does there have to be something subjective behind it saying ‘I am now making music’, or can it be created randomly in nature, without the necessity of timed intervals. If the later is so, then all of creation can be said to be singing and we can incorporate more of sound into what we typically think of as music.


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About tatiana333

Tatiana Pietrzak graduated with a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After studying in London, Paris, Siena and Florence, she lived and worked for four years in Beijing in film and television. She has published articles in The Beijing University Newsletter, The Eagle and The Santa Fe New Mexican. In addition, she has won two Editor’s Choice awards from the National Library of Congress and was granted a Distinguished Membership from the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee of The International Society of Poets. Presently Tatiana is working on her first novel and a second compilation of poetry.
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