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The Basis of Music

Just like painting is a type of visual art, music is a type of aural art.

Music is a type of art that is made up of both ordered, audible sounds and times of silence. Most of the time, it is shown in terms of pitch, which includes melody and harmony, rhythm, which includes tempo and meter, and sound quality (which includes timbre, articulation, dynamics, and texture). Music can also have complex generative forms over time by making patterns and combinations of natural inputs, mostly sounds. Over time, these shapes can be made. Music can be used for many different things, such as art and beauty, communication, entertainment, and religious rituals. Culture and society both affect how people think about music and how they should experience it.

Greek philosophers and medieval thinkers said that music is made up of melodies and harmonies that are arranged horizontally and vertically, respectively. Music was also thought of as a system by Greek philosophers and medieval theorists.

Just like painting is a type of visual art, music is a type of aural art.

“Ordered sound” is the most general way to describe “music.” There are patterns in what is often called music, and even though there are clear cultural differences, the qualities of music are the properties of sound as it is heard and interpreted by humans and animals alike (birds and insects also make music).

When sounds are put together in a certain way, it’s called music. Even though it can’t hold feelings, it is often made in a way that affects and changes the emotional state of the listener or listeners. How music is used in movies is a great example of how it can be used to change how someone feels.

In this field, studying music theory starts with the idea that music is a logical and often enjoyable way to hear sounds. On the other hand, 20th-century composers questioned the idea that music had to be enjoyable by making music with harsher and darker sounds. Even the most offensive sounds can be considered music if the person listening is in the right frame of mind. This is shown by the fact that underground music subgenres like grindcore and noise music have a lot of fans.

John Cage, a composer from the 20th century, didn’t agree with the idea that music has to have melodies that are easy to hear and enjoy. He also didn’t agree with the idea that music can say anything. Instead, he thought that any sound a person can hear has the potential to be music. For example, he said things like, “There is no noise, just sound” [3]. Here’s what music scholar Jean-Jacques Nattiez says about it (1990, pp. 47-8,55): “The line between music and noise is always culturally defined. This means that even within the same society, this line does not always go through the same place. To put it another way, there is rarely agreement…. All accounts agree that there is no one idea that can be used across cultures to define what music is.”

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