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lcstark 2011-07-31 23:09

A debate: what is music?
Reposted/lifted up out of the Feature request forum. It didn't fit there.

I usually avoid "I want VST" threads, but this has turned into the most entertaining insanity I've read in quite a while.

Here's a scenario:

A class of children sits in an auditorium. On stage is a pianist playing a piano and singing. She (the pianist) is being accompanied by a man playing a VST on his laptop via a midi controller, he is playing a bassline. Next to them is young woman triggering drum loops on an old akai sampler. Next to *her* is a tape recorder playing back a collection of children's songs. Everyone on stage is performing in time with the tape.

Now, answer these:

1) Are the children in the audience listening to music?
2) The sounds the children are hearing, is it all music, or only partly?
3) Which of the four sound generating things on stage are musicians? Instruments?
4) Where is the music in this scenario?
5) Where in this scene does music stop being music? (Maybe it doesn't? Opinions differ.)

I'm eagerly awaiting a fireball of opinion!

(I'll voice mine opinion later.)

GeorgeFeb 2011-07-31 23:18

I'm just reply on general question - "A debate: what is music?"

For me music it's LIFE I'm live by music mostly all my life, from my 5 years old!

By many genres of music & by many, many songs & singers! For different mood I'm choosing different music!

Without music life not interested me!

plaamook 2011-07-31 23:20

...and here was my reply from the other thread!

1)its music
2)its all music
3)all instruments and musicians
4) and 5) hmmm...

the question is, if i record it, does the ambient noise become part of the music too?

DanaAdalaide 2011-07-31 23:58

Its late at night, i have my headphones on but nothing is playing, I can still hear a motorcycle in the distance. That is music.

The music is ongoing, there is never true silence even beethoven imagined entire symphonies in his head.

StormCanada 2011-08-01 00:11

I'm not wearing any pants.

dreampolice 2011-08-01 00:22

yes, its all music. Anyone who says otherwise is narrow minded.

zillis 2011-08-01 00:28

What is music is a very, very difficult question, yet it is the easiest answers to hear.

3rdFloorSound 2011-08-01 00:50


I'm not wearing any pants.
Yes! A callback all the way to May!

And yeah, I tend to hear and see music in everything.

tiftof 2011-08-01 01:34

Seriously? I have no idea what the OP is trying to get at.

Music is organized/constructed sound and silence. The whole "what is music" debate is getting a bit outdated.

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