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A theory on the value of music (Read 1319 times)

Offline josh93248

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A theory on the value of music
« on: August 03, 2015, 02:14:37 PM »
Perhaps this should go in off topic but it is still relevant to music which is the purpose of piano so I'll put it here unless otherwise advised.

I had an idea recently or rather thought of a new way to phrase a long held view of mine.

To put it simply

The value of music is in its interaction with a listener, a person. How it makes them feel, think, how this helps them enjoy themselves or express other feelings or enrich their mind or inspire them or improve their lives. It's value is not innate at all. Yes there are reasons for music being structured and logical in the way it is and there are reasons most people prefer certain elements in their music. BUT, this is rooted in similarities you find in all people, the way we absorb information etcetera.

Now I don't hold to this view religiously but I do think there is more merit to this position than the idea that music has some inherent meaning, as nice as that idea seems, I think all music's meaning is rooted in what actual humans get out of it.

I look forward to hearing your responses  :)
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Offline dogperson

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Re: A theory on the value of music
«Reply #1 on: August 03, 2015, 07:50:25 PM »
I totally agree that music is rooted in what is inherent in the listener.. this not attempting to imply that we bond with all music equally or that all 'music' is worthy.

You might find the documentary link 'alive inside' which explores the power of music with Alzheimer patients interesting as part of this discussion

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1406732546/alive-inside-a-story-of-music-and-memory

Offline josh93248

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Re: A theory on the value of music
«Reply #2 on: August 03, 2015, 09:17:53 PM »
Glad you agree dogperson.

An interesting link, I like the vibe of it.
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