Vibrating Notes and Noise: A Conversation between Susan Alcorn (USA) and Reuben Derrick (NZ) (2021)
Well, ‘what is music?’ I guess there are a lot of ways to look at music. Music can be thought of, in some respects, as not the music itself. Something can be very musical without it necessarily being music. What seems to me is that music is those vibrations that our ear and body pick up. There can be a crazy amount of vibrations emanating, from the tiniest to the most intense sounds. In some ways our brain sort of decides for us what music is, and what it is not. Sometimes I think that we humans, like birds, react to certain vibrations. So maybe that's why humans seem to prefer certain scales. Although what someone from another part of the world may like is not necessarily that same as what someone in the United States or New Zealand may like. We as humans have developed, hopefully, to a point where we can actually sort of decide what we like in music. In other words, maybe we can educate ourselves to find out about music that we perhaps might not know much about otherwise. Much of this has to do with logic and recognising patterns, which is a very human experience, and perhaps also for every living thing, I guess.
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