Paul Nervy Notes
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Arts, music.  ---  .Introduction or summary.  (1) Math and music.  Music is math.  (2) Language and music.  Music is a language.  (3) Body and music.  Music affects the body directly.  (4) Emotion and music.  Music affects the emotions directly.  (5) Hearing and music.  Music is a sensory phenomena.  The eardrum.  (6) Social and music.  (7) Dance and music.  (8) Animals and music.  Animal communication.  Bird song.  Whale song.  Crickets.  (9) Physics and music.  Sound waves.  Frequency (pitch).  Amplitude (loudness).  ---  6/15/2005

Arts, music.  ---  .Introduction or summary.  (1) Music in animals as a means of communication.  Attract a mate.  Defensive warnings.  Emotional expressions of pleasure or pain.  (2) Musical nature of human speech.  Volume, pitch and timbre.  Melody of vowels.  Rythyms of consonants.  Musicality of poetry.  Laughing, crying and moaning.  (3) Music and the mind.  Psychology of music.  Music to express moods.  Music to change moods.  Music to intensify moods.  Music to reduce moods. (4) Music and the physical body.  Sound waves.  Energy levels.  Link between music and dance.  ---  11/24/2003

Arts, music.  ---  .This section is about music.  Topics include: ( ) Band names.  ( ) History.  ( ) Instruments.  ( ) Played out.  ( ) Psychology and music.  ( ) Related subjects.  ( ) Teens and music.  ( ) Origins of music.  ( ) Performance.  ( ) Radio.  ---  1/24/2006

Arts, music.  ---  "The sound".  Find your favorite sound on the radio.  Compose your favorite sound.  "The sound" can transcend style, it is a feeling.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  (1) Causes of music: (A) Natural rhythms.  (2) Effects of music: (A) Psychological effects.  (B) Physical effects.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  (1) Live music performances vs. (2) recorded live music performances vs. (3) studio recordings.  Live music performances are more personal than recorded live music or studio recordings.  ---  2/22/2000

Arts, music.  ---  (1) Lullabye: soft, sweet, melodic.  (2) Aggro: loud, dissonant, rhythmic.  ---  4/1/2005

Arts, music.  ---  (1) Mechanics.  Notation, rhythm, intervals, harmony, and counterpoint.  (2) Instruments: layouts, techniques.  Learning, practicing, and performing.  (3) Composition and arranging: principles and techniques.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  (1) Music as a release.  Let it all out.  Laugh, shout, have a good cry.  Blow off some steam.  Let out some energy.  (2) Music as inspiration.  Gather it in.  Draw in energy.  (3) Doing both at the same time, in the same song.  Doing the in and out.  Its a two way street.  ---  11/23/2005

Arts, music.  ---  (1) Music to motivate, inspire, give hope.  That is a good use of music.  (2) Music to mollify, placate, distract.  That is a bad use of music.  ---  1/14/2006

Arts, music.  ---  (1) New music from new sounds.  New music from new musical instruments.  For example, the Moog.  (2) New music from old sounds that were never considered as music, and thus used as music for the first time.  ---  4/15/2005

Arts, music.  ---  (1) The artist: why they create.  (2) The work: what is it.  (3) The audience: why they listen.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  A defense of rock music, and by extension, a defense of music in general, a defense of music criticism, a defense of art in general, and a defense of art criticism.  PART ONE.  (1) Rock music means something.  Good rock songs mean something.  Sets of good rock songs build a library of meaning.  In other words, good rock songs make statements, and sets of good songs build a philosophy.  Good music addresses metaphysical, epistemological and ethical issues.  Good music makes social, political and economic commentary.  Good music is not always only about romantic relationships.  (2) Two types of meaning.  Firstly, the words of the song contains linguistic meaning.  Secondly, the music of the songs contain non-linguistic meaning.  It is not easy to put into words what is the non-linguistic meaning of the songs, but it is also not impossible, and you can try, and you can get close.  The total meaning of the song is a combination of its linguistic meaning and non linguistic meaning.  (3) Different songs mean different things.  Some songs seem to have more meaning than other songs.  Some song writers seem to be able to put more meanings and better meanings into their songs than other song writers.  Some listeners seem to get more meanings and better meanings out of songs than other listeners.  (4) A cannon of rock will focus more on songs than on albums or artists.   Songs that are especially moving.  Songs that are especially durable.  Songs that are especially enlightening.  There is a large quantity of excellent rock music.  There are hundreds, if not thousands, of very good rock music songs.     PART.  ( ) A cannon will be limited, because one cannot include every good song.  A cannon is going to be incomplete, leaving out many good tunes.    A cannon will be subjective, because its a matter of taste.  A cannon will be fallible or imperfect, because it is not a matter of mathematical proof.  No one can say for sure which songs should be in the cannon.  A cannon of good rock melds invariably into a cannon of music in general, because the boundaries of the genres of music are indistinct.   Rock, at its edges, blurs into soul, pop, folk, etc.  ( ) Good rock does not necessarily mean the most popular songs, although much good rock is popular.  By "good rock" I mean aesthetically good.  Several important questions: What is rock?  What is good?  What is good rock?  ( ) Good rock music is not necessary for a good life, nor is good rock music sufficient for a good life, but good rock music makes a good life better.     PART.  ( ) What did I do from age thirteen to nineteen?  I spent a lot of time listening to good rock music.  And you can too.  ( ) When we do music criticism; when we discuss music; when we debate the merits of various songs and artists, we are thinking about music.  Thinking about music, and writing about music, is a valid activity.  When you say something about what you think a song means, you are adding meaning to your experience of the song, and that is a good thing.  ( ) Not to put too fine a point on it, to a large extent, the music is in the thinking about the music.  That is, the musicians can send music into the atmosphere, but a thinking mind has to hear it.  You can make the mistake of over-thinking the music, but more often what happens is people make the mistake of under-thinking the music.  ( ) A musical education.  You listen to the music.  You enjoy the music.  On some level, in some way, the music does something for you, and something to you, exactly what you cannot say.  Its something good.  Its something important.  Its something healthy.  The arts are worthwhile.  Take part in the arts, and impart the arts to your cohorts.  ( ) And yet, at some point, for me, and for many other people, the rock cannon began to feel narrow, limited, constrained, and became played out, yeah verily, at some further point, music itself became played out, and thus did the search for meaning expand ever outward.  And then one day, you hear a song from long ago, and it sounds good again, inspires you again, sparks with life again, resonates with old memories and with new layers of meaning, and you know its a good song.  ---  11/20/2005

Arts, music.  ---  A mark of musical sophistication or maturity is to create or listen to a body of musical works that span the entire range of human emotions, and by extension the attitudes and experiences connected to these emotions.  ---  10/26/2003

Arts, music.  ---  A total musical instrument is capable of emulating any other instrument.  A total musical instrument is capable of emulating any other sound.  Some synthesizers and computers can do that.  ---  4/15/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Acoustic music versus electric music.  Acoustic music is greener than electric music.  Acoustic music is ecologically sustainable.  However, acoustic music is not very loud.  Electric amplification of acoustic music defeats the ecological sustainability of acoustic music.  ---  12/2/2005

Arts, music.  ---  After the work songs, after the protest songs, after the making whoopee songs, she will sing you a lullabye.  ---  4/29/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Album name: Night Music and Morning Noises.  ---  4/23/2002

Arts, music.  ---  All music works.  Some music works better than others.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Arguments against music.  PART ONE.  Arguments against music that contains words.  (1) The three minute duration of the typical pop song is too short a time to delve into a subject, or to deal with an issue, or to say what you want.  (2) Poetry, in the form of song lyrics, is an imprecise style of writing.  Poetry is so full of vagueness and ambiguity that it is almost impossible to get anything done.  Poetry is often full of indecipherable lyrics bordering on nonsense.     PART TWO.  Arguments against music that does not contain words.  (1) Music is not as versatile as words.  Language is more versatile than music.  A person can say more with words than music.  (2) Music is not as precise as words.  Words convey information more exactly than music.  Or perhaps, words convey sentential information better than music, while music conveys emotional information better than words.  ---  3/11/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Arguments against pop music and other short forms: You cannot say or think in three minutes everything you need to say and think.  ---  11/28/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Band name: The Pangs.  ---  9/2/2004

Arts, music.  ---  Band name: The Pumice Tones.  ---  7/14/2002

Arts, music.  ---  Band name.  The Placaters.  ---  4/15/1998

Arts, music.  ---  Band name.  The Rat Bites.  ---  09/13/1988

Arts, music.  ---  Band names.  Punk rock band name: Sugar Fits.  ---  5/7/1999

Arts, music.  ---  Bandnames: Agents of Socialization.  Nocturnal Emissions.  Public restroom.  Sonic injury.  Deci-belles (ten women).  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Bandnames.  Horn section: the Blowhards.  ---  7/18/1998

Arts, music.  ---  Before the phonograph and radio, music was a "do-it-yourself" proposition.  After the phonograph and radio, music was a passive proposition.  Big business determined what you heard.  ---  1/1/2002

Arts, music.  ---  Computer.  Do your music on the computer.  Compose an entire piece, and arrange it for different instruments.  Write each part.  You can do it note by note, or copy and edit.  Work on the rhythm, melody, and harmony.  Also you can record a sound sample, or play an instrument through a MIDI interface, and manipulate and combine those to.  ---  9/30/1996

Arts, music.  ---  Create a website that gives a name and a sound bite for every musical rhythm, chord progression, etc.  Also list the songs that use those rhythms and chord progressions.  Create software that lets you create and combine rhythms, tempos, chord progressions, modes, etc., into musical works.  ---  11/12/2004

Arts, music.  ---  Desert Island Do-wop.  ---  5/29/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Did you ever have a song playing over and over in your head and you cannot get it out?  Music seems like the only media that plays constantly in our head against our will.  No other media seems to have the same effect, which is, incidentally, why advertisers create jingles.  In this way music is perhaps like the voices that schizophrenics hear, constant and involuntary.  Perhaps constant involuntary music and constant involuntary voices both originate from the same part of the brain.  ---  11/15/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Do we say that listening to good music makes you smarter?  Or, do we say that listening to good music expands your mind?  The latter.  ---  9/7/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Does one think with music like one thinks with words or images?  ---  2/15/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Emotion and music.  Tempo, scale, amplitude and pitch are musical variables that can be varied with the aim of creating music that expresses the emotions of happiness, sadness, anger and anxiety.   A chart can be drawn as follows.  (1) Happy music.  Tempo: fast.  Scale: major.  Amplitude: loud.  Pitch: high.  (2) Sad music.  Tempo: slow.  Scale: minor.  Amplitude: quiet.  Pitch: low.  (3) Angry music.  Tempo: fast.  Scale: major.  Amplitude: loud.  Pitch: low.  (4) Anxious music.  Tempo: slow.  Scale: minor.  Amplitude: quiet.  Pitch: high.  ---  10/17/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Every physical activity has an associated song.  Every mental state has an associated song.  Everything has a song attached.  The world of music is like a parallel universe.  ---  4/29/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Found sound.  The sound of daily life.  (1) One can argue that the sounds of daily life contain and convey as much information as the sound of organized musical notes.  (2) The sounds of daily life vary depending on where you live.  The sounds of daily life can include the sounds of nature and the sounds of the man-made world.  Crickets.  Birds.  The wind.  Typewriters.  Conversations.  Internal combustion engines.  Traffic.  ---  5/27/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Gender and music.  (1)(A) Guys who want to hear guy singers really want to hear themselves or a buddy.  (B) Girls who want to hear girl singers really want to hear themselves or a buddy.  (2)(A) Guys who want to hear girl singers really want to hear "the other".  (B) Girls who want to hear guy singers really want to hear "the other".  ---  4/1/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Get software that writes musical notation for any music you play.  ---  1/2/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Good song has correct attitudes.  A rational view and argument toward a subject, situation, or event.  Emotional type, degree and reason why.  Set up a situation and show correct attitudinal response.  ---  01/01/1993

Arts, music.  ---  Good song lyrics contain all the things I really wanted to say to you but couldn't.  ---  01/01/1993

Arts, music.  ---  Great music.  The first time we hear a piece of great music it sounds strange, alien, weird, un-natural, other-worldly, and yet oddly compelling.  Great music is always unfamiliar to us the first time we encounter it.  Conversely, the first time we hear a trivial pop tune it seems instantly familiar and friendly.  Great music takes time for us to understand.  We say, "say that again", and it patiently explains itself over and over.  ---  5/29/2001

Arts, music.  ---  History of music.  Origin of music.  Why do humans find melodious, pure tones pleasing?  Because, when humans "sweet talk" they do so in melodious, pure tones.  When humans "rough talk" they do so in dissonant growls, which have a rough timbre.  Humans evolved these dispositions over millions of years.  These types of behavior are probably hard-wired into us.  Even other animal species, specifically mammals, use gentle "sweet talk" with their babies and mates, and they use "rough talk" to ward off enemies.  Animals use "sweet talk" and "rough talk" to differentiate nurturing behaviors and aggressive behaviors.  For example, coo's vs. squawks of birds.  For example, purrs vs. growls of big cats.  Human recognition of pleasing music is just an extension of the human ability to recognize pleasing "sweet talk".  ---  6/7/1999

Arts, music.  ---  History of music.  Origins of music in human history (as distinguished from aquisition of musical sensibility in specific individuals).  (1) Ability in voice to change pitch, volume, and timbre.  (2) Moans, cries, yells, screams, hums, wails.  (3) Internal massage.  (4) Emotions.  (5) Energy levels: blowing off energy.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  History.  (1) History of musical practice: instruments, styles.  (2) History of music theory.  (3) Technology and science (physics) of music.  (4) Notational recording and sound recording.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  History.  Discover.  Save (record using writing or sound).  Lost.  Verified: this is what we think it is, proof.  Explanation.  Analyzed.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  History.  History of music: any music ever performed anywhere.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  History.  Musicians.  Who were they influenced by, and who did they influence?  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  How is it that young children often have an excellent sense of music?  Children as young as three years old seem to understand and enjoy pieces of music that have complex rhythmic and melodic structures.  What explains this phenomenon?  ---  6/30/2004

Arts, music.  ---  How long it takes you to "get" (i.e., understand) a piece of music is directly proportional to how long it takes you to "play out" (i.e., be bored with) a piece of music.  "Getting" a song and "playing out" a song are two important concepts in music.  ---  11/18/2001

Arts, music.  ---  How many times must you hear a piece of music before you "get it" and like it?  Does it depend on the musical complexity of the piece?  Does it depend on the intellectual complexity or emotional complexity of the piece?  ---  12/27/1998

Arts, music.  ---  How much can you say in three minutes?  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  How would a person who has no emotions respond to music?  ---  7/14/2006

Arts, music.  ---  If a record is skipping just right it actually sounds good.  ---  7/25/2006

Arts, music.  ---  If you transposed musical notes to a typewriter keyboard then you could learn to musically play the typewriter.  ---  4/15/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Instruments.  (1) Great drone instruments: bagpipe, sitar, pipe organ.  (2) Wailing instruments: harmonica, sax, violin, electric guitar.  (3) Rhythm instruments: conga, tamboura, washboard, vibraslat.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Instruments.  (1) Great sounds: howling dogs, tire screech, cop sirens, grasshoppers and crickets (summer evening), sprinklers, jack hammer, garbage truck.  (2) More sounds: cats yowling, dogs barking, thunder, lightning, rain.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Instruments.  (1) Voice: humm, moan, whistle, talk, whisper, shout, yell, howl, scream, cry, sing, grunt.  (2) Percussion: clap, slap, stomp, tap.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Instruments.  Arranging.  (1) Voice.  (2) Voice and clap or stomp.  (3) Voice, stomp, and guitar.  (4) Voice, stomp, guitar, and harmonica.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Instruments.  Connect the ear, brain and throat.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Instruments.  Electronic vs. acoustic.  ---  12/29/2003

Arts, music.  ---  Instruments.  Perfect pitch: identify a lone tone.  Relative pitch: identify intervals.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Instruments.  Perfect pitch.  (1) Hearing perfect pitch: (A) Pure pitch recognition vs. (B) Interval recognition.  (2) Singing perfect pitch: (A) Singing along with the music vs. (B) Singing alone.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Instruments.  The human voice is the primary instrument.  The piano is the secondary instrument.  All other instruments are tertiary.  ---  12/30/2003

Arts, music.  ---  Instruments.  Types of instruments.  Techniques to play them.  History of them.  Technology: how to make them, and how they work.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Instruments.  Vocals.  Breathy vs. croaky.  Loose vs. tight.  High vs. low.  Staccato vs. legato.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Instruments.  Voice.  (1) Vocal style impressions.  (A) Hot: Howlin Wolf.  (B) Operatic: Roy Orbison.  (C) Nasal twang: Bob Dylan, Tom Petty.  (D) Cool: Rick Ocasek.  (2) Variables.  (A) Mouth shape.  (B) Diaphram push.  (C) Larynx tightness.  (D) Attack and decay.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  It is just as reasonable or sensible to classify songs by emotional tone as it is to classify songs by subject matter.  Examples: Happy songs.  Sad songs.  Angry songs.  Fear songs.  Hope songs.  Regret songs.  Humor songs.  Etc.  ---  1/4/2002

Arts, music.  ---  List tunes.  (1) Tunes to get.  (2) Tunes got.  (3) Favorite tunes.  (4) Favorite groups.  (5) Group's masterpieces.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Live music versus not live music.  (1) Live music versus recorded music.  Live music is a different phenomenon than recorded music.  Go out and see live music.  (2) Live music recordings versus studio music recordings.  Live music recordings are a different phenomenon that studio music recordings.  For example, live albums like The Who "Live at Leeds", or Yes "Yessongs", give the listener an opportunity to hear alternate versions of songs that were previously known to the listener only through polished, over produced, studio recordings.  ---  12/16/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Love songs are a type of psychotherapy.  What does it mean that people spend all day listening to love songs?  It means that people are in dire need of psychotherapy.  ---  7/7/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Me.  Paul aesthetic.  Jimi Hendrix was the sound I heard.  Volume, distortion, feedback, screaming solos, crunchy chords, blues based.  That is the sound I love.  ---  11/30/1996

Arts, music.  ---  Me.  Paul aesthetics system.  Paul music aesthetic system.  Paul cannons.  Paul compositions.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Me.  Paul cannon: heavy, heavy, heavy.  Charlie Patton, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Cream, Led Zepplin, ACDC.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Me.  Paul sets: originals and covers, acoustic folk and blues, electric rock and punk.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Me.  Play hardest countriest blues.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Me.  Sets: rock, ballads, blues, pop, punk; by subject, theme, and emotion.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Mechanics.  (1) Silence vs. sound.  (2) Tone: frequency, amplitude, timbre, duration.  (3) Rhythm.  (4) Melody.  (5) Modes, scales.  (6) Harmony, counterpoint.  (7) Intervals, chords, chord progressions.  (8) Composition: structure, arrangement, style, tone, mood.  (9) Performance.  (10) Improvisation: altering any element any time.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Mechanics.  Basic chords: blues, country, folk.  Spiced up: jazz and modern classical.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Mechanics.  Emotional effect of any chord progression.  See what great music uses it.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Mechanics.  Emotional effects of the scales and modes.  (1) Scale: how many steps.  (examples, Diatonic scale has 12 steps.  Major and minor scales have 8 steps.  Pentatonic scale has 5 steps)  (2) Mode: which intervals come where in the scale.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Most important ideas about music.  Humans naturally make music.  Anyone who is not composing tunes daily is basically repressed.  Society tells everyone at work to shutup.  We all become repressed and bottled up.  This is bad.  ---  12/27/1998

Arts, music.  ---  Most important ideas about music.  My current musical interests are protest music, world music, and nature music.  ---  3/11/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Most music is within a certain range of emotional and intellectual sophistication.  When you are below it, it attracts you.  When you are above it, it seems simple.  ---  07/27/1993

Arts, music.  ---  Music 24x7.  Surrounded by music.  Immersed in music.  A new phenomenon starting with transistor radios and walkmen.  ---  2/12/2004

Arts, music.  ---  Music allows human multi-tasking.  You can listen to music and do something else at the same time.  Do not underestimate the power of this.  We get twice as much done, because listening to music is a learning experience in and of itself.  ---  12/1/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Music as logic.  Beyond the notion of music as math, there is the notion of music as logic.  People speak about the logical progression of a work of music.  People react to the logic of a piece of music.  (2) Music as structure.  There is also the notion of the architectonic structure of works of music.  What people react to when they listen to music is the structure of the music.  ---  11/14/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Music can be like a drug.  At first it can give you a kick, buzz or thrill.  Then after a while it does not.  It may be due to the "played out" phenomenon.  After a while a song becomes played out.  After a while a musical artist becomes played out.  After a while a musical style becomes played out.  After a while music in general becomes played out.  ---  8/4/2004

Arts, music.  ---  Music creates physiological responses directly, and then the mind interprets the physiological responses as emotion.  This is a "physical, then mental" view of emotion, much like the "James - Lange" theory of emotion.  ---  10/21/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Music in animals and humans is about communication, and it is a social phenomenon.  The psychological aspects of music are secondary to the social aspects of music.  ---  10/28/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Music in animals.  Rhythm: crickets and frogs.  Melody: birds.  ---  4/26/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Music in general, and specific styles.  What can they do that other things can't.  What can't they do that other things can.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Music increases creativity by enhancing access to the unconscious.  Music, particularly droning music and rhythmic music, breaks down the walls of the unconscious.  Music produces a trance state, a hypnotic state, a form of mesmerism that improves access to the unconscious.  For example, the droning rhythms of Pete Townsend.  (2) One could argue that access to one's unconscious is healthy.  One could argue that the more access to your unconscious you have the healthier you are.  Thus, by enhancing access to the unconscious, music promotes mental health.  ---  4/10/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Music is about silence.  Silence is the gap, space or presence between the sounds.  ---  6/7/2004

Arts, music.  ---  Music is about sound.  Music is about hearing.  We hear sounds.  Hearing is about the connection between ear and brain.  We also "hear" with our entire body when we feel the bass through the air and when we feel the beat through the floor.  ---  6/7/2004

Arts, music.  ---  Music is an education in and of itself.  The radio, at its best, when it plays great music, is a free college.  ---  10/26/2003

Arts, music.  ---  Music to pacify and mollify.  Happy music.  Soma music.  Elevator music.  That is as bad as a music of mindless rebellion, for example, much of punk rock.  When the music and lyrics function as a sedative or opiate that is as bad as music that functions as an methamphetamine.  ---  6/15/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Music to release new and old negative emotions.  Depression released by blues music.  Anger released by hard rock.  Anxiety released by what type of music?  There is no musical style for anxiety.  ---  10/7/2003

Arts, music.  ---  Music with a set rhythm and melody is like poetry with a set meter and rhyme.  It is passe.  It is simplistic.  ---  1/12/2002

Arts, music.  ---  Music with words.  (1) Sometimes people listen to music without even knowing the what are the lyrics of the song.  Sometimes people say they like a song even when they do not know what are the lyrics.  Is it defensible to say that you like a song even when you do not know what are the lyrics of the song?  It does not behoove you to ignore the lyrics because you could be humming a tune that is antithetical to what you hold dear.  (2) In addition, sometimes it is not easy to understand what the singer is saying.  (3) In addition, before the age of the Internet, it was often difficult to get a copy of the lyrics of favorite songs.  ---  5/10/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Music with words.  A critique of music with words is really a critique of poetry, unless you are reading a legal brief set to music.  ---  5/29/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Music, more so than literature or the visual arts, helps set the mood of an era.  When one thinks of the 1960's, 70's, 80's, or 90's, one often thinks of the music.  ---  6/20/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Music: people will pay you for a fu*k.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Musical complexity.  Computers can be used to design and play music that is too complex for humans to comprehend.  What good is that?  On the other hand, music that is too simple is boring.  Thus, there is a sweet spot for the comprehension of complexity in music by humans.  ---  3/11/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Musical name for a kid: Dylan Mitchell Hendrix.  ---  10/8/2003

Arts, music.  ---  Musical wandering or exploring.  When one drifts away from a set tempo, melody or chord progression it becomes more interesting for the musically advanced musicians but it becomes more confusing for the musically simplistic audience.  ---  11/12/2004

Arts, music.  ---  Nature music.  (1) The sounds of nature.  (2) Music made using ecological, acoustic instruments.  (3) Songs with lyrics about preserving nature and living sustainably.  ---  3/11/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Pain-emotion music is more important than happy-emotion music because it deals with problems.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Performance.  (1) If the accuracy of your musical performance is worse than the audience's perception, then your music sounds bad to the audience.  (2) If the accuracy of your musical performance is better than the audience's perception, then your music sounds good to the audience.  (3) Percent that the accuracy of your musical performance approaches ideal.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Performance.  Work on building speed and accuracy of mind (thought and emotion) and physical movement.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Performing, three factors of.  (1) The speed of your mind.  Remembering the notes fast enough.  Figuring out the notes fast enough.  (2) The speed of your fingers.  Finding the note on the instrument fast enough.  (3) Can you do the above two as fast as the tempo of the music?  ---  12/12/2000

Arts, music.  ---  Played out.  (1) A song becomes played out when one has memorized the song.  Why play the song when you know every note of the song?  (2) A song has become played out when you are tired of hearing the song.  The song is played out when one is bored with the song.  (2) Why am I so interested in the concept of played out?  Boredom is fascinating.  I am fascinated with being bored.  That is a breakthrough for me.  ---  1/27/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Played out.  (1) Played out meaning boring, not interesting.  (2) Played out meaning failing to provide a buzz, kick or thrill.  (3) Played out meaning failing to mesmerize or hold our attention.  ---  4/27/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Played out.  As a person gets older, music gets played-out faster.  As you get older you become more adept at interpreting both music and lyrics.  The extreme is when you can interpret the lyrics and music upon first hearing, and the song becomes played out after first hearing.  ---  6/8/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Played out.  Music (and other things) get played out quicker as you get older because you understand them more quickly.  ---  2/15/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Played out.  Played out depends on how popular the song is and how often it is played.  Popular music gets played often and thus gets played out quickly.  How big a hit it was.  How big the craze or frenzy.  How often played.  How quickly played out.  Songs have a life-cycle or curve.  ---  12/30/2003

Arts, music.  ---  Played out.  The concept of "played out" is important in music.  (1) On an individual level, listen to a song one too many times and it becomes "played out", tiresome, stale, etc.  The number of times a song can be played before becoming "played out" varies from song to song and individual to individual.  (2)  On a societal level, musical songs, artists and styles quickly become "played out", passe, old fashioned.  This is because youth demands its new music to differentiate itself from the older generation.  In this permutation, to be hip is to be new.  ---  10/26/2003

Arts, music.  ---  Playing out music is like building up tolerance for a drug.  Getting used to it.  Doesn't give a kick.  ---  4/15/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Politics and music.  (1) Musicians, in order to appeal to a large audience, in order to attain monetary success, often depoliticize the lyrics of their songs.  Musicians, in order to appeal to a large audience, and in order to please corporate powers, often avoid writing lyrics about political issues.  When the public consumes depoliticized music the public becomes depoliticized.  Thus, we see how the single minded pursuit of money and power by management and musicians can have the effect of depoliticizing the public.  ---  12/1/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Politics and music.  If one argument of the record companies and radio stations is that politically progressive music does not sell, then it is up to the individual to find music that expresses progressive views of the world.  ---  12/1/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Popular music.  What is pop music?  Definitions of pop music.  (1) Many people like it.  (2) Easy.  Easily understood.  Not difficult.  Not complicated.  Simple.  (3) Usually happy, not sad.  Bouncy.  (4) Trite, banal.  (6) Music and words.  Ordinary, pedestrian subject matter.  Cliches.  Mindless repetition.  ---  4/16/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Problem.  Four mistakes.  (1) Not melodic enough.  (2) Not rhythmic enough.  (3) Boring: too repetitive and simple.  (4) No unity: Not repetitive enough.  Too complex.  Parts don't mesh.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Problems with most music.  (1) The subject, view, and argument aint optimal.  (2) The emotional tone aint right.  (3) As reflected in words and music.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Protest music.  In some countries, religious fundamentalist authoritarian regimes have outlawed music.  It is a denial of free speech to make music illegal.  ---  3/11/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Protest music.  Songs of social awareness, social justice, social protest, nonviolent resistance, global awareness, environmental awareness.  ---  1/10/2004

Arts, music.  ---  Protest music.  The is a great tradition of protest music from all over the world.  Music for social justice.  ---  3/11/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Protest music.  When people suffer injustice, one of the ways they resist is to voice their opposition in the form of songs.  Protest music is an important genre of music.  Protest music is an important genre of protest.  Protest musics exist around the world, especially among oppressed and indigenous peoples.  ---  3/11/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Protest music.  Woody Guthrie.  Pete Seegar.  Joan Baez.  Early Bob Dylan.  Later Jackson Browne.  Billy Bragg.  Bob Geldorf.  Bono.  Peter Gabriel.  ---  5/16/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Psychological factors in choice of favorite style, song, instrument, and artist.  Healthy and unhealthy.  Reasons believed vs. actual objective reasons.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Psychology and music.  Emotion and music.  (1) Emotional knowledge is necessary for truthful music composition?  (2) Emotional knowledge means knowing what emotion you have, and knowing why you have it.  (3) Emotional truth.  Music must reflect emotional truth.  Words must reflect intellectual truth.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Psychology and music.  Emotion combonations: harmonically (at same time) vs. serially (through time).  How to elicit them with various chords and melodies.  How to elicit them with various instrumental arrangements.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Psychology and music.  Emotional speech: variations in stresses, pitches, and volumes.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Psychology and music.  How similar is the effect that music has on a person to the effect that sex has on a person?  When you listen to a piece of music and your eyes roll back in your head, and your body twitches and shakes, and you feel a shiver and tingle run through you.  It seems like the physical reaction to music and the physical reaction to sex are very similar.  ---  3/30/2000

Arts, music.  ---  Psychology and music.  The big questions. (1) How does music affect us?  (2) How does it change our emotions?  (3) How does music without words spur our intellect?  (4) The rhythm relaxes like massage, hypnotism.  (4) The melody releases emotion like crying.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Radio.  Should a radio station play (1) What is requested most?  (2) What is selling most?  (3) What critics like most?  (4) What the station people like?  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Radio.  The radio today is a wasteland.  There are so few stations that play the greats consistently.  What to do?  Find out who the greats are and buy their cd's or download their music from the web in MP3 format.  Use it for inspiration.  ---  8/9/1999

Arts, music.  ---  Radio.  The typical radio station has a play list that is one day long and it just keeps repeating over and over, which can be very boring.  ---  1/6/2002

Arts, music.  ---  Related subjects.  (1) Economics: the money spent on making and selling music.  (2) Math: mathematics of harmonics, harmonic series.  (3) Religion: use of music in religion, the muses.  (4) Health: music as an aid to health, to relieve stress.  (5) Art: music is a form of art.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Related subjects.  (1) Sociology.  Value on music in general, and specific types of music, in a culture.  Especially change of music (example, rise of rock and roll).  Musical fads and trends (example, disco).  (2) Philosophy.  What is music?  (3) Science.  How does sound and tone work (i.e., physics of sound)?  Why do humans like music (i.e. evolutionary biology)?  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Related subjects.  Business and music.  A record company executive must choose whether to sell records with the following traits: (1) What is great music.  What is great art.  (2) What he likes due to personal tastes.  (3) What will make the most money due to it being popular.  (4) How often do any two of the above traits coincide?  How often do all three of the above traits coincide?  Rarely.  ---  6/20/2002

Arts, music.  ---  Related subjects.  Political and legal views towards music.  (1) Political views pro music.  The Nazis used music for twisted propaganda purposes.  (2) Political views contra music.  Wrongful suppression of rock and roll as "race" music, as sex music, and as wild rebel music.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Rhythm.  (1) Song with unchanging rhythm for entire piece, versus, songs containing different rhythm sections.  (2) Accent.  Song whose rhythm has no accents, versus, songs with rhythmic accents.  (3) Songs with regular rhythms, where each note gets a rhythmic beat, versus, songs where some notes get no beat.  ---  10/1/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Rhythmic white noise such as the sound of waves on a beach, or the sound of rain, can be very relaxing.  And can be very healthy.  Music can have the same affect.  Music can simultaneously relax and calm a person and stimulate and excite a person.  So can any other activity that produces the "flow" state.  Scientists should develop new techniques to study the brain neurotransmitters produced when listening to music and during other activities that both calm and stimulate the mind.  ---  12/20/2003

Arts, music.  ---  Sampling is like a movie remake.  Sampling is like a movie sequel.  Excessive sampling shows a lack of creativity.  Just like Hollywood makes sequels because sequels are easy and profitable, so to do musicians sample because sampling is easy and profitable.  ---  7/25/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Sampling.  (1) Interesting sampling.  The song, "If You Steal My Sunshine", samples an overlooked wood-block rhythm break from a 70's soul hit and extends it for an entire song.  (2) Obvious sampling.  The song "Ice, Ice, Baby" samples the song "Pressure" by Mercury/Bowie.  ---  7/25/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Solo music playing versus group music playing.  That is, playing music alone versus playing music in a band.  ---  7/25/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Some music variables.  (1) Raw vs. polished.  (2) Happy vs. pain (sad, angry, fear, etc.).  (3) Simple vs. complex.  (4) Trivial vs. profound.  (5) True vs. false (in tune and lyrics).   The above variables are not necessarily related to each other.  The worst pop music is trivial and false.  Emotionally false means wrong emotion for the subject.  ---  11/15/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Some people are oriented toward styles and albums.  I'm oriented toward artists and songs.  The song, not the album, is the primary musical unit.  The artist, not the style, is the primary musical unit.  ---  10/12/2003

Arts, music.  ---  Sometimes one is in such a tenuous mental state that all one can handle is the most gentle melodic songs.  It is then only the sweetest popular songs will do.  ---  6/14/2000

Arts, music.  ---  Sometimes the orchestra warming up sounds better than the actual music about to be played.  ---  10/5/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Song lyrics:  "Catch phrase, buzzword, melodic hook.  Catch phrase, buzzword, melodic hook."  ---  3/19/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Songs built to last a lifetime.  Songs built to stand up to adversity.  ---  4/7/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Songs from 2007.  "Black Swan", by Thom Yorke.  "Phantom Limb", by the Shins.  "Other Side of the World", by KT Tunstall.  "When You Were Young", by the Killers.  Neil Young recorded live at Massey Hall in 1971.  "In a Little While", by U2.  ---  4/26/2007

Arts, music.  ---  Sounds.  (1) Sounds of nature.  Birdsong.  Crickets.  Frogs.  Babbling brook.  Swamp or bayou.  (2) Sounds of city.  The sound of automobile traffic.  The sound of construction.  The sound of many conversations at once.  ---  7/10/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Soundtrack your life.  Have a database of music to go with any activity you are engaged in.  It will make your life seem like a movie.  ---  1/1/1999

Arts, music.  ---  Studio recording versus live performance.  ---  7/25/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Technique ability (play), composition ability (create), and theory knowledge (study).  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Teens use music as an emotional aid in at least three ways.  (1) Teens use music to feel emotions.  Teens use music to help figure out what they are feeling.  That is, teens use music to develop emotional knowledge.  (2) Teens use music to express emotions.  Teens use music to help express their feelings.  (3)  Teens use music to help manage and control their emotions.  Teens use music to help deal with their emotions.  ---  1/1/2000

Arts, music.  ---  Teens vs. adults.  A counter-argument is that music is just as important to adults as it is to teens.  Even if adults listen to less music than teens.  Even if adults listen to different types of music than teens.  It is still possible that music is as important to adults as teens.  ---  9/18/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Teens vs. adults.  Adults have less energy than teens.  Less physical energy yields less sexual energy, which yields less need to dance.  Less psychological energy yields less emotion, which yields less romantic emotions, which yields less need for music.  ---  11/15/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Teens vs. adults.  Adults have often "played out" a song, a group, or even an entire style.  When one hears a song many times it becomes "played out", which is another way of saying "I know that already".  Teens play music over and over until the music is "played out", which can take years.  ---  11/15/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Teens vs. adults.  Adults have other things on their minds (ex. jobs, kids, etc.).  Teen minds are vacant.  ---  11/15/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Teens vs. adults.  Here is a counter-argument to the teens vs. adults music debate.  Perhaps adults listen to as much music as teens.  Perhaps adults are as emotionally moved by music as teens.  Perhaps the entire teen vs. adult music debate is a mirage.  ---  11/15/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Teens vs. adults.  PART ONE.  (1) Teens operate primarily emotionally and secondarily rationally.  (2) Teens have a low level of emotional understanding.  Even though they are very emotional they do not understand their emotions very well.  Teens need to learn about their emotions.  (3) Teens have low levels of emotional control.  Their emotions run them instead of them handling their emotions.  (4) Because of the above three points, teens have a high need for music.  Music helps teens develop their emotions, make use of their emotions, understand their emotions and control their emotions.  PART TWO.  (1) Adults operate primarily rationally and secondarily emotionally.  (2) Adults have a high level of emotional understanding.  (3) Adults have a high level of emotional control.  (4) Because of the above points, adults have a lesser need for music and thus music is less important for adults than teens.  ---  9/18/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Teens vs. adults.  Three possibilities why adults are less emotional than teens.  (1) Teens have less emotional control than adults.  (2) Adults feel less emotions than teens.  (3) Adults have lost the instinct to unload emotions.  Adults are repressed.  ---  1/1/2000

Arts, music.  ---  Teens vs. adults.  When you were young the emotions and ideas you found in the music were new to you.  The music lifted you up and you grew.  The music gave you all it could.  You figured it out, and then it got stale.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Teens vs. adults.  Why does music become less important to adults?  Because although the world of music is very large, the subset of "classic" songs is much smaller.  The classics being the songs worth listening to.  One can learn the classics in a matter of years.  When all the classic songs in all styles become "played out" for you, then what?  After that, who cares?  ---  2/24/2002

Arts, music.  ---  Teens vs. adults.  Why does music become less important to us after young adulthood?  One theory is that after a while we have heard all the chords in all the keys.  We have heard all the basic chord progressions played at all tempos.  We have heard all the basic melodies.  In this respect, music is just a matter of combinatorics.  After a while you have heard all the combinations.  This view holds that music is more like math than like language.  ---  6/3/1999

Arts, music.  ---  Teens vs. adults.  Why does music become less important to us after young adulthood?  One theory is that music is like a drug.  After a while it does not have the same impact that it had initially.  ---  6/3/1999

Arts, music.  ---  Teens.  Music is emotion.  Music is love.  Teens are love starved.  That is why teens love music.  Because music gives teens the love that they need.  Music gives teens emotional intimacy.  ---  4/24/1999

Arts, music.  ---  The droning, repetitive, rhythmic, meditative, hypnotic, trance-like nature of music is like the chanting of "om" during meditation.  Music has much in common with meditation.  Music is a way we get our minds in a calm state.  (see alpha, beta and theta brain waves).  Music is a type of meditation.  ---  12/20/2003

Arts, music.  ---  The music and words create the emotions.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  The music that seemed to matter very much to me in the past seems to matter very little to me now.  Several possibilities: (1) Maybe it mattered much then but not now because I've changed.  (2) Maybe it never mattered much but only seemed to matter much then.  (3) Maybe I feel the music is played out from repetition.  ---  10/16/2005

Arts, music.  ---  The reason why one gets ideas when one listens to music is because music stimulates memory and thought as well as emotion.  Music engages the entire mind.  ---  6/15/2005

Arts, music.  ---  The search for new sounds and new sound combinations.  Example, sampling, synthesizer, layering.  Keep it real.  Keep it fresh.  ---  9/15/1998

Arts, music.  ---  There is great music out there.  Thanks to the musicians for creating the music that lifts my mood and inspires me to create.  Well done.  I hope I can return the favor.  It seems we are working together.  ---  2/23/2001

Arts, music.  ---  There's a million tunes out there, written and unwritten, but few that say anything new or important, or that are memorable.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Thought and emotion yields words and music, which creates and saves a new attitude.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  Three variables.  (1) Low tech vs. high tech.  (2) Raw vs. polished.  (3) Inarticulate vs. articulate.  ---  02/05/1998

Arts, music.  ---  Through minute variation steps, one songs evolves into every other song.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  To what degree is music meant to be understood primarily with the body and not the mind?  To the degree it makes us dance?  The notion of "understanding with the body" is a notion foreign to many people but important nonetheless.  (See also: Psychology: understanding with the body.)  ---  2/23/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Two questions.  (1) How much time does a person spend with music playing in their head?  (2) Is the music a tune one has previously heard, or is the music a newly created tune?  ---  2/15/2005

Arts, music.  ---  Two types of music.  (1) Human music: acoustic and emotional.  (2) Mechanical music: synthesizers and no emotion.  ---  8/30/2001

Arts, music.  ---  Types of music.  (1) Folk: peasants.  (2) Pop: mass media.  (3) Haute: educated.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, music.  ---  What can music do?  At its best.  What can music, pictures, words, ideas, each do?  Attitude changer.  Enlightener.  Information provider.  Pain reliever, life aspirin.  Provide new views.  Save lives.  Enrich lives.  Add meaning.  Music can help you think.  Music can improve your mood.  ---  7/1/2006

Arts, music.  ---  What is music?  (1) Make a great noise.  (2) A coordinated racket.  (3) A prolonged yell, shout, scream, holler.  ---  7/25/2006

Arts, music.  ---  What is music.  Definitions of music.  (1) Music as any random sound.  (2) Music as organized sound.  (3) Music defined as organized sound produced by musical instruments.  What constitutes a musical instrument?  Ease of ability to control pitch, rhythm and timbre.  Pleasing timbre.  Wide range of pitch.  ---  6/7/2004

Arts, music.  ---  What is the relationship between (1) Fast, lively music.  (2) Fast, lively dancing bodies.  (3) Fast, lively dancing minds.  (4) I say they are all related.  ---  6/3/2001

Arts, music.  ---  What music accomplishes most is providing comfort.  Music consoles.  Without music there would be a lot more pain, misery and neurosis.  ---  3/4/2001

Arts, music.  ---  When I was younger, music functioned as a means to disperse excess emotion.  Now that I am older, music functions as a means to feel any emotion.  ---  5/23/2005

Arts, music.  ---  When one is a teen, one is faced with new emotions that appear with the onset of puberty, adolescence, and adulthood.  Music provides a way to help feel new emotions.  Music provides a way to help understand new emotions.  As one proceeds further through adulthood, gaining experience and understanding, there are less new emotions and fewer new situations, and thus less need for music.  Music is a form of emotional therapy.  ---  4/17/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Why music is popular with teens.  As people get older they become less susceptible to emotional persuasion, due to the development of their thinking skills.  As you get older music becomes less persuasive and less compelling.  ---  2/15/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Why people give up on music.  (1) Boredom due to repetition.  Over played.  Played out.  (2) If the songs are meaningful to you, and if that meaning endures, then the music is still good.  On the other hand, if the music was meaningless to begin with, or if you gave up on your ideals, or if your values changed, then the music becomes less important to you.  ---  5/20/2004

Arts, music.  ---  Words and music.  What would be the effect of most modern hit songs if you played the music without the words?  What would be the effect of reading the lyrics without hearing the music?  ---  10/12/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Work and music are closely related.  (1) Music makes the work go faster.  (2) The rhythms of repetitive work are music-friendly.  ---  11/2/2001

Arts, music.  ---  World music is awesome.  You say you like hearing people sing, but you don't like it when the words overpower the music?    Listen to music sung in foreign languages that you do not understand.  Listen to world music.  World music is beautiful.  If you cannot understand the lyrics then the vocal is pure music.  The human voice is a beautiful, musical thing.  Listen to world music.  ---  3/11/2007

Arts, music.  ---  World music is wonderful because when you listen to world music you do not have to listen to the same top 40 songs over and over ad nauseum.  There is a world of interesting music available.  Listen to world music.  ---  3/11/2007

Arts, music.  ---  World music.  When you listen to world music you are exposed to an amazing variety of music and cultures.  When you listen to world music you learn about the world.  Get out of your hamlet and hear the world.  ---  3/11/2007

Arts, music.  ---  You are going to hear a song that turns your body and mind to jelly.  You are going to hear a song that liquefies you.  And then that liquid will evaporate.  Where are you now?  ---  4/29/2005

Arts, music.  ---  You hear a song on the radio and you cannot tell if its a guy or a girl singing.  The question becomes, does it really matter if its a guy or a girl?  It does not really matter.  So why the violence against people based on sex, gender, and sexual preference?  ---  4/27/2006

Arts, music.  ---  Young adults enjoy music because music directly physically stimulates their nervous system and thus stimulates their brains.  Somehow, when you get older, you become less susceptible to direct physical stimulations of the body by music.  ---  3/20/2007

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