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Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time.
Compose some music by yourself or in a group. You can use free software, available instruments, create your own instruments or any kind of objects which emit sound.
Jamming with Others
Jamming is when you create music with others ad-hoc responding to their lead and going back and forth to create a composition. Have a jamming session or develop a formulated composition. Record it and reflect on it.
What kind of music are you creating?
Experimental and chaotic
Structured and logically organised
Sound Landscape and Movement
Music is a narrative, a journey because it happens through time. The movement and repetition in the sound creates a rhythm. Listening to a ‘airy’ electronic pad sound and looking at tree branches swaying in the breeze seems to fit together.
Listening to music whilst moving brings in a spatial aspect. The addition of the sound illustrates, elaborates, decorates, resonates, forms a dialectic with, plays off and writes into the surroundings.
Emotionals and Music
The combination of the visible and the audio can change emotions.
Changes in the musical structure can raise awareness of physical surroundings, equally, the mood created by the music is artificial and does not necessarily reflect the reality of a situation.
Music can be quite frivolous, always subjective and emergent from the structure of the time. The philosopher Slavoj Zizek said once that it is not clear to him where music inhabits the space of the id or the more rational ego. The French philsopher Jacques Derrida wrote that people are born into a world that is already full of meaning and it structures their reality. Part of this meaning takes the form of music.
Music and Creativity
When it comes to an ideation session, listen to the music as a way to reproduce the creative energy that went into the music composition.