To define music…

When looking into the history of music you have to consider the definition of music. When asked about your favourite music type we have to clarify genre definitions. Because of the uprising of the digital age we have to redefine music types and define new ones.

In modern times cords, beats and progressions are often computer made, synthesised or altered and modified digitally. It is not an uncommon occurrence to hear people of all ages (let’s stereotype: the elderly) to question the ‘music’ of the youth of today. And with the rising role of digital media and technology in all facets of life including the music industry perhaps this questioning is not just a generational gap any more.

We say we listen to music but more accurately we are listening to modified instrument reverberations and synthesised sounds. The most obvious example is music where “I like my beats fast and my bass down low” (Dev.) The beat and the volume appear to be the most commendable qualities of certain genres. The complaints of the “doof-doof” music as “just noise” (generalising again) have the potential to be supported. But beyond the obvious most music types use computer modified sounds in at least one aspect of production.

In the traditional view of music does current production with a reduced role of instruments actually remove all music from its definition?

Music/ˈmyoozik/ (noun): The art or science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. (Google)

So the question answered. Music is music. Modern production collates sounds, frequently that which was originally instrumental or vocal into a completed works. Production incorporating the use of digital media falls under the art and science of producing music. It is perception of beauty and harmony that will change individual opinion as to what clarifies as music and what clarifies as simply noise.


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