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The Role of Music in Culture

Music is a powerful tool, it can communicate information, bring us together, enrich our communities and get us in touch with beauty. But music can also just be music – sometimes it’s best to let it do its magic without worrying about its meaning or purpose.


Getting from an artist’s raw talent, ideas and songs to a finished musical product is the producer’s job. Producers are responsible for finding artists, proposing projects and charting their course. This can include scouting for talent, auditioning and signing artists to record deals. Oftentimes, producers are affiliated with record labels and must propose their work to their bosses for funding.


Some of the most fascinating things about Music are the ways it can communicate information and emotions. It can convey obvious messages such as a cell phone ring (someone is calling you) or the tones of a bugle (someone needs attention). But even more subtle communication happens: when you hear a sad song, your brain actually changes the way you see other people.

Throughout history, the role of Music in culture has been complex and diverse. It has been used to strengthen the power of governments, sell cars, foment revolution and convert souls to a particular religion. But perhaps the most important thing to remember about Music is that it has always been a mirror of the culture that created it. This is why it’s important for musicians to be critical of their own process and style, and to continually challenge themselves to evolve and grow as artists.

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