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The Importance of Music in Modern Times
Music, in one form or another, permeates all human societies. Its protean susceptibility to alliances with words (as in song) and with physical movement (as in dance) has given it a crucial place among the arts in every culture. Even in modern times, the bewildering profusion of styles, some of them contemporary, others derived from past eras, testifies to its continuing popularity and influence.
The first known audio recording was made in 1860, but since then the industry has gone through some major changes! Music production is a complex process and can be broken down into various parts:
First, the creation of the instruments. Virtual instruments generally fall into two categories – synthesised instruments, which use algorithms to create all the sounds you hear, and sample instrument which are real recordings of acoustic instruments. Then there is the choice of what sounds to include in a track, which is usually influenced by the genre and desired outcome of the music.
Finally, there is the arrangement of these elements into a finished product. This can be achieved in many different ways – the key is to find the right balance between creativity and technicality.
One of the most common feelings that people experience when listening to their favourite songs and instrumentals is a ‘frisson’. It is described as the hair-raising sensation that makes you feel tingles in your body when a certain part of the song plays.
Philosophers have often been concerned with the symbolic power of music. Plato, who saw earthly music as a shadow of the ideal, and Aristotle, who equated the art with imitation, thought that it was powerful enough to shape character. The Platonic-Aristotelian concept was further strengthened by Plotinus’s idea that works of art contained a measure of truth within them.