Characteristics of music

So many different reactions: one approaches it technically, the other lets his or her heart speak. Another listens to what sounds evoke. This means that songs or musical works do not seem to stand alone. Apparently it stands for something. As we saw earlier, we give meaning to this musical art.

It evokes a memory or experience. Perhaps more important than that particular event, it seems to evoke an emotion or feeling in the human being. That makes it something magical. For both the music listener and musician.

A concrete way to describe something is by looking for what characterizes something. By doing so, the value and meaning we give to it becomes clearer.

These are characteristics of music:

it is abstract: we cannot grasp it, or carry it under our arm, like other art forms, for example a painting or statue.

we need a ‘ device ‘ to hear it: an MP-3 player, a streaming or download facility, the human voice, or a musical instrument.

the music is only there at the moment itself

making music oneself hardly permits other brain functions. In other words, other activities or thoughts are (almost) impossible.

it has a socializing, or connecting effect. Dance, sing and mourn together. Music seems to be able to express our emotions better than words.

Magic calls for further discovery!

With this article I want to show and hear how important music is for people. It supports important events in our lives. It offers us comfort in heartbreak. Listening and making music supports a healthy life.

But so much remains hidden. Why can it affect us so much? Can we do without music? How is it possible that we experience the same music differently every time?

A journey of discovery through music can go on indefinitely.

Live life to the full with music and questions of life! 

As mysterious music is to us, so mysterious is our life.

You can also investigate life in the form of your life questions. If you immerse yourself in music, you can enjoy it much more. Immerse yourself in what keeps you busy in life and you can enjoy life more. 

Balance between simplicity and complex

A third requirement we place on a song we love is that it should have a good balance between simplicity and complexity. If a composition or song is too simple, we reject it.

That is, for example, the moment that a person no longer likes children’s songs from a certain age. Too simple.

We experience song too complex when there are too many new elements in the music. For example, if you like to listen to André Hazes, you may experience a polyphonic choir as too complex.

For example, in genres you never listen to, many sounds, rhythms, or instruments occur that you don’t hear every day. We tend to reject that. It simply does not meet our requirement of a balance between simplicity and complexity. 

your favorite song has something recognizable as well as something unknown

For example, a band like The Beatles offers recognition by using the same voices, instruments and the structure of the song. For example, what is new is in the lyrics, melody and the zeitgeist in which the song is written.

This also explains the reaction of people who can react violently when they hear a genre that they have not often had in their lives. Or a cover that would rape the original.

“Oooooh, please turn it off, it’s unheard of!” The emotion resonates in it.