Music, has been around for thousands of years. Instruments and the human voice are able to generate sounds. Certain sounds with a specific pitch are called notes. They are then grouped together to create rhythm and melodies. Music, disregarding the type, can be composed almost spontaneously or it could be a long term affair.
It is a daily phenomenon that occurs throughout the globe across hundreds and thousands of cities. We are heavily influenced by the kind and genre of music we listen and indulge in. Our lifestyles tend to ruminate around this and it may even affect our fashion and sense of style.
Music has evolved immensely over the centuries and as of late, there has been an influx of talented artists, flooding the social media with their tweaked covers of Beyonce’s ‘Halo’.
Before we all get too carried away, let us be reminded of the considerable history of music and trace back it’s roots.
Although debatable, the earliest versions of music was to come in forms of rocks and sticks, which means percussion-based. These age-old traditions date all the way to the prehistoric cavemen era. Modern day instruments were invented by the Egyptians, who created harps, flutes, lyres and double-reeded clarinets, during 4000-3500 BCE.
About 2000 years later, the world’s most popular and commonly used instrument was crafted – the guitar. It’s amazing isn’t it? Humans only started composing music during the Middle Ages.
Prior to that, the intellectuals were too busy dissecting the mathematics of music; creating what is the keystone of music – the octave scale. Music theory was too, invented during the Golden Ages.
I’d like to state that all the greatest composers came to fruition after the widespread birth of religion across Europe and Asia. Perhaps we were too preoccupied seeking God?
Here’s the music era categorized and organized:
- The Middle Ages
- The Renaissance
- The Baroque Age
- The Classical Period
- The Romantic Era
- The Twentieth Century
Music was greatly interlaced with religion and the various religious sects during those early junctures in history. Till today, music is known to encompass culture, art, ideologies and emotion. The Catholic Church had introduced various distinctive pieces of music which unfortunately was destroyed at that point in time. Islamic ceremonies also practice the usage of music although they tend to utilize the human voice. It is known today as harmonizing or a Capella. One beautiful method of extending the use of the human voice is the Muslim’s Call to Prayer or Azan. Azan means to listen or to hear in Arabic. Here’s an example:
Deeper meaning to Music
Attuned frequencies of music, taken to a higher dimension? You may not probably already know this, but most music is delegated a specific frequency, fine tuning to give it that special feel.
The most common tuning for today’s music is 440 Hz.
There is a hidden treasure to be found once you’ve tuned your music a little less than a semitone below the industry standard. 432 Hz, claimed to be the natural frequency of the Universe, offers cosmic healing magic. Giuseppe Verdi had once expressed his preference for 432 Hz in one of his letters.
Before war broke out in Europe in 1939, the British held an international conference in London and 440 Hz was mutually and internationally agreed on. There are tons of scientific claims to the human soul’s capability to resonate at high vibration due to the frequencies of 432 Hz yet, I believe you should be doing that kind of research on your own. Here’s a pointer: https://jakubmarian.com/the-432-hz-vs-440-hz-conspiracy-theory/
Now that we’ve clearly digested and attained a more complex understanding of music, let’s talk about how music is beneficial for us.
“One thing good about music is when it hits, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
Research shows that when you listen to music that you enjoy, your brain releases ‘dopamine’. This brings about feelings of joy, happiness and excitement. Music also lowers stress and improves overall health, sleep, reduces depression and suppresses hunger, strengthens learning and memory and even improves running performance! These have all been proven by scientific studies and surveys, focus groups.
Isn’t this all of this so wonderful? I guess maybe there really is no such thing as terrible music. Remember ladies and gentlemen, music has to be bought. We insist that you avoid supporting piracy websites and labels! Stay true and loyal to all your favorite artists and musicians, composers and DJs.
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Written by Yoji Amashiro
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