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suave harv
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Edited Sep 23, 2009, 11:57
Re: Black Sheep @ the Bristol Festival
Sep 23, 2009, 11:53
Squid Tempest wrote:

Have you never felt a transcendant sensation when listening to music?

Now we've got some of the kerfuffle out the way, this is actually a really interesting discussion (to me anyway)!

I'm not here to make kerfuffle either, I'm pleased you can see that (some can't).

I can understand what you mean. Certainly music has different 'depths' to me. Different music puts me on different levels, there's sing along and there's more emotional stuff. Nick Drake can send you to a different place to Little Richard, yet I'm a massive fan of both.
I've been reading about different scales and the old Greek system of musical 'modes' recently, where they'd play certain scales to troops before they went to war, and certain types when they got back. The latter being soothing, the former agressive. But all these modes (for modes read 'moods'), were based on tunes, and notes and their relationship to each other.
And this is how music is created, notes and rhythm, going back to the earliest three note bone flute. Now we use a twelve step octave to creat music . . but I'm going away from your question.
Music moves me most when I play it. Listening can't put me in the same zone as when I play it, and it's certainly not every time I play I feel it, but when I'm in 'the zone' it's like nothing else and quite undescribable. You ebb and flow with the rhythm and your mind feels somehow connected to the sound. You *thrill* inside, I can't explain it any other way. But for that to happen the music would have to have rhythm and melody. I just couldn't do it if I was making 'a noise'. There'd be no form, nothing to attach my emotions to, there'd be no link, nothing tangable to grasp. The more complicated the piece, the more intense the feeling.

So just listening to noise, would be a very soul-less and empty experience for me. And if I were surrounded by people nodding pretending they are 'getting it', I'd just get annoyed with the whole scene. I'd want to shake them and shout "what are you listening to!!!" That's why I stay away from that stuff.

And I only come here because I got into Cope in the nineties because someone said "he writes songs about stone circles" and I bought Peggy Suicide. So I drop in and often find myself in a virtual room full of the people I'd like to shake in my imaginary art-noise gig.

But yea, it's interesting.
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