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Music (Was: music is not political)
At 12:16 AM 4/6/2006, you wrote:
>There is also an emotional understanding, which is required. To
>quote Xenakis: Music is not a language.
>But it has an aspect of communication. The musician does express
>some feelings, the listener will resonate if there is an emotional
>understanding. The feelings of the performer and the feelings of the
>listener do not need to be the same, (no language with clear
>mappings) but it needs to have a common space of resonance otherwise
>nothing would happen.
>I did not refer to intellectual understanding, this could even
>distract the resonances, but sometimes it can also help...
I think that music is beyond language and emotion, although it
touches both. The more I become involved in music, the more
inarticulate I become in discussing it in the abstract. There is
continuing scientific research that shows how music enmeshes
structures in our brains. But I sense music more in a spiritual
sense these days. In transcendent performances, musicians and
audience commune rather than communicate.
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