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CHAPTER 1:
What Music REALLY Is, Who Makes
It, Where, When, Why
  
1.1 What Is Music?

 

Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best.

—FRANK ZAPPA

PAGE INDEX

 

1.0.1 Piquing the Polarized

1.1.1 Biological, Not Mystical

 

 


 

1.0.1

PIQUING THE POLARIZED

 

Chapter 1 addresses these five basic questions about music:

 

     1.  WHAT is music?

     2.  WHO makes music?

     3.  WHERE does music come from?

     4.  WHEN did music get started?

     5.  WHY is there such a thing as music?


     The other question, “HOW does one go about creating music worth listening to?” takes nine chapters to answer—Chapters 3 through 11, the main part of the book.


     Tackling the five “Ws” of the phenomenon of music necessitates delving into Darwinian natural selection and sexual selection. If you have a strong religious faith, you may find bits of Chapter 1 offensive because of all the evolution stuff. On the other hand, if you have a strong atheistic belief, Chapter 1 may offend you, too because it does not advocate for atheism.


     If you already know all about natural selection and sexual selection and brain modularity, then Chapter 1 might simply bore you. If so, why not grab a bag of chips and ride on ahead to Chapter 2, which discusses the rise of the Western popular music industry and its various genres. Or Chapters 3 through 11, the sections on how to create memorable, emotionally powerful music and lyrics.


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1.1.1

BIOLOGICAL, NOT MYSTICAL


Music has played a central role in human existence for hundreds of thousands of years.


     So ... what is music?


     According to the evidence, it’s probably an adaptation—although some researchers argue music is a byproduct of other adaptations.


     What’s an adaptation?

 

     It's a biological trait that evolved to promote survival or reproductive success. A tiger’s fangs. A peacock’s fan. A mosquito’s ability to draw blood and escape into the night, just as you’re trying to get to sleep.


     As a human, you possess many formidable adaptations, such as bipedalism (two-legged walking), language, and a lot of other inborn skills that your fellow primates do not have. (Unlike horses, all primates— several hundred species—have highly flexible 5-fingered hands, opposable digits, and sharp eyesight. Some, such as monkeys, apes, and humans, also have relatively large brains.)


     Before biologists confer “adaptation” status upon a human trait, in a solemn ceremony at Stonehenge under a full moon, said trait must fulfil several criteria, among them:

 

        Humans in all present-day cultures must use the adaptation.

 

        Evidence from history and anthropology must indicate the adaptation’s existence in ancient cultures.

 

        Evidence from palaeontology must indicate the adaptation’s existence to some degree in extinct hominid species—that is, in other species of bipedal human-like primates, all now extinct.


     All of the above apply to language and bipedalism. They also apply to music. Every human culture ever known has had music. Even societies that do not have well-developed visual arts show sophisticated musical development.


     Today, practically all normal adult human beings:

 

        Can and do sing to some degree (Pop Idol/American Idol contestants notwithstanding), even if only in the privacy of an elevator or on the back of a horse in the hills south of Tulsa.

 

        Can and do tap at least one foot to a tune, once in a while (an important qualification as you’ll see in a minute).

 

        Listen to self-chosen music, purchase music, and otherwise show appreciation for music at some level. (“I could’ve played guitar like Jimi, but I chose to go into accounting instead, to meet more women.”)


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 TABLE OF
 CONTENTS

  

 PART I

 The Big Picture    Introduction

   1. W-5 of Music
  
2. Pop Music
   
    Industry

  
 PART II
 Essential
 Building Blocks
 of Music
   3.
Tones/Overtones
   4. Scales/Intervals
   5. Keys/Modes
 
 PART III
 How to Create
 Emotionally
 Powerful Music
 and Lyrics
   6.
Chords/
  
      Progressions

   7. Pulse/Meter/
  
      Tempo/Rhythm

   8. Phrase/Form
   9. Melody
 10. Lyrics
 11. Repertoire/
     
  Performance

  

 PART IV
 Making a
 Living In Music
 12.
Business of
   
     Music

 
 Appendixes

  

 Notes

  

 References

  

 Index
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 TABLE OF
 CONTENTS

  

 PART I

 The Big Picture    Introduction

   1. W-5 of Music
  
2. Pop Music
   
    Industry

  
 PART II
 Essential
 Building Blocks
 of Music
   3.
Tones/Overtones
   4. Scales/Intervals
   5. Keys/Modes
 
 PART III
 How to Create
 Emotionally
 Powerful Music
 and Lyrics
   6.
Chords/
  
      Progressions

   7. Pulse/Meter/
  
      Tempo/Rhythm

   8. Phrase/Form
   9. Melody
 10. Lyrics
 11. Repertoire/
     
  Performance

  

 PART IV
 Making a
 Living In Music
 12.
Business of
   
     Music

 
 Appendixes

   

 Notes

   

 References

  

 Index
  

 

   Top

 

 

 

 

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