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I decided to make a separate thread here where we can discuss music instead of just commenting on or posting specific albums.  We can discuss the evolution of music and how one thing becomes a thing in itself but also an influence toward the future development of music.  We can talk about genres here and influence.   Everything from music from the beginning of time to the present can be discussed here.  I've always been very interested in transfer of influences.  No doubt my exposure to music has affected my development in huge ways.  Music is just as much a tool for development work on the path as psychedelics are.  It's all in that music -- feeling and ideas!  Music is a universal language so to speak.  Hip Hop and Rap count in this too.  I like some Hip Hop and Rap.  Some of you youngsters know more than  I do as to music past 2015 or so.  I know Metal has evolved hugely since I stopped caring and listening in the early 90's.  I went backward into the history of music instead of forward at that point.  So, I have a good sense of the whole thing from Classical to Hip Hop, but I don't know everything and I don't listen to everything.  I could use a collaborative influence and perspective where the whole becomes greater than the part.  My biases can be overcome and so can your biases through collaboration of perspectives.  I'll give you broad strands of development in music that I've come to after listening and appreciating music from a broad scale for about 25 years now.  I also play Jazz trumpet.

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Released in 1938.  One of my favorite albums.   Excellent Swing era Jazz album.  Notice the clarinet is the lead instrument.  Early on it was!  It's an excellent lead instrument.  Benny Goodman is a master Jazz musician and bandleader.  You can hear how Swing comes out of the March on this album.  That goes back to New Orleans as the origin place of Jazz.  Jazz comes out of Marching Bands.  It's a modification of the March.  The "swung note" is the key variation.  Nice and loud and great sound quality!  They've really improved the sound of this album.  Sounds great on vinyl too.  I love the ballads.


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May I provide to you an ontology on what music could be?


Here is my view:

In a sense, music is a language in the way that it does conveying, but not through linear concepts.

Music is the representation of states of existence through sound, such that not only does it represent, but also allows for an empathic experience of those states for the listener, hence changing or enforcing his or her state.


Please share if you have something to add.

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