Music is considered an art, entertainment or just an activity that organizes sound in a pleasant composition. It is actually very difficult to provide an accurate definition of music as there are many people that consider it something else.
Music can be defined in different ways:
- An organized sound or a special type of perception, being an external manifestation of inner thoughts
- An artistic process of creating an organized sequence of sounds
- A subjective, personal or social experience that is translated in sound
- An art that derives from a higher truth
Most people think of music as a sequence of sounds with special characteristics. According to this, the result of musical creation is a musical composition that has specific patterns that are repeated. Examples of such patterns can be given in measure and rhythm. Another popular definition of the term "music" is given by John Cage. According to him, “there is no noise, only sound”. In Cage’s view, anything can be music as long as it is pleasant to hear.
Music composition is the make up of a piece of music; any single musical event or compilation can be called a composition.
A musician is a person skilled in music, especially anyone who composes, conducts, or performs music. Types of performance and production include solo’s, or a musical ensemble. A performance can be give just for ones enjoyment, at family gatherings, concerts, and many other places.
Where to Hear Music
Music is all around us, and can be heard on several different mediums. The most traditional and exhilarating ways to hear music is live, such as at a concert, or as actually being one of the musicians. Music can also be heard over the television, radio, or the Internet. On television, music channels such as CMT and MTV have music videos coupling various songs with a recorded video.
There are hundreds of different categories and groups that music can be classified into. Some of the largest genres include popular music, folk music, classical music, country music. There are disputes over what is actually "real" music; some of the most common musical composers and music styles have been considered being non-musical at certain times in various places. Examples include jazz, punk rock, hip=hop, Mozart, Stravinsky, and surrealism.
The term “music cognition” refers to the study of human music perception. It is believed that different people will receive musical signals differently. You can experience music in many different ways from attending a big concert or a small show in a bar to standing alone at house and enjoying the favorite band or song. There are different types of concerts based on the type of music played and the audience present. For example, a heavy metal concert is usually held in a large area with people standing up and no chairs present. A quartet will hold a concert in an acoustical room to enhance the performance of the instruments and can have an audience with formal wear, sitting in rows of chairs. Nowadays a special attention is present towards deaf people. They can not hear the music but can feel the vibration it sends, especially if bigger speakers are present. Many famous composers were deaf when they composed some of their best works. The best example can be given in Ludwig van Beethoven. Some of his most famous musical compositions were written when he had lost his hearing.