For as long as I have been listening to music, I had always thought that it had a dedication to the listener…that it was an entity created purely for their entertainment. For those of us who only listen to music and don’t have the special talent to create or play it, music is an accessory…a mood. We treat each song as if it is an emotional accessory. When we talk about a song, how often do we really talk about its rhythm, what key it’s in or the meter? We spend much more time talking about how they make us feel or how our lives parallel with the lyrics that are in a song.
Even instrumental songs or compositions that don’t have words seem to always revolve around the way they make us feel and why we want to listen…what occasion we find ourselves in when we listen to them. We don’t listen to music so that we can solve or put together the equation that made it.
Until I actually entered into a music class this semester, I don’t think I had ever bothered to look at music from the composer or performers perspective. It made me think about the musicians and bands that Velodyne has had the exciting opportunity to work with. As music fans and junkies, we do have a few things in common with these talented people…we love to listen to our music with awesome Velodyne headphones. However, we are very different in the way that we perceive and experience music.
I had never realized that music is truly an equation; it combines mathematical elements (which are far beyond my skill set) and also the emotional constructs that will later become the highlight for listeners. The score to all music is deeply complex in its own way. Music needs transitions and the musicians/composers have to know what will sound good together. Their genius formulas that take such tedious effort can so easily become another soundtrack to our life. Have you ever just stopped to think about that? It’s amazing that one song can take on such different forms depending upon which role you play…How do you see music?