How do we listen to the world? Is the act of listening a creative process? What distinguishes sound from music?
We experience time as simultaneously linear (on a timeline) and cyclic (on a clock)–a fact that turns out to be interesting mathematically. How is this music organized in time? What are the roles of the individual drummers?
From the film The Triplets of Belleville (Chomet 2003). When is a vacuum player “music?” Is the presence of the audience and stage relevant to what we call “music,” or not?
Can a mathematical algorithm (set of instructions) make music?
Is John Cage’s 4’33” music? If not, what about the silences (“rests”) in the middle of a song? Here’s an interview with Cage in which he challenges common assumptions about music. An interesting contrast to the definition I proposed–“music is the art of organizing sound in time”–is made by him here: “If music is the “enjoyment” of “sound”, then it must center on not just the side making the sound, but the side listening. In fact, really it is listening that is music. As we savor the sound of rain, music is being created within us.”
–“In this time,” http://www.livingworld.net/shop/john-cage/
Disregarding the backing beat, is this rapper a musician?