Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time.

General definitions of music include common elements such as pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (loudness and softness), and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture (which are sometimes termed the “color” of a musical sound).

Forest example caption

Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping; there are solely instrumental pieces, solely vocal pieces (such as songs without instrumental accompaniment) and pieces that combine singing and instruments. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; “art of the Muses”).

Ancient Greek and Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Common sayings such as “the harmony of the spheres” and “it is music to my ears” point to the notion that music is often ordered and pleasant to listen to. However, 20th-century composer John Cage thought that any sound can be music, saying, for example, “There is no noise, only sound.”

The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Indeed, throughout history, some new forms or styles of music have been criticized as “not being music”, including Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge string quartet in 1825, early jazz in the beginning of the 1900s and hardcore punk in the 1980s.

Plenger

Founder & Editor

About the Author

I am a 19 years old boy from Norway. I started this blog because the idea of being able to earn money in such a flexible way, where I also get to express yourself sounded wonderfull. I want this blog to be a place where I can express my feelings and give guidance to people where they might be able to learn from some of the mistakes I have made, haha. I am just getting started as I'm writing this though I am extremely bad currently, I wish to improve! personally, I am a very silly and idealistic person, who has had my fair share of mental problems throughout my life. I love talking and being in contact with people, so if you want to contact me feel free to do so. you can find places to contact me on my site (I can also just put my email right here haha; martin@plenger.blog)

View Articles