I selected Clutch – Burning Beard as my musical choice because I felt like the primary guitar chord was a good example of repetition in music. I was very tempted to use a peice of electronic music by “Hive” but I thought it would be better to use an example of “Analog” representation of repetition.
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I SUBMITTED THIS LAST WEEK BECAUSE I MISREAD THE SYLLABUS, THIS IS MY RESPONSE TO “TOE TAPPING”:
I must admit I am completely out of my element in this subject, I have no formal or informal training in the musical arts what so ever. My father was the musically inclined member of the family, before I was born, he used to play guitar in Texas at a nightclub called “The Cellar”, he jammed with Frank Beard of ZZ top fame, Jimmy and Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Doyle Bramhall, all members of the Texas gunslinger era of rock. As a result, I rebelled and became a computer nerd, the extent of my musical prowess is that my father taught me how to (incorrectly) play the Soviet national anthem on the piano. I know nothing about musical scales, notes, or any other trappings related to formal musical education. Honestly, I was pretty frustrated by the first class’s assumption of knowledge. But, I love listening to music, and I enjoy repetitious music the most. I love metal, which is comprised of power chords repeated over and over again, and I have become entranced with dub step which is essential just continuous repetition with subtle variation.
With regards to the reading, I gleaned that human beings have an all most primal need for pattern within repetition. We can tolerate even dissonant sounds as long as they fall within a large sett of acceptable patterns and rhythms. Much like birds developed birdsong, it seems like human brains developed language as a result of patterned repeated sounds. What is universal is that human beings prefer logically patterned consonant sounds, not universally, but in large enough numbers to be more than a cultural phenomenon.
I still feel as if I have a severely limited understanding of the formality of music. Although I understand some of the biological concepts behind it and a few of the auditory anomalies like “Shepard tones”, I still feel lost when looking at compositions. That has eased a bit but I still feel ridiculous trying to respond to such a technical subject. I am very interested in learning as much as I can about the analytical approach to music making, but I have a lot of anxiety every time I read something like “this is your brain”, I feel as it is an enormous and nebulous subject matter that I barely grasp.