We all think we know what we mean when we say “music.” But do we really? Most of the time we can listen to something and say whetheror not it is music. No one would argue that Lady Gaga makes music (I don’t care if you like it or not, don’t be a hater). But what about when we get to the boundaries of music? When is it that something is no longer music? Does it simply becomes noise? Or is it a different art form altogether?

Someone I know wrote on his blog about his definition of music. He has a rather broad one.

Music is art where sound is the primary medium.

As I said, it is rather broad. He noted, however, that there are definitions that where even more broad then his.

Music is the organized interruption of silence.

Eh, no. I suppose this makes your conversations with your friends music. I have a little bit of trouble with that.

I’m am here to present to you my views on music. If you don’t like them, fine. I encourage you to post your own ideas in a comment.

No doubt you have heard the saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” The basically means that we can’t label something as beautiful. It is all a matter of personal opinion. The desert is beautiful to he who finds it so. Perhaps not to me or you, but  to someone it no doubt is. My opinion is that music is the same way.

Music is whatever a person considers to be music. The only requirement is that it be auditory. I do not consider John Cage’s “Aria” to be music. I believe it has musical elements. But I do not consider it as a whole to be music. However, it is not noise either. It is a different type of auditory art, distinct from music and noise.

So where does this leave us? Well, you have to make the decision as to what is music. If you do not believe Metallica is music, that is your choice. I don’t agree with you (I don’t like Metallica, but I still view their work as music) but you are entitled to your opinion and I respect that.

Do you have any thoughts? Is there any particular artist or song that you do not consider music? I’d love to hear from you. Let me know below or send me an email.

Categories: Music Basics, Other