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Where does music come from?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Benjamin Strange, May 27, 2004.

  1. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I started a thread on this subject in the Lobby a while back, and only got a few replies (probably because sane people avoid the politcal headaches down there). So I figured I would open this up to TB at large.

    Where does music come from? Is it something that you come up with out of your own head, or is it something that is chanelled through you? If you are but a vessel, who/what is sending this stuff through you?

    Discuss, but play nice please.
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    HEY! What's that supposed to mean? You don't like seeing me get beat up?
  3. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    My music usually begins as some catchy lyric, then I put music to it in my head, Usually a basic riff, But I always have a general idea of what I want a song to sound like. I also like to stay within the tone or sound of a song as it developes, I've seen a lot of local acts throw things into songs that are just wrong, and in my opinion, sound like crap.
  4. PasdaBeer


    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs
    my music comes from my loins.......
  5. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    It hurts me to see you hurt, Munji.
  6. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    Most of my music comes from my butt. Especially the bass parts.
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    The Ghost of Stravinsky? ;)
  8. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I think what ben is getting at is...where does that catchy riff come from.
  9. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
  10. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Music comes from.................I'm think'in now.....................wellthat didn't work now I lost it.......................um well.......................... somewhere.........................ya somewhere, everywhere, nowhere!
  11. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Thanks for the serious responses guys. :rollno:
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    You really expected a serious answer to this!!

    You'll be asking us to all join hands and not laugh, next!! ;)
  13. I have to imagine it is a combination of regurgitated things you've heard before and things your brain randomly runs into that happen to sound cool. In other words, memory and randomness followed by subjective selection.
  14. :p

    Music comes from the heart.

    :hyper: HEART:

    heart [haart] (plural hearts) noun
    1.PHYSIOLOGY blood-pumping organ: a hollow muscular organ that pumps blood around the body, in humans situated in the center of the chest with its apex directed to the left
    2.ANATOMY position of chest above heart: the area on the front of the human body that corresponds roughly to the position of the heart
    3.basis of emotional life: the human heart, considered as the source and center of emotional life, where the deepest and sincerest feelings are located and an individual is most vulnerable to pain
    4.character: somebody’s essential character
    •He’s an abrupt-sounding cuss, but he’s got a very good heart.
    5.compassion: the ability to feel humane and altruistic feelings
    •If she had any heart she would forgive him.
    6.affection: affection, love, or warm admiration
    •The chorus’s singing won the hearts of the audience.
    7.spirit: the capacity for courage and determination
    •The team played with a lot of heart.
    •They put their whole hearts into making a go of the business.
    8.disposition: a mood, mental state, or frame of mind
    9.essential part of something: the distinctive, significant, and characteristic center of something
    •the heart of rural America
    10.PLANTS part of vegetable around core: the often tasty or succulent compact central part of a vegetable, for example, a lettuce or cabbage, where the leaves curl in tightly
    •artichoke hearts
    11.FOOD animal heart used as food: the heart of an animal that is cleaned and trimmed, then roasted, stewed, or braised as food
    12.symbolic depiction of heart: a simplified and conventionalized picture of a heart as a rounded, roughly triangular shape, often used to signify love
    13.CARD GAMES playing card: any one of a suit of cards marked with a symbolic depiction of one or more hearts.
    See also hearts noun 1
    14.beloved person: somebody who is dearly loved
    •Come to me, dear heart.

    [Old English heorte. Related to German Herz.]

    at heart
    in essence or reality, and despite contrary appearances
    break somebody’s heart
    to cause somebody intense unhappiness and suffering
    do somebody’s heart good
    to make somebody feel happy or satisfied
    eat your heart out
    1.to brood about something that makes you feel unhappy (informal)
    2.to be consumed with envy
    have somebody’s welfare or interests at heart
    to have somebody’s well-being or interests in mind
    heart and soul
    completely, or with the greatest devotion
    in your heart of hearts
    in your deepest inner feelings
    learn or know something by heart
    to memorize or have memorized something
    lose heart
    to become discouraged
    not have the heart to do something
    to be unable to bring yourself to do something that is liable to hurt somebody else
    set your heart on something or have your heart set on something
    to have something as your ambition or greatest wish
    take heart
    to become encouraged and more confident
    take something to heart
    1.to take something seriously
    2.to be upset by something
    wear your heart on your sleeve
    to reveal your feelings openly
    with all your heart
    completely or very willingly

    Encarta® World English Dictionary :bassist: & (P) 1999,2000 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

    And there is the Definition :)
  15. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I'm still trying to find the answer myself.

    I don't believe in the vessel channel through you stuff. I also don't believe the heart thing. I don't see why hearts get so much cred. They are a muscles that pump blood. They don't generate love/creativity. Everyone seems to be in the mindset that they look like this...


    is more the case.

    I know just about everyone knows this... Sorry, I'm just anti-hearts... it must be part of my "down with emo" campaign.

    Music... well music is my aeroplane.
  16. cowsgomoo

    cowsgomoo gone to Longstanton Spice Museum

    Feb 8, 2003
    I think it's akin to self-medication... you're creating & searching for something that either reflects the way you feel, or points in a direction you'd like to go...

    music creation can be an attempt to resolve inner conflict... creating or listening to music can provide you with the kinds of resolution (music's all about tension & release, rhythmic, harmonic etc) that you might be craving... it can function this way without you even knowing it

    I think you learn all through your life, even in the womb, the effect that sound & music has on your state of mind, and that all you're doing when creating your own, or listening to other people's music is finding the jigsaw pieces that fit the right slots
  17. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    For somebody who has been very vocal about the lack of serious threads about music, you sure are doing a good job at trying to derail this one into pointlessness. Some people really do have interesting things to say on the subject, and I would like to hear those opinions without you being a naysayer. If you don't have any thoughts on the spirituality/non-spirituality of music, then go find your own thread, and leave mine alone.
  18. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    I am being serious, I ether get something or I don't, I can't plan it no matter how much I come up with; whenever I try a force it I draw a blank. :scowl:
  19. Simple:

    I blow thru here
    The music goes 'round and around
    And it comes out here
    I push the first valve down
    The music goes down and around
    And it comes out here
    I push the middle valve down
    The music goes down around below
    Below, below, deedle-dee-ho-ho-ho
    Listen to the jazz come out
    I push the other valve down
    The music goes 'round and around
    And it comes out here…

    Got it? good!

    - Wil