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Author:  AdamCarlo [ Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:48 am ]
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SueN wrote:
And how does one person have the gift of writing music and not others?


Artistic ability whether it be composing music, sculpting, drawing or singing is largely an innate ability that some people have. Some call it a "god given talent". Sure, someone can further develop their talent with training and study but the innate ability has to be there in the first place.

For example, I could take piano lessons every day for hours on end but that will never make me a composer or even a very good piano player!

Author:  Bear McCreary [ Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:19 am ]
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AdamCarlo wrote:
For example, I could take piano lessons every day for hours on end but that will never make me a composer or even a very good piano player!


Yes, there is definitely something to be said for talent. But I also have tremendous respect for the human brain, the most complex machine in the universe (that we're aware of). I would disagree with you. I think if you took piano lessons every day for hours you WOULD become a pretty good piano player and if you also studied composition with the same intensity you'd probably become a pretty decent composer as well. (They say you become an expert at something after 10,000 hours.)

I think people adapt pretty quickly to repeated actions and that kind of dedication and hard work would result in SOMETHING, for sure.

I think the difference is, and now I'm speaking from a bit of experience... people that have a natural talent for something will have more FUN while they're investing all the work, and it becomes more of a motivator to actually do it. If I look back on the amount of time I've spent working on music in my life, it's a staggering percentage of my waking hours. But, it always felt like PLAY not WORK. I would guess that's why people who have a natural inclination for something end up better at it than people would just have to work away at it and can not enjoy the process.

Author:  Lex [ Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:09 am ]
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Here's another nice article worth reading:

Bear McCreary reveals the physics behind your favorite science fiction theme tunes
(io9.com)

Author:  AdamCarlo [ Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:19 am ]
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Lex wrote:


I read that just a little while ago. Great article!

As for why I like Bear's music, I like it because it does what music is supposed to do. It grabs me emotionally and it leaves an indelible mark in my memory.

Author:  Bear McCreary [ Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:13 pm ]
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Thanks for posting that link up! I was about to do it myself. :) That certainly starts explaining the "how" we like music, but I don't know if anyone can ever explain the "why."

Author:  Priest81 [ Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:59 am ]
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I like Bear's music because I can forget it. He constructs it in such a way that it blends with the story and I don't really hear it so much as it is integrated into the whole experience of the show. But take it out of the show and play it on its own...it still is fantastic. I listen to him especially at work. It helps me focus.

Author:  BadgerBrock [ Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:56 am ]
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I can't say why I like certain types of music. I suppose it is because it brings out something in me, the best, the worst; sometimes refinement, sometimes primal instincts; it's difficult to explain why it affects emotions to the extent that it does. All I can say is, I can't imagine a world without it.

Author:  Sentynel [ Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:22 am ]
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BadgerBrock wrote:
I can't say why I like certain types of music. I suppose it is because it brings out something in me, the best, the worst; sometimes refinement, sometimes primal instincts; it's difficult to explain why it affects emotions to the extent that it does. All I can say is, I can't imagine a world without it.

This, while not strictly related to the thread, is something that greatly interests me. Music in one form or another is a universal feature of human culture, and the basic tonal rules are almost universal (I believe they can be derived fairly simply by considering wave mechanics, but I don't know if there are alternative solutions to the 12-note system we use). Yet the actual form(s) of music enjoyed varies hugely between one person and the next. Some people like things that seem utterly baffling to me, and I'm sure a lot of the metal I listen to is equally baffling to a lot of other people.

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