Music according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary is vocal or instrumental sounds or even both combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.
Existence of Music……….
Music has existed for ages and has evolved through different phases. Human was created with the ability to hum sounds or produce pleasant sounds to the ear. It ranged from peer groups. Culture, preferences, and societies.
Africa is known for being the continent that first produced meaningful sounds and instruments which then proceeded to become something wide world and finally became something most humans can’t live without – a part of our lives.
The oldest musical known to have been in existence was the Greek tune called ‘Seikilos Epitaph” which was found engraved on a woman’s gravesite located in Turkey. Looking deeper into music history, it was believed that music had gone through six periods which are; the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, classical, Romantic, and the 20th and 21st centuries.
Genres of Music……..
Music even has different genres nowadays ranging from hip hop, blues, reggae, old school, EDMs, Pop, and Gospel to Afrobeat, etc. Eachh fitting certain country or culture has tried its best to give humans the best sounds they can. These songs are marvelous because they can cater to the needs of religious groups, ethnic groups, and even different types of emotions we feel.
Importance of Music………
Music helps to pass time, relieve one of stress, improve exercise, and comfort, erase the pain, build up memory and cognition, raise emotions, tell what we feel, and also tell the story of the singer. It is used to tell listeners the mind of the singer through the lyrics. Intensity of sounds and even to determine the genre or the country known for the song. It also promotes language and cultures
Nowadays, music has been refined to what can be accessed anywhere, everywhere, anytime. Back then musical instruments were rare and hard to own and operate. Only people who read, study, or learned about it could operate it, though it is still like today musical instruments have been modified in a way that anyone can own, access, and easily learn.
Even now we can listen to music everywhere be it TV, CD players, Bluetooth, MP3 players, phones, computers, car players etc. Technology has made it easier to listen to music is no longer limited to carrying a big cassette player and also searching hard for hard copies of the CD to play a certain song.
Technology has helped build and encompass many musical instruments to make music quality improve. They have helped refine the musical instruments (Pianos, guitars, set drums, etc.), studio software, algorithms, and computer languages called MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) which helps the computer to communicate and bond with certain musical instruments controlling it.
Music could be distributed widely because technology invented ways for broadcasting e.g. TV, Radio at their homes without going through stress. It even reduced the monopoly on music. Back then certain singers got recognition because only their songs were bought and listened to unlike now when new music and artists are brought to our awareness by social Media.
Technology has also helped to create rhythm, sounds, and noises that weren’t possible before their help. We can hear different sampling, versions, and remixes of sounds since we now have capable equipment and instruments.
The turntable, synthesizer, sampler, etc. have greatly helped the hip-hop genre today by giving advancement to the ancient sound recording and phonograph. Technology even helped music in concert halls by inventing projectors, speakers, microphones, and other equipment for efficient, smooth, and satisfying performance. Even in the recording studio, digital converters, master clocks, microphones, pop filters, electronic drum kits, snake cakes, control surfaces, etc. have greatly helped in making quality sounds and music that is a thousand times better than in the olden centuries.
Who knows what technology will be invented to enhance music more? We might be able to listen to brand-new sounds shortly.