Monday, August 11, 2008

Can Music Without Words Communicate?

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I’ve always known that music without words communicates. Inasmuch as we can see information in DNA, purposeful arrangements of pitches, timbres and rhythms performed within a sociological context can have great meaning even devoid of lyric or narration.

Music without words is like blank stationary designed for conveying certain types of messages. When wordless music is woven into a single tapestry with other elements that clearly convey meaning, then it is contextualized. Aside from faint lines on stationary, the graphical elements on the paper are most often oriented at the borders where no words go. The paper provides the foundation for the words and the graphical elements compliment the words. Likewise, music without words provides a foundation for and compliments the times when words are sung or spoken.

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