Analysis Of ' Inner Listening ' Essay

1257 Words Nov 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Music is nothing more than sound, with or without meaning, that the brain attempts to make sense of in a way that is comfortable. Over the years, there have been countless composers that have succeeded in not breaking tradition, per say, but rather adding to it. These influences are seen everywhere in today’s music from new age contemporary to country to hip- hop genres. John Cage, the composer that wrote 4’33”, believed that all sound is music which does not necessarily have to have meaning, according to Cage in From Zero: The Documentary. A technique in music called “inner listening” refers so how one would listen with their inner being instead of just taking the sounds at face value, which is “outer listening”. One of Cage’s philosophies is that music should be experienced with the outer body and not the inner being. The face value of the music and how each of the sounds intertwines creates what he calls music. Both philosophies have impacted music in many ways throughout history, as it has made many composers think differently about how they compose their pieces. Although these philosophies have become a crucial turning point in music composition and listening, I believe that music causes universal unity. Music is a universal language that is understood in all parts of the world. I believe that music has the ability to create peace and bring people together regardless of the circumstances. This, in part, is supported by Cage’s philosophy that music is sound. Sound is…

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