Yamaha Music Center

The first emotion you adapt depends on the tone of voice the speaker employs. How do you know when someone’s angry? How can you tell that they’re excited? The subtle differences in the tones of a voice touch the beats of the other, like electricity, the atoms of emotion transpire vibration to form links, interconnecting in delicate threads – connecting from one heart to another; the music resonates in our hearts. It evokes emotion and memory in spite of boundaries of time and space. Whether it be the smoothness and spontaneity of jazz or the beats of rock music, humankind have basked in its stirring vibes for its ability to nurture relations from forefathers to generations across. Music has always been a binding force; it is at the centre of what it means to be human – it is the sounds of human bodies and minds moving in creative, story-telling ways.

So where does music begin? The first ever sound you hear spurs the first human interaction – a foetus connects with their mother through the first time he hears her heartbeat. The constant rhythmic melody creates an invisible strand of love and safety between each being. The soothing sounds of the musicality of the parents’ voices build the bridge between mother and child, and ultimately create the foundation to the sounds of society. Passed down pianos from accomplished grandfathers, the traditionally taught twelve notes of music are the bricks and cement of a child’s first few glimpses into the universe of music. But music is not just an extra course in the circle of life, music is a language. As life goes on, music can also become the medium through which we communicate. The vibe or presence of a song has the innate ability to emote messages of various nature, from love to hatred.

Most scholars believe that the rhythm in music helps sync our brains and coordinate our body movements with others, and translates to a whole group. Further evidence lies in the electricity transpired at a musical concert: the experience is live and it involves contact with others physically and psychologically as the whole crowd becomes in sync with an artist’s symphony. As we synchronize at a party or a concert, the release and experience of pleasure becomes effortless and we tend to feel positive feelings towards each other. The baby who is now accustomed to his surrounding voices navigates easily through society while using music as his clutch. His first concert, he experiences the synchronisation between musician and the crowd, the overwhelming feeling of being connected to his peers and a million other human beings, their electrons buzzing with this harmonized chemistry without the need for physical contact.

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5th August, 2019 Performance Art