Evolution of Music

By: Karla M. De Leon Negron

Does the new era music is ruining the definition of music, or is a new way of expression?

Music is part of what defines a culture; it speaks history and art. Among all the genres, music is considered the crowning glory across many cultures and civilizations. In some ancient civilizations, the ultimate goal of music was a reunion with the Higher Self.

Modern philosophers opine that as man was toddling towards becoming a human being, his wonder of the universe and his own capabilities gave birth to four things – sacrament, mime, magic and music. When one speaks of music, it is but natural to be prejudiced towards considering the evolution of music with respect to development of civilization. Even the most primitive tribes had music and were their form of communicating and expressing themselves; not much difference in present day. Music and language are two facets of the same coin. In the beginning was the word and so was music.

Music has been evolving since its creation. This evolution of music has led to a vast variety of music that all people can enjoy and connect. Artists who make good music, are praised and revered for their talents, and recently this has led to many aspiring musicians who want to acquire fame and fortune through their music.

In the United States music in constantly evolving like technology; and in recent years this evolution has sped up to a very fast rate. Music has evolved for many reasons including, improved technology, and change in culture, and a desire to create something new and inspiring.

The effect of evolution of the music on the cultures is hard to place in a strictly positive or negative. The changes in music reflected in culture that they were brought into, and often these changes brought good and bad reform. For example, rap music is often inspired by gangster life, but people do not consider that when these people are writing music instead of starting fights on the street. Although rap music is often inappropriate it has given the youth something constructive to do with their time, that will not lead them to being perceived as losers by other gangsters.

A current student of the University of Puerto Rico, Paulina Pascual said, “Music is a form of therapy for me. There is a type of music for every moment, every feeling and thought. At the same time you always learn music from different cultures; but more importantly, it sends a message and often talks about important issues in life that people don’t dare to talk openly because of the judgments. Without music we are nothing, that is what defines us as individuals and as a culture. Music is a way of life, a style, an art.”

An example that shows that music is constantly in evolution is a comparison of music from the 1930s, the hugely significant era and the decade when popular music really took off, and the present day music generation. Like the electronic genre, that is now dominating the new generation. An event that includes this genre is the Electric Daisy Carnival, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 22, 2011.

Armani Soto, a DJ of electronic dance music, when he was asked what meant music for him, said: “For me, music is an art of language that combines all types of sounds to produce a beauty of form, harmony and expression of emotion. I think music is everything and is reflected in life. Music affects me in every way; it’s a unique rhythm gives me emotions and thoughts that make me feel alive; is my reason and motivation to continue walking in this life.”

New songs are always going to be composed, and new styles of music will always be coming to the surface of the musical world. One just need to understand that the music is constantly bringing new and innovating things, and is always going to change. As long as the culture continues to change there will be a reflection of this in the music that is composed.


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