In my past article, Thoughts on Radio Lab’s Musical Language: Pt 1, I reviewed each part of the Radio Lab podcast and gave a little snippet of my thoughts. However, one was entirely left out because of the extensive word count on the article. So, I was forced to break that article and this article into two parts. After all, it’s no fun only seeing one part of an entire picture.
#3. Musical DNA
This was the least interesting portion of the podcast, in my opinion. Although it was inspiring to hear that someone who taught in music had the capacity to create a computer program that would treat notes like data is astounding – mainly because I am big on innovation. He is correct though. For enthusiasts who have spent their time in awe of something, originally creative by geniuses in their field, seeing their work being replicated by machine and pulled apart and put back together must be a form of disrespect – a face slap, if you will. The podcast did not really help me figure out if language or music came first, but my thought is that music has existed from the beginning of time. And language sprouted from that. Without sound, there would be no language.
It’s amazing what technology allows us to do! And how much time it saves us!
…But it’s not far fetched to remember what music allows us to do. And how much it saves us in general.
For the remainder of this article, I will be talking about Chopin and how his life affected his music. I feel that it ties in with Musical Language as a whole.
Chopin, one of my favorite composers of the 19th century, lived a dramatic life in regards to romance, family, and friendship. One of the most interesting things about the man was his support of Solange, who was a rebellious teen who Chopin could not help but give to. With Solange’s affairs, Chopin sided. With all of the brutalities that came with the family fight, at the end, he lost the friendship as told by Sand. I think it’s very interesting to include aspects of romantic and social life into the motive, the heart, and the muse of why he composed the way he did – and the meaning behind his work. It’s safe to conclude that because of the social impact that the fighting had had on his life, he buried himself in work that may have, otherwise, not have progressed as efficiently as it did.
As Music as Touch suggested, music wrecks even your bones. It’s almost as if music is a phantom limb, the way it ties into everything and affects you so much. And vice versa, in the way that it gets affected by you as a whole.