Ways of Listening


Music surrounds us in the everyday, but often we listen to music very passively. Music creates a backdrop or wallpaper to our everyday activities, from commuting to exercising, but often we don't give music it's due diligence in terms of active listening. Perhaps the most illusive of the arts, music is intangible, and demands that we listen attentively to gleam all of the details of its inner workings, and even then, repeated listening to music often reveal even further details. But how do you actively listen to music, and what are you listening for? 


Music can be broken down into four major categories: rhythm/meter, pitch/harmony, form/structure, and orchestration/instrumentation which are naturally occurring in the other humanities in slightly different manifestations. For example, form, the structure of music, holds many analogies to constructs like the Hero's Journey, or the prototypical format of a James Bond film. And orchestration and instrumentation? Very much like expressing oneself in different visual mediums of color (from oils, watercolors, acrylics, clay,...). 


Join us for this special Olio as we demystify music, figure out how to more actively listen to music by talking about what all of these elements are, and how to hear them through listening examples from the Renaissance era to the popular music of today!




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