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African Music / Re: Objectivity of music
« Last post by Douglas on February 22, 2016, 12:06:49 pm »
This IS an interesting subject.  It seems there are two areas of judgment that are separate but often put together as one.  First there is your subjective feeling towards a piece of music.  You can love it or hate it or be somewhere in between but it is your personal reaction that no one can contradict.  If you love it, it IS good (to you). 
The second area of judgment is in the social sphere.  How do people in groups big or small feel about it?  Do they agree with you that some style or a particular piece of music is good?  The more that people agree, the "better" the music is (from the group's viewpoint.  The Emmys work this way.)  That's a numbers game, a popularity score.

In either case, it's still all subjective.  I don't see any way to objectively rate music the music itself -- only people's reactions to the music.

Now there is software that has analyzed successful pop music and can find out what things in a song people respond to.  It can almost write a hit song by formula.  Nevertheless, when you hear that song, it's what YOU think of it that is important, not some objective checklist.
African Music / Re: Objectivity of music
« Last post by newfan on February 13, 2016, 10:53:43 am »
    You've raised a serious aesthetic question here, Soukousman. Is there really any objective way to measure music (or any other art)? I'm not sure the answer is to imagine being in the recording studio with the artist. How would that help? I don't really see it. In fact, it might distract from the music itself.
    I have a slightly different theory:
    In time, some music continues to be revered by many while much else falls out of favor quickly. People as a group seem to be able to tell instinctively what is worthwhile and what isn't. Or maybe it's that the people who have the greatest capacity for musical enjoyment are the most passionate advocates of good music, and make sure it rises to the top of other people's consciousness. The people who only sort of like music and only sort of enjoy Top 40 pop don't really care that much about it and turn away from it to the next new fad while the true music lovers return again and again to the best stuff and keep it alive.
    So I guess I don't think there is an objective way to measure the quality of music per se, but there is a way to judge its quality by observing the behavior of passionate music lovers toward it.
    It's certainly not a perfect theory, I know. But I don't know if a perfect air-tight theory exists.
African Music / Re: Relatively New Music Artist
« Last post by soukousman on February 07, 2016, 01:12:39 am »
The synth revolution, it's interesting how a piece of machinery can emulate a multitude of various sounds.
African Music / Objectivity of music
« Last post by soukousman on February 07, 2016, 01:10:39 am »
Usually when it comes to music, there's a lot of subjective metrics used to how we interpret or examine music, but does this do any justice? Who ever created with this binary construct of "good music" vs "bad music, does the concept of "good" vs "bad really exists or is this just a mental construct like a majority of societal expectations force fed to individuals? Just wanted to exercise your critical thinking skills, when it comes to critics, their criticism in disguised is based on subjective expectations, demands, and level of satisfaction instead of using objective metrics such as time signature, singing styles, song structure, beat per measure (BPM), cultural aspect, mathematics of fractal rhythms or rhythms used in the particular track, musical notes, pitch and the list exceeds. It's all relative, once you neutralize your interpretation and preconceived notions, you hear music in its holistically (whole) form instead of partiality (parts). Observe the music like you was seated in the actual recording studio, it may be difficult since playing an audio file is a secondary experience, but you get to jump in the artist's POV. Music is like a baked cake, there's many layers that constitutes its art form. Art in general shapes the world whether or not you consciously recognize from photography to the different hues/contrast you notice in the sky. Just a cogitation I had.
African Music / Re: Relatively New Music Artist
« Last post by newfan on January 29, 2016, 08:33:07 am »
Agreed. He seems to have some potential but the synth ... :'(
African Music / Re: Relatively New Music Artist
« Last post by Alli on January 27, 2016, 04:33:28 am »
I guess I'm stuck in the old ways I really don't like Synth, music I find it so irritating to listen to.
« Last post by Alli on January 27, 2016, 04:30:13 am »
It's great that Franco was honoured with a statue but I am not sure I like the  statue itself... But either way well deserved!
« Last post by sulemopepe on January 24, 2016, 01:16:32 pm »
In recognition for popularizing the Rumba music

Simaro Lutumba ( far left in white shirt-the second pic)witnessed the official opening
African Music / Re: Relatively New Music Artist
« Last post by tutulu on January 08, 2016, 04:40:08 pm »
Another song of Odosh Jasuba that I can watch on repeat mode.

African Music / Relatively New Music Artist
« Last post by tutulu on January 08, 2016, 04:38:32 pm »
For people who that have not yet heard about this relatively new artist on the music scene.

I have been listening, on repeat mode, to Ohangla music at its very best

by Odosh Jasuba.

I believe he came on music scene in 2012/ 2013.

Odosh Jasuba
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