Musik. yup, sulit membayangkan dunia tanpa musik. betapa datarnya saya membayangkan sebuah film tanpa backsound. perayaan ulang tahun tanpa “happy birthday”. gospel tanpa nada. aerobik tanpa playlist? Musik begitu besar mempengaruhu kita. melodi begitu dalam dan kuat mensublimasi rasa dan emosi dalam keseharian kita. tapi berapa banyak di antara kita yang mengetahui bagaimana musik bekerja mempengaruhi kesadaran kita.
saya menemukan program menarik dari BBC4 yang akan mencoba mengeksplorasi hal itu. Komposer howard godall akan menjadi pemandu kita dalam perjalanan menuju perut musik, memeriksa empat elemen dasar pembangun musik. melodi, ritme, harmoni dan bass.
Melody is music’s most powerful tool when it comes to touching our emotions. Our mothers sign lullabies to us when we’re infants and tests have shown that we can even, as babies, recognize tunes that we heard in he womb
Every music system in the world shares these five notes in common. Indeed, they’re so fundamental to every note composed or performed anywhere on the planet that it seems, like our instinct for language, that they were pre-installed in us when we were born. These five notes a human genetic inheritance, like the fingers on our hands.”
Rhythm is the part of music that interacts most immediately and spontaneously with our bodies. Without it, music would be pleasant enough, but it would be brain food. With rhythm, though, music becomes hypnotic and sensuous.”
Unlike rhythm and melody, harmony wasn’t part of music from the beginning. It’s an upstart. It came into life gradually during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. But what an upstart!”
Harmony continues here: 2, 4, 5. (Alas, Part 3 has been gobbled up by copyright claims — even though the series is not available on DVD or in any purchasable format. Such is the disposition of copyright Nazis — far from merely ensuring that creators are compensated for their work, they’d rather let a cultural artifact rot in obscurity than reach is wide-eyed audience.
One of [the] most distinguishing features [of the opening theme from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey] — and one that’s been imitated by thousands of science fiction, thriller and horror movie scores — is the long-held bass note that begins it. It’s awesome: Bottom C. It’s big, it’s deep and it’s powerful. And it came to stand in our minds for a sense of menace, or wonder, or infinity. Just this one note. But there are loads of examples of bass lines that give a piece of music its style and its shape.”
For an even more fascinating look at the DNA of music, we highly recommend Goodall’s Big Bangs, which explores the history of five epic discoveries — notation, equal temperament, opera, the piano and recorded sound — that forever changed the course of Western music.