Originally Posted by realtrance
The things you "touch me emotionally" guys just don't get is that that "result" is entirely from the fulfillment of banal, mass-produced musical expectation, drilled into you from birth essentially by corporate culture. You've been trained to hear certain sounds as "happy" or "sad" or "moving" and just wait to hear your conventional expectations satisfied.
Totally disagree. The very essense of what makes music special is that it touches us in ways that can't be explained down to simple formulas. If it was soo easy then everyone would simply join the dots and make music that touched us all. The reality is that simply does not happen. Many try thinking its that easy but fail miserably.
John Williams main theme to Jaws is just 2 notes, 2 friggen notes one semitone apart!. But it works incredibly well elevating that movie to a whole new level.
What you are doing here realtrance is forming a strong negative assumption based on nothing more than your own personal taste in music. For example you don't know me, nor my past, nor the music I was brought up with. Yet some how amazingly this drilled in corporate culture affected me but didn't affect you?!?. I think not.
When a person has a strong reaction to music, goosebumps stand on end, memories of past spring to mind. Nothing can take away that special feeling. That is what music is all about. That is what we as artists try to achieve, to make something that really connects with people and the stuff that does that is usually the stuff that connects with ourselves the most.
Maybe we just disagree on what the true values of music are. If music is a nothing more than a mental arithmetic stimulation for you and thats what you get a buzz out of the most, then of course enjoy and good luck to you