The Core Friday I attended was called Harmony of the Spheres which was about how music relates to the universe. The speaker, Henrik Jul Hansen, talked about music and how it relates to the universe.
Hansen started off by introducing the oldest wind instrument, didgeridoo. This instrument was developed in Australia from trees whose insides had been eaten away by termites. The didgeridoo consists of the base, which was made from the hallow tree, and a mouthpiece created from beeswax. This instrument was used in ceremonies and in the healing process. The didgeridoo was used to give people deep tissue massages by the vibrations it creates when used and was used to put people in a meditated state. It is also said that the sound of the didgeridoo sounds like stars. I think that it is amazing that the didgeridoo was invented about 1,500 years ago and it is still used today. Do you think that people will still continue to use the didgeridoo in the future?
Music relates to the sounds that the Earth makes. For example, with the use of harmonic overtones series, you can recreate the sound of the Big Bang and stars. Hansen played audio clips of what it sounds like out of space. He also asked the audience to make various sounds to portray the sound the the Big Bang made when it had happened. Before going to Core Friday, I never thought about the different sounds that the Earth creates and how music is related to the universe. How sure are we that these are the sounds the the universe makes? Is there a possibility that we could be wrong?
There are many uses of music today. Music may be used for identity, fellowship, education, healing, and worship. Music may help people identify which generate their in since the type of music that are created are changing all the time. For example, you can distinguish which songs were popular in the 90’s and which were popular in 200. Music may also be used to bring people closer together. In addition, music may be used to help people remember information by using various combinations of melodies, rhymes, and tones.
It is intriguing thinking about how important music is to us and how it is incorporated in our lives everyday whether we notice it or not. Music was used a long time ago and it is still used today. Do you think that music will be around until the end of the human race? Or, do you think that music will eventually die out and we will turn to another means?