Audiobus: Use your music apps together.
What is Audiobus? — Audiobus is an award-winning music app for iPhone and iPad which lets you use your other music apps together. Chain effects on your favourite synth, run the output of apps or Audio Units into an app like GarageBand or Loopy, or select a different audio interface output for each app. Route MIDI between apps — drive a synth from a MIDI sequencer, or add an arpeggiator to your MIDI keyboard — or sync with your external MIDI gear. And control your entire setup from a MIDI controller.Download on the App Store
Audiobus is the app that makes the rest of your setup better.
“An advantage of neuroscience is that we can relate our answer to established empirical findings and draw from two especially relevant domains: the neuroscience of auditory perception and of the reward system. To give away the punch line of my article, I believe that music derives its power from an interaction between these two systems, the first of which allows us to analyze sound patterns and make predictions about them, and the second of which evaluates the outcomes of these predictions and generates positive (or negative) emotions depending on whether the expectation was met, not met, or exceeded.“
I find the last part fascinating, resonating and loathsome. Fortunately, human creators have been able to step beyond this tiresome two step and drag humanity, bellowing and begrudging, behind them. It is this primordial characteristic, perhaps so necessary for human survival, that has dogged original thinkers since the invention of the wheel.
I don’t deny it in myself. When I hear a beloved song my expectations are part of the joy. When I hear Nessun Dorma sung by Pavarotti I salivate for the beauty to come. A harsh note when someone spills hot coffee on their hand, the needle being dragged across the turntable by an Unforeseen earthquake, are destroyers of that expectation, and rightly so. But the downside, on a larger palette, is fraught with naysayers and Luddites.
For most parts music is associated with fun/dance/dreaming/pleasure. We, humans love fun, are dreamers, dancers and pleasure seekers. Then, there’s healing.
Yes so true all you said. I anticipate much yet I feel I get more joy out of expecting something but getting something different. I really love it when that happens.
If string theory is correct and the universe is made from tiny vibrating strings then we are already tuned in to all frequencies. But we probably live in a hologram and reality is an illusion anyway. I'm pretty sure in one of the many extra dimensions I'm already rich and famous and not writing rubbish on a forum.
Or we could be in one of the simulations created by one of the beings in another simulation in one of the universes.
That's an interesting article. The world's heaviest subwoofer, a black hole:
They should expand MIDI to 128bit notes so we can play universe music!!!
Another recommend. It is a great read.
Humans are obsessed with numbers and math. Music is a mathematical sensory experience unlike no other. it tickles our eardrums and invokes emotions and thoughts. It can release endorphins in the brain.
1) Try this -
Do cooking or vacuuming your place.
2) Now try this -
Turn some music on.
Do cooking or vacuuming your place.
Do you notice any difference? In the 2nd method of doing things, it is quite enjoyable and feel no pain or boredom. You probably already know this though.
What’s life without music, anyway??
Exactly. In movies even psychopaths seem to like some background entertainment while they carve up a body.
Sigmund Freud had no interest for music. Maybe this is a good start to understand why normal people love music so much ;o)
2 spontaneous ideas (note, these are not from a cultural, but more from an evolutionary perspective)
I'd disagree -- see my post above 🙂
"Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting." - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
I think enjoying music is not just for human beings.
Have you not seen the many YT videos of various animals enjoying music?
the use of 'work' songs to coordinate , to soothe and endure ...
music is powerful medicine
some (i'm thinking of Gurdjieff and Assagioli) believe in 'objectively' good & bad music,
outside of it's aesthetic quality
useful for both good and ill
and there's Sun Ra, asked as to why his music was becoming more atonal,
replied, "to be in tune with the times"
i only know what i like
apparently dogs are keen on reggae ...
Seems to be a convincing point. Surprised this didn't seem obvious but I agree.
Thanks Sorry I know, most readers probably expected some kind of complicated spiritual emotional high-rise building, but sometimes the simplest answers might actually be the best (not saying mine is)
This book is very cool: an evolutionary explanation as to why we like pitched sounds and why major = happy and minor= sad. Well worth a read of you can get hold of a copy, and plenty of references for further reading too.
Sounds very plausible to me.
I don’t understand why people have such a hard time with categories. Ever wondered why there is such a thing as philosophy? What is art? Why do we like it? Science cannot answer this question. There’s a whole branch of philosophy (aesthetics) devoted to this.
Everybody likes music don't they?
All what exists is oscillation, vibration and frequency. Day and night. Rotating planets. Waves. Information. Steps. Heartbeat. Everything is music. Music is joy. Music is life.
Music is an integral part of life - from wedding to funeral - and everything in between.
Even cats and cows love listening to music.
Simple math aka universal language:
“Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.”
aka joy of repetition
We -human beings- adore mathematical constructs, no surprises here, because we are living in one. It is hardcoded in our genes.
The whole universe is nothing but a mathematical construct, the dna is nothing but a billion-year optimized mathematical code.
So being able to experience (in our case also create) these invisible constructs (musical compositions), triggers emotions which are chemical (no need to mention that chemistry/physics/biology etc. is built on mathematics) algorithms which give meaning to being alive.
This is bullet-proof science.
But one step further and as a side note, mystics also claim:
“You are not even human, you happen to observe one from the inside, for a limited time.”
So keep on rockin’ and make beautiful music.
Music is magic, any further analysis here dilutes the experience.
Agreed. But so do gaze, movement, language, words (i.e. SPELLing).
I assumed the OP is also investigating “why music is magic?”
just trying to justify the “further analysis” of mine
Thanks, I try my best to add value.
I feel on the lowest level it is because everything in this universe is some form of a vibration with frequency. We are only evolved to perceive them at certain level and all these things are tied together with a universal rule - maths / patterns.
I see interesting similarity with sounds and colors -
7 colors in the VIBGYOR spectrum vs 7 full notes in a scale.
12 colors (Primary+ secondary + tertiary) vs 12 notes in a scale when you add half notes as well.
You can create a secondary color by mixing two primary colors. Interval is 3
Interestingly diad chords are formed when you mix two notes separated by Interval 3.
I think similarly you can extend this to even triad chords vs tertiary colors.
I also feel primary colors (Red, Yellow, Blue) are strong colors or something that eyes can easily catch on to
Resolution notes - I feel (to my ear) C, E and A always resolves into a base which is strong and from which we can easily pivot
But it is strange that while we can perceive different harmonics of the same notes, am not sure if we can see harmonics of color spectrum (if at all there is such a thing :-) ) - a hint that our ears are more evolved than our eyes, may be since life began underwater.