The History Of Music: From Grunts To Guitars

Wherever did music begin, and where is it heading? How did we get to the sort of music we have today? Is car radio and recorded music bettering music? This piece investigates the history of music, and provides predictions for the kinds of music to expect in the future.

Where did music begin, and where is it going? The answers are surprising. There is a modern movement leading humanity back in the music it first created tens of thousands of years ago. A conflicting motion is creating more sophisticated sounds, and making a world of smaller audiences to get more musicians. 

Before humanity could write, and even before they could speak, beat and single tones were used to communicate. The song of a fowl may have inspired a prehistoric man to mirror and turn the noises. Evidence of prehistoric music is sparse, since there was no language to explain the sound to rejeton. Drumming objects and mimicking are thought to be the first “music”. This continuing with words being added as speech was uncovered.

After the development of writing, music became more refined. Crafted instruments were added. Harmonies were created. Pipes, flutes, basic stringed instruments, and similar tools were used to create the first sounds that modern man could easily recognize as music. The oldest known song is over 4000 years of age, written in cuneiform, and uses the diatonic scale. This period is referred to as “ancient” music.

Further developments created more regional sound, as different technology discoveries in several areas led to unique instruments. While “classical music”, you know, those people our folks used to pay attention on those old record players is generally assumed as the noises of composers like Bach or Beethoven, it actually refers to any music of this period. The music was usually carefully inspired or supported, and usually taught formally as a skill rather than developed through experimentation. Since musical notation unified regionally, the composed masterworks of the area were generally performed in line with the rigid written work.

Folk music continuing right after. This was generally the sound of the unlearned classes, the ones that could not write or read. Learned orally, this music was discovered and modified time and time again to indicate the private artistry of the performer. This type of music often portrayed the concerns of the illiterate class. It was usually not supported, but suffered, but the government and religious leadership. The traditions of folk music still continues as a genre of music to this day throughout the world. Classical music developed into a less rigid modern style of music, mixing up with the concept of personal artistry from people music. Performers would still use either written or learned pieces, but would add their personal touch. The background music would sound different everytime it was played, even if performed by the same musician.

The invention of documented music and radio commenced the slide backwards. Noted music is very tight. It never changes. Viewers commenced to expect live performances to be as near the recorded music they’ve been listening to as possible. Sheet music allowed amateurs to carefully mimic the original artist. To appeal to a larger audience, music began to become less an expression of what the artist wanted to say, and more what the audience would pay to hear. This trend carries on today in the form of ever simplifying music. Music should be quick and easy to identify. Intricacy would lead to overlooked sales. Many modern styles forgo either the song or the melody completely. Recycling previous music in the form of sample gives an artist an instant audience, while restricting the artistry possible.

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