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Music is a many-splendoured thing — for it can encompass a plethora of forms and ‘species’ ranging from the popular to the esoteric, the mainstream to the fringe, the ordinary to the avant-garde, the entertaining to the educational, the traditional to the technological, the eminently danceable to the ethereally relaxing, and the spiritually imbued to the environmentally conscious. There are genres for different moods, occasions or purposes, and those from different cultures and regions.In addition, music is often associated or coupled with the important aspects and expressive mediums of human speech, including radio programmes, interviews, letters, dramas, poems, voice pieces, storytelling and news reading. Being an audible medium, music is also particularly relevant to people and artists who are visually impaired or orally/aurally acute.Music is a fluid affair and multidimensional pursuit — for it crosses boundaries, appealing or wedded to other art forms and popular media, (re)shaped by socio-economic and technological forces, and culturally elevated by their normative values, symbolic statuses, and formal or formulaic (re)presentations across social spheres.
As the titles of SoundEagle‘s original compositions suggest, the various musical pieces purvey restorative elements or expressions of health, spirituality, transpersonal psychology, global consciousness, holism, mysticism, enlightenment, futurism, new age movement, transcendental philosophy, environmental ethics, creative conservation, biocultural heritage, bioacoustic communication and music therapy. These could be interpreted or intended as encapsulating the natural, timeless, peaceful, meditative, relaxing, uplifting, inspirational, reflective or spiritual. They contain both the possibility and desirability of strengthening the relations of tradition and modernity, past and future, nature and culture, humans and animals, spirit and matter, mind and body, with the beneficial roles of holistic therapies, rituals and practices, with the exposures to revealing sights, sounds and stories of special places, and with the engaging applications of art, dance, music, vocalisation, audio-visual media and ceremonial installations to promote individual wellbeing and to preserve environmental integrity, as well as to bridge the acoustic and the electronic domains in all their diversity.
Whilst there are plenty of dramatic moments, certain parts of these compositions are soft, unobtrusive, beautiful, contemplative, evocative, pacifying and ‘easy listening’ — qualities that lend themselves well to restorative purposes, acting as psychic catharses, mental tranquillisers or stress relievers. They signify the contemporary age of musical pharmaceutics and prescriptive soundwave, of aural naturopathy and sound therapy, of gentle destressor and mood enhancer aimed at being at their most cathartic, reverberant and soothing. These features could also accentuate or bolster the fine attention to the cultivation and maintenance of good health, (inner) strength as well as (aesthetic) form and (organic) beauty.
The collective phenomena of genres that are distinctively tailored to the (built or natural) environment, spirituality, wellbeing, health and relaxation, clearly signal people’s awareness of, and willingness to embrace, a holistic and reflexive approach to art, music and health, in aiming to achieve a balance of the physical, social, emotional, psychological, spiritual and environmental dimensions of living. Ultimately, the healing power of these musical genres attempts to bring forth the re-enchantment of the world of sound, the re-integrating of life energy, the regeneration of emotional wellbeing, and the facilitation of spiritual growth. As a whole, SoundEagle‘s art, music and philosophical ethos, as encompassed by these chosen compositions and their subject matters, represent a set of expressive endeavours or inventive conduits with which to explore synergistic potentials for achieving holistic human development, reconnecting constructive attitudes with artistic practices, and re-experiencing music as a path of knowledge, a way of healing, and a flux of creativity.
has teamed with SoundCloud to share with you these musical compositions, chosen for their broad appeal, lyricism and easy-listening quality. Waiting may be required as SoundCloud prepares and loads the graphics and waveforms.
The music is also available for listening in the widget entitled within the sidebar content area. All pieces of music were composed, orchestrated and recorded by SoundEagle. Here on , each composition has been shortened into one or two excerpts for demo listening within the sidebar content area at the right, so that the music can be played at the listener’s discretion anywhere on at any time and in any order. In other words, both the music and voting are available at all times on the website.
SoundEagle would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and rewarding experience in listening to the music, voting for the pieces, viewing the overall polling results, and giving feedback about the music, essay or anything of interest. Please use the widget entitled to vote for the musical pieces.
Since some of the 12 pieces have not just one but two demos, there are 17 excerpts in total. It is highly recommended that voting should be done (by clicking the round vote button) after listening to all or as many pieces as possible, because voting can be done once only (unless the restriction is circumvented by cleverness).
For those who enjoy playing a musical quiz, the piece entitledcontains two well-known traditional tunes for you to guess and leave your answers as comments below. By “Country”, SoundEagle meant to refer to it in more than one sense of the word. One or more of its meanings can be understood by any person who correctly takes the musical quiz contained or concealed in .
Regardless of the degree of consensus and variation in people’s taste, musicality and preference, there could be other approaches to or unusual interpretations of SoundEagle‘s art and music, which may spawn surprising ideas or elicit unexpected responses. As always, the inherently subjective nature of music is to be expected, to the extent that another person may find the music of SoundEagle to be expressing or symbolising whatever or however the person would wish to imagine or interpret.
Retrospectively submitted as a response to Weekly Writing Challenge: Moved by Music
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