Humans making Sound
Joseph, Daniel P.
- This paper outlines a two and a half year progression during which I have been exploring one fundamental question from different angles: how can I bring music making to the non-musician? Put another way, the question might read, "how can I create structured situations in which people feel comfortable to participate in music making?" The paper draws on scholarly works in ethnomusicology, sound ... read morestudies, and music composition to outline how I came to ask this question, why I believe it to be of importance, and to describe various ways I've tried to encourage communal music making, including the creation of a public space for "pick-up music", in the same way that one thinks of pick-up sports. I advocate a view of musical ability akin to linguistic ability. Rather than a lack of musical ability, I believe social inhibitions and norms about a smaller class of people being musicians and a majority being "non-musicians", or "not musical", are the fundamental reasons why so many people are not able to actively participate in music making. I work to increase access to such opportunities - to bring music making to the non-musician.read less