Ever wondered what elements come together in a song? Music is rhythm, melody, and harmony.
Usually, I say that melody is the star, the main actress of the musical work. The one we recognize, remember, and sing about.
Harmony is the set of notes that make up the sound environment. Mystery, joy, sadness… It creates a mood.
Rhythm is time, speed, and the constant pulse. Sets the duration of each note and the performance of each instrument according to tempo, in the form of beats per second (BPM).
Tic, tap… The second.
Tic, toc… The time.
Tic, toc… The day.
Tic, toc… The week.
Tic, toc… The month.
Tic, toc… The year.
Tic, toc… The century.
Tic, toc… The millennium.
Tic, toc, tic…
Without rhythm there would be no movement, no duration, sounds would be infinite, and therefore indistinguishable and formless.
The metronome is the instrument responsible for setting the BPM (beats per minute, remember?), which gives the speed of the music. It is used to set the duration of sounds.
Time is a succession of rhythms, it is born of rhythm. It helps us understand the movements and prepares us for what is to come.
In Greek, the word rhythm means to flow and in which the word river originated. Fluid, one that flows. The river flows constantly. And even though it flows in the same place, it never passes the same. The stones change places, plants are born, the earth around them reacts, the curves, the tributaries, the fountain, the waterfalls, the sandbanks, the lakes, and ponds are all in motion. Although the river is always the same, running through the same places, the water, and its environment are different. The water reaches the sea, evaporates, turns into a cloud, meets a mountain, turns into ice, and flows back into another river.
Like the river, rhythm is constant. The song has an intro, part A, part B, chorus, and coda (final), which can vary the pattern, but always repeat.
Why repetition? If we keep changing the melody, harmony and rhythm all the time, we wouldn’t be able to recognize the music. However, each time the music is repeated, the musicians’ performance change along with the listener´s perception, because people change.
The same happens to us. We repeat ourselves by going to the same places, people, and situations. Each time is different, but the melody is the same. Why do we choose to repeat ourselves? Fear of the unknown, implicit rhythms of life? On the one hand, there are routines that guarantee the maintenance of life the survival of the species grouped and safe.
But what if, in a poetic exercise, we dare to flow to the sea, to evaporate, to turn into clouds and ice on top of the mountain? What if we flowed to other rivers in the world, finding new rhythms, other songs, new melodies, states and frequencies… all this exists and can be experienced.
If life is hectic, walk at a more Adagio (slow) pace. If life is slow, try to speed up your pace. It will depend on our willingness to get moving. If we don’t change, life becomes the same eternal movie.
In the human body, it is the heart that pulls the rhyme. It is a force beyond our comprehension. Learning to listen to our internal rhythms, access them and deal with our music can be a key to getting out of an infinite loop . Isn’t that a very interesting idea?
The sound and the silence
Sound is all there is. Vibrations are sounds expressed through frequencies over time. Life itself is sound. The manifested sound is life followed by silence. Sounds like I'm talking poetry, right? Physics…Read more