What if Music Never Existed?
No matter what your current outlook or appreciation for music is, the influence on the role of music is undeniable. In fact, it’s challenging to comprehend where the world would be without the landscape of music.
Virtually every genre of artistic expression is influenced by music one way or another. Without music, how would every artistic expression be exemplified? Would they even exist at all, and more importantly, how would we as a species be different?
Even from a historical standpoint, it’s an interesting notion to look at how history would be different without music. Although the hypothetical is impossible to pinpoint, any person can’t deny the impact the broad spectrum of music has had on society, individuals, and various forms of life.
Discussing the matter is interesting in and of itself, and makes me question how my own individualistic life would be from another realm without music.
As you can tell by my previous article on the future of music, stochastic analysis has always intrigued me. With this particular subject in mind, I’d like to discuss the possibility of life without music.
Discussing how society and individuals would be vastly different if the one thing that keeps many people moving in the right direction, never existed in the first place.
As a whole, music plays a positive impact on our imaginations. Whether it’s an artistic endeavor or purely for a dream-sake, music is a massive plus to our imagination ability. If music were to be eradicated from society and wiped from our memories, our imaginations would worsen.
Speaking for myself, I can’t properly write, drive, exercise, or relax without music. Not to mention my own musical endeavors in the subject, but my personal life would be vastly altered without it.
Outside of my own individualistic contemplations, music is a building block for the imagination component of society itself.
Besides the pure listening aspect of music, it adds another dimension to every form of entertainment. Films, television shows, video games, and various other works all thrive on having a proper piece of music attached to their overall story.
If music were to never exist, then all forms of entertainment would be considerably more mundane compared to how they are now.
Although there are certainly some forms of entertainment that don’t rely on music as much, such as comedy and sports, the vast majority of entertainment examples do.
Plus, without the invention of music in the first place, how would these entertainment landscapes be different as a result? Would film innovation occur sooner than later since silent films wouldn’t have been able to work?
Less Live Entertainment
Generally speaking, when you think of live entertainment, concerts are one of the first activities that pop into someone’s mind.
However, with the topic at hand, the live entertainment world would be vastly different. Not to mention other forms of live entertainment that would be solely based on the sport or comedy at play.
Could this be an expansion of live sports and comedy? Or is it a butterfly effect in which the two would be substantially smaller than they are? Either way, it’s challenging to determine which is more realistic, but music certainly has an impact on both.
Considering music is generally thought of as an escape for most individuals, it’s difficult to say what would happen in an emotional impact sense. Emotions and music play a vital role in one another, and it’s a no-brainer as to how music can be such a positive impact on how we feel.
Does this mean we would lead more saddened and dismal lives? Or would we be able to find a replacement as a way to keep us moving forward?
Outside of the pure emotional impact on most people, the impact would theoretically be worse for people who are natural-born musicians. Although musicians alike would venture off into other art-realms, there would be a hole regardless of not knowing it’s existence in the first place.
Since music is a massive part of art and is considered an art form itself, not having it would lead to an enormous hole in the matter.
Meaning the various art genres and motifs would be significantly impacted by the void of no music. Even without the existence of music at hand, the effects of the matter are impossible to deny.
Although a replacement could undoubtedly arise, the proclamation and existence of music are a difficult one to deny.
Basically, we can’t correctly thrive in the art world without music to fully encompass our visions. Obviously, some artists don’t necessarily need music in any way for their own expression, but this isn’t very common.
Whether we realize it or not, practically everything in the world should be obliged for the pure existence of music. This is a bit obvious, but it’s an exciting subject to dive into as to how our individual, social, artistic, and ordinary lives would be different without music itself.
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