||[Jan. 28th, 2009|07:39 pm]
cunts talking about kant
hey guys, it's been a while since anyone has posted.|
i would like to discuss the philosophy of music.
over winter break i was able to become closer friends with my best friend's roommate ken. ken is a brilliant guitarist who has been intensely studying music theory for the last 5 years. we got into a lot of philosophical discussions about the place of music in the cosmos, and why it has such a profound place in the human soul/condition. so i want to hear your thoughts on the philosophical implications of why music is so important to us as a species, how music influences you, and why it is important to you.
here are a couple things to get this conversation started:
"There are two things that don’t have to mean anything; one is music, the other is laughter." - Immanuel Kant
...From the Wikipedia page on Pythagoras:
"Pythagoras was very interested in music, and so were his followers. The Pythagoreans were musicians as well as mathematicians. Pythagoras wanted to improve the music of his day, which he believed was not harmonious enough and was too hectic.
According to legend, the way Pythagoras discovered that musical notes could be translated into mathematical equations was when one day he passed blacksmiths at work, and thought that the sounds emanating from their anvils being hit were beautiful and harmonious and decided that whatever scientific law caused this to happen must be mathematical and could be applied to music. He went to the blacksmiths to learn how this had happened by looking at their tools, he discovered that it was because the anvils were "simple ratios of each other, one was half the size of the first, another was 2/3 the size, and so on." (See Pythagorean tuning.)
The Pythagoreans elaborated on a theory of numbers, the exact meaning of which is still debated among scholars. Pythagoras believed in something called the "harmony of the spheres." He believed that the planets and stars moved according to mathematical equations, which corresponded to musical notes and thus produced a symphony."
Some interesting books: