Music of the Day


After my post-modernist post and mention of Charles Ives, I thought I might post the piece I referenced. It focuses on embracing the stillness of central park after dark. The lack of tonal center, direction, and melody create a trance effect, caused by our brain’s eagerness to pick up on repetitiveness (which is why we love the brain-deadeningly repetitive pop music today).  Although we might not consciously pick it up, there is a repeated system of chords in the strings that lulls the brain into a relatively dormant state after a couple of minutes, mimicking the calming effect of sitting on the park benches of the NYC park at around the turn of the century.

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