Soundscape

Please click link to listen to song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqRZ2_w56U0
Hans Zimmer. A musician and composer with an awesome name, creates one of the most beautiful musical pieces I’ve ever heard. While someone who is listening to music can’t really see the sound waves that he/she hears it doesn’t mean it isn’t art. Music and art share the connection that they are both ways of expression using space and form, beauty and color. ( Emily Hillford). I think of music as invisible paintings that one has to see with their ears. The ears paint a picture inside your head when listening to music. At least, that is how I feel when listening to music, especially pieces by Hans Zimmer. A German recorder and producer, he has won several academy awards for his films. Some well-known being The Lion King, Gladiator, Interstellar, The Dark Knight trilogy and The Pirates of the Caribbean. His pieces are often very enchanting and the mood they create is a very tense and emotional one. To me, instrumentals such as these are everything. They give comfort, enjoying the spiritually enlightening sounds without any words are a gift in my mind. Something I’d rather not live without.
One of his pieces “Time” creates the atmosphere, like a painting would, of feeling of being lost amongst the confusion. This piece was in the movie Inception, which many people loved and hated, one of the most critically acclaimed films ever. What I remember most is this piece. This specific song, I have listened to almost more than any other song in my life. I chose this song over his other loved pieces because this one has become a part of my life. It’s a song that envelops me and becomes part of my surroundings. For me, that is art. A word people use to describe music in terms of Visual arts is soundscape. I think it really fits; music is basically creating this visual painting for the senses.
The musical piece “Time” is loved by many, and yes there are people that don’t like it. The song itself doesn’t consist of many notes. It’s actually really simple, but yet so deep. The song starts of really slow then gradually inclines toward a more intense style of the same notes then it calms down and ends with a silent bye. Main version is roughly four and a half minutes long. Though many people who listened to this piece often put it on repeat or listen to longer versions. It’s something one has to experience for themselves. Kind of like the exercises we did in the beginning of classes, describing a painting with only words. It’s hard to do, as words can never truly explain the painting as a whole. The person has to see it for themselves. I highly suggest you listen to it at least once without doing anything else. It’s an experience; I don’t regret and don’t want to forget.

Questions:
1. Do you consider music as a form of visual art? If so, is all music art or just good music? If not, why not?
2. Have you listened to this piece before? (If not I suggest you do) what do you think of it?
3. Is music important to art? How so or how not so?
4. What do you think of Hans Zimmer or Inception?

Ali Rathore –
Links/sites
http://decodedarts.com/music-as-a-part-of-visual-arts-art-sound-and-atmosphere/1369
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Zimmer
http://www.hans-zimmer.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqRZ2_w56U0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxabLA7UQ9k ( song)
http://www.intellimusica.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Inception-Top-Wallpaper-Sohan-Surag.jpg (picture)