Synchronization Of Music

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Have you ever experienced a loss-of-words but a song helped fill in the blanks? Moreover, are there instances when lyrics are more emotionally powerful than speech? Like language, human song can both express and induce emotions. As humans, we have the inherent ability to create music through song production; vocal music is a universal art form that does not require any specific skills or musical knowledge (Racette and Peretz 2007). It is through this unique form of communication, comprised of both language and music, that humans are one step closer to allow others to feel the way we feel. The perception of songs combines the cognitive processes of language and music into a single act. Coordinated in points of emphasis, grouping etc., often patterns of speech and intonation influence compositional choices in order to ensure a cohesive experience with melody and words. Although music and lyrics can be treated independently, most frequently they are viewed as one. Currently, there are three positions regarding the synchronization of lyrics and melody: assimilation, independence, and interaction. The first point of view, assimilation, argues that lyrics are subservient to melody such that lyrics can only be interpreted as one of many musical layers (Langer 1957). Where proponents of assimilation see lyrics as meaningless absent of music, those that support independence view language and music as uneven partners with language being the dominant party. As theorized by Émile Benveniste (1985), music remains a less sophisticated system to language, as the basic units of music (i.e. musical notes) do not designate any other meaning than its sound. On the other hand, verbal language has developed into “a full-fledged semiotic system with... ... middle of paper ... ...tance is decided upon which has a lesser effect without the other, music has an advantage in terms of being able to elicit strong emotions memories regardless of the presence of lyrics. However, if importance is measured through creating a stronger sense of empathy and social communication, lyrics become entirely necessary. Both music and lyrics play a crucial role in generating an emotional response in the listener through interactive and independent processes. Although vocal music is one of the most popular art forms, surprisingly little research has been dedicated in addressing the relationship and interaction between music and lyrics. Yet with the information that has been discovered thus far, lyrics appear to be the more intimate partner of the two. Focused on interconnectedness and linked with empathy, lyrics help us say what we may be too embarrassed to say.

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