Music, Subjects, Creativity

Emma Ruiz Martin del Campo


Starting with several examples, I propose a reflection about music as a sort of language that makes feasible the expression of imagination, desires, and emotions, which exceed the communication possibilities of other codes like any verbal or pictorial.
Music puts different rhythms, tones, and melodies at an individuals disposal. These elements are flexible enough to refer to natural and corporal phenomena, to human feelings, fantasies, passions, to vivid realities that are complex and powerful.
Symbolically, we can express in music the flow of life, the constant human transformation. We could say that the musical language has a place in a space of creativity with no fixed limits. In such a hypothetical space, it is possible to move beyond the social musters and roles to allow for the spontaneous expression of an individual and the creation of new ways of expression and communication.
Occasionally and in certain contexts, the musical language can support and express rebellion, because it may become a form of fighting against the subordination of individuals and groups to restrictive and possibly intolerable social conditions, for example, the role of music in the communication of some groups of slaves. In some contexts, music can be a last resort to generate hope and strategies for survival.

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