Conscious v Unconscious Music

Author: Susanna Lepianka, November 2010

The essential elements for music are melody, harmony, rhythm and silence. Silence is the ground the foundation without, which, there cannot be any melody, harmony or rhythm, this is most often ignored. Often times musicians speak of “being in the zone” to describe silence. Only consciously created music incorporates ALL of these elements. As energetic beings we respond to vibrational frequencies the higher the frequency the happier, more content and healthier we are. The whole universe resonates to the subtle vibrations produced by sound and reflects the quality of those vibrations and our world is a reflection of this.

Let’s investigate the difference:

Conscious music is ALIVE, alert, uplifting, exhilarating and flows with life whilst at the same time calms and balances the senses, it is light, joyful, non-addictive and always fresh and new. One can listen to the same piece of music over and over and find something new each time. A little known fact about conscious music is that it stimulates creativity in YOU through the very ACT of listening. Conscious music carries the listener back into the silence that created it this is how important it is. It inspires and enlivens it has integrity and authenticity, it touches you deeply. All genres of music (not just the classically orientated) when created consciously is exceedingly beneficial. The lyrics tend to be insightful, captivating, positive and delightful, like skipping through a meadow on a warm summer’s day.

Unconscious music is DEAD but addictive it dulls awareness depriving you of clarity of  mind, it usually has a mind numbing heavy repetitive beat which jars and grates on the nerves and overly excites the senses pulling them upward  and then plummets into a downward motion, apathy and lethargy ensues then one feels the need to listen again, not for the pure enjoyment of the music, but for a fix (to produce an emotional high and you can’t have a high without subsequently experiencing a low) it’s generally a carrier of negative messages which can subsequently fuel negative emotions. It has few or none of the essential elements I mention in my opening paragraph. Unless one is immune everyone will be adversely affected in some way and as mentioned above we can see the effects of this through the kind of world we live in. Unconscious music is everywhere, it is piped into our shops and supermarkets, played over many radio stations and so called TV talent shows to name a few.

I’m not suggesting that we demonize unconscious music as there is certainly a place for it but just that there is rather too much of it. To understand how to recognize it helps us to be more discerning about what we listen to – rather like switching from a junk food diet to fine dining.

Note:  Some musicians refer to being unconscious when describing the creative force which enables them to produce their music which is a seeming paradox to what I describe as conscious/unconscious music. What they mean is that they go into “the zone”  they temporarily lose their sense of personal self  & allow the music do come through them from silence herein lies the mystery and is best to keep it that way.

In my 3rd article I will discuss the current state of the music industry and exciting new trends surfacing through the underground.

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