photoset: Daniel Barenboim – RAMALLAH31032011
Photographs from Daniel Barenboim’s concert at the Ramallah Cultural Center. Music is a sort of language cleanse. With it we can tap into a deeper, more ancient perceptual dimension. Long before we ever get to understand words, we get their music – accompanying the rythmes of our mothers heartbeat. Only later are we made to know that “red” is what we call that color, that so on and so forth is the name of God.
It may be clear to all that Mr. Barenboim and Mr. Said have obviously decided to embrace the unitive approach to life on earth, rather than succumbing to archaic notions of zero sum gameness.
In game theory and economic theory, a zero-sum game is a mathematical representation of a situation in which a participant’s gain or loss is exactly balanced by the losses or gains of the other participant(s). If the total gains of the participants are added up, and the total losses are subtracted, they will sum to zero. Cutting a cake is zero-sum game, because taking a larger piece reduces the amount of cake available for others. In contrast, non-zero-sum describes a situation in which the interacting parties’ aggregate gains and losses is either less than or more than zero. A zero-sum game is also called a strictly competitive game. Zero-sum games are most often solved with the minimax theorem which is closely related to linear programming duality, or with Nash equilibrium.- Wikipedia
Plato said, “Any musical innovation is full of danger to the whole state, and ought to be prohibited” (Ballard 47). Abraham Lincoln that, “who writes the nation’s songs shapes the nation’s souls.”
A more fascinating subject regarding the political/science of music is the inherent ”message” or affect of a particular music. That is: do certain tunes trigger hardwired perceptions in human beings? Is there anything such as fascist music, happy music, intelligent music? As with foods, is there a particular melody that adds a spicy taste to a composition? There must be.
Music frequencies have been proven to manipulate electrical conductivity in the human body. All perceptual and probably much of the non-perceptual universe undulates bouncing off of us and traveling through us.
I am proposing that music has much to do, least of which to be named and made popular by a certain folk.
Barenboim-Said Foundation does not promote normalization by Mariam Said at The Electronic Intifada – 17 March 2010