A tale of two melodies
In his talk, Archie emphasizes on the power of narrative in music as he tries to strive to find a common link between disparate frameworks. Two important ideas emerged from his talk.
1. Cross pollination of ideas - Archie explained this concept through intersectionality of different music genres from various cultures and the birth of fusion music. This goes on to prove why everything in music is a remix.
2. Art in context - Putting one form of music in the context/framework of another is a beautiful thing as it helps find the similarities among differences.
So, why does this synthesis of music matter and what does it mean in the grand scheme of things? Because cultures are not mutually exclusive. The way we lead our lives is an intersection of several different mosaics.
Archie concludes by saying:
Even if it is difficult to find unity within a variety of traditions, there always exists a manner by which we can find and transcend those borders whether it is the beat of our own drum or the sound of our own music. When we innovate to tradition, and when we try to take it in terms of a progressive standpoint then we bring light to the famous Chinese proverb that ‘you cannot clap with one hand, you need two.’ On that note, let us realize that our legacies lie within our capacity to harness chaos and create beauty from the mundane. Together, let’s make music.
Watch the TED talk here.
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