• I believe that people inherently like the arts, as it envokes emotions in them. We like to see things that look good, as this makes us happy. Same concept applies to music.
  • Because people are differant than animals, despite what VHEMNT, PETA, or PBS might think.
  • It probably comes from way back in our evolution. Other species make use of sound in various ways, birdsong being the obvious example indeed some musicologists say that birdsong has influenced the development of music which I find a bit of a stretch to be honest. So the earliest humans probably utilised vocalised sounds in a musical way and has stuck with us since then. Music does appeal on many levels. Beating on drums for example can either relax or excite you, possibly because of the subliminal effect this has upon your own rhythmic pulse like your heart although again this is not something I would necessarily propose myself. Certainly fast beats tend to excite and slow beats tend to relax. Tonal music (which most music tends to be) is also very mathematical. An increase of one octave doubles the frequency of the starting note and so on. Very strict mathematical patterns exist and our brains are superb pattern recognition devices, even seeing patterns where there aren't any present. So again the evolution of this pattern recognition has probably led to tonality being 'hard-wired' as you put it. Of course music doesn't have to be tonal but a large part of it is. In fact non tonal music tends to sound odd to the untrained ear. Or it could be that music is present all around us and we are conditioned from birth to appreciate it. I think the answer is probably a mixture of various aspects and the above would all play a part in the overall picture.
  • Cool isn't it. It's like music is a language without words. Each piece of music has a particular "energy"/ mood/ character that resonates with your emotional being and can influence your emotions directly. I love music.

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