Music To this day the British military keeps

Music within society

 

War

Music has
always been used within both modern day society all the way to Prehistoric era.
Music can be found in many forms in modern day society be it pop culture, modern
day escapism, adverts, publicity stunts and shows and has been discovered in
ancient rites and the fact that a bone flute was discovered to be 40000 years
old implicating that the ancient tribal people had instruments too and music is
not a semi modern invention.

 

However
were not here for a full on history lesson, our first discussion will be the
use of music within warfare. Music and war have always went hand and hand be it
poets and performers making songs about great feats during war such as,
marcabru, pax in nominee Domini  which
is  a strong solemn tune which was used
to inspire men to crusade in not just the holy land but in Spain as well which
was constantly under threat of Moorish invasion. However there are also the protesters
to war which have inspired many people who have a anti war stance such as Where
have all the flowers gone which is a song based on the Cossack song Koloda-Duda
and takes a  more anti war theme than its
Russian counterpart.

 

Nevertheless
these were not the only reasons war and music go hand in hand in both modern
and ancient society. It has been used as a way to keep communication between troops
within wars, to temper the speed of a row boat, to solidify the march of a
regiment. The drum and fife, these instruments have always been seen within the
British military and most military’s in the world, the drum would be used to
signal the pace of the unit, if they were charging or not or if they are
retreating. The drum made sure that every soldier knew the pace of the unit. To
this day the British military keeps a corps of drum located within each
infantry battalion, albeit they do not convey orders as they have been known to
in the past and mostly focus on skirmish warfare nowadays. A popular example of
this would be the tune the British grenadiers which Is a British marching tune
used during the Victorian era.

 

However it
also has another use within warfare and that is psychological warfare.  One of the earliest mention of music as psychological
weapon is within the old testament in the book of Joshua, chapter 6. This
describes the deployment of rams horns against the settlement of Jericho,
although this can hardly be guessed as the reason the 7 meter high walls fell.  Even if the
exact nature of Joshua’s strategy remains unknown it seems clear that his
elaborate scenarios, staged in view of the defenders and climaxing with his
priests blowing their horns in unison, fired up his warriors and weakened the
Canaanites’ will to resist.

 

A more modern
use of music in this way would be the Vietnam war. The us would play pop music
and rock and roll as to terrorize the viet kong within the jungle as they as a
more primitive nation had not developed music of that type. The shock factor of
hearing something so alien and foreign would be used to demoralize the enemy
troops or scare them into submission. This was seen to be semi effective as the
viet kong eventually would have gotten used to hearing the music.

 

Overall war
and music will always go hand in hand from basic tribal beats in the jungle and
prehistoric civilizations to terrifying the enemy and keeping troops in an
orderly fashion and their moral high, music will always find a way to cement
itself to the war.

 

Escapism – how music controls people within
society

 

The singular
human within society has always seen music as a way to escape the boring uninteresting
way they live, or even to pass time and keep interest in the things they are
doing like how I am doing now whilst I write this piece. A singular piece of
music can bring forth emotions about the past, what they are feeling and what
they plan in the future. It can be fine to assume that music tantalizes and ensnared
people, affecting their lives and helping them make decisions. If this is true
with even one or two people is can be assumed that this effects society as a
whole. It is as Plato said “Any musical innovation is full of danger to the
whole state, and ought to be prohibited. When modes of music change, the
fundamental laws of the state always change with them” This quote assumes that Plato
recognizes that music can alter how people see the world and alter the social
consciousness , also adding that this can have negative effects, It can be
argued that in todays age of music, popular music can be linked directly with
the way the youth of the world see things an example would be Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury
where he addressed people politically at a musical event therefore associating the
music with his political standpoint.

 

This all
makes it possible to assume that music can affect us in both partially negative
and positive ways. This leads to the fact that education and experiences steers
the perception of music we create and digest. A large amount of music that is
created by people Is from experiences that have happened to them, you can argue
that people who have been criticized for having violent lyrics have had a violent
history themselves a prime example would be in the rap and hip hop style of
music. It has been seen mostly to be listened to by people who have grown up in
rougher childhoods or have had a troubled past. This can mostly be seen due to
the fact that these genres are about being rebellious and having a hard life. A
great thing to read about this is the article Thug Life: Hip-Hop ‘s
Curious Relationship with Criminal Justice. Which is under the santa clara law
review article 5. This government article claims that hip hop tends to romanticize
the criminal system therefore making more people to be less afraid of the fundamental
idea of prison and jail time. Due to the romanization of the prison system this
can further be linked to statistics about crime and causing people to be more
inclined to do petty crime.

 

However
this is not the only use for it since music has been historically proven to
invoke thought and emotions with society, recently it has been used for good
with events such as the live aid festival, 
the premise of using successful artists to raise awareness for global
poverty has worked incredibly well in the past and has raised around $150
million in 2011. This indicates that music is the materialization of a feeling
or a belief. However a song can mean different things to different people for
instance heavy rock might invoke aggression in one person for others it might
inspire them to do stuff.

Therefore
music can affect people in many ways and inspire them to do many things some of
them good some of them bad .

 

Music as therapy and development of the human
being

 

Music is
one of the most universal ways of expression in human life. Music is present in
the everyday lives of people of all ages and from all cultures around the world.
Listening , singing and playing music are common activities for many people,
they not only allow people to develop their emotions  and express their personal inner states and
feeling but bring many benefits to people who actively dabble in listening and
performing music. Many of these benefits have been acknowledged recently due to
research into the musical sciences showing that several dimensions of human
life are positively affected by music

 

Music has
always been recognized as being able to act therapeutically. This can range
from actively listening or making music to even both. It has been seen to be
effective in movement with other ways of helping people by promoting relaxation,
alleviating anxiety and pain and promoting the production of endorphins. Its therapeutic
uses have been explored extensively with groups of people to see if it works,
these mostly consist of the elderly (trying to bring back memories from amnesia
victims), those with brain damage (to promote the mind to develop new synapses
and work more efficiently) and with people who are in persistent pain (by
soothing their pain due to them being mentally effected by the music. It has also
been used to help youth who have been affected by things and enhance the
quality of life of those who need help mentally.

 

Music had
always played a part in human development from ancient times to the general day,
stimulating infants and children in such ways as to promote their well being.
This can be as simple as the cooing between a mother and child as it always has
a musical quality which ahs been seen to assist in the development of communication
skills of the child and to create a bond between mother and child. However before
you go force feed your kids music there is no correlation between intelligence
and listening to music as a child however active involvement in music  has been seen to enhance self esteem and help
develop  a range of social and transferable
skills. This is because
even the youngest toddlers receive the tones of music and unintentionally
differentiate in frequency, melody and stimuli.

 

Therefore
music has always helped humans not only express their feeling but bring joy and
help develop the person mentally to help deal with things.