What is good music?

What is good music? Give this a thought when preparing a music game meeting. Often people's preferences are due to familiarity or identity and remain unconscious. If your participants deliberately treat some music as better than other, here is what might guide them:

Religion

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Worthy of appreciation is everything that contributes to the greater glory of a higher-level worship target.

Dance

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Good music needs to make me move. My appreciation shouldn't stop at ears, but should involve the whole body. Dancing and music are like halves of an orange and one is incomplete without another.

Interpenetration

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Music will represent Life if you don't see your responsibility in 'making' but in 'accepting'. Don't force attention, but rather see and hear many things at once, including the background.

Wabi-sabi

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True beauty should nurture imperfection and seek for incompleteness. These are the features that can truly show the impermanence, suffering and emptiness of existence.

Emotions

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Good music needs to make me feel something. The more, the better. The range of these experiences might be very broad, but they need to be intense.

Communication

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Good music is the one that let's you connect. It exists only as a two-way relation. As a composer and as a performer, your music is good if it let's you deliver the message successfully.

Construction

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Good music is weaved from many different elements into an intricate structure. The structure is formal in nature and its complexietes are to be explored.

Song

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Music is good if it has beautiful/wise/relatable lyrics. It's all about them! If there is music without words, it lets us imagine our own poetry to it. Instrumental music is lazy.

Authenticity

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You need to be a real artist if you want to make good music. Your personality is as important as your sounds. Never compromise, especially as for making your music more appealing to masses.

Tradition

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You form a community with past generations of musicians. Dive into all the gathered wisdom to master it, and then properly make what you attain from your musical ancestors into a sound reality.

Proficiency

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Good music can't be done by anyone. Only the leaders among hard-working professionals acquire sufficient skill. If perfection is easily achieved, it's cheating.

Economics

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Good (by definition) is something people are willing to pay for. Music used to be a good investment, now the demand drops because of competing entertainment media.

Well-being

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Good music needs to make me feel calm and relaxed. This will help me to achieve my goals, get in contact with myself and find happiness and success in daily life.

Innovation

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Music is based on creativity. It is not good if it only repeats what already has been done before. Break the boundaries! New ideas and originality are key things to praise in all arts.


The above "definitions" of good music are in a random order. We are not here to promote any musical paradigm.

If you're a facilitator, be aware of your preferences towards music and to games. Prepare a dose of calm distance for the situation when a participant considers their favorite approach to music as "the essential quality" that defines music itself.

You can add approaches here (start with a title):

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