Things that have grooving complex rhythms or just a visceral sense of pulse can resonate with me emotionally too.
music that challenges the senses is a little complicated to describe because it encompasses a lot of different elements. I have perfect pitch, and one of the effects of that is that i can hear and unravel the ins and outs of music fairly quickly in comparison to others who aren’t fortunate enough to have it.
This translates mostly these days to electronica and new “art” music (what most people would term “contemporary classical”), with some rap, pop, and j=pop thrown in.
music that affects me on a primal or emotional level is straightforward enough – it’s music, whether simple or complex, that makes me want to dance, makes me want to cry, makes me want to smile – something that triggers an instinct that bypasses the intellectual judgement.
i’m not quite sure why that is – part of it is that my tastes have established themselves much more, but i think the other part of it is because searching out for new material can seem like a waste of energy.
It would take a lot of wading through stuff that i don’t like to find that sliver of something that i do like, and liking something new doesn’t necessarily gain me much more than the stuff that i listen to now.
life is all about missed opportunities as much as made ones, and if i miss out on this great band or that great band, well, that’s just how it goes.
the stuff that appeals to me now falls into probably three different categories: music that affects me on an emotional or a primal level, music that challenges my senses, and music that can do both.
I remember that there were maybe 10-15 musicians on stage, one of them was one of the professors whose role was to hit a gong.
The piece started off with everyone playing a single pitch and playing slow rhythms.