Music makes up a large part of the world that we live in. Every day we live out our lives and experience music in many different ways, sometimes actively and sometimes we don’t even realise that we have just heard it, or if we do it goes by unremembered because it is such a common occurrence. Some of us seek it out – we hear it through our walkmans and mp3 players, or we hear it on the radio or through a CD player. But then the rest of the time we hear it in other ways; if we watch a movie the director is likely to have used music to bring out important themes or emotions and heightened the drama, likewise with television shows. But there are also other ways in which music enters our lives unknown – we might overhear it on the bus, we might hear it in a shop, restaurant or pub coming through speakers. Even video games use music to elevate the sense of realism that it might bring to the proceedings. The list is endless.
And music also follows us into our social settings. We often surround ourselves with people of a similar music tastes, define ourselves on the genres of music we might associate with and even visit bars or clubs that cater to those tastes. People who listen to rock music might prefer rock concerts whilst those who prefer dance music might find themselves in clubs listening to songs mixed by DJs. It goes to show how music shapes our cultural identities and experiences.
One of the things that makes music so versatile and popular is the way in which it evolves and changes over the years. In yesteryears it will have been listened to on grammar phones or purely in a live setting without the technology to record. Since then we have gone through record players, tape players, mini discs, CDs and now mp3s and DVDs are also around to play music. Another new innovation to shape music is the internet, which has completely changed the way in which we can retrieve and own music by way of downloading and storing on hard drives.