DO YOU FEEL MUSIC?
We all know we can hear music but the question is “Can you feel music?”. And if so, “How does it make you feel?”.
Here at Flotilla Records we believe that music can evoke powerful feelings and emotions.
The basic two emotions of happiness and sadness can be conveyed through music. Specific features of melody contribute to the expression of emotion in music. Higher pitch, more fluctuations in pitch and rhythm, and faster tempo convey happiness, while the opposite conveys sadness.
It is also important to recognise that these feelings and emotions can be different for each person when listening to musical melody. This may be due to different cultural elements and different life experiences.
For example something like meditation music could make you feel calm and relaxed because the culture behind meditation is that it’s a form of healing. It can be used for stress management and overall health. It can help you calm your physiology without making a conscious effort, and that can alleviate stress from your mind. Music can also do this by lifting your mood, slowing your breathing, and creating other stress-inducing changes. This is not to say everyone would feel the same way or feel these same benefits while listening to meditation music because music like all forms of Art is subjective.
Music can also trigger certain memories which then create certain feelings, for example a song that once made you really happy may now evoke an emotion of sadness because you listened to that particular song over and over when you broke up with your ex (we’ve all been there). Again this comes down to personal circumstances but the point would still remain the same.
You may not be able to detect the exact message that the composer is conveying through their music if there is no vocal but you can undeniably feel something.
I will leave you with a direct quote from the “About” section of our Flotilla Records website, it says…
“We release music that you can feel.
All of our artists genuinely put their hearts and souls into each release and our goal is to always evoke an emotion through our music.
It doesn’t matter if it is happy or sad, as long as long as you can genuinely feel the music.
You can smile or you can cry, however the music makes you feel!”