The abstract narrative of music and its role in the development of awareness

The abstract narrative of music and its role in the development of awareness

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The abstract narrative of music and its role in the development of awareness

The abstract narrative of music

Freed from the reins of fashion and commodification, as well as untethered and independent from playful and social roles and the function of narrative support for words and images, music thus acquires the dimension of independent and pure art.

It will then be possible to speak of an 'abstract narration of music', which finally 'tells of itself', in perfect expressive solitude.

What is music about when it is detached from other narrative contexts?

It can express itself by communicating with our subconscious, by soliciting our archetypes by means of emotional symbols related to them, woven in sound form over the textures of conventional musical form and aesthetics.

Musical forms change according to the epochs, and so do their aesthetic codes, whereas archetypes remain as expressions of our immutable human nature.

Music that only responds to form and aesthetics offers more or less appreciable artistic value, depending on the skill and care of those who have 'engineered' it, but still of secondary importance,  as it lacks 'a profound narrative element' that defines it as Art with a capital 'A'.

Archetypes, on the other hand, in the sense I intend to suggest here, would 'tell' beliefs rooted in the unconscious and charged with emotions: fears, needs and desires that coincide with the essence of individual and shared human nature.

The growth of awareness

These psychic archetypes are evoked and brought to consciousness by means of symbols, which constitute the 'signifying call of the meaning of the archetype'.

The artistic 'musical storytelling' can thus express itself through 'sound symbols' capable of evoking the 'beliefs' (and related emotions) contained in the human unconscious, finally bringing them to consciousness, relieving some of their burden, irresistibly orienting our existences towards dimensions closer to our essence.

Musical art proceeds from the artist's technical and thinking skills, as well as from conscious and unconscious emotional sensitivity, whether the result of research work, inspiration, instinct, or more often a combination of these elements. 

Operating within the form and aesthetics of the composition (elements of great formal value, but having in this sense a neutral value), this art, by means of sound symbols, can offer a powerful solicitation to the 'initiated' listener, urging him towards the evolution of consciousness and the discovery of the Self.

By its very nature, music can achieve such results without using the logical concept, which is better articulated through language and images. 

In that sense it is perhaps the most abstract and profound of the arts... and our age is destroying it.

Like any 'mystery' manifestation, the initiation into the depths of music is therefore decisive, which is a personal and progressive journey towards it and its essence, articulated in various stages: encounter, recognition, knowledge, understanding, love.

Alessandro Fois

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