Schafer makes a very cool point about the sounds that inhabit the world around us. The space we live in is occupied by everything that contributes to our sensory experience, but we are yet to truly dive into how and where sound effects us. Sound is more than just the science of waves, it is part of our culture and influences the art that we make, and we manipulate sound to the best of our ability but we can still do more. Schafer proposes that the soundscape that we all live in, should be a communal study for musicians, psychologists, and sociologists alike can make unique discoveries and contributions. The sounds that are put into our soundscape effect us in particular ways that we are not always sure of, and Schafer makes the point that in his sort of communal system, sound across culture can be examined and studied how it effects us.
One of the most important ways that new sounds are introduced to us is through music that we listen to. Today music is a rapidly evolving industry and the sound of it is ever expanding through new genres and sub-genres. In recent years the newest trend in music is the hip-hop scene. This sound has made its way into our popular culture, transcending the original intention of the sound. Some would argue that hip hop has even acted as an agent to bring the races closer together culturally. Schafer mentions that in today’s world music can be made by anyone, and he is right! Through this communal soundscape anyone is given the power to create influential sounds that effect lives and thoughts. The sound that we create and introduce to each other acts as a cross-cultural device that breaks down barriers which brings a real truth to the name for music as the “universal language.”
Information gathered through exerts from “The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World” by R. Murray Schafer.