The Confucian Theory of Music
Posted by Kong Fu Zi on 10/30/2017, 7:54 am
"Feelings emerge in sounds; when the sounds have patterning, they are called tones. The tones of a peaceful age are serene and happy, indicating its government is well-run; the tones of a chaotic age are bitter and angry, indicating its government is off course; the tones of an age going to ruin are filled with sadness and brooding, as its people are in difficulty."
So the 50s/60s were happy times, the 70s/80s of punk, metal, & hip hop were an era of chaos, and now our post-90s-grunge, emo era is one of decline? A certain narcissistic inward-looking is historically endemic of cultures near the end of their epoch. https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/music/emperors-new-music
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