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And let us make a joyful noise unto the Lord and create things which are beautiful.



Colours of Water

A festival of art, science, and music inspired by water

The ISIS Colours of Water festival took place from 12th-28th March 2013 (see the original programme here). Following the success of this event, ISIS will be releasing content on the ISIS website, in issue #58 of Science in Society, on youtube/vimeo and on DVD.






From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Music lesson Staatliche Antikensammlungen 2421.jpg

painting on an Ancient Greek vase depicts a music lesson (c. 510 BC).


Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Its common elements are pitch (which governs melody andharmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempometer, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities oftimbre and texture. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; "art of the Muses").[1]

The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions (and their recreation in performance), through improvisational music to aleatoric forms. Music can be divided into genres and subgenres, although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to individual interpretation, and occasionally controversial. Within "the arts", music may be classified as a performing art, a fine art, and auditory art. It may also be divided among "art music" and "folk music". There is also a strong connection between music and mathematics.[2] Music may be played and heard live, may be part of a dramatic work or film, or may be recorded.

To many people in many cultures, music is an important part of their way of life. Ancient Greek and Indian philosophersdefined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Common sayings such as "the harmony of the spheres" and "it is music to my ears" point to the notion that music is often ordered and pleasant to listen to. However, 20th-century composer John Cage thought that any sound can be music, saying, for example, "There is no noise, only sound."[3] Musicologist Jean-Jacques Nattiez summarizes the relativist, post-modern viewpoint: "The border between music and noise is always culturally defined—which implies that, even within a single society, this border does not always pass through the same place; in short, there is rarely a consensus ... By all accounts there is no single andintercultural universal concept defining what music might be."[4]