Perception of Music: The Wall

Pink Floyd’s 1979 The Wall was primarily conducted and written by the band’s vocalist and bassist, Roger Waters. It was meant to be laid out to be three things: 1. the album itself, 2. a live experience, and 3. a movie. The album, the live experience, and the film are highly metaphorical, and symbolic imagery and sound are commonly present. The collection’s focal story was semi-personal because of Waters and previous musician Syd Barrett. The Wall‘s theme represented the defense mechanisms Waters had developed against the individuals who may hurt him: his family, instructors, and lovers. A few lyrics managed the passing of his dad, others with betrayal. For the most part, the film is determined by the music and highlights little dialogue from the characters. The film is most popular for its symbolism of mental separation, drug use, war, extremism, dark arrangements, sexual circumstances, brutality, and blood. Roger Waters wanted to make a point. Really express something he believed in and felt. The Wall‘s seed was planted when Waters spat on a fan during their final show of Pink Floyd’s “In the Flesh” tour for their album Animals in 1977 (my personal favorite). A Pink Floyd show is something beyond a series of songs played live, it’s a melodic and visual presentation of thoughts, ideas, and themes. So, when people didn’t perceive the music for what it was, Waters had enough… *SPIT*.  

There are so many points that highlight just how many things can influence how we perceive music; the lyrics, the instrumentation, the arrangements, the genre, etc. The Wall is one of the greatest and considered one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time. But the album was one thing; a Pink Floyd live performance was another. Take, for example, a situation that you may be in an auditorium in 1980 or 81, so in this way, you’re attending a live performance. You’re not simply tuning in to the music, you’re likewise watching it being performed, and we realize that really this could impact how we hear or see the music. Something else to consider is that you may have been finding out about the music you’re going to hear through a program handout beforehand, what its identity was formed by, maybe you’ve additionally been determined what to look out for a while you’re listening in. Once more, you have this top-down information that we know from the examination that can truly impact how you perceive the music coming into your ears. This creates an entirely new experience as a listener. You have a presentation of thoughts, ideas, and themes.  

For the majority of the time, we aren’t in an auditorium or even at a concert watching the music unfold, but with the advancement of technology and in 1980, the Buggles did say that “Video Killed the Radio Star”; another great example that greatly influences our perception of music are music videos. For Pink Floyd’s The Wall, it was a movie. But regardless, a music video is a short film of variable length that coordinates a song or collection with symbolism delivered for a limited time and creative purposes. Music recordings are a point of convergence of what the artist/band desires to communicate through their music. It shapes a significant piece of their innovative vision. The visual effect of a video can be similarly just as amazing as the music. A video can connect an artist or band with their audience members, as it permits fans to become acquainted with the artist and see the world through their eyes for a song’s duration. Individuals feel a bond when they can share experiences and emotions, and music gives this opportunity. Music videos accomplish so much more than compliment a song; they additionally expand on it. The Wall went much more beyond. The content presented of the lyrics, arrangement of the live performance, the construction of the wall, and finally the movie was to be the difference between essentially simply enjoying the songs, and genuinely understanding the significance behind it. 

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