A never ending battle of mind, body and opinions

Music. What makes it sound good? How does it get into one’s heart and make a difference in one’s life? Can everyone have the same reaction as the one I had when listening to a specific piece? To answer many of these questions I would come with many different types of responses, many can agree and many can disagree. It is why I chose to look into one piece that has had a high exposure to many people in not just my community but getting known to the whole country and the rest of the world. The piece I want to talk about is something that change my perspective about the world in which I want to see how it began, how it develops, how others interpret it as well as a counterpart. In order to do this, I need to start at the beginning and that would be how it came to be known… so I came into contact with the man with the connections to spread this inspiration…Chris Adams. I had a chance to speak to him and this is what he had to say

…well iv worked with many other artists such as performs, singers, conductors, and as well composers. The process on who I should work with its very difficult, because I’m very I would say picky. When Hubert came to my office, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into or what I was expecting from an old man close to his 60’s, but I was once told that opportunities can come from any direction so I decided to take some time with him. He was very stubborn and a man of a few words, all he did was he handed me his music sheet told me to take a look at it and left. I believed I was just wasting my time in the beginning, but the more I looked into it I knew right away the amount of work that was put in, the very specific detail and notes placed onto a piece of paper just gave me goosebumps. So, I began to work and looked for the right people to bring this inspiration out to the world. The first thing what I did was look for the performers and found the perfect candidates to play this Quartet, as well as contacting with one of my conductors I’ve worked for a long time. Once I had my players, an opportunity came a filmmaker known as Chris walker was asking me to help him seek out the perfect soundtrack for his new film. It felt like whatever I did, every tool I needed was brought to me……

Chris Adams Arts administration

I was very fortunate to meet with Adams being able to talk to him as well to see how he works in his professional field. Of course, I couldn’t let this chance slip away and was able to ask to meet with one of his associates goes by the name of Danny Willmates a conductor for 15 years as well as conducting my favorite piece. When meeting him, he was so serious and straight forward that I admit I was terrified to talk to him. Building up the courage I was able to get a glimpse on what his thoughts were on this piece of art.

“when I conduct, I don’t just follow what is written in front of me but I follow the spirit of the notes that lead me to create the precise sound of emotion for others to follow. When I rise my hand, it is the cue to start with a small choir and then setting up with a steady rhythm with one violin playing a small key note. But the spirit of the page becomes angered where it triggered me and speed up the tempo with a second violin. This anger emotion continues and eventually calming down were I lower the sound for a bit. But the anger is over whelming that I lose control to keep my mind clear and pushing the sounds to be faster and stronger building the intense emotion from anger to rage have me leading the violins to take control of the piece. I knew right away that this can either be uplifting or something disturbing but this will leave something in people emotional life.”

Danny Willmates conductor

Having the right connections is one of the most important accessories to have, so I wonder what would an expert say about it. Which gave the opportunity to consult with one and at the end I was just shocked on what he had to say, why? Because I couldn’t agree with him more.

it is not just inspiring but a heartbreaking impulse with a mix of fight or flight instinct sounds that powers one’s emotion of passion of not giving up. This piece was created for a specific purpose: the power of pushing one’s limit and having a real-life experience instead of having a made-up fantasy with no meaning. The inspiration that Hubert had, you sense the down falls of pain and struggle that he puts into.  His creativity, instantly I noticed the 4 formats that connects this piece perfectly. Starting off with the Intro, you can listen to a steady tempo hearing a voice like an opera following with a string like instrument and merging violins creating a sense of something dangerous is approaching you. When that approach comes in contact, the two violins starts to play in a faster tempo and you can just image a battle between you and that (beast) in front of you. At the end of the second format it transitions to the exposition listening to a hostel setting with an image of yourself on the ground being tried, trying to find the courage to get back up leading to the verse of the piece. With no rest in mind the repetition of the verse ending with a coda you can just listen to the sounds getting heavier and stronger that you are about to give a final strike to determine the end result. I would say that this piece is something that all composer should aim for, building a piece where you can sense the composer emotion when being performed.”

Johnathan Pauta 2018, musicologist

Just listen to Johnathan’s great point of view I just had to keep this going and look into another’s person perspective. At the moment I couldn’t think of anyone expect for my friend who’s been a dancer all her life. I wanted to see how she would react listening and what kind of movements she would use. What made her so amazing is the way she would come up with new dances to perform on stage or teach others by being blindfolded only listening the sounds of music letting her body do the work. it was sight to behold. As I watched I asked her how did she feel.

“it felt like my arms and legs were heavy. This music, I didn’t know what my body would do when the sounds got faster and heavier but to spin and spin and kick as high as I can leading me to kneel and get back up again and repeat the same movements. It just felt so powerful even thou I grew tired which normally doesn’t happen when I dance but I kept pushing to follow the emotion of the sound. When I noticed that this music was about a little over 6 minutes long it felt like I was moving for a long period of time…. Basically, I lost the sense of time all together. But when the song ended it felt like I stopped half a step ending my performance without a conclusion which disappointment me, a story of no ending, having a point A with no point B.”

Charlotte Canete, Dancer, performer since 1996

Wasn’t the response I was hoping for, felt like a confusion feeling more on the side of disliking the piece but it was expected to come along my journey. Going from disliking to hating. No matter how great a piece can sound to one’s ears it can mean the total opposite for another. To step outside of my comfort zone I decided to go to a place where I knew I would get a strong response. The great hold roman catholic church run by a 75-year composer. His thought well its down below:

By far I never in my life have I ever heard such a hateful, evil spreading, ill written piece that I cannot even consider this to even be called music. My whole life, my whole world is meant only to serve the one and only God and made it my mission to use my talent and create pieces for everyone to listen to be close to our creator not for the devil! This type of music being played in our community is creating destructive emotions, corrupting our very soul leading a path of sin and despair. As a composer it hurts my heart to let something like this happen to my brothers and sisters listening to this piece and not being aware of the immorality behavior and feelings it enters them. The tone, and the rhythm in this piece is so heavy, having a fast tempo and the harsh emotion of the performer playing their instrument that the only thing I can see to ever using this piece is in a ritual to call upon evil itself. When it comes to music, we should follow sounds that are holy not evil, being calm and tranquil, using words that are clear and understandable to praise our savior for the love and sacrifice he had given us and as a community we need to be more aware of what type of music we create and listen to and come together to eliminate this threat! Let God be with you all

Adam Damaris, Pastor of St. Gabriel, Church composer

To answer one of the questions I mentioned earlier if everyone can have the same reaction to a specific piece? the answer is no. music can mean different things to different people one loving it some disliking it and other hating it to the fullest. As I reflect on this journey it was indeed a great experience to have while adventuring different worlds from different people. Which is why I would ask how would you interpret it? what are your thoughts on it?  What are the feeling the engulfing inside you when listening to it? …. Final thought when you are feeling down listen to the piece, I’ve been talking about in my journal Requiem for a dream by Cint Mansell. Happy listening…



  1. I really like your title of the essay, I agree with you that coordinating and unifying opinion is endless battle. My answer to your very first question “what makes it sound good?”. I think the music that sound good varies on the people. I personally listen to different type of music depends on my mood on that specific moment. When I organize the note that I took from class, I usually listen to the music that doesn’t have lyrics on because the lyrics always grab my attention and end up being distracted. However, when I work out at the gym, I listen to music that has fast tempo to keep my body awake. I think, having different thoughts and criticize on the music contribute to the development of the music just like we covered similar topic in the class when people didn’t really like when the dissonance first came up. However, trying something new that was not presented before was a new trend in 20th century.


    • that’s something i can totally agree on music sounding good can vary on who ever is listening to any type of music. which is why i can relate to you when i get distracted when listening to the lyrics of the song which is why i prefer music pieces like the one iv chosen to talk about in my article, having a brutal or fast tempo to workout. and yes dissonance is something that contributes to develop music and listen to what we have right now, which is why iv chosen to talk to people in this century getting modern peoples opinions. because of that which gave me an inspiration to write my title.
      P.S any music you can share that has a fast tempo to workout (tired on listening to the same ones)


      • I use Spotify and YouTube music that randomly organize songs that I might like. There are many different playlist that you can select from section at the workout.


      • Since we talked about the music that I like listening to when I work out. I would like to listen to the music that you mentioned at the bottom of your essay. I usually listen to songs that has no lyrics because I have hard time understanding it anyways. The music piece “Requiem for a dream” has variety dynamics and very steady rhythm that you can listen to without paying full attention to it when you are listening. This type of song reminds me of the article that I read for the group presentation. I read about the Soviet Union composer getting criticized because of the repetitive and steady rhythm that he used in the music. People often considered that kind of music as a war song. Also, the last online discussion (music and violence) once talked about the “nationalistic music is often .. steady rhythms”.


  2. Honestly, I’m blown away the way you showed your composers thought of the piece. In my opinion I could of actually invision the individuals talking and describing their thought and emotions from the piece. The way you organized this writing was a helpful way, and I should of done something similar. It was good to see how each individual had a different thought and meaning towards listening to this piece.


    • thanks iv tried my best to basically act out on the different types of people i want to interview when it came to getting their statement and ideas about my music piece. that hardest part was acting out how much i hated the piece its like when you need to punish your dog or cat for misbehaving or breaking your t.v 😡 but cant because you love them so much but have to punish them somehow in my case have them take a bath works but i feel bad. thanks for the feed back.


  3. Usually listening to a piece of music without any lyrics never gets me jumping out of my seat, but strangely this piece was one that reminded myself of like terror and death. The way each individual was describing their thoughts and feeling towards the piece was in an incredible way. It literally sounded like they were telling us, the audience in their voice.


    • exactly how i felt when listening to this piece when i first encountered it made me shiver but same time moving which brought me the never ending battle we have within ourselves.


  4. I really liked your title and also how you showed what each composer thought about the piece. I liked how you organized your piece, made me better understand everything. I tend to listen to different types of music depending on how I feel. I do have a question for you, what makes music sound good?


    • what makes music sound good ? well its a hard question to answer because everyone isnt the same, having different mentalities, personalities, dislikes, likes which is why its hard to answer. but to put it in a simple meaning i would say music sounds good when you are able to get in touch with the sounds or lyrics of a piece for some reasons remembering the past, creating a future, to get in touch spiritually and to feel the artists emotion.
      how about you ? what makes music sound good to you?


  5. The title to your piece is really eye-catching, I feel like in order for someone to read the title has to have an attention grabber. However, the piece you chose to criticize I have to say is a piece I am familiar too. The reason why I say this is because I have herd it in several movies before. I really enjoy listening to this piece because it brings the idea of superstition is going to happen and that something bad is going to come.


    • i had the same perspective when listening to this piece when i first encounter it…. that feeling that something bad is approaching and connecting it with my five listeners but as well as adding my own perspective on how it made me feel.


  6. I also like how you included a dancers perspective on “Requiem for a dream by Cint Mansell”. I love how she saw how the music made her feel with the dance moves she incorporated. I also love how she explained how the music made her feel heavy. The way you observed everyone’s perspective on this piece lets me see many viewpoints. I can agree that not everyone has the same thoughts, and the same taste in music. In my perspective of this piece, it is very dark and I see chaos listening to this piece. I honestly feel like there is no good without bad its just the way life works. I love this piece a lot, the choice of instrumentation and the overall of this piece is interesting. I can say it is relaxing in a way. I don’t know that’s just me. I also like music that has no lyrics too because I feel like I can understand whats happening better.


    • ahaha it not just you but that feeling of darkness but as well as relaxing… i can see where you are coming from and the reason why my dancer felt so heavy is because of a real encounter i had with some one i knew before so i took that persons feeling and added a little more detailed to it.


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