Music comes from the same place the concept of time comes from. So then… What is music?

Styx says it

In other words: what is the perception we humans have that a certain order of frequencies is called music when it gains a pattern?

What we call music is an order of frequencies in a mostly repetitive expulsion of controlled output.

A harsh definition, but a correct one nonetheless if it is captured in a pattern. The pattern most closely matching the general clock frequencies of long term memory processing. In all species.

The lower the repetitive frequency the more matching to the older the species. Beats of early humans were completely output created from human brains (of course, who else would do it?!?!). Those ‘barely able to be aware of other things’ brains caused motion output. The human process of short term memory added a second loop to memory retention. But putting input into memory results in a corresponding output. Motion. It is the degree of awareness, either self or other, that creates the breaks we observe as ‘getting used to it’, or ‘coming under control’.

That output, if repeated, often results in patterns. It grew into rhythms based on the average base long term speed of the human brain that survived the period. First: here is the general average frequencies of the human brain now.

  • Output to motion: 10 per second. (Can be increased with training and practice.)
  • Output to long term memory: 60 per second. (You are born with this. Can range significantly. You’re stuck here.)
  • Short term memory processed: 1800 per second. (You are born with this. Can be increased with knowledge and practice.)

The two main stages of human brain processing create a relationship to input.

Your ear is hearing twice per second for each frequency ‘hair’. (Each process is staggered to make that a fluid output.) That staggered processing is what allows emerging perception to be real time and not stepped or jerky behavior. This is the biological way to achieve parallel processing: quantity of linear processes, staggered to blend.

Each time your eye sees 1/2 second it is processed against 30 memory functions.

For each long term process, short term will process 900 times.

Those processes are exponential and allow a linear mechanical biological entity to function as the whole it is and not its parts.

Each of those, outputs to the same motion. The more short term control the less uncontrolled motion. (Animals without short term do the same process but without the second stage.)

Try the different main beats per minute examples:

30 BMP

(half the long term speed)

60 BMP

(the speed of your long term memory (Average))

100 BMP

120 BPM

(double the long term speed)

130 BMP

150 BMP

(Rock and Roll)

Music by genre: (

  • dub/reggae: 60-90 bpm
  • downtempo/chillout: 90-120 bpm
  • deep house: 120-125 bpm
  • house: 120-130 bpm
  • tech house: 120-130 bpm
  • electro house: 125-130 bpm
  • progressive house: 125-130 bpm
  • trance: 130-135 bpm
  • dubstep: 130-145 bpm
  • techno: 130-150 bpm
  • hard house: 145-150 bpm
  • jungle: 155-180 bpm
  • drum and bass: 165-185 bpm
  • hardcore/gabber: 160-200 bpm

The ancient created base average rate would have been around 60 beats per minute: the general long term processing sequence rate of the human brain since humans became aware-enabeled.

Ancient tyrannical rulers took advantage of the average base rate. As they do today. It stands to sooth and control the human beast. It took quite a long term for humans to evolve mentally to the point where there would be too many people self aware for tyrants to thrive (and still remain in some areas of the planet). As tyrants knew for thousands of years, an obedient people requires keeping them that way. The more repetitive the music, the work, the tasks, the life, the closer to human frequencies: the less likely the people could even comprehend rising up let alone threaten to do so. They had no clue that is what was happening but they didn’t have to. Humans are humans. Calm a crowd in olden times with fear. Calm a crowd in recent times with chains. Tyrants use the process that is used by hearing in the brain and apply it to the visual as well. It all works the same way. Music is a wonderful escape. Whether that escape is relaxation or victimization acting like it. The trick is in knowing which it is.

So how is music like the concept of time? They both enter the brain using the same process, and exit the brain using the same process except the concept of time is an all encompassing condition, across all events of one’s life.

Music is stored like every other memory.

Each time an event is entered into memory, it compares to any previous matching entries to memory and that comparison results in a slightly smaller amplitude (volume if that helps.) It is that smaller amplitude that is entered into memory.

Each time a new memory is made is pushes old memories smaller (through that process calculation of amplitude for each frequency that can be heard (range).) As input takes place, memories shrink in amplitude. That shrinkage accounts for the concept of time. It places ‘older’ memories ‘less clear’, ‘less current’, ‘more in the past’. That is not the past, it is just previous memory that is not current. The brain can assume that a smaller memory of the same input value is a form of recognition. That applies to each input. But the concept ‘time’ is across all of those inputs. It means to remember a song one must have something to connect it to. When one has that it can result in an ‘earworm’ (a tune that won’t leave your head) or a recollection of the song. It can indeed take only one note to recall a song.

Music emerged from the human brain to match the early frequencies of brain processing.

Early music was simple, slower and more repetitive, less creative. Oriental music and most early european music was based in 2. Today’s music is mostly based in 3. The difference between even and odd numbered tones, more complicated and faster. And until the last 30 years it was not as repetitious. The evolution of music had been from the simple even to the complicated odd. Now today, it is starting a trek back to even and more repetition with an even more human brain matching 120 beats per minute dominating popular music.

Both music and the concept of ‘time’ emerge from the same process. All input of the brain is processed exactly the same way.