Music as an art defines a cultural activity that has its medium as sound as well as silence. Music forms one of the Man’s oldest activities that has elements such as the pitch, rhythm that denotes its tempo, articulation, and meter, and music dynamics that examines the loudness or the softens if the music. Music, therefore, requires instruments to be played as well as vocal technics. Therefore, being a musical being means the ability to perceive sounds and interpret the meanings of the sounds within an environment to be either music, silence or noise. This paper will be therefore discussed soundscape and musicality about the following subheadings.

To begin with, soundscape defines the components of an acoustic environment that human beings can perceive. In addition, it forms a combination of sounds that emanates from an immersive environment. In other words, soundscape can resume three-dimensional approaches as far as films are concerned to be the space occupied by the actors, including both the wildlife, ambiance, and events. Therefore, soundscape in music does not depend on melody or the pitch of the music but the feeling perceived by one in the environment as well as color and depth

Soundscapes in Toronto

Toronto as one of the busiest cities in Canada is also rich in musical and musical events. What brings out the soundscape in Toronto is the live music scenes in every part of the city. All sorts of live music would be found at the different corner of the city be it rock, soul and hip-hop music among others defining the soundscape of music in that city of Toronto. The different types of music will define every part of the city what the people like and follow as opposed to tourism activities that may define the wildlife occupying the given areas of the environment.

To make the experience more enjoyable and since soundscape- also defines an environment, I would move from one part of the city to understand the different kind of music they preferred as well as fill the taste of new forms of music in the Toronto town. This will be an integral part of my experience as I will be able to further categorize the forms of music within Toronto town

How do you experience sound, music, noise, and silence?

Music is made up of meaningful sounds that are those that are written down by and artist and those that are not written down. Therefore, those that are not written down forms the silent part of music leaving a gap to music sounds that are present in the actual musical settings. Meaning that a piece of music will only be perceived and understood by the listeners as being to the standards of the required sound.

Sounds make up a price of music that we listen to every day in our environment. Therefore, a sound that is unbearable to listeners will be classed as noise because they bring discomfort to the listeners hence become a nuisance. What the ears of the listeners cannot contain in the form of sound in the music, will be classified as noise. Therefore, a meaningful sound, that follows a particular rhythm, to the ears of the listeners will form music as opposed to noise generated by the sounds of the music.


The definitions of these terms are stable because not all the music will attract my attention in Toronto. That which forms meaning to the ears would be the music in my definition and those that did not attract my attention, I considered them to be noise to the environment. This noise and music all come from the nature of sound produced in the music.


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