History / Music / Sounds

Haru no Umi

Haru no Umi (The Sea in Spring), composed by Michio Miyagi in 1929, is Miaygi’s most famous piece. It can here be heard performed by Miyagi himself, playing koto, and Reifu Hirokadu, playing shakuhachi. The Koto is a kind of zither belonging to a family of similar instruments found in China and throughout East and South … Continue reading

Aesthetic Theory / Aesthetics / Cognitive Science / History / Music / Philosophy / Sounds

The “Growing Complexity Effect” in the History of Music

In both the classical music tradition and the jazz tradition there has been a trend towards increased complexity. In both cases, earlier pieces tend to follow a more regular “grammar”, with relatively regular harmonies and rhythmical patterns. In both traditions there is a trend towards more and more complex forms, complex rhythms and more complex … Continue reading