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What would they have thought?

February 17, 2010

On my “cardio-theater” (which consists of a small DVD player on a shelf in front of my treadmill) I’m watching the first season of Heroes.  It’s a good show, and each episode ends with a fast-stepping, very cool but somewhat creepy little bit of theme music.

I’ve always wondered what people would think if you went back to some historical era and played modern music (presumably with the instruments of the time).  Would people in 700 AD “get” that music at all?  Or the theme music from “Jurassic Park”?  Anything by Philip Glass? Would it make any emotional sense at all? 

Maybe Hiro Nakumura could tell us.  But speaking of Hiro, while looking up his name, I noticed you can buy your very own Samurai sword just like his. It’s a real sword made of tempered steel and even has the Heroes logo on it.  I hope people who buy it realize that in addition to being a nifty bit of show memorabilia, it is also a deadly weapon.

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  1. February 18, 2010 at 07:22 | #1

    It’s already been tried in the movie _Back to the Future_.
    Remember when Marty McFly played the guitar for the dance at his parents’ high school? they all stopped moving and looked at him weird while he was on stage.

    It’s my understanding that several movie themes are meant to bring out emotional connection for the modern audience. I still remember _Dr. Zhivago_ music for being “uplifting” although I cannot remember where or when the plot is supposed to take place. There were horses and carriages for transportation, tho.

    What I wonder is why some of the stuff written hundreds of years ago still gets played at concerts today? the music must recall some deeply felt human emotions and connects with anybody.

  2. February 18, 2010 at 15:11 | #2

    I think that in a crowd of high schoolers, at least a few would have found McFly’s guitar style fun. The 700AD question strikes me as a bit different. A lot of musical concepts, like harmony and chords, either weren’t known back then or weren’t much in use. Modern music might have taken a bit of getting used to for most of them. In the end, though, I think many would have liked it.

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