Why do certain notes played in a certain way create a certain feeling, and how is it different when those same notes are played together by a machine versus an artist? Is it still music if performed by a machine? Some would say it is not music unless it is made by a human. At the same time, I’ve heard music programmed by a computer that makes me feel really deeply, whereas a person can play an instrument and be extremely talented, but lack any real emotional expression. So what is that intangible thing that makes it “music”? I believe this question should be at the core of every student’s musical quest.
Here is one musician's creative answer to some of the questions raised above: