Although there is no exact record of what he wrote (but for the subtle meter of his dialogues), Plato argued that instead of music quite being in the world, the world is in music – or, in another view, the world is music.
It’s not hard to see why Plato noticed these things. The Greek world was a scholarly one, but this simply meant that when poetry and music were performed, they became much more important. Many famous events or celebrations were decorated with poetry and performances
This has not lessened, even by the repetitious use of music in the modern day (and such sub-categories, like ‘popular music’). Just to listen to, say, the spin-cycle of a washing machine is to hear plentiful layers of sound. The click of the cylinder for every 360; the constant gush of the water flowing in; clothes thrown for four second, left for four. Already, it’s beginning to have the same pace that comes with every sport of music itself. The washing machine might well have a life of its own – it certainly has a rhythm of its own.
That picks up on an important point: we humans are rhythms in ourselves, with open-close beats of hearts working exactly to sustain us; if a different situation arises from the norm, a different rhythm is called for and the human heartbeat pace changes.
Too, it’s no surprise that language is ironically rhythmic – just listen to what anyone says to get the feel of it. From poems of the Classicists filled with deliberate meter to speak through to today’s unique colloquial usage of language itself, with its ups and downs that make intonation what it is, every note of speech must be lyrical to one who pays a close attention.
There must be a reason for one to note. Why do we literally live ‘to the music’? Some might suggest for pleasure – the pleasure of existence, forming from a need to survive. Perhaps, innately, we must survive to the music. From the beginning, the stone-age, sounds were used to warn of danger. Now, we peak into the sounds, because we want to thrive. That is pleasure.
And music, it travels with one, in the mind; this must be necessary to keep one’s will up. Just as food has a secondary reason – beyond its survival tastes – music has mutated so that we associate it with greater pleasures.
In everything we do, music is present – and music enabled us to continue progressing as animals through the world. In sport, it is there to guide us through moves (people always pace to the music one is listening to).
So, what is the final hypothesis, irrespective of Plato’s lack of written theory? That our entire world works simply on a selection of strands of music interweaving. Just like our chemical genes are strands, so our movements themselves all wait for the right moment of the motif of life.