Steven Pinker, an experimental and scientific cognitive psychologist, defines music as a sub-product of language and has controversially declared that music does not play a vital role in human evolution, that while we may enjoy it, music is not really so important to our existence. Many other psychologists and neuroscientists, however, strongly disagree with this theory. Some, like Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist and sound engineer, have shown that music, while it may be a sub-product of language, has become absolutely imperative for communication and learning.
Trying to define music is as complicated as attempting to define love: we feel music, express ourselves with it, and are shaped by it. And although we know that there are many people who insist that they like all music or listen to everything, in the end there is always a melody, a progression, a style, or a note that hypnotises, seduces, or even defines us. An interesting fact: although as we grow we develop different tastes for everything, including music, we always have a predilection for the music we hear while in the womb and during the early years of our childhood, so if we think of ourselves as metal-heads or very indie but we have a secret passion for salsa, maybe we should ask our parents what they were listening to when we were little.
Many of us are passionate about music and recognise its strong influence on our lifestyles, behaviour, and even the environments of the places where we live and to work. At homify, we recognise the importance of music and, for those who want to take their passion beyond their sound systems or their vast collection of albums, here is an ideabook about incorporating love for music into home design.
The cowboy image is the most enduring symbols of country music, pictured wearing a hat and boots, singing songs about topics like being a cowboy, unrequited love and deception, and either riding a horse or driving a truck. Where do cowboys live? On a ranch or in small, isolated house that retains the rustic image of the earth and nature, of the Lone Ranger. Country music is a blend of South-eastern American folk-tinged blues that has adapted to the present day with touches of pop according to the demands of its listeners. But the music retains a certain simplicity of verse and chorus that gives it that characteristic country feel.
And where does this simplicity come from? From the kind of life and the place they live. But we must not confuse simplicity with being boring or old fashioned; simplicity has a unique and picturesque charm, and it's for good reason that we've devoted countless articles to the rustic style. If you love Country music and yearn to live in sweet melancholy times, try this style in your home. This wooden shelf with worn edges, and a carefully fading colour could go in the kitchen or living room as the perfect place to display all the mementos of your country story.
The fascination with Jazz lies in its complexity and in turn, it's accessibility. Originally music which was danced to, its evolution and progression has resulted in such different and versatile styles that it has repeatedly changed the way we understand music. So, if anything distinguishes jazz, it is its robustness and refusal to be framed, analysed, labelled, packaged or defined. It is a form that is constantly changing and innovating.
How do you identify yourself? Although we all have our own distinct personality, like jazz, we can change, adapt and, best of all, evolve to improve. So if your style is based on jazz, feel free to improvise! Let this beautiful lamp based on the king of jazz instruments trumpet your guiding light. The trumpet was the instrument in the hands of Louis Armstrong that changed jazz from a collective style to a soloist’s art, made famous again by players like Miles Davies. Based on the jazz concept of recycling and reuse, this metal lamp which stretches its hydra heads to provide dynamic, flowing light that shines to the most remote bars in New Orleans or New York. So, complicated, diverse, versatile and improvised, jazz has a sound and phrasing that reflect the personality of the person who plays the instrument or designs the room.
Much has been written about the Hippie generation, its fascination with nature and connection with mother Earth. What better way to embrace this earthy style than with a garden on the wall? A felt mat placed over a wooden frame serves as a base for a hydroponic garden. The base is decorated in a pattern of two colours: brown like earth and white to give movement and emulate the formation of roots. With pockets carefully designed and placed at the distances where plant roots grow, it is easy to care for your garden. All nutrients are supplied through irrigation and the chosen plants do not need to be rooted to the ground to grow. Thus, creating a piece of living decor that adds beauty, oxygen and nature to your walls.
In our time, however, the term indie has been absorbed by the mainstream and applied to a much broader style. So, if your tastes are eclectic and you constantly struggle against the mainstream, this style may be for you! This rocking-chair is comfortable, cosy and out of the ordinary. It is made from of double corrugated cardboard sheets and washable recycled cotton, which can be lined in either natural or synthetic leather. The felt-lined curved base will not damage floors and will be the perfect, unique throne.
And one of the pleasant effects of punk was DIY or do it yourself, which provided freedom to make music yourself. This notion was also adopted into home design. This table is our best example of a punk style home. Although often incorrectly interpreted to have something to do with the illegal occupation of abandoned houses, punk is actually a style of great creativity and freedom. So simplicity with a twist is captured in this table. Based on the concept of cutting and sewing together two different pieces, this Scandinavian design table is the symbolic union of its parts thanks to the presence of a red wool yarn seam between two boards that are natural, fresh and lacquered. A simple, clear and linear system for a table that could work equally well as a dining room table or a desk.