Fascinating thread - it feels like creating music parts is relatively easy (bars/loops etc) but creating coherent form and structure that is perceived by the listener is less so. Most of the music I have ‘finished’ in recent years has been via film scores, so the form of each music cue in a film is directly based on the narrative of the film - individual scenes and moments, as well as globally.
So maybe that is just one example of an external force shaping music.
I’ve been reading Notes on the Synthesis of Form to see how it can be applied to musical form and love this quote “an irregular world tries to compensate for its own irregularities by fitting itself to them, and thereby takes on form”
I wonder how much the structure and form of music we listen to, influences our appreciation of it? Consciously and subconsciouslly…
The more generic electronic music has effectively commoditized some elements of musical form eg EDM build up/risers and the inevitable drop. But building tension and releasing it appears in many forms of music, film scores being an obvious example. But are these considered a part of musical form? Similarly, is ‘call and response’ a musical form?
I think my interest in graphic scores directly reflects a desire to understand (and create) structure, especially when considering music outside the limits of traditional music notation.