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I wanna know, is music supposed to be dependent on timing, or what we more specifically call Beats Per Minute (BPM) or time signatures?

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It's hard to tell what you're trying to ask here. –  American Luke Aug 23 '12 at 18:04
I will edit the question but tomorrow. : ). Too tierd today –  Aura Aug 23 '12 at 18:48
Luke I believe I have explaind the question good enough, as people are answering to the point Also, Please leave a note if voted down. –  Aura Aug 24 '12 at 7:48
@aura: cleaned up the grammar a little. You question could be made clearer by specifying exactly what you mean by "dependent". –  naught101 Aug 27 '12 at 23:39

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I like your question.

Well, I think Yeah! In a definition, music is architecture of time! It means you need to play with timings to get good sounds out of it! Besides you need to know theories of the music!

Another important thing is that we all have a built-in timing machine which is our heart! Our heart works by timings! We already depend on timings!

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"Music is the art of enjoying the time that passes by."

Melody and harmony are a grammar of ever re-invented languages that are always true, tautologies... sometimes they please you.

You enjoy or you don't... Fast or slow... it's just like when you're speaking fast or slow.

Some will like, some won't. Some will understand, and some won't.

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Great post, because of general explanation +1 : ) –  Aura Aug 24 '12 at 7:42

Short answer. If one needs to have repeatable results, timing is one of the major factors. If you want something that sounds a bit different each time it is played then timing and other elements such as melodic or harmonic content may be relaxed. If you want something that is totally unpredictable then adding aleatoric elements might be considered in addition to just relaxing the tempo.

Composers such as John Cage introduced choices made by chance in the 20th century. Cage was particularly successful because he narrowed the field of possibilities into a band of elements that sounded pretty darn good no matter how he rolled the dice or consulted the I Ching.

One of my former professors in composition would purposely use the amplitude variations of a recording of water flowing through a creek as a random control voltage for various modules on an analog synthesizer with interesting results.

It is advised that in using chance elements to determine timing, tempo, dynamics, texture, melodic, and/or harmonic content should be considered carefully and completely to milk the most of what this method has to offer.

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+1 few words went above my head though :P –  Aura Aug 24 '12 at 7:46
Thanks for the points. A good exercise would be to Google those words. –  filzilla Aug 24 '12 at 21:50

It depends a bit on how strict your definition of "music" is, but generally no, music doesn't necessarily depend on timing or rhythm. Ethnic music, for instance, in many cases has no concept of rhythm, and the tempo is varied liberally. In experimental music styles, tempo and timing can be varied to create intentional dissonance, and solo performers can do it to accentuate the mood of a certain part of the musical piece.

Where tempo and timing become important is when you need several performers to be in sync with each other. Without a fixed tempo, and preferrably something to keep it (like a rhythm instrument, a mechanical device or a conductor), even the most experienced musicians will eventually fall out of sync with each other, ruining the "tight" feeling of the musical piece.

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+1 : ), and good examples –  Aura Aug 24 '12 at 7:43

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