Music is a deep and powerful form of communication. The universality of music, combined with its tendency to produce unity among people, makes it a useful religious and cultural tool.
Musical communication occurs between a performer and an audience. The performer creates new ideas and uses musical forms to inform the audience of these ideas. When this communication is at its most powerful, the performer and audience experience ecstasy.
This exploration is not intended to be read in a linear fashion. Instead, the reader is encouraged to jump from page to page by following the hypertext links scattered throughout the text. The reader might, in this way, gain an understanding of the connections between concepts.
A bibliography is also available, as well as an informal (and large) journal created during the construction of this exploration. Happy linking!
Chris Alexander, September 30, 1996