• Michael Dahdal

Recognising Patterns

Updated: Jan 10, 2020


You get a bunch of sounds and you arrange them into some sort of pattern and you have yourself some music.

Without some kind of pattern, all you have is a bunch of incoherent sounds.

Patterns are important, so is your ability to recognise them.

Music is the perfect metaphor, as the patterns in music have a way of resonating with you in a way that’s not so easy to explain.

Why do you like some songs and not others?

But you know, almost instinctively, that a certain sequence, arranged in a certain way, affects you in a certain way – why it does that is difficult to articulate, but you know it to be true.

The thing with listening to music is, if you don’t like the pattern, you can simply tune out.

Like music, life has a certain pattern to it, clearly evidenced in history.

Empires rise and fall.

Wars and famines

Births and deaths

Political cycles

Societal structures

Nature

Common (and often predictable) human behaviours

Language has a pattern, so does poetry