A few years ago I can't remember for what reason, I had got into seventies music and still listen to it frequently. While I was born in that decade but for obvious reasons I have no experience or recollection of it yet when I listen to seventies music, I get a feeling that while socially and economically, particularly in the UK, it may not have been a great but at that time music wise it would have been a great and fun time to be in. I think the reason I feel that way is that I am associating music with memories although in my case, these are imagined in the sense of the idea I have of seventies culture through searching through the internet. I had recently googled about the link of music and memories and found this article:
In that article it had the following paragraph which sounds similar to what I had previously said:
It's often pop music that evokes memories from this time in our lives. Why? Well, for a start this music played in the background, whether we selected it or not. There is always something on the radio, in bars, clubs and bedrooms that is contemporary and is almost accidentally attached to a particular time. Pop music is also of the moment. Listen to popular music from the 1960s and 1970s, for example, and you think you know what that time sounded like. There is something more abstract about, say, western classical music, which has become more detached from its original time and may be harder to place.
It occurred to me that is possible to create music that evokes a certain memory much in the same way as music evokes a certain mood. Maybe they are the similar or the same. With me, I listen to seventies music to evoke an imagined memory but it could be possible to create music that evokes memories that happened to me.
The problem with that is while this music may be special to me, it will have no meaning to other who would listen to it. With that, is it possible to create music that could tap into shared memories of shared cultural values much in the same way that the TV and movie industry is doing lately where they are obsessed with remakes as well as certain periods in recent history like 80's nostalgia?