Every individual who participates in the marketplace carries a particular constitution that reflects their perspective and approach. These constitutions are a product of multiple sources such as admission to academic institutions, opinions of professionals, etc. The variability among the different constitutions is that of time, i.e., the x-axis. Time works differently for different participants since the obligations they must attend affect every individual independently. While there is no direct correlation between music and investing in the marketplace, a cross-section of a recent phenomenon with a historical context can support the existence of a metaphysical relationship between music and investing. Through that relationship, the ambient thesis of this Journal – “you work hard, make your money work harder” shall be illustrated and hopefully imitated to fit individual needs.

Drawing parallels between music and investing starts with the art of sampling. In the music industry, sampling is to repurpose a portion of sound or music from one recording into another recording. Sampling is exceptionally prevalent in modern versions of music, where artists and their producers introduce various pieces of old music to create a hook or an intro. For example, the arrangement Amen Break, from the track Amen Brother by The Winstons in 1969, is the most sampled arrangement of all time [1]. Almost 2000 songs are credited to the sequence Amen Break, including the title theme for the hit TV show Futurama. Sampling has served as the foundation of various genres, hip hop, and its usage has only increased recently. When sampling from other tracks, the artist can create a point of reference for the listener to stay glued and engaged. The sample used might be the hook or the base rhythm of the musical piece, but the purpose is simple; it is to create a different rhythm altogether. Even though the Grammys does not accept music that is a collection of samples for any awards, one must understand that this practice has revolutionized the music industry and its management. For example, research has indicated that “to a 92.5% degree of statistical significance – the copyrighted songs sold better in the year after being sampled relative to the year before” [2]. Instead of commenting on the current state of sampling, referring to the historical context and the figure responsible for this field will help form the foundation of the thesis of this Journal.

Historically, the entire music apparatus used for recording sounds was primarily used to record live events or music to be played back on radio or, later, the television. The radio was one of the earliest gadgets that allowed broadcasting. Broadcasts included a wide variety of programming ranging from music to current affairs and everything in between.  Then in 1948, a French composer, theoretician, researcher, essayist, and novelist, Pierre Schaeffer, developed musique concrète. Musique concrète is an assemblage of sounds created by Pierre Schaeffer, “on tape of pre-recorded sounds based on sound material that is both varied and concrete” [3]. An early pioneer and developer of the art of sampling, Schaeffer revolutionized the music industry for generations to come. By customizing magnetic tape recordings of everyday objects, Schaeffer developed a whole new perspective of making music. Musique concrète is essentially an extensive sampling project conducted by Schaeffer. Why is this important? It’s essential because Schaeffer looked at everyday objects as a source of inspiration to create something different and unique. There are plenty of tangible everyday items that one can use to create a symphony in terms of “making your money work harder.” An argument suggested for consideration is the practice of sampling and organizing a portfolio for the money to work at its most challenging can have correlations that can bring about a more progressive constitution.

Instead of musical sampling notes, different sampling can take place concerning money. A diasporic collection of laws from various fields such as technology, physics, and economics can serve as the basis of the constitution. A LAW is defined as “a statement of fact, deduced from observation to the effect that a particular natural or scientific phenomenon always occurs if certain conditions are present” [4]. The three laws that one can adjust to form a way of thinking when making decisions regarding money and how to make it work hard are Moore’s Law, Newton’s First Law of Motion, and Say’s Law of Markets

Moore’s Law

“Moore’s Law is the observation that over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. The Law is named after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore who described the trend in his 1965 paper, Cramming more component onto integrated circuits.” [5]

The technological advancements that society has primarily benefitted from can be accredited to the accelerated growth in computing hardware. From the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer or ENIAC completed in November of 1945 at the behest of the US military to the Apple Macbook Pro released in November 2019, at the behest of the US consumer, the technological revolution has been nothing short of remarkable. While increased reliance on data models and modern derivates such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence have only bolstered the need for microchips and processors, these tools can be seen as the catalyst for the technological revolution. Unlike the agricultural and industrial revolution, the technological revolution that guides society currently challenges everyday activity and practices. Moore’s Law allows us to form an understanding and project; the interaction between technology and industry. Moore’s Law helps establish that the inclusion of technology in industries is not a short-term trend but a long-term outlook that can revolutionize the basics of the industry itself.

Newton’s First Law of Motion

“Newton’s First Law states that an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. It may be seen as a statement about inertia, that objects will remain in their state of motion unless a force acts to change the motion.” [6] 

Part of the most fundamental laws of physics is Newton’s First Law of motion. Simply put, it describes the state of an object at rest or in motion and concludes that only an external force can change it from its normal state. For example, a ball in motion or at rest will remain unless any externality affects it. This approach can be replicated when identifying entities that will enable personal financial growth. At the core must be the notion that these entities are forward-looking and are market determinants. A further assertion of the First Law of Motion can be that it allows us to look at the entity’s flexibility. At times of crises, entities must be able to adjust to the changing markets and adapt accordingly. While external forces can most certainly be disruptive, one must also understand that these external forces force the entity to morph and adapt. Thus, Newton’s First Law of Motion can be a multi-layered approach tailored to answer specific questions regarding the tendencies and reliability of money.

Say’s Law of Markets

“A man who applies his labour to the investing of objects with value by the creation of utility of some sort, can not expect such value to be appreciated and paid for, unless where other men have the means of purchasing it. Now, of what do these means consist? Of other values of other products, likewise the fruits of industry, capital, and land. Which leads us to a conclusion that may, at first sight, appear paradoxically, namely, that it is production which opens a demand for products.”[7]

Say’s Law is fascinating since it directly implies production is the source of demand. If there is a product, there will be a demand for it in the marketplace. Ignoring the mathematical nuances of the laws and referring strictly to its intention, one can understand that entities that control production ultimately influence the demand. For example, a company like McDonald’s is built on this notion. Falling sales pushed Dick and Mac McDonald to rethink their means of production to create demand. Their speedy flagship service from their drive-in restaurants created a need for a whole new range of products – fast food. Dick and Mac McDonald were able to create through their labor the future of food and convenience. Identifying entities that manage their means of production, in turn, to make their products, can directly influence their market demand.

In Conclusion

The laws listed above allow us to develop a streamlined and straightforward thesis when thinking about entertaining money. A proposal that is not complicated with complex mathematics or filled with emotion, but a tangible and palpable view. By isolating emotions and applying a practical approach, one can beneficially use all three laws from above with tailor-made precision. Sampling in the music industry allows for the mixing of various rhythms to create a symphony. Sampling can be similarly used in the art of investing. Instead of looking at money in a one-dimensional setting, one must start looking at money in a more multi-dimensional manner. The reason why I chose laws instead of theories is that “a law predicts what happens while a theory proposes why”[8]. In a world where randomness is given, the laws listed above attempt to create a new symphony in understanding how to make money work harder.

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