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Key characteristics and the pioneers in avant-garde music

Minimalism originated in the sass, as a movement that sought to stray from the previous decade of self-expressionism as well as the contemporary trends of intellectual complexities found in serial music. Marked by repetitive mitotic and rhythmic patterns, it sought to emphasize simplicity in both melodic lines and harmonic progressions. In contrast to serial music's favored chromatic compositional techniques, minimalist music was wholly diatonic and consonant in nature. Textural consistency and layered melodies/rhythms gave way to gradual changes, highlighting the 'process' of music, tater than a particular musical goal or specialized form. Seemingly lacking a climax, each composition unfolded by a series of repeating motives and additive rhythms extended over long periods of time. Influenced by Asian and African music, minimalism...

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Music Education

It is worth reminding ourselves that in light of Raymond Williams’ understanding of “a culture in common,” central to the concept of “shared humanity” is the idea that people’s well-being is related to “the [mutual] tending of [their] natural growth.” Williams insists (as quoted above) that “it is on growth, as metaphor and as fact that the ultimate emphasis must be placed.” It is all too easy to place, instead, the emphasis on the product of growth—what people grow into. Where we are concerned with the product, we care about growth simply as a means to an end. Growth is the pathway, if you like, to the desired result and, in order to determine the nature of that pathway, we...

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The Shins – Wincing the Night Away

Taking one step at a time keeps the future open and the material fresh for the Shins.  “I’ve become a lot happier because I now allow for a total upheaval of my understanding…My hope is to remain open-minded and never really allow myself to be certain.” The Shins may be the biggest indie band in the world, but they know they can’t let themselves think about it. Retaining indie status while steadily rising to mass popularity is a puzzle that few bands have cracked, and the Shins’ James Mercer has such a good chance of succeeding at this because he doesn’t even try. “I spend a lot of time doing interviews and just worrying about the day-to-day maintenance of this band…I...

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“Bare” – An EP By Gosia Basinska

The Network M’s own, Gosia Basinska has recorded an EP of what she describes as the “bare essentials” of six of her songs. Bare is a singer/songwriter style fusion of folk and jazz vocals. Gosia has an absorbing and powerful voice, and it’s rare to find such beautiful singing accompanying such unique and poetic songwriting. Gosia’s songs sample a wide range of interesting subjects including a song about her relationship with her partner, songs of yearning and songs inspired by feelings of loss, love and happiness.  Some of the songs on Bare feel sad and some of the lyrics come across as dark at first, but there is something uplifting and inspiring about them at the same time.  The first track, Baba Yaga, which...

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Communication Strategy Employed By Pop Artist Rihanna

In this essay, I will be analysing how Rihanna has used the media to pass on or portray her different messages through her music. On the other manus, nevertheless, there is the media that has its ain version of those messages therefore, building different worlds for the perceiving audience. The Media provides information and updates on assorted occurrences and issues on all facets to the public therefore supplying them basic cognition and information to enable them do their ain judgements and perceptual experiences such as, societal perceptual experiences ( Sadaf, 2011 ) . Sadaf ( 2011 ) explains societal perceptual experience as the agencies in which we make sense of our societal universe through media representations as it plays an of...

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Look at the sources – Were the Beatles were the most popular group in Britain?

1. Source A suggests that the Beatles were the most popular group in Britain. As it says in the source, "The nation held its breath because that evening the four Beatles, all the fab four, were appearing live on Juke Box Jury." This suggests top us that everyone and everything in Britain had come to a standstill because the Beatles were on Juke Box Jury. The source also suggests that they were idolised and admired by most teenagers. The source is written first hand by Joanna Lumbly in her autobiography, so obviously she was there to experience it. However the source was written almost thirty years later so she may have forgotten details or even may have exaggerated the truth. One...

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Analysis of West End Blues by Louis Armstrong

During the 1920’s jazz was beginning to sweep across America, becoming especially popular in the city of New York. The status of African Americans was elevated at this time due to their distinct music becoming increasingly popular, and jazz music evolved into an integral part of American popular culture. The original music of the Africans that had begun in New Orleans had diversified and now appealed to people from every social group of society. One man who helped the progression of jazz through the 1920s was Louis Armstrong, originally a part of Joe “King” Oliver’s jazz band; he broke away from his mentor and moved to New York creating a new genre of jazz improvisation. The growing popularity of jazz was...

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The Punk movement as a reaction to stagnant music scene of the 70s

The Punk movement is often seen as a reaction to what was regarded as a blown up and stagnant, self-indulging music scene in the mid-70s. In wider perspective, it is considered not merely as a music genre, but more as a complex mixture of social, cultural, rebellious upheaval of the marginal, disillusioned young white generation, first in the US and UK and then in the rest of the western world. This essay will try to explore these statements and find out whether any of the two can be considered as the only cause for the emergence of punk. Music and influences background One would say that any form of modern music in its initial phase is a protest, by default. That could be...

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Challenges Facing the Music Industry

Cinema came into being in the late nineteenth century with the efforts of the Lumiere Brothers from France. Ever since then, there hasn’t been any looking back for the motion pictures. Multiple reel films too made an early entry in the United States in 1907 and the start of the First World War saw collaborations between feature films and the distributors to suit the immense cost of production of the multiple reel films (Britannica). From the early days of single reel films to the 3D era to the current age of digital cinema and sound, the entertainment industry has come a long way. In order to prevent the audience from letting television jeopardize their cinema going, the multiplex culture was...

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