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Gamelan Music
Overview- The gamelan is a traditional musical ensemble from Java and ali, islands in the Indonesian chain. In the Javanese language, the word meaning bronze instrument. The word gamelan includes several different types of instruments, and has come to mean more of a traditional style and use of instrumentation, including at times vocals. The traditional gamelan orchestra includes instruments like xylophones, kendang drums, gongs, metallophones, bamboo flutes, and bowed and plucked strings. The term also refers more to the set of instruments that are used in the orchestra, as opposed to the players. In the concept of Indonesian culture, a gamelan is a district set of instruments meant to be built, tuned and played together. Unlike Western musicians, the gamelan stays together as a unit and the players are replaced, instead of the instruments travelling with players (Prikosusilo).

In reference to playing the gamelan instruments, Indonesians use the term karawitan….

World Music Culture
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Music Culture: Congado
The purpose of this work is to review the article written by Lucas Glaura about the music rituals of the Afro-razilian Group who has the "Ceremony of Congado."

Each year religious musical festivals take place in Minas Gerais, razil in which musical worship is the focus. These festivals and ceremonies hail from a past when the whites were actively making slaves of the blacks and these ceremonies were the cultural response to those dark times. The religious ceremonies are complete with chanting, singing, dancing and playing instruments. Considered a form of praying by the Afro-razilian religious groups that take part the ceremony and they are very serious about their dance and playing of instruments as all of this is a part of their worship and is considered to be highly sacred to these people.

Congado

This musical worship is known as "Congado" with thousands of the people coming from the….

Popular Music
It can be difficult to create a meaningful distinction between global and local music today. While some music is clearly created for local consumption -- usually because of language barriers, cultural references and distribution limitations -- music itself is easy to transmit around the world using modern communications technologies. Furthermore, musicians draw their influences from other musicians as much as from cultures, and these influences are often multicultural in nature. It is unusual for a musician to only be influenced by other local musicians -- international influences almost always exist.

David Byrne (1999) looked at this issue in his essay "I hate world music," wherein he decried the distinction between "world music" as a term meaning non-Western music. He argues that the term world music ends up simply being a way to compartmentalize non-Western music as some sort of quasi-genre that you either consume or do not consume. Implicitly, he….

I especially appreciate the opportunity to place musical compositions and composers within a historical context. Placing music within a historical context illuminates some of the variables that characterize a piece like "ite of Spring." Understanding the cultural, political, and military events taking place during the composer's lifetime is essential to understanding the music. Although analyzing classical pieces can prove difficult because of shifting time signatures, counterpoint, and layering of sounds, I am now much more able to distinguish between different styles and composers. The course content has awoken my mind and my ears to rhythms and melodies and I look forward to exploring Western classical music more in-depth. For example, pieces like "ite of Spring" have made their way into movies and therefore continue to have an impact on musical culture.
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Alsop, M. (2008). "Getting Hooked on the 'ite' Sound." NP MUSIC. etrieved Dec 19, 2008 at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9041627

Kelly, T. (1999).….

Music
Compare "The Rite of Spring" by Stravinsky, "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" by Debussy and "Mondestruken" by Schoenberg as to compositional techniques. hy do they sound so different from each other and still from the same time period?

Nostalgia for an idealized version of a mythic past was an obsession with many 20th century composers, including Stravinsky, Debussy, and Schoenberg. All three of these artist's most works deal in some way with humanity's wrestling with myth and how to render this into modern music, whether a violent religious ritual such as "The Rite of Spring" or a more ideal version such as "Afternoon of a Faun."

"The Rite of Spring" by Stravinsky is an example of early 20th century music for the modern Russian ballet with violent and atonal music, depicting a pagan sacrifice of a young virgin for the good of the community. It is deliberately primitive in its….

Just as we can be sure that once we cross the border out of the United States the laws that we are governed by will not be our own; so, too, can we be sure that our cultural tastes in estern music will differ too amongst the people whose culture we enter as we leave the United States.
Like Byrne, Jeff Todd (ed., 1992), emphasizes the point that each culture will have its own music; Mexico and Latin America have Salsa, and other cultural music as we move south through South America, and into the Caribbean islands, like Cuba. In each of these places, we find folk and cultural variations of music that, in the context of their culture, are easy to enjoy, but not necessarily what we would choose to listen to at home instead of Bob Seger or Joe Cocker. Even the way in which music is referred….

He has also learned to appreciate an even wider and more eclectic variety of music than even his mother enjoyed. But without an early musical foundation and exposure to music as a part of life, he does not think he would be nearly as adventurous. The pairing of certain musical styles against one another, like posh vs. common, classical vs. contemporary, and Mod vs. Rock, has more to do with personal, class-based and aesthetic self-definition, he felt, than the fact that one musical style is inherently superior to another musical style.
As he has grown older, Martin says that he listens more for personal taste, rather than to suit his tastes to a particular style because of personal self-definition. He attributes this to being more secure in his own identity. He says that he likes to listen to the music of his youth, although he also listens to a great….

World Cultures Middle East
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Middle East comprises a diverse group of regions, countries, peoples, customs, and cultures. On the one hand, it is daunting to offer a semester-long course that treats all Middle Eastern issues with clarity and fairness. The risk of oversimplification, however, is outweighed by the risk of ignorance. This course will explore the Middle East with as much depth and breadth as possible, stimulating student thought on political, social, religious, historical, ethnographic, and economic issues related to the region. Included in the course rubric will be current events ranging from gender issues to terrorism. In between the heavier topics, lighter lessons on local customs, culture, music, and food will reveal the ordinariness of daily life in the part of the world we call the Middle East.
Islam will be covered from a multidisciplinary perspective, allowing for nuanced and rich class discussions about the unique interface between politics, religion, and social norms.….

Japanese Music from Anime and Video Games on American Culture
Music found in Japanese anime and video games has found its' way into American culture, as the popularity of these mediums has provides a route through which Japanese artists and creative works may extend beyond the Asian region (Shahriari 179). The cross cultural nature of music can be seen in the development of today's Japanese popular music; known as J-Pop, has roots which can be traced to the pre-orld ar II western jazz clubs (Shahriari 178). The Japanese music scene developed its' own culture, as seen with Japanese crooners emulating the style of Elvis Presley, such as Paul Anka and J-Pop songs of the time such as Sukiyaki (Shahriari 179). The style mainly stayed within Japan, with little music becoming well know externally (Shahriari 179). However, the use of the music in anime, as well as video games has increased….

Misconception Music
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Music
Misconception is a false belief system; an erroneous cognitive construct that leads to a dysfunctional worldview and potentially destructive behavior. In possession of a misconception, a person develops a warped sense of identity and a distorted vision of reality. The media is especially brilliant at crafting stories that create misconceptions in the minds of the public and its consumer sheep, simply by creating a legend or a myth that influences consumer behavior and social norms.

Music can be a media tool to create the misconceptions that shape American social norms and consumer behavior. Most music has the potential to uplift, inspire, and enliven our community; yet some forms of music are having the exact opposite effect, and that negative impact is felt most by young and impressionable consumers. The negative impact can be referred to as misconception. ith regards to music, the wrong types of music can leave deep and lasting….

From the research I know he was a ladies man. In Joan Peyser's book (The Memory of All That: The Life of George Gershwin) it is 1927 and Gershwin is discovered in bed with one of the attractive women from a show he and Harry Richman were working on. Caught with his shirt and pants still in his hand, Gershwin offered: "Mr. Richman, what can I say to you? I'm waiting for a streetcar?" (Peyser, 2007, p. 136).
Question #3: Music is far, far more than entertainment. A soft playing of Pieces (8) for Piano, Opus 76, by Johannes Brahms is the healing salve that helps a widow relate to the passing of her 88-year-old husband of 58 years. The Piano Sonata in E Minor D. 566 by Franz Schubert is the ideal theme to be played respectfully in the background as a new artist shows her latest abstract art….

Music a Survey of Culture
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Since the valuation of a God had been essentially devaluated, what was to be the source of revaluation in the modern world? No answer could satisfy Ives, for his society saw no return to the societal standards and beliefs of the age of Bach, which gave explicit valuation to all things, especially music -- as seen in Bach's mastering of counterpoint. Schoenberg's inverted counterpoint is the antithesis of that old world Germanic culture -- and it is no surprise that Schoenberg settled in America -- all things being equal, and, in a sense, equally meaningless.
In conclusion, what was once considered light and understood, orthodox, hierarchical, and whole -- in terms of both estern culture and estern classical music in the time of Bach -- had, by the time of Ives and Schoenberg, drifted into a kind of relativistic self-importance/self-worthlessness that had no moorings whatsoever. Notes and attitudes shifted without….

Music Since 1900
A Survey of hree Works by Ives, Schoenberg, and Barber

In the film Legend of 1900, im Roth plays an orphan who grows up aboard the SS Virginian, where he becomes a virtuoso piano player, whose styling rivals the greatest Jazz pianists of the early twentieth century. he Italian film is supposed to represent the impermanence of art and the cheapness of capturing a live performance on a record. However, what cannot be achieved in the film is actually achieved by the film, as the New Orleans jazz artist is surpassed by the glorious skills of an orphan who has spent his entire life aboard a steam liner. What it says is that music may be recorded, but what is even greater than the recording is the music itself and the story that inspired it. his paper will compare and contrast three different works of musical art of the….

Music Association
Music and Personal Association

What music do you associate with childhood? How did/does this music make you feel? How do your choices reflect your childhood experiences?

There is not much that I can recall about my childhood in detail. My memory tends to be unreliable at best. That is why I find it so incredible that the music of the Beatles remains a vivid and constant presence in my memories. Indeed, even before I remember knowing that red means 'stop' or green means 'go,' I knew all the words to "Yellow Submarine." It was almost as if I was born with the melody to "Hey Jude" in may head. In fact, since my parents were such devoted listeners to the Beatles, I have little doubt that this was the soundtrack to my gestation.

The constant presence of the Beatles would have an indelible impact on me. There are few songs in their….

Music the Men Behind the
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Suddenly Western Music no longer needed to follow all the old rules. Just as the abstract painters dispensed with the traditional canon of art at just the same time, so also men like Bartok and Stravinsky take a fresh look at what constituted good music.
According to Bartok, the aesthetic success of this new homophonic-polyphonic music would depend upon the "harmonic entity" that results from the rise and fall of the "horizontal line" formed by the many discrete tone patches.... "an architectonic or similar scheme is not absolutely necessary; the construction of the line born out of the different degrees of intensity that are inherent in the tonal succession would be completely satisfactory," and by his likening of such constructions to works written in prose rather than verse (Gillies, 2000, p. 55)

Stravinsky too made his own way in the musical world. Working alongside Diaghilev and his Ballet usses he created….

- The fusion of traditional and modern music styles in popular world music
- The impact of globalization on the spread and popularity of world music
- The role of social media in promoting and sharing world music
- The significance of language and cultural exchange in world music collaborations
- The influence of political and social issues on the themes of world music songs
- The evolution of world music festivals and their contribution to cultural exchange
- The representation of indigenous cultures in mainstream world music
- The use of technology and digital platforms in creating and sharing world music
- The role of women in....

Topic 1: The Transformative Power of Polyrhythms in West African Music

Explore the intricate polyrhythmic structures found in West African music, analyzing their cultural and social significance.
Discuss how polyrhythms enhance musical expression, communicate cultural narratives, and foster communal bonding.
Examine the interplay between different rhythmic layers, the role of improvisation, and the techniques used to create rhythmic complexity.

Topic 2: The Global Fusion of Reggae and its Socio-Political Impact

Trace the evolution of reggae music from its Jamaican roots to its global dissemination.
Analyze the distinctive elements of reggae, including its rhythmic pulse, lyrical themes, and vocal techniques.
Discuss the....

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World Music

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Gamelan Music Overview- The gamelan is a traditional musical ensemble from Java and ali, islands in the Indonesian chain. In the Javanese language, the word meaning bronze instrument. The word…

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World Music Culture

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Music Culture: Congado The purpose of this work is to review the article written by Lucas Glaura about the music rituals of the Afro-razilian Group who has the "Ceremony…

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World Music Does This Distinction Make Sense

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Popular Music It can be difficult to create a meaningful distinction between global and local music today. While some music is clearly created for local consumption -- usually because of…

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Music Michael Tilson Thomas the

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I especially appreciate the opportunity to place musical compositions and composers within a historical context. Placing music within a historical context illuminates some of the variables that characterize…

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Music Compare the Rite of Spring by

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Music Compare "The Rite of Spring" by Stravinsky, "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" by Debussy and "Mondestruken" by Schoenberg as to compositional techniques. hy do they sound so…

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Music Lacks Attention in United

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Just as we can be sure that once we cross the border out of the United States the laws that we are governed by will not be our…

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Music Interview Report Martin Martin

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He has also learned to appreciate an even wider and more eclectic variety of music than even his mother enjoyed. But without an early musical foundation and exposure…

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World Cultures Middle East

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Middle East comprises a diverse group of regions, countries, peoples, customs, and cultures. On the one hand, it is daunting to offer a semester-long course that treats all…

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Music From Japanese Anime in the US

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Japanese Music from Anime and Video Games on American Culture Music found in Japanese anime and video games has found its' way into American culture, as the popularity of…

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Misconception Music

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Music Misconception is a false belief system; an erroneous cognitive construct that leads to a dysfunctional worldview and potentially destructive behavior. In possession of a misconception, a person develops a…

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Music Enjoyment Some of the

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From the research I know he was a ladies man. In Joan Peyser's book (The Memory of All That: The Life of George Gershwin) it is 1927 and…

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Music a Survey of Culture

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Since the valuation of a God had been essentially devaluated, what was to be the source of revaluation in the modern world? No answer could satisfy Ives, for…

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Music Since 1900 a Survey of Three

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Music Since 1900 A Survey of hree Works by Ives, Schoenberg, and Barber In the film Legend of 1900, im Roth plays an orphan who grows up aboard the SS Virginian,…

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Music Association Music and Personal Association What

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Music Association Music and Personal Association What music do you associate with childhood? How did/does this music make you feel? How do your choices reflect your childhood experiences? There is not much…

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Music the Men Behind the

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Suddenly Western Music no longer needed to follow all the old rules. Just as the abstract painters dispensed with the traditional canon of art at just the same…

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