At first, I tried to focus on my own rhythm as I did while playing the gyil. I quickly discovered that this was doomed to failure; I could not keep time with the multitude of pulsing beats around me. I then tried putting the rhythm in my hands only, and backing my focus up to encompass the entire ensemble. The concept of polyrhythm as intertwined parts creating a complex whole finally clicked. My perception of the astsiagbekor suddenly shifted from individual parts surrounded by unrelated noise to an incredibly complex whole that needs every part to be complete. With this new insight, I found my place in the polyrhythm and heard the unique form of unity that society strives to achieve. Third, the organization of pitch. First and …show more content…
Standardization of pitch or lack thereof strongly influences a cultures system of notation. It must be mentioned that innumerable cultures do not notate their music, it is passed on in person and by memory. Western music uses the beginning of the Latin alphabet to name pitches. These pitches are also assigned places on a staff of lines and spaces as indicated by a clef. I find this system the most functional because it is a visual representation of pitch, rhythm, intervals, relativity, and how multiple parts line up. Indonesian gamelan uses a cipher notation. Each gamelan ensemble has its own unique tuning, so the pitched sounds of each instrument are assigned corresponding numbers. Cipher notation indicates pitch with numbers and rhythm with their spacing. I thought that this would be difficult to get used to. In reality, it was actually simple and easy to understand. This system places emphasis on the importance of listening to the ensemble rather than focusing only on one’s individual part of the score because the other instruments indicate when and what to play. I enjoyed my experience with gamelan, the instruments are fun to play, the music is pleasant to hear, and the ensemble emphasizes a form of unity that can only be found in making music together. Fourth, forms of music structure. A structure common in various forms around the world is call and response. The idea of interaction among
consciousness. Fourth was the rock genre. Rock music is a form of popular music that kindled from rock and roll and pop music during the mid and late 1960s. The fifth genre was Reggae.
To understand why music is a product of human intention and perception, we start by defining or understanding the nature of music. Music is defined as the sounds or combination of vocals and instruments in a way that it produces a form of beauty, expression, or harmony of emotions. Arguably, people compose or make music through many ways (Resnicow, Joel E., 20-29). While some people might compose music without incorporating instruments, others use instruments to produce beats that match with their sounds. However, to argue that the
In a marching band, the idea is to utilize copious amounts of micro-organisms and turn them into a singular macro-organism. However, our voices do not become lost in the cacophony of noise, simply strengthened and enforced by the foundation that each section provides to make the larger creation- a show. My understanding of myself became clearer as I learned to give myself to a larger cause without losing myself among the chaos.
When I think about pitch the first things come to mind are instruments. This reminds me in middle school if you wanted to a part of the band, you got to test each instrument. I always had a fascinating with a flute, which had high a frequency and high pitch. Another instrument was a trombone; this had a low frequency and low pitch. This helped me understand the difference between pitches.
For as long as mankind has walked on this earth, music has been an important part of our culture and lifestyles. Each walk of life beats to a different drum. Different cultures use music for many aspects of their lives; for religious purposes, for celebrations, for comfort, for sorrow, for relaxation, for sports, for dances, for energy, for learning, for sleeping, and for sexual experiences. Everyone uses music for something. Music connects with people and reaches them in ways that words simply cannot. Music is a representation of what feelings sound like. It expresses emotion and brings that characteristic out from within us; it tells us a story. Every generation has its’ own sound and different music styles have emerged and become
Juju blends the traditional foundation of percussion and storytelling with modern elements of instrumentation and concert performance. This music was meant to be able to hold the audiences attention for a long period of time, for that reason most juju based music’s follow the same polyrhythmic as the rest of the nations music. This allowed the audience and the crowd to get involved, and keep in touch with the music.
Throughout the many years of time, music has been associated with the lives of humans. Ranging from the oldest recorded music in 1888, The Lost Chord, to Motherese, or the way that mothers “sing” to their babies to communicate to them, to our modern music of radio stations blaring our favourite song while we drive from place to place. Music has found its place within human lives, intertwining its existence with ours. Incredibly enough, humans have found a way to harness music with our very hands and create elegant melodies from tools. Beginning with instruments that look like a guitar, instruments that look like a flute and instruments that look like a drum, we began making controlled music with rhythms and harmonies. As years passed and civilization began to grow, musicians came to be. These ancient musicians played music for others on the instruments that they would make and performed for many.
Though, in spite of waves of cultural differences causing ebbs and flows of the rising and falling of war and peace, the cohesive effects of music seems to ignore cultural differences by giving them reasons to celebrate their commonalities. And the almost infinite number of sounds that creates the musical kaleidoscope of jazz perhaps best embodies music’s cohesive elements.
Throughout the many genres that exist in the world, there are always genres that have significant differences from each other. Although they may both stem from another genre, or one might be a derivative of the other, there is always more than one noteworthy characteristic of each genre that sets them completely apart from one another. Although rock’n’roll and jazz music were not genres that were discussed formally in class or in any assignments, they are each forms of music that thoroughly defined either a time period or a culture of a certain region. Rock and roll and jazz are two contrasting genres with slightly similarities between them. They have both been inspired by older and more prominent genres like blues and have also evolved later genres from different regions of the world such as pop music and reggae music. Also, jazz incorporates rock and roll in its music today. Rock and roll and jazz are analyzed singly and descriptively based on aural analyses of live performances that took place around the city of New York. Both of these genres stem may from the same genre, possibly an African genre, because of the history of each of them have, the instruments incorporated, and the general music characteristics of the music.
The word form can bring out lots of meanings such as shapes, structure, organisation or even coherence. Well in music, the term form represents the organisation of musical elements in time. Form can be made out from the mixtures of different pitches, tone colour of instruments, dynamics, rhythm, melody and texture that interact to one another to produce a sense of shape and structure in a composition. This is caused by the importance of every role that are played in making a spiritual connection with music to our soul to make us feel the different emotions that are felt by us humankind.
Music from all over the world presents a range of musical theories. Some of these are documented in writing whilst others are transmitted orally. Discuss and give examples with reference to both Western and non-Western music.