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Assignment: Part one – review

April 28, 2012

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Part One – review During the last few months, since starting this course, the way I enjoy music has gone through a rather profound change. Most importantly, my habit of passive listening has transformed into a set of activities which includes reading and thinking about music as well as researching and reviewing my musical experiences. […]

Rap – how to do it?

April 20, 2012

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Rap – get the rhythm – do your best to keep it moving, put in some cool figures, but careful not to loose the tempo,  try something like Africa Bambaataa in Freestyle: Rap – drop in the words – speak out your truth, what you think about you and about them, don’t stop before you […]

Research point – Woodwind instruments – a brief overview

April 9, 2012

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Woodwind instruments Woodwind instruments use resonation generated by air blown through a reed or against a sharp edge of material to create sound. They are classified in the main categories of flutes, single reed instruments, double reed instruments, three or four reed instruments and free reed instruments. Flutes Flutes have been in many different cultures […]

Pop music – like it or not – 4

April 7, 2012

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Adele – Someone like you This is a lyrical piano ballad written by Adele and co-writer Dan Wilson, initiated by Adele in the immediate aftermath of the personal experience of a broken relationship at the age of 18. In the 2011 BRIT Awards performance Adele was singing the song only accompanied on the piano by […]

Pop music – like it or not – 3

April 7, 2012

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Lady Gaga – Bad Romance The song starts with the harpsichord playing a tune in baroque style making me associate to a seventeenth century aristocratic court. For a few seconds we can see Lady Gaga, as the mistress of the party, sitting motionless in an exuberant outfit surrounded by dancers. At a press of a […]

Pop music – like it or not – 2

April 7, 2012

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Gloria Gaynor – I will survive This is a strong song about strength, which has already survived more then three decades since it was first published in 1978. It can still be heard on the radio, the video has more than twenty million views on YouTube, and, by reading the reviews, it seems to me […]

Pop music – like it or not 1

April 7, 2012

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What are the ingredients of pop music make me stop when I am tuning the radio searching for good music, start humming the tune and taping the rhythm? I’ll try to find some of the answers looking at a few hits in this mini-series of posts. Queen – Don’t stop me now The song starts […]