Mali: a Musical Hearth

November 17, 2014
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Since the beginning of the ancient Malian empire known as the Mandinka, dating back to 1230 A.D., Mali has been one of the most musically influential countries in the world. Much like Great Britain, Mali is made up of many separate cultures that are considered to be completely different. There are five main divisions, the […]

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Brazilian Music and its Roots

November 17, 2014
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As many know, Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese during the Exploration Age. They first landed in the country in late 1500 and immediately encountered some native tribes that called the land home. This mixture between native Indian tribes, the Portuguese settlers, and the African slaves they brought with them are what give the Brazilian […]

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WWIII Whale Wars

November 14, 2014
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When you’re at a party, and you have got a story to tell, what do you do? You talk louder than the background noise. Logical, right? Whales are fighting to be heard. What? Yeah, that’s what I said. But while we, as humans, want to be heard, being spoken over is not a threat to […]

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The Acoustic Capabilities of The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

November 14, 2014
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Located in modern day Malta, the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is considered to be both the world’s oldest underground temple, as well as the only known subterranean structure to have been erected during the Bronze Age. In fact, recent discoveries have led researchers to believe that the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum may have been built specifically as […]

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Why Music Influences Emotion: A Comparison Between Daughter and Marina & the Diamonds

November 14, 2014
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In this article, I will be explaining how music is a direct influence on behaviour and why humans attach themselves to different genres. The comparison is between the artists Daughter; who is a slow, alternative band with a female lead, and Marina & the Diamonds; a pop artist with the lead also being female. I […]

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The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura

November 14, 2014
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“The world sends us garbage.  We send back music.” These are the words of Favio Chavez, an environmental engineer with a background in music.  Eight years ago, he was a part of a waste recycling project at the landfill of Cateura. Cateura is a small slum in Paraguay, South America that has grown around and […]

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The Mills Brothers: Bringing an Audience to Imitation

November 14, 2014
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“No musical instruments or mechanical devices used on this recording other than one guitar,” read the label of all The Mills Brothers’ early records. The Mills Brothers, consisting of John, Herbert, Harry, and Donald Mills, were a vocal group, active as of 1922, consisting of four brothers known for their mastery of harmony and for […]

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UNEP

November 14, 2014
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The United Nations Environment Program, UNEP, is an organization that promotes the use of sustainable options on a global scale. They do this across the globe with their offices in places like Beijing, Cairo, and Brussels. The goal of UNEP is to spread environmental awareness across the world and they do so through different methods, […]

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Creativity and Mental Illness: Contradictory Correlation

November 14, 2014
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Throughout history there have been many examples of notable creative individuals who were troubled by mental illness.  Classical greats such as Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann were greatly affected by personality disorders, though there is not enough evidence to determine exactly what affected them. Great Political leaders such as Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler suffered […]

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Elephant and the Death of the Sweetheart

November 14, 2014
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The White Stripes’ fourth studio album, Elephant, was one of the band’s most successful and was a defining album in the garage rock revival of the early 2000s among releases from bands such as The Strokes, The Vines, and Arctic Monkeys.  The album pushed the band’s limits as well as the boundaries of the music […]

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The Velvet Underground and Nico

November 14, 2014
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The whole scene can be described by a painting of a banana: the amp feedback, screaming guitars, the un-regretful lyrics about drugs and sex, the soothing voice of a German chanteuse and a shy Polish guy with a bad nose and a knack for making the everyday beautiful and new. The Velvet Underground are cited […]

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The Unifying Force of Music

November 14, 2014
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Modern Western civilizations such as the United States have gone through a time where mathematic based music was the focus of its culture, with genres such as classical and symphonic music. However, as times grew harder and people needed something to turn to for hope or release, an explosion of new genres burst in order […]

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Electric Lady / Janelle Monáe

November 14, 2014
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Since Sun Ra’s intergalactic Arkestra first landed in Chicago circa 1956, black musicians have toyed with the notion of outer space and its implications for their people. As J Griffith Rollefson explains in his essay, “The Robot Voodoo Thesis,” space is often viewed as an alternative to W.E.B Dubois’s notion of the black double consciousness. […]

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Funk Evolution Project

November 14, 2014
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From James Brown and George Clinton to Lettuce and Prince, funk has rocked the dance floors in smoky clubs, festivals, and basements throughout the world for roughly half a century.  Since emerging from the soul and “Motown” sounds of the early ‘60s, funk has undergone exponential evolution.  Throughout the generations, funk has always been a […]

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Behind the Music: Kazuto Byars

November 14, 2014

Who is Kazuto Byars? Not a name you’re familiar with I’m sure, and a name you may not even know how to pronounce. He isn’t some famous musician or musical experimentalist. Kazuto Byars is a brilliant composer, an extraordinary musician, and my brother. In the sixth grade, he composed a piece for his class’s band […]

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A Tribe Called Red: Reappropriating American Music

November 14, 2014
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The hyped-up Electronic Dance Music performed by A Tribe Called Red at the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Lipinsky music hall on November 5 did not sulk on the horrors of the Native American community’s past. The auditorium was utterly in the moment – the DJs called for the dance crowd in the front […]

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Brian Eno: Artist of “Music for Airports”

November 14, 2014
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How do you feel about sitting in a metal tube moving 500 miles per hour 27,000 ft in the air? Would you be a little anxious about it? Imagine the feelings that passengers have going around different terminals throughout the airport right before they travel at such exceeding speeds high up in the sky. It’s […]

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Earworms: The Science of and the Statistics Behind Getting a Song Stuck in Your Head

November 14, 2014
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Have you heard of an Ohrwurm? You’ve probably encountered one in the past few days, or even have one right now. While reading this, you may actually be listening to something that will cause you to have one later. Ohrwurm is the original German word for “earworm”; no, I am not referring to that disgusting […]

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Brian Eno and The Aphex Twin: Texturizing the Unheard World

November 14, 2014
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The names Eno and Aphex Twin are easily recognized by those of us who are fans of classic electronic music. All though we may have become familiar with their names and individual crafts, it is quite easy to ignore the make up of what an artist does and how it affected or compared with the […]

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Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland

November 14, 2014
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From the award-winning composer Aaron Copland comes a piece by the name of Appalachian Spring. When written, it was considered marvelous and beautiful. He was commissioned to write the piece for Martha Graham for a ballet. Copland wrote this piece in 1944 as a piece that was originally intended for thirteen instruments due to size […]

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