Father John and the Evolution of a Character

December 1, 2016
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Josh Tillman has worn lots of hats throughout his life. Apart from actual headgear, he’s played more roles throughout his musical career than a chameleon. First he was Joshua Tillman, son of devout Christians from Maryland, who dropped out of a religious college and moved to Seattle to make music. Then he was J.Tillman, an […]

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Reverb: The Music of Change

December 1, 2016
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Each year, music festivals and tours produce thousands of tons of waste, along with the substantial carbon footprint associated with thousands of attendees driving from place to place. Once the festival is over, people abandon their campsites leaving trash, and even tents, behind. Tucker Gumber, a frequent festivalgoer and blogger stated; “Sasquatch [a music festival […]

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’It’s getting hot in here,’ According to one Smoking Chick

December 1, 2016
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One little bird called the Zebra Finch has learned not to run from the heat, but to embrace it. Zebra finches are little gray Australian birds that live in the harsh climate of the outback. These little guys have been discovered to sing what is known as either the heat song or the incubation song. […]

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How Does Rap Music Influence Modern Day Youth?

December 1, 2016
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Since the birth of hip hop and rap in the 1980s, the genres have swept away not only the nation but the world as a whole. Specifically teens are attracted to this controversial music style. The lyrics appeal to the emotional struggles usually felt in teenage years, and for teens in lower socioeconomic brackets, the […]

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The Use of Zoology in Musicology

December 1, 2016
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In today’s environmentally focused world, issues such as global warming and protection of endangered species have led us to look for new ways to use everyday resources. One of the ways we utilize what is available to us through nature is music. Composers are striving for unique ways to weave this everyday “noise” into the […]

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Music of the Spheres

December 1, 2016
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The year is 1918. Between two movements, the concert hall sinks into silence. There is a shuffle as musicians turn pages. The conductor lifts his hands. The orchestra readies its instruments. Then, suddenly, the hall explodes with music. The violins’ rapid notes underlay the grandiose brass section. This melody, played marcato (heavily accented), opens what […]

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Singing With the Birds

December 1, 2016
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sing along with a pod of beluga whales? Or play a duet on the clarinet with a laughing thrush? David Rothenberg, a musician who specializes in animal sounds as music, has done all of this and recorded nearly 10 albums involving both human and animal […]

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Cocorosie: Tackling the Patriarchy with Freakfolk and Ecofeminism

December 1, 2016
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Cocorosie is perhaps one of the oddest and most individualistic sounds of the modern musical world. The two sisters, Bianca and Sierra Casady, have been the embodiment of a new musical movement known commonly as Freakfolk. They incorporate sounds from genres including pop, blues, hip hop, folk, rock, and experimental music. As part of the […]

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You’re Going to Want to Wear Headphones for This…

December 1, 2016
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There’s nothing quite like live music. Sure, recordings often have higher sound quality, better production value and all the bells and whistles, but the experience isn’t the same. Even a video of a live performance lacks that element of “being there” and hearing the imperfections and nuances as they should be heard. Binaural recording is […]

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Southern Rock through the Generations (1960s-today)

December 1, 2016
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I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that most Americans have heard “Freebird” at least once in their lives and that many have secretly shredded the air guitar and belted out the lyrics when the song comes on the radio.  This is the most popular Southern rock song of all time and is the […]

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Hands Up Don’t Shoot: Marvin Gaye’s What’s Goin On

December 1, 2016
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The past few years have been tough. Mass shootings and videos of policemen shooting and killing African American men have sparked controversy over gun laws in the U.S. In September, Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by police in Charlotte. Scott was hit several times outside his home, after exiting backward from his vehicle. The […]

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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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