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The Use of Negative Space In Music - It Djents. Share Tweet Email The use of negative space in music has become an integral part of the evolution of the medium in its detachment of styles and emotional expressions. While the idea of silence in a form of audio entertainment seems inherently counterproductive, almost all forms of music implement it in some way to enhance the music being played. The question is then: ‘Why is this negative space used, and how is does it affect the listener? Edit: In doing research for this article, I came across a work by Adam Jaworski called “Silence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” (1997). Tension The first (and perhaps most obvious) is the use of negative space to build a sense of tension and catharsis. In the same way that humor uses misdirection to elicit an emotional release, this form of tension is only effective upon the experience of the subsequent moments of release from this tension (Westwood, 2004, 779). Contemplation Stimulation …thanks for scrolling.

Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music. Stayin' Alive in MIDI hell / Boing Boing. In this video, MonotoneTim converted The Bee Gees' Stayin' Alive to MIDI: the sound of the song, rather than its individual notes. The result, an endless mash of piano noises, eerily and rather unpleasantly replicates everything in the track, right down to Barry Gibb's falsetto vocals.

This is described as an "auditory illusion. " Aside from the fact that the result sounded like a piano factory exploding, I also could have sworn I heard sung lyrics in it, even though the only midi track was a piano. Not sure how the converter works, but I guess the way vocals are recreated via piano is similar enough to the real song for our brains to mentally fill in the words where there aren't any. Maybe? Pianos usually don't talk. It's seems like a vocoder. Listen to the soldiers' musical soundtrack of the Vietnam War Meet the 9-year-old "King of the $1 Record Bins" My son Lux, age 9, is an avid record collector. Pay what you want for the this expert coding course in Android. 8-bit Philip Glass.

Digital Buddist Jukebox (12 Songs) To enable volume discounts on this site, use coupon code: BULKRATE during checkout. You will see a discount applied at the bottom of the shopping cart. Competitive pricing is available. Contact us for details. What is Bulk Rate? Looking to get even more? Catherine Christer Hennix. Known to the very few, The Electric Harpsichord is possibly THE obscure masterpiece of the days of the early American minimalism. Recorded live in 1976 after many years of study under the guidance of Pandit Pran Nath and LaMonte Young, it has finally found the perfect home in the DieSchachtel ART catalogue: a lavishly produced and innovative silver/black cardboard book+CD edition, that gives the work the space and merit it deserves as a unique work of art, complete with two poems by LaMonte Young especially written for this edition, and an extensive essay by Henry Flynt.

An improvisation performed on Just Intonation tuned keyboards put through time lag accumulators similar to those used by Terry Riley, Hennix has produced one of the most remarkable pieces of music to emerge from the La Monte Young school of minimalism. "In every media, the work of Christer Hennix shows extraordinary mastery of the interrelationship between Eastern and Western thought” La Monte Young. The 6 Most Insanely Huge Musical Instruments. #3. Musical Highways Ad Rants Some of you saw the "musical highway" featured in a Honda Civic commercial, and being the cynical types that you are, probably dismissed it as some kind of ad agency bullshit.

But it is an actual stretch of highway that is specifically tuned to play you a little song when you drive over it. How? Well, you know those annoying grooves they have on some highways to alert you that an intersection is coming up? And how they make an obnoxious fart sound when you drive over them? Atlas ObscuraIt does make trips home from Chipotle slightly less accusatory.

The engineers at Honda figured that if you spaced the grooves just exactly right and made them just the right depth, you could change the tone to sound like musical notes. OK, so that's what the ad says, but they probably just dubbed in the song, right? Pretty cool, right? 8thCivic.comJust four short miles from the largest ball of twine west of the Louisiana Purchase! #2. Macula #1. Andrej Šalov. Sun Ra's Full Lecture & Reading List From His 1971 UC Berkeley Course, "The Black Man in the Cosmos" A pioneer of “Afrofuturism,” bandleader Sun Ra emerged from a traditional swing scene in Alabama, touring the country in his teens as a member of his high school biology teacher’s big band. While attending Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, he had a out-of-body experience during which he was transported into outer space. As biographer John Szwed records him saying, “my whole body changed into something else. I landed on a planet that I identified as Saturn.”

While there, aliens with “little antenna on each ear. Whether you believe that story, whether Sun Ra believes it, or whether his entire persona is a theatrical put-on should make no difference. Now we have the rare opportunity to hear a full lecture from that class at the top of the post. Luckily for us, some sly student captured one of those lectures on tape.

Countless other free courses from UC Berkeley can be found in our collection, 1150 Free Online Courses from Top Universities. Related Content: Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago. In the early 1950s, archaeologists unearthed several clay tablets from the 14th century B.C.E.. Found, WFMU tells us, “in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit,” these tablets “contained cuneiform signs in the hurrian language," which turned out to be the oldest known piece of music ever discovered, a 3,400 year-old cult hymn. Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, professor of Assyriology at the University of California, produced the interpretation above in 1972. (She describes how she arrived at the musical notation—in some technical detail—in this interview.) Since her initial publications in the 60s on the ancient Sumerian tablets and the musical theory found within, other scholars of the ancient world have published their own versions.

The piece, writes Richard Fink in a 1988 Archeologia Musicalis article, confirms a theory that “the 7-note diatonic scale as well as harmony existed 3,400 years ago.” Via WFMU Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Related Content: From the Collections, Sound Recordings Heard for the First Time | At the Smithsonian. Curator Carlene Stephens, on left, and collections manager Shari Stout look at a glass disc containing a sound recording from the 1880s.

Photo by Rich Strauss, courtesy of the National Museum of American History One March morning in 2008, Carlene Stephens, curator of the National Museum of American History’s division of work and industry, was reading the New York Times when a drawing caught her eye. She recognized it as a phonautograph, a device held in the museum’s collections. Credited to a Frenchman named Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville in 1857, the phonautograph recorded sound waves as squiggles on soot-covered paper, but could not play those sounds back. The article reported that scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, had managed the seemingly impossible. They played back the sounds. “When I read the article, I thought, oh my gosh,” says Stephens. “I have been taking care of these silent recordings for decades. There Really Is a Conference Where Nerds Study Videogame Music | Underwire.

Bioshock Infinite’s barbershop quartet. Image: Irrational Games Even for your average gamer, the music from classic games like Super Mario Bros. or Halo can trigger nostalgic reveries, conjuring memories of endless hours spent fighting to save Princess Toadstool or decimating alien hordes. But those songs elicit far more complicated reactions from a small but growing band of scholars who specialize in videogame music.

When these so-called ludomusicologists hear selections from the sonic oeuvres of Nintendo or Bungie, they detect strains of creative genius on a par with Tchaikovsky’s allegros. And they’re on a mission to ensure that videogame music is accorded the same respect as Hollywood film scores, which are now much studied by academics. The ludomusicological movement reaches an important milestone today, with the start of North America’s first academic conference devoted exclusively to the analysis of videogame music. Welcome to Fm3. Ambient jam from Buddhist chant boxes and electronic tanpura.

On Monday, I posted about FM3's latest Buddha Machine, their wonderful music loop player. The FM3 Buddha Machine was inspired by the cheap electronic Buddhist chant boxes sold in China and India that play infinite prayer loops. The video above is an ambient "jam session" between three of those chant boxes and a Raagini Electronic Digital Tanpura laying down the drone. The result is a kind of "generative art," unique work created by computers from fixed parameters defined by a human artist -- a concept I wrote about in Wired back in 1998. Self Atomising Machines: Hypnagogic Cyberpunk, Reality and Utopia | the shape of utopia to come.

Welcome to Cyberia If hauntological music is rekindling (or hankering after) a utopian vision drawn from certain facets of English culture c.1950-1980, then what’s the utopian vision of its brash US cousin, hypnagogic pop? David Keenan (who coined the term) and Simon Reynolds both argue that hypnagogic pop takes its aesthetic cues from 80s pop and soft-rock (Don Henley, Fleetwood Mac- even Chris de Burgh) and New Age spirituality (Wyndham Hill Records, tie dye tshirts- even Enya), and they’re clearly onto something.

But I reckon there’s another utopia/dystopia buried in the liminal zones of hypnagogia: cyberpunk. This is a hypnagogic vision a lot darker than that of Dolphins Into the Future, but perhaps also a whole lot more political… There’s reasonable hypothetical grounds to assume a link between cyberpunk and hypnagogic pop. Many William Gibsons: a still from 'Cyberpunk'. Many Timothy Learys The resonances are more than aesthetic, though. Life Temples? Michael Synergy in 'Cyberpunk' 1. Comment: Vaporwave and the pop-art of the virtual plaza | Dummy » Features. Is Pop Music Evolving, or Is It Just Getting Louder?

Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons Music just ain’t what it used to be. At least, that’s the stereotypical lament of each receding generation of music listeners. It’s also one way to read a new study on the evolution of pop music in the past half-century. A group of researchers undertook a quantitative analysis of nearly half a million songs to look for widespread changes in music’s character over the years. The findings, published online July 26 in Scientific Reports, show that some trends do emerge over the decades—none of them necessarily good. (Scientific American and Scientific Reports are both parts of Nature Publishing Group.) The researchers based their analysis on the Million Song Dataset, a publicly available 280-gigabyte file that provides a sort of background sketch—name, duration, tempo, and so on—of songs from nearly 45,000 artists. After peaking in the 1960s, timbral variety has been in steady decline to the present day, the researchers found.

A guide to electronic music. Music Appreciation: Drone. For many people, a drone wouldn't even be called music, just an irritating noise, like the buzzing of a refrigerator, the hum of traffic, the sound of bees in a hive. For others, it is OMMMM, the sound of the universe in Hindu cosmology, or, put in the language of modern physics, an expression of the fact that everything vibrates, everything is a wave. Yet a recent packaged-for-mainstream double CD compilation called Roots of Drone confirmed what I already suspected: that in the last decade or two, drone has become a musical genre. This may seem odd since after all, a drone is basically a tone, or set of tones that are sustained over time.

And in a consumer marketplace driven by a craving for endless but often trivial kinds of novelty, making the same sound for a long time is a powerful gesture of refusal. Even so, there's now drone rock, drone metal, drone-based techno, drone within the classical tradition, drone-folk and so on. . • Earth: "Like Gold and Faceted" from Earth II (Sub Pop) Hearts of Space. Vintage electronic music from Mothers of Invention keyboardist. Soviet synthesizer bridged occultism and electronic music. You can find traces of the occult throughout the history of electronic music. The occult obsessed Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo built his own mechanical instruments around 1917. The famous Moog synthesizer made an early appearance in Mick Jagger's soundtrack to Kenneth Anger's occult film Invocation of My Demon Brother in 1969.

And in the late 1970s Throbbing Gristle built their own electronic instruments for their occult sound experiments, setting the stage for many of the occult themed industrial bands who followed. The witch house genre keeps this tradition alive today. It's little the surprise otherworldly sounds and limitless possibilities of synthesizers and samplers would evoke the luminous. Electronic music grew from similar intellectual ground, and it all started with Scriabin. Scriabin's Synthesis Scriabin is remembered by classical music scholars for his pioneering work in atonality and multimedia.

Mysterium was to be what today we'd call a multimedia arts festival. The ANS. Top 100 - Classical Music Best Famous Popular Kickass. It's the top Classical Music from movies, songs, commercials, cartoons, video games and ringtones. Scroll down for the Kickass Classical Top 100 Countdown - all the hits from #100 to #1 without all the clicking. Sort this list. Click the header to sort by Composer, Title, Year, or Keyword. On this site, click to hear the piece. iTunes and Amazon. Buy the brand new Kickass Classical Album. 100 tracks, over 9 hours of classical music.

iTunes Amazon Featuring classical hits like: Beethoven "Symphony No. 5: I" Tchaikovsky "1812 Overture" Mozart "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: Allegro" Bach "Toccata And Fugue In D Minor" Rossini "William Tell Overture" Pachelbel "Canon In D" Strauss "Blue Danube" Orff "Carmina Burana: O Fortuna" Strauss, R "Also Sprach Zarathustra" Offenbach "Infernal Galop" If you like the list above... You'll hear all the pieces in the Kickass Classical Top 100 non stop. Click the YouTube player to the right. Or the SoundCloud player below. Blog rock lacks a political edge. Rock out with your Erlenmeyer flask out: 10 random songs inspired by science [Video] Best Science Song of All Time, Verse 2. George Antheil.