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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. Is Your Band Name Taken? Find Out Here (This post originally appeared here.) One of the best things about starting a band is coming up with the name. It’s so fun that even people who aren’t starting a band like to do it. If you had a nickel for every time you’d heard “Hey, that’d be a great band name,” you’d probably have enough for a latte. Nobody wants to end up with a band name that’s already taken, unless it’s an intentional similarity — Hennessy Youngman, we’re looking at you (as usual).

How Pop Music’s Bounciness Has Shifted Since 1950 (This post originally appeared here.) Some music just seems to bounce right along, like the proverbial bouncing ball that guided televised sing-alongs of yore. It sounds spikey, with a in-and-out rhythm — think choppy reggae guitar, or booming techno beats. LitTunes Lesson Plans / Soundtrack of Your Life An Activity to Inspire Reflective Writing and Personal Narrative Type of Activity: Individual. Approximate time: Four 50-minute class periods. As The Beat Goes On, It Gets More Accurate (This post originally appeared here.) The idea of playing music to a click track isn’t new; it predates recording. Composers Beethoven and Salieri were both early proponents of the modern metronome, patented in 1815, which keeps a steady time so that musicians can keep a beat with more accuracy. Data alchemist Glenn McDonald took a look at how what one might call “click-trackiness” of popular music has changed, by running the 5,000 hottest songs from every year from 1950 to 2013 through our mechanism attribute. This connotes how rigidly regular a song is, with organic, tempo-wandering music getting a low mechanism rating, and music that adheres strictly to a click track or, even more mechanistically, to a drum machine, receiving a higher rating.

History Official Site of Negro Spirituals, antique Gospel Music The story of the negro spirituals is closely linked to the History of African Americans, with its three milestones: 1865: the abolition of slavery 1925: the Black Renaissance 1985: the first Dr Martin Luther King’s Day. Between 1865 and 1925 Slavery was abolished in 1865. Then, some African Americans were allowed to go to school and be graduated. At Fisk University, one of the first universities for African American, in Nashville (Tennessee), some educators decided to raise funds for supporting their institution.

Acoustic Instruments: A Tale of Two Millennia (This post originally appeared here.) When Bob Dylan notoriously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, his folkie fans freaked. Here was their hero, known for singing solo in the Village with an acoustic guitar and a harmonica around his neck, with an electric Fender Stratocaster, a leather jacket, and a backing band. (At least he still had the harmonica.) Not only did this become one of the most iconic moments of the ’60s, but it is perhaps the most famous encapsulation of an ongoing trend from the ’50s to right around the year 2000 — a trend away from acoustic sounds and towards electric and then electronic ones.

People Liked Their Music Fastest in the ‘80s (This post originally appeared here.) That the pace of modern life has been accelerating is taken as a given. And in some ways, it’s actually true. Last year, people took 10 percent of all of the photographs ever created in the history of the world. And a mere glimpse at your email, Twitter, and Facebook feeds should confirm that information comes at us with ever-increasing frequency. Is Music Getting More Energetic Over Time? (This post originally appeared here.) Does it seem to you that today’s music packs more energy than the music that came out last year, decade, or century? You’re onto something. Chalk it up to music having to compete with an increasing number of distractions, an overall increase in the speed of our lives these days, or some other factor or combination of factors, but the energy level of music has been rising steadily over the past five-plus decades of popular music. By running the 5,000 most popular songs from each year through The Echo Nest’s deep musical understanding of music, which not only incorporates what people everywhere say about music, but also listens to it — as in to the soundwaves themselves — data alchemist Glenn McDonald showed that popular music has grown increasingly more energetic since 1960. Notably, popular music’s energy level plateaued slightly during the ’80s.

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