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MU 100 Week 1 Notes

by: Danielle Backman

MU 100 Week 1 Notes MU 100

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Danielle Backman
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Music Appreciation
Adam Torres

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These contain vocabulary, examples and lecture notes from the first lecture and the guest speaker from week one of classes.
Music Appreciation
Adam Torres
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Music Appreciation, Music History
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Date Created: 01/25/16
Music 100 1 Lecture 1 119 Towards a Definition of Music What is Music has existed throughout history in EVERY culture styles and tastes are RADICALLY differentwhat we like has many factors where we grew up what our parents listen too gender race ethnicity etcmusic styles range from classical to hip hop for ex What is noise What is music How do we define it 1 Art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through elements of rhythm melody harmony and color 2 Tones or sounds employed occurring in single line melody or multiple lines harmony and sounded by one or more voices or instruments or both The Problems with this definition is music always art does it ALWAYS express ideas and emotion What is significant form rhythm harmony melody and color are WESTERN standards but what about universally drum circles don t have melody for ex this is too specific with regards to traditional western influence music We need an all encompassing definition MUSIC IS ORGANIZED SOUND pros with this definition distinction between noise and music is simple and concise that is more inclusive than dictionarycom 97 of what our society says is music is organized sound ex of parrot singing the parrot is only imitating sound not intending to make music who determines whether it is music or not Is it the listener or the creator birds singing are not intending to make music but are intending to create sound to communicate cons of this definition how is this different than language what about music relies on chance what about implied silence in a piece Is it part of music who decides how sound is organized are musical warmups and exercises music What about silence in a piece Samue BarberAdagio for Stringsidea that the lack of sound can be musical in the silence you feel the emotion he tries to convey John CageAmerican composer who believed silence is big part of musichad many different versions of silence within full orchestra solo piano etc Had 4min 333ec of composed silence Said music is the sound around us all It can be chairs squeaking coughing uncomfortable fidgeting etc A Definition from Scratch who creates music and who decides it is music Music 100 2 what purpose does music have what is accepted as an instrument how can we separate music from noise or speech what role does implied silence play The Three Rolescan be an individual or a group 1 The composercreates parameters and guidelines for musical performance 2 Performerinterprets a composer s framework into musical performance 3 Audienceanyone who judges a musical performance based on intuition and knowledge these roles are NOT mutually exclusive Three Roles in a classical orchestra concert composer is likely dead and is the person who wrote the work performer is conductor orchestra and soloists audience is every person attending and listening includes musicians on stage as well as main audience in rehersal the orchestra and conductor are audience The Three Roles in a dark office composer writing a new piece is the composer and audience the computer imitates the performer 3 Roles in equally dimly lit music room jazz musician is all 3 Musical Purpose music can be creates from existing poetry or text to be a reflection of an author s expression music can intend to convey abstract emotions can tell a very specific story very abstractly can be used as background noise such as like at a wedding for social functions used for spiritual or religious purposes can company video and enhance video can tribute to person place or idea convey nationalistic pride star spangled banner can be satire used as humor just to be avant garde counterculture absolute music music for the sake of music academic or study purposes moneyadvertising jingles humor Instruments anything can be used as musical instrument conventional piano bass guitar etc vs unconventional paper bags sink etc ls a CD player an instrument arguably YES bc it creates sound waves and is controlled by a person to make music However it is a synthetic production of sound and NOT live Evolving Tastesa Cultural Standard common instruments have evolved through the ages bc taste changes and technology adapts Music 100 3 understanding of differentiation of music and noise changes it is the same with tastes and musical styles rock was originally just seen as noise Archetypal Standardspresent in ALL music cultural standards are evolutions of previous generations standards it stands to reason that we have a common ancestry amongst all cultures in a most primitive form idea of shared ancestry presents itself in archetypes Music then must have archetypal standards it is through these archetypal standards we best derive a separation of noise and music inherent organization Examples motionall music is similar in that it flows through time and is a progression from one point to the next contouranything considered music has a shape in some abstract context it is bc of this that music must be considered organized on some level by an audience member to intuitively classify soundsilence as music Texturein conjunction with organization any given music must contain sound andor implied silence In other words there is an implicit structure built with how much sound is being produced in any given moment Contrast and Similarityin our attempts to categorize what we perceive as organized sound we look for points of similarity and contrast Appreciation by TrainingAcademic Standards in addition to cultural standards of taste and archetypal standards one s degree of knowledge in a musical style highly affects one s personal abilities to infer standards in what can be perceived as music historical or cultural context training in theoretical knowledge in musical style training in organizational structures of musical style aural skills training like developing a critical ear Do we Really need sound written sheet music composers imagining music in their mind a professional musician internalizing written music before making a sound a piece has to start and end must be surrounded by implied silence so music can be implied sound based on the brain s ability to contextualize A Proposed Definition music is authentic or implied soundsilence that is interpreted by a listener as purposefully organized based on cultural academic and archetypal standards it is from this understanding that we attempt to identify the greater system of music and how it has been influenced through the millennia across cultures shaped by history and technology Music 100 4 Lecture 2 Guest Speaker 121 Artist s goal is to reach the patronsaudience but this requires a venue and songwriters and publishers as a middleman between the two Artist has a gatekeeper with an agent that organizes travel to venues In order for artist to get to venue the agent has to go through the music director at the venue the songwriters gatekeeper is the licensing organizations that protect the music copyright law singing with the right agent can make or break a careergood ones can get you good venues agent takes 1015 of artists profit 2 sources of revenue in music industry that keep it going 1 Patrons 2 Corporate Sponsorsdonate to get ad space at a venue How to get ppl to come 85 seats very quiet venue strictly no phones have to think about what price people will pay what the artist thinks they are worth and what the agent thinks they are worth and if the revenue will be worth it try to get local artists during week and bigger ones on weekends 3 Types of offers to make to an artist or agent Fat offer i ll offer you 150 to play tonight this depends on what artist and agent think they are worth Offerartist and agent gets a o of ticket sales this means the venue will not loose so this is the best way if you don t know how well the artist will be received by audience but depends on cost of venue artist may play for exposure play for free to get themselves out there Versus offerresulted from artists getting mad when they sold out the venue and only got flat ratealso there is less risk for the venue ex is 1500 vs 72backend deal meaning that 1500 is guaranteed and if they make more than 1500 they get 72 of ticket sales


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