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According to Netbeat, an Internet e-zine, Deep Forest's Michel Sanchez creates "patient reappropriations of distant sounds and moods that he makes his own before blending them with his roots, producing at the end a cheerful and sparkling 'ethno-introspective-ambient-world-music.'" In their 1993 debut album, Sanchez and musical partner Eric Mouquet melded the dance music popular in France's clubs distinctly modern internationalist beatith the ancient rhythms and tones of the Pygmy tribes of Africa. In their second release, they integrated rhythms taken from European and Asian folk music again with a distinctly modern twist.
Michel Sanchez had grown up...
Arts: How can I tell what key a song is in?
The key signature will give you information about the tonal area of a piece. The key of your instrument is relevant to reading a piece of music. If you play a Bb or Eb instrument, for instance, you will need to determine the "concert" pitch or what it would be played in on a C instrument such as flute or piano.
With modern or improvised music you may have key changes within the piece and so the best way to determine key is to find where the piece comes to rest. Look at the last bar of the music. What is the last note or chord? Almost invariably it will be the tonic or first note of your key.
Also because major and minor keys have the same key signatures it is useful to know about relative...
Truth Hurts, aka Shari Watson, debuted on the music scene as an R&B singer with the help of rap artist and producer Dr. Dre. The famous rapper picked her up for his record label Aftermath, a sublabel of Interscope. The result was 2002's Truthfully Speaking, which featured the hit single "Addictive." Although "Addictive" put the singer in the national spotlight and landed in the number two position on the R&B charts, it ultimately tripped up both the singer and her label...
Arts: What are some songs or movies that express the ideas of Transcendentalism?
I think you can take a modern approach to Transcendentalist thought. Some of the themes to the movement have provided fodder for some great films. For example, "Pleasantville" can be seen as transcendentalist. Pulling from the Thoreauian idea of civil disobedience, watch the mural scene when they paint the mural near the end of the film. A song filled with Transcendentalist thought would be "Across the Universe." Ironically, there is a Fiona Apple version of the song to close out the "Pleasantville" film. The song stresses how truth and understanding requires a mindset that is "other worldly." I think one of the best examples of the movement's desire to stress individualism can be seen in "The Truman Show", where Truman...
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Love: So in thinking about the idea of love, what are the distinguishing characteristics of...
This answer will depend on how you initially define "genuine love." For example, one might say that genuine love (between people) is the genuinely unselfish interest in the well-being of another person. By definition, counterfeit love would not live up to that general standard. This is general enough that for the purposes of this example, we don't need to differentiate certain kinds of love such romantic and filial.
It would be difficult to make the case that genuine love is unconditional. This would be like saying "I will love you no matter what. There are no conditions that would stop me loving you." But what if you (the person I love) turns out to be completely evil. There must be some conditions and those will be...
Quiz: Bessie Smith
Some background information on one of America's great original Blues artists.
Arts: What are examples of figurative language in the song lyrics "I'm Yours" by...
Figurative language can be used in poems, stories, speeches, songs and other creations. It is defined as " a word or phrase that departs from everyday literal language for the sake of comparison, emphasis, clarity, or freshness." It provides the author with a means of conveying or creating an image, idea, or point by using descriptive and symbolic words.
In the song "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz, figurative language is abundant. In general, he is singing about keeping things simple and doing what one wants to do in life. There are many instances to discuss. For example, the lyric "I tried to be chill but you're so hot that I melted" indicates the magnitude of the impact someone has had on him....
Establishing herself during the early 1970s, Carly Simon's latest release stretches her range and completes the trilogy of her standards. Film Noir, released in 1997 by Arista, features her sultry voice against an orchestra. Recorded mostly live, the album celebrates films of the 1940s, although not all cuts actually were in films. Reminiscent of another era, the mysterious and sometimes seductive music creates a romantic mood and evokes a sense of drama. The music conjures scenes set...
Twelfth Night/She's the Man
Saxophonist Lester Young had one of the memorable styles in twentieth-century jazz. Prez, or the President, as Young was nicknamed by singer Billie Holiday, played a spare and cerebral saxophone, though often a melancholy one. His tenor sax technique counterbalanced his peer Coleman Hawkins's lush, heavily ornamented tone. In his book The Reluctant Art: The Growth of Jazz, Benny Green described the difference between the two artists: "Where Hawkins is profuse, Lester is pithy; where...
Quiz: Blues Artists
Introduction to an icon of American blues music.
Mindy McCready's striking appearance and musical delivery has caught the attention of many young country music fans, particularly young women who see her as someone to emulate. Part of a new breed of country music performers, she is unafraid to address issues through her music that had previously been avoided. Her fresh, direct, open style and relative youth allow her to empathize with young people beginning romantic relationships. McCready released albums in 1996 and 1997 and seems poised to...
Arts: What is a definition of the idealized style?
The concept of anything being idealized is simple: there are no blemishes or flaws or faults in something which is idealized. Somehow, it is above the ordinary. That can certainly be taken literally, as in a painting of an apple with no flaws or bruises of any kind and a color that is beyond real, but it's really more than that.
Think about it this way--when someone is in love, especially the first flush of love, it's difficult to see anything but the positives about the loved one. What's more, even those wonderful qualities are seen as near perfection. Others see the flaws, but the loved one does not. In art, that can mean deifying a subject--making a god (or goddess) out of a mere mortal. It could be creating an...
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Arts: What is the easiest instrument to learn? Here are some 'listed' easy instruments...
I think that this depends a lot on what you mean by "learn." It is certainly very easy to learn how to play the flute in some basic way, but it is not easy to learn to really excel at it. I imagine the same goes for many other instruments. But I'll go with flute simply because it is an instrument I learned to play after a fashion and I have no great musical talent.
Country rock duo
Unlike other famous brother duos throughout country and rock music history, Andrew and Peter Cash didn't sing together as a team until they were in their 30s. Instead, both had pursued their own musical paths, one as a punk rocker, the other as a country rocker. When the Cash Brothers finally decided to tie their musical fates together, however, they weren't even sure it would work: what if their voices didn't blend well together? The newly christened duo booked time at a Toronto recording studio to satisfy their curiosity. "I remember going into the control room to hear what it sounded like," Andrew Cash recalled in All Music Guide. "We just looked...
Arts: Is there any current research being done on fractals in music?
The name fractal is given to images, landscapes, sounds, and any other pattern that is, if you look at one small part, you getting an idea of the entire picture. Fractals in music is one area of the overall study of fractals.
Relatively current research pertaining to fractals in music took place a few years ago. Mr. Harlan Brothers engaged in a mathematically precise treatment of fractal music. Mr. Brothers presented a lab and lecture concerning this study at the 2004 Fractal Geometry Summer Workshop at Yale.
Since that time, he has published a number of papers on the subject of fractals in music. Furthermore, he also produced a compilation of fractal music in honor of Benoit B. Mandelbrot; this was for Science Writers...
R&B singer, songwriter, producer
Brian McKnight's professional accomplishments as a musician have been many and varied during the past nine years, after signing with Mercury Records at the tender age of 19 in 1989. A gifted singer known primarily as a romantic balladeer based on his first two releases, he departed from this style on his 1997 album, Anytime, which includes the single, "You Should Be Mine," with rapper, Mase. This departure from the romantic crooning heard on his first two albums challenged him and...
Arts: What are some examples of figurative language in song lyrics?
The example I usually use with my students is "Time" by Pink Floyd. This song contains many examples of figurative language such as the metaphor of life as a race. "Dull day" is also an effective example of alliteration that causes the line slow down and take on a monotonous, repetitive tone.
Another great song that is full of allusions is "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel. The song is a large repeat of allusions combined with a metaphor comparing the world's problems with a fire.