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Hymns, Hymnist, and Hymnals

September 20, 2021

Hymns date back to ancient times and have become a part of Christianity as well as  a part of other world religions especially on the Indian subcontinent and from Egyptian and Greek cultures. However, a lack of musical notation in early writings makes it difficult to determine the actual musical forms used.

New-Age Music

What is New-Age Music While there appears not to be an exact definition of New-Age Music there does appear to be agreement that it is music created by composers and musicians whose aim is to focus on providing a peaceful, meditative, and relaxing environment.  It had its beginnings in the 1970s in conjunction with the… Read More ›

Military Bugler History

Much of the military music has been composed to announce military events as with bugle calls and fanfares, or accompany marching formations with drum cadences, or mark special occasions as by military bands. 

An Opinionated Guide to Building a Classical Music Library

If you are new to classical music you may find a good way to develop a love for Western music is by creating a Starter Kit for each of the “greats”.   Pick an artist and take a listen. If you enjoyed it then go back and explore more.  Start with the greats.  For me, the… Read More ›

How do Spatial and Surround Sound Music Work?

Spatial Music When a composer intentionally arranges a composition to incorporate sound location it becomes Spatial music or Surround Sound. Not a new technique, it can be found as chants in Christian western music dating back to biblical times.  The term, if used as a component specific to new musical techniques, is often translated as… Read More ›

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