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How do Spatial and Surround Sound Music Work?

September 23, 2020

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 ›

What is Top 40?

What does Top 40 mean ? Individuals associated with the music world may choose the term “Top 40” countdown to label mainstream pop music played on the radio.  The term first appeared in the early 1950s (1) and contained a list of frequently aired songs.   It was during this period that this new approach was… Read More ›

The Modern-day Viola

  What is a Viola? The modern-day viola, like the violin, evolved from the viola da braccio and came into its own in the 18th century, when the now obsolete tenor viola began to die out (1).  The names of all the instruments in the violin family – violin, violoncello, viola – come from the… Read More ›

Modern Forms of Instrumental Music

Virtually all types of music forms are being written today.  Technology continues to play an important role in the development of 21st century music.   Composers use recording tapes as a compositional tool.   Electronically generated sounds are used both on their own and in combination with traditional instruments.  Some are manipulating the performance of instruments in real time.

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Concertos Described

Origin of the Term Concerto What does the term “Concerto” mean?  How would you describe one?  What is it about them that make them fun to listen to? In earlier times the term “concerto” was “concert” in Italian.  Use of the term described works that involved voices and instruments in which the instruments had independent… Read More ›

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