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The Digital Evolution

October 6, 2017

Times are changing!  This is especially true in the music industry.  Before we discovered digital music we spent time listening to live performances and taping music to obtain infinite detail and infinite resolution.  If you are old enough to remember the’70s you probably can remember turntables and 8-track players.  We played records or tapes using… Read More ›

It’s All About Pulcinella

Stravinsky’s Pulcinella   For those who are not familiar with Pulcinella, it is a ballet that was written by Igor Stravinsky in 1920.  It is based on the works of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and his contemporaries including Gallo, Monaz, and Parisotti (1). Despite Pergolesi ‘s early death at the age of 26, in 1736, he… Read More ›

Fractal Music

Fractal geometry, a relatively new field of math, provides a means to create mathematical descriptions of sound. It differs from classical geometry in that it doesn’t use formulas to define shapes; it uses iteration (1). Fractal shapes are made in two steps. First, a rule is made about how to change a shape. This rule… Read More ›

Genre Identifies a Song’s Style

What is Genre? Musicians find their marketing efforts are greatly improved if they assign the piece a genre.  So, what is genre? According to vocabulary.com, genre refers to a musical style (not form) (1). The term provides a conventional groping that identifies a song as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions (1). Music… Read More ›

The Genius or Madness of Alexander Scriabin

Alexander Scriabin Ever hear of Alexander Scriabin? Don’t have a clue? Despite the fact many critics consider Alexander Scriabin, a Russian composer and pianist, to be one of the most innovative and most controversial of early modern composers, it’s not surprising. “It is doubtful whether more than a tiny percentage of his audience, then or… Read More ›

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