Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Music around the world!

Welcome back! The past week in Music, we have been looking at Music around the world!
This has included looking at the origins of music, when it music began, where it came from, as well as how the origins of music has shaped our music today. We will also look at the different genres of music and see where they may have originated from. 
Thanks, and please enjoy the presentation! Keep coming back for more!

Music around the World!

Origins of music!
Music is found in EVERY known culture, past and present!

All people across the world have their own form of music, even the most isolated tribes have their own form of music.
It is said that music may have been present during our ancestral population before humans dispersed across the world.

Music is therefore said to have existed 55,000 years ago, was invented in AFRICA and since has become a fundamental part of human life.

Musical Culture!
A culture’s music is influenced by ALL other aspects of that culture, including social and economic organisation, experience, climate and access to technology.

The emotions and ideas that music expresses, the situation it is played in and listened to, and attitudes toward musicians all vary between regions and periods.

African music!
Sub-Saharan African music is characterised by a strong rhythmic interest, which is a common characteristic in all regions of Sub-Sahara.
West African rhythmic techniques that have migrated across the Atlantic have become very important to the various music styles of the Americas: Samba, Forro, Maracatu and Coco in Brazil, Afro-Cuban music and Afro-American musical genres such as blues, jazz, R&B, funk, soul, reggae, hip-hop and rock n roll.

Therefore African music has had enormous impact on 20th century music around the world.

Indian music!
Indian music is one of the oldest musical traditions in the world!
Traditional Indian music incudes sculptures which show ancient dances as well as ancient instruments, such as the 7 holed flute, and various string and drum instruments.
India’s classical music tradition still remains important to the lives of Indians as a source of religious inspiration, cultural expression and entertainment.
The classical music of India includes two major traditions: the southern Carnatic music and the northern Hindustani classical music.

Carnatic music, emphasises love and other social issues, whilst Hindustani music influenced by ancient Hindu musical traditions. 

Chinese music!
Chinese classical music is the traditional art of China!
It has a long history, stretching back to more than 3,000 years!
Chinese music has its own unique systems of musical notation, as well as musical tuning and pitch, musical instruments and musical genres.
Chinese music has a scale of 12 notes to an octave, and has influenced European music.

Kouji is a Chinese vocal mimicry performance art which uses human speech organs to mimic every day sounds of life, and is commonly used to perform sounds of animals. 

Now, let’s listen to some African influenced music!
Here is some rhythmic African tribal music-
Here is some samba music. Can you notice any similarities to the previous video?
Now lets listen to some African American music genres. Can you notice any similarities between the videos on this page?
How about listening to some soul/blues..

Now, let’s listen to some Indian influenced music!  Here is some traditional Indian instrumental music. Have a listen and see if you can notice the different instruments and the rhythm. Here is some more modern Indian music. Can you hear the traditional instruments being used, and notice how the beat has changed slightly.

Now, let’s listen to some Chinese influenced music! Here is some traditional Chinese instrumental music. Can you notice how the rhythm is slightly different to African and Indian music. What instruments can you here? Here is some traditional Kouji. This is people making animal noises using their voices.

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