Welcome to the sound portion of VVC's
Trans-Disciplinary Internet Course of History, Music, Art, Math
& Technology. This page will introduce you to the many
styles of commercial and art music of the modern and postmodern
age. Throughout this section you will be guided on an extensive
survey through musical history from the 1970's to the present.
The emphasis will be on comparisons and contrasts in commercial
and art music along with media and technology's influence in
the world of music.
We will explore the influence of commodity economics, the effects
of technology on music, as well as the expanding roll of media
in the progression and development of all musical forms. The
commercial and technology portion of this page delves into such
subjects as the emergence of the electric guitar, magnetic tape
and the compact disk. Recording and MIDI software, computers
and the accessibility of garage studios will also be examined.
Media's influence will also be examined as we look at the use
of radio, television, MTV, personal stereos and the computer
pirating of music.
The intangible elements of sound make critical observations a
challenge. The first segment will establish a limited musical
vocabulary so that we may converse and touch upon certain identifiable
elements of music. With a shared vocabulary we will be able
to highlight the major points of each example.
With art music, we will examine atonal, serialism, aleatoric,
electronic sounds, minimalism and movie music. The area of commercial
music is so vast in scope that it has been narrowed to genres
that reflect our society's economically driven tastes. By including
society's influence on music, we will explore a variety of alternative
Photographs, short text and musical examples will be your tour
guide through this page and its links. Compare and contrast
exercises, along with discussion topics will be mixed in among
them. Because of prohibitive length, many musical examples
will be presented in excerpt form.
This brief tour of music will provide you with an informative
journey through the modern to the post-modern ages. An economic
approach was used in presenting the text, allowing insights and
conclusions to be formed primarily through the music examples.
Keep an open mind as you explore less familiar aural territory
and expand the limits of your musical repertoire! I look forward
to hearing from you through the discussion topics and e-mail.