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A Jamaican Voice: The Choral Music Of Noel Dexter, Desmond A. Moulton 2015 University of Southern Mississippi

A Jamaican Voice: The Choral Music Of Noel Dexter, Desmond A. Moulton

Dissertations

As we approach the twenty-first century, the world generally is moving away from the dominance of the European aesthetic towards a world music that owes much to the musical resources of the African-American tradition. Jamaica’s social and philosophical music belong mainly to that tradition, which includes the use of rhythms, and timbral and melodic resources that exist independently of harmony. Already in this century, Jamaicans have created two totally new music - Nyabinghi, which performs a philosophical function and Reggae, which performs a social function. The choral music of Noel Dexter is important because it is uniquely Jamaican/Caribbean in ...


Cruel And Usual, Cat Hope 2015 Edith Cowan University

Cruel And Usual, Cat Hope

Research Datasets

Cruel and Usual is a music composition for string quartet electronics. It is inspired by an article by the Al Jazeera news service that discusses the use of solitary confinement in US prisons as incarceration rates explode in the USA. In some cases, prisoners have remained in colitary for over 38 years., or may even be children, and the reasons for going in there are not always clear or legitimate. This kind of confinement is known as ‘no touch torture’.

Drone, glissandi and the trembling bass are features of this work, where the string players are sampled at certain small ...


He Started The Whole World Singing A Song, Brian R. Cates 2015 Cedarville University

He Started The Whole World Singing A Song, Brian R. Cates

Musical Offerings

Throughout history, music has moved people in powerful ways, so much so that, at times, it leaves them speechless. They realize that it is a song, full of notes and rhythms, yet at the same time, it makes them become profoundly aware that there is something more, humming just below the surface. My presentation seeks to enter into this music moment by asking why these types of moments even occur. Does music speak or communicate? If so, does it communicate something meaningful and significant? What is the mechanism by which music conveys this meaning? How can this meaning be articulated ...


Oral Transmission: A Marriage Of Music, Language, Tradition, And Culture, Emma E. Patterson 2015 Cedarville University

Oral Transmission: A Marriage Of Music, Language, Tradition, And Culture, Emma E. Patterson

Musical Offerings

There are a number of misunderstandings about ancient oral transmission that negatively affect the way musicians view music history but also the process of how music was and currently is conceived, recorded, and shared. A common misconception is that oral transmission of music is an ancient practice that occurred before written notation of music was developed. However, I seek to prove that there is a false dichotomy between oral transmission and written notation and I focus on the changing definition and importance of oral tradition. Firstly, I discuss the misconceptions of ancient oral transmission. Secondly, I examine the continuing development ...


Ruling The Market: How Venice Dominated The Early Music Printing World, Elizabeth M. Poore 2015 Cedarville University

Ruling The Market: How Venice Dominated The Early Music Printing World, Elizabeth M. Poore

Musical Offerings

This paper attempts to prove that Venice was the main geographical center of music printing and publishing from the 1300s to the late 1500s using several economic, legal, and cultural factors. The primary research method was examining secondary sources on music printing, publishing, and European and Venetian history.

From the 1300s to the late 1500s, Venetian commercial trade and activity, including book publishing, reached unheard of levels. Venice held a powerful position in the European economy and its merchants were able to leverage this to great advantage when the new technology of printing became available. The specialized business of music ...


Unleashing Music’S Hidden Blueprint: An Analysis Of Mathematical Symmetries Used In Music, Natalie Hoijer 2015 Illinois Wesleyan University

Unleashing Music’S Hidden Blueprint: An Analysis Of Mathematical Symmetries Used In Music, Natalie Hoijer

CrissCross

The history of the development of mathematics and the development of Western music unleashes fascinating connections between the two fields and illustrates their similarities and dependence on each other. The human brain’s logical functioning left side and creative functioning right side, as studied by psychobiologist Robert Sperry ("Whole Brain Development”) are bridged together in this project as mathematical patterns meld with the art of musical composition. These studies investigate mathematical patterns such as the Fibonacci Series and the Golden Mean; as they apply to the composition of concert music, in comparison to other mathematical symmetries used as compositional tools ...


Gender Discrimination In The Band World: A Case Study Of Three Female Band Directors, Kristin Coen-Mishlan 2015 Kent State University - Kent Campus

Gender Discrimination In The Band World: A Case Study Of Three Female Band Directors, Kristin Coen-Mishlan

Excellence in Performing Arts Research

This qualitative case study seeks to determine how gender has influenced the careers and experiences of three female high school band directors. The participants were at varying stages in their career: one early career, one mid-career, and one retired. Triangulation was obtained by collecting data from a questionnaire, personal interviews, and a focus group discussion. The questionnaire was used to obtain background information about the experiences of the participants. Information obtained in the questionnaire informed the design of the interview questions to probe participants to further discuss their experiences. Finally, the participants joined a focus group discussion and shared their ...


Vermeer Music Manuscript, Karen DeMol 2015 Dordt College

Vermeer Music Manuscript, Karen Demol

Faculty Work: Comprehensive List

Information about the gift of a page from a16th century illustrated music manuscript which was given to Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and housed in the John and Louise Hulst Library.


Taking Charge: Looking At Student Leadership In The High School Band Room, Darren S. LeBeau 2015 Kent State University - Kent Campus

Taking Charge: Looking At Student Leadership In The High School Band Room, Darren S. Lebeau

Excellence in Performing Arts Research

This qualitative action research case study examines the experiences of three band students in an American high school. The participants took leadership roles in a large performing ensemble. Their overall experience may be affected by this additional responsibility. To understand more about the role of leadership in the band room the following research questions were investigated: (1) How has student participation in a leadership role influenced his or her view of the band? (2) What are the influences that impact student participation in the band? (3) What are the implications for leadership roles in the band? Three individual students were ...


Texas Music Teachers Association Annual Conference, Oscar E. Macchioni 2015 University of Texas at El Paso

Texas Music Teachers Association Annual Conference, Oscar E. Macchioni

Oscar Macchioni

No abstract provided.


Musical Similarity As Conceived By "Avid Recreational Music Listeners", Jason R. Neal 2015 University of Western Ontario

Musical Similarity As Conceived By "Avid Recreational Music Listeners", Jason R. Neal

Jason R. Neal

Over the past century, sociocultural and technological developments have fostered the emergence of what Peterson and Kern (1996) call “omnivorous” music listeners, as well as non-hierarchical forms of categorization like tagging. Despite such trends, genre remains the primary basis for ascertaining similarity in systems with musical content, metadata, or both. Furthermore, techniques employed within many recommender systems indirectly continue to reflect genre-based categorization and taste. This paper will provide an overview of the contexts in which such trends and tensions have emerged. It will also consider prospects for incorporating more actively nuanced dimensions of similarity into recommender systems, which could ...


Smoke & Mirrors, Justin R. Pecot 2015 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Smoke & Mirrors, Justin R. Pecot

Music

No abstract provided.


Praise Him With Organs: A History Of The Casavant Organ At Dordt College, Joan Ringerwole 2015 Dordt College

Praise Him With Organs: A History Of The Casavant Organ At Dordt College, Joan Ringerwole

Faculty Work: Comprehensive List

Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is home to a magnificent three-manual tracker-action organ built by Casavant Frères in 1979. For some thirty-five years, this organ has served the college and its students, campus and area communities, and guest artists well. This illustrated history of the organ describes the selection, installation, and specifications of the instrument. It also includes the comments of a variety of guest organists and details the recently-instituted Joan Ringerwole Organ Recital Series.


Nocturne: The Life And Music Of Chopin, Bethany Springer 2015 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Nocturne: The Life And Music Of Chopin, Bethany Springer

Music

No abstract provided.


M-1: The Mealy Open Source Custom Midi Controller, Garrett Leung, Darren O. Mistica 2015 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

M-1: The Mealy Open Source Custom Midi Controller, Garrett Leung, Darren O. Mistica

Electrical Engineering

With the high price of large mixing consoles, aspiring artists are restricted to using a mouse to control digital facsimiles of knobs, faders, switches, and buttons. Though using the software controls is considered a simple task, dedicated hardware allows for tactile, visual, and utility. At a low cost, the heart of the MTech M-1 can be customized and placed into any shell with any combination of controls as possible with the underlying platform.

Modern MIDI controllers require significant physical space due to their preset button layout and space consuming setups. Despite their high price, modern MIDI controllers have only one ...


Project Llama: Making A Cappella Arranging Easier, Jason Lu 2015 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Project Llama: Making A Cappella Arranging Easier, Jason Lu

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies

This project was intended to improve the current state of a cappella arranging. It explains the problems with current tools and explores other options.


'Sing Unto The Lord A New Song--Just Not That One!' A Case Study Of Music Censorship In Free Will Baptist Colleges, Jon Edward Bullock 2015 Liberty University

'Sing Unto The Lord A New Song--Just Not That One!' A Case Study Of Music Censorship In Free Will Baptist Colleges, Jon Edward Bullock

Masters Theses

Like so many of the world’s other religious institutions, the Christian church has a long and well-documented history of using music to enhance and enliven the spiritual experiences of believers. Many of the church’s greatest champions throughout history have spoken about the inherent power of music, but as history always seems to demonstrate, along with power comes the need for control. As long as church leaders have used music to attain spiritual progress, they have also censored music that threatens to impede that progress. Even today, many church leaders still rely on music censorship to protect the future ...


Music And Islamic Reform, Amanda Pierce 2015 Linfield College

Music And Islamic Reform, Amanda Pierce

Senior Theses

Music in the Islamic world is being used as a tool for change. Islam is going though a period of major reform, and music is a way to get people all over the world to listen. Though music is prohibited among conservative groups, the Sufis and Islamic youth are spreading ideas of nonviolence and love both to audiences within the religion and to outsiders. The introduction of music has been met with heavy resistance by orthodox members of the religious community, but it has also brought change and success.


Mass Of Mercy: A Chant Mass For Contemporary Worship, Joel S. Kumro 2015 College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

Mass Of Mercy: A Chant Mass For Contemporary Worship, Joel S. Kumro

Obsculta

No abstract provided.


Guy Woolfenden: A Composer's Musical Dna, James A. Dreiling 2015 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Guy Woolfenden: A Composer's Musical Dna, James A. Dreiling

Student Research, Creative Activity, and Performance - School of Music

Guy Woolfenden is a British composer who has made a name for himself in England as the composer of over 150 scores for the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as music for numerous ballet and opera companies. In addition, he has composed fifteen pieces for wind band and eleven pieces for various wind chamber ensembles. While his wind music is well known throughout England, his name and his music are not as well known throughout the rest of the world. Those few conductors outside of England who are aware of his work tend to know only one or two of ...


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