Music essay

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In 1981 the music scene underwent a significant change. Technological developments in the form of Music Television, and the compact disc, changed the music world in a way that a different approach was necessary. In fact, major record labels would view music videos as essential as TV-commercials. The Boom of Synth-Pop and New Romanticism spawned Duran Duran.
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Around the time of Napoleon, military bands increased in popularity and were all very well received by the French. This led to an increased importation of brass band instruments to all the French settlements, including those in New Orleans and other parts of America. Creoles (“mixed breeds”- usually part black, part French and sometimes part Indian) who were usually well-educated freemen became infatuated with these instruments and the sounds that they could make. The migrating Southern Afro-Americans soon caught on to these new instruments as they socialised with the Creoles on their journey North. Incorporating the sounds of blues and the same non-western syncopated rhythms that had been brought from Africa, a new breed of music began to grow.
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Music certainly changes a lot, but can these changes be seen as ‘advances’? From the baroque period right up to present day pop, music has advanced rhythmically, melodically, and technologically, but only the latter of these three in the same way science has. Advances in the ways music has been created over the years have been mainly due to advances in the public’s tastes, views and beliefs over the same period. The most ‘advanced’ art at any one time could, therefore, be seen as the means of expression deemed most popular or suitable at the time. Electronic music, or music that uses technology to produce its sounds, rhythm etc. is one area of music where advances (in the scientific sense of the word) take place. New inventions such as the synthesiser can produce sounds never heard before, and improvements in recording, editing and sound quality have led to new methods of music production being created.
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