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Physics of Drums - Dating back to the slave trade the drum has been used all over the world as a means of communication and self expression. Its broad variety of users includes the early African tribes and the Native Alaskan tribes, both using them for ceremonial purposes. The Africans brought drums with them to the Americas and helped to develop their popularity among American musicians. In the mid 1900’s drum sets were brought about. These revolutionary collaborations of percussive pieces started off with a pair of hi-hats, a bass and snare drum, and a couple of tom toms....   [tags: physics music drum drums]
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Culture in Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara - Culture in Piano and Drums by Gabriel Okara In the poem “Piano and Drums” the poet Gabriel Okara depicts and contrasts two different cultures through symbolism of pianos and drums. The Poem is divided into four stanzas. The first two stanzas represent the “drum” culture and the second two stanzas show the “piano” culture. The description of the drums is in two stanzas, but is one sentence long. The first line of the first stanza: ‘When at break of day at a riverside’ Uses trochees to emphasize the deliberate broken rhythm....   [tags: Culture Symbolism Piano and Drums Essays] 1135 words
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Review of Rudy Tomedi’s No Bugles No Drums - Review of Rudy Tomedi’s No Bugles No Drums Rudy Tomedi presents his audience with a different view of the Korean War; one that is up close and personal. The oral histories told through edited transcripts in No Bugles No Drums: An Oral History of the Korean War, show the reader the Korean War through the eyes of the men who were active in combat. However, as Tomedi puts it, “firsthand accounts have their limitations, but they also catch things that often fall through the cracks of a conventional history” (Tomedi, vi)....   [tags: Rudy Tomedi Bugles Drums Essays]
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Review of Rudy Tomedi’s No Bugles, No Drums - Review of Rudy Tomedi’s No Bugles, No Drums What are the major wars in which the U.S. fought. A typical American might mention the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and most recently, the war in Iraq. However, one war absent from this list proved to be one of the most casualty-laden but least recognized by the American public as a significant war: the Korean War. In his book No Bugles, No Drums: An Oral History of the Korean War, Vietnam veteran Rudy Tomedi offers the personal memories of dozens of soldiers who participated in “the forgotten war.” It must be understood that if one is looking for a book that is extremely accurate about historical details of the war, this is not the book to read....   [tags: Rudy Tomedi Bugles Drums Essays]
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Steel drums - The recording I listened to is called Carnival Favorites. It is Caribbean steel drum music. It is the majority of what people listen to and play in the Caribbean. It can be related to the genre of music known as techno. Usually a basic beat is repeated while a featured instrument such as steel drums plays a melody or song. Caribbean bands are mostly comprised of a drum set player, steel drum player, and a guitar and bass player. Other bands will add in other instruments such as a keyboard, bongos, or African drums....   [tags: essays research papers] 420 words
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Generating Real-Time Visual Meaning for Live Indian Drumming - Generating Real-Time Visual Meaning for Live Indian Drumming Abstract: In this essay, a system developed to generate visual meaning for live performed music is described. Specifically, this system is calibrated to respond to North Indian classical and folk drumming tradition, using custom designed digital musical interfaces, such as the Electronic Tabla and Electronic Dholak. A drum, when struck, does not generate its sound as a record of the force applied, but as an artifact of a physical response to that strike within the artistically controlled conditions of its material state....   [tags: Music Rhythm Drums Musical Essays]
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Percussion - Drums are among the oldest musical instruments. The best known of percussion instruments, they are found throughout the world and in a great variety of shapes and sizes. A drum normally consists of a skin or other membrane, called a head, which is stretched over an enclosed space or over one or both ends of a hollow vessel. Exceptions include the African slit drum, made from a hollowed-out tree trunk, and the Caribbean steel drum, made from a metal barrel. Drums are usually played by the hands or by one or two sticks....   [tags: essays research papers] 388 words
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Universal Symbolism in Things Fall Apart - ... However, this unchanging and persistent rhythm disintegrates when the Europeans arrive with their new beliefs. Furthermore, this notion of drums in relation to society is noted when during the same festival for the new harvest, members of the clan, “nodded to the beat of the drums and remembered the days when they wrestled to its intoxicating rhythm” (109). As the novel progresses and focuses more on Okonkwo’s exile, and the Europeans arrival, drums are used less frequently. This reduction symbolizes the loss of culture that Umuofia gradually experiences due to outside forces....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Chinua Achebe] 1172 words
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History of Percussion Instruments - History of Percussion Instruments There are few certainties about the percussion family. No one can say how many instruments it contains; few have agreed on playing techniques; and few could name one orchestral piece specifically written with percussion in mind. However, one thing is certain, percussion has been shown over time that it is not merely a matter of beating out rhythm (“ History of Percussion” 1). The family of percussion instruments is the first musical instrumentation introduced to the world....   [tags: Music] 920 words
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Native American Flutes - ... Lastly, there is the water drum. This drum sounds completely different from the previous types; it is built differently as well. The water drum is made from an iron kettles or hollowed out and dried calabashes, which are then filled to a specific height with water. Even though this particular drum does not have any direct influences in percussion instruments, it can be easily recreated with a present-day household item like a milk jug. All of these drums are used by Native Americans to connect to The Great Spirit and the Earth....   [tags: Native American Culture]
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Rhythmic Procedures and Rudimental Drumming - Rhythmic Procedures and Rudimental Drumming In history, drumming and the use of percussive instruments have had a significant role in people’s lives. Not only do the people who play these instruments enjoy them, but it is said that "there is as much pleasure participating in, as listening to and admiring an expert drummer’s improvisations". The use of drums has been recognized as being able to put people into spiritual trances throughout history. The drum is a musical instrument with great power and presence that gives the "pulse" or backbone to the music it is incorporated with....   [tags: essays papers]
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Analysis of Excerpt from Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities - In the excerpt provided from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, he provides and lacking description about his feelings toward the oncoming French revolution and how women function in that society. His language is vivid and paints a specific picture in the readers mind about the time and place of this story. However, his thoughts about the coming revolution are slightly unclear. Dickens begins the passage by stating “Saint Antoine turned himself inside out ad sat on door-steps and window-ledges, and came to the corners of vile streets and courts, for a breath of air”....   [tags: french revolution] 501 words
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Native American Music - Native American music has many different musical styles. Within every Native American tribe there is a variety of musical styles and instruments. In response to the research that I have conducted, there are three main musical styles that are going to be my point of focus. The Sioux Grass Dance, the Zuni Lullaby, and the Iroquois Quiver Dance are the principal methods which contribute to Native American music. The Sioux Grass Dance is considered to be the most popular style of Native American Music....   [tags: essays research papers] 476 words
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Saving the Wind People - “Bird I think it’s about time you earned your name.” Bird’s mother had mentioned to him only yesterday. The words echoed in his mind like the beat of the Indian drums echo through the sky. In the Wind Tribe in order to earn your name; you must do something to help the tribe. Bird has talked to his chief, Big Cloud, but all he said was to do something helpful. Big Cloud was an old man, and soon his son, Deer’stail would take his place. All Bird wanted to do was earn his name before his chief passed on....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays] 1243 words
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Quantifiable Aspects of the Stūpas - There are six specific features of a stūpa that I am concerned with in this study. Figure 4.1 shows each of the features and only the railing is not labeled, but can easily be distinguished visually. These iconographic features are derived from actual features appearing on large actual stūpas, such as Sāñcī stūpa no. 1. The features appearing on the depicted relief stūpas mimic those found on their larger three dimensional brethren. Figure 4.1 The first of the features is the railing, or balustrade....   [tags: Architecture] 1701 words
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English: Poetry Commentary Haven’t I Danced the Big Dance? By Jack Mapanje - English: Poetry Commentary Haven’t I Danced the Big Dance. By Jack Mapanje The poem ‘Haven’t I danced the big dance?’ by Jack Mapanje concerns the traditional rain dance of a proud tribesman. The modern representation of his dance that he sees today provokes this nostalgic and emotional response. The speaker, a formal tribal rain dancer, is thinking back to the time when he used to dance this traditional dance, and looking at the new generation, dancing only for show, with sadness. The poem is divided into three stanzas, the two first ones being dedicated to the past, when he was a dancer, and the last one to the present....   [tags: English Literature] 1169 words
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Heart of the Ghetto - College Admissions Essay - Heart of the Ghetto I hear the heart of the Ghetto beating like the thunder of an army of ancient kettledrums. In it dwells the passion for prosperity, the power of peace, and the promise of pain. All of these components intertwine tightly as if to form a fine cloth; In this case a quality individual. The promise of pain, the pulse of the heart and the element, which is not self-explanatory, Exists because only in enduring suffering does one grow stronger. As the person grows stronger the heartbeat grows stronger....   [tags: College Admissions Essays] 181 words
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What does Samba Represents to Brazil? - ... As a consequence of the relative lack of Portuguese and African women in Brazil, the intermingling of the races was extensive and began early. The first truly Brazilian dance, however, did not make its appearance until 1880 in Rio de Janeiro, when a small group of Afro-Brazilians musicians began developing a popular new sound. Called "maxixe", the dance was a mix of lundu, polka, tango, and Cuban habanera, and it incorporated a series of intimate and voluptuous moves performed by a closely dancing couple....   [tags: Music History ]
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Brave New World - ... They call upon animals and imitate their visage, and pay homage to pagan and Christian faith with common motif – all to appease the earth and the Gods they worship. Huxley’s language explores these images with esteem and highlights their spiritual significance; whereas the New World’s Solidarity Service is merely a sensual arrangement for carnal pleasures. Huxley’s diction accompanies imagery in being illustrative of the focused, but alternating moods of the passage. He commences the ritual with words like “startling, singing, fiercely, and neighing.” The verbals and adverb create an impulsive state of action....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 924 words
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Comparison Between Metal and Grunge Music - The musical genres for metal and grunge are often mistaken for the same genre. Many people make this mistake because the two are often loud, and the person listening to it does not give the music a chance to show its differences. Nevertheless, the two genres of music have some similarities, but also several important differences. One similarity that the two genres share is their guitar tones. Both of these genres use extreme amounts of distortion in their guitar playing. Both also have the high settings on their amps set to a higher level than their mids, to give the guitar tone a crisp crunchy sound....   [tags: Music] 462 words
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Process of Manhood - Process of Manhood The content of the “kakuungu” mask is constructed of wood with a distinctive carving that outlines the cheeks and eyes of the mask. The cheeks are outlined to show the definition of the eyes that are wide and almond shaped. The surface is to rough and has a sharp image to the structure. The mask is sometimes covered with animal's skin and loose raffia strips. This mask is one of the most powerful and oldest that exists. The mask is known well to be the mask of initiation....   [tags: essays papers] 421 words
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Music in Tibet - Music in Tibet Music is a part of everyday life for almost everyone in the world. Music provides us with enjoyment and relaxation, and can be used in many ways by many different people. Some may use it to calm down after a long, hard day, while others use it for religious purposes or still others in and attempt to try and forget something that hasn’t been favorable to them. The possibilities are endless, for music is one language that can be transmitted to all people of the world, no matter their nationality, and it can be understood by everyone....   [tags: Culture Instruments Song Papers]
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The Power and Influence of the Obeah Man and Folk Healing in Jamaican Culture - The Power and Influence of the Obeah Man and Folk Healing in Jamaican Culture Rhetoric of Reggae Term Paper It's late in the 17h century and the Europeans are craving more sugar for their English tea and French coffee. Several islands are “discovered” in the Caribbean, which appear to have a sugar surplus as well as low occupancy. Now there was tons of sugar but no one to cut down the plants except for Africans rounded up and squeezed into a ship headed towards their new home. Standing shoulder to shoulder with practically no room to breathe, the slaves were hardly thinking about the new diseases they were about to encounter let alone the musical instruments left at home....   [tags: essays papers]
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Afro-Cuban Music - Afro-Cuban Music African music has had a major influence on Cuban culture beginning in the early 1550’s through slave trade. Thousands of slaves were brought to Spain in the 1400’s and eventually migrated to Cuba. Since these “Ladinos” were accustomed to Spanish culture and language, they easily were able to get by in Cuba and even escape slavery. As a result, Slave owners in Cuba brought more slaves directly from Africa. In 1526, a Royal Decree allowed slaves to buy their freedom, resulting in increased interaction and ethnic mixing among Cubans and Africans....   [tags: Papers] 632 words
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Bass Guitar: Origins - Bass Guitar: Origins In terms of guitars, the bass guitar is one of the “newest” instruments. The bass guitar, however obvious it may seem, was not derived from the guitar. Electrical guitars were created from acoustic guitars, while bass guitars were actualized from the double bass instrument. These instruments were at first known as electrical bass instruments or the electric bass. The double bass instruments are colossal classical instruments that have been around for hundreds of years. They are played with the instrument placed in a vertical position on the ground and the musician using a bow across the strings....   [tags: Music]
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The Historical Genesis of Jazz - When tracing the sources of any artform it is easy to get lost. Sure, one can connect the dots from one milestone to another before finally arriving at a defining moment in said artform's history, yet sometimes the dots don't line up that easily. In the case of jazz there are too many factors from too many cultures to make the case for a straight timeline to its beginnings; in fact its history plays more like two or three parallel timelines which finally come to a head to create a new artform. Yet confusing as this may seem it is only fitting that a form of music known mostly for its sense of improvisation should enjoy such a varied, piecemeal background....   [tags: Music ]
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The Obvious-Bringing Wreck at the Asbury Lanes-LIVE! July 23rd - The Obvious-Bringing Wreck at the Asbury Lanes-LIVE. July 23rd Punk rock is a very different art form these days, mostly due to the fact that the real purveyors are either dead, retired, or on to different things. So what’s left is the imitation. And while imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, it’s also a chance for new interpretations to rise from groups that follow the originals as influences and who have an eye on their own brand addition. Formed from the ideal of rebellion and a misfit society, The Obvious burst onto the scene with a snarl and bite of 1970s punkers like The Slits and The Cheap Nasties as well as more contemporary 1990s acts like The Breeders....   [tags: Music] 1159 words
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Samba - ... The first truly Brazilian dance, however, did not make its appearance until 1880 in Rio de Janeiro, when a small group of Afro-Brazilians musicians began developing a popular new sound. Called "maxixe", the dance was a mix of tango, polka, lundu, and Cuban habanera, and it combined a series of intimate and voluptuous moves performed by a closely dancing couple. The dance was an instant popular hit, powered by the scandalous talk it induced with its physical, erotic, essence. Brazils' first record, "Isto E Bom" (This is Good), by Xisto Bahia and sung by Baiano, is a maxixe song....   [tags: Music]
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milan music - Objective description: The music is so abstract, it’s almost as if some people just got together randomly and decided to make some noise. It’s sometimes calming and sometimes stressful. It’s like a call and response music, one section makes a noise and the other sections respond accordingly with a similar sounding rhythm, very interesting to listen to. Steel drums, chimes, drums, drones, flutes, and some other instruments, not even sure what the names are. I have heard them before but do not know the name....   [tags: essays research papers] 620 words
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Review of a Cassandra Wilson Concert - If it is blues and jazz style of music that is missing in life then check out Cassandra Wilson. The Warfield was the site of this performance which began at about eight p.m. on February 29th. The show began late and ran for about two hours. The was no opening performance just Wilson's set. At different intervals some tuning was necessary due to the instruments banging around in the tour bus that was parked outside. The stage was set up with basic blues and jazz instruments in addition to some more unusual instruments....   [tags: Music] 404 words
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Dog Fashion Disco - Dog Fashion Disco What do you think of when I say this for a band name, Dog Fashion Disco. You never heard of them, have you. There a Five piece band from Washington DC, who are signed with Spitfire Records. Their lineup consists of Jeff Siegel/keyboards, Stephen Mears/bass, Tod Smith/vocals/guitar, John Ensminger/drums, and Greg Combs/guitar. Their new CD, "Anarchist of Good Taste", was produced by Drew Manzurek and was released on March 6, 2001. Their type music is a genre of music within itself....   [tags: Papers] 408 words
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The Native Americans' Lack of Materialism - People have been living in America for countless years, even before Europeans had discovered and populated it. These people, named Native Americans or American Indians, have a unique and singular culture and lifestyle unlike any other. Native Americans were divided into several groups or tribes. Each one tribe developed an own language, housing, clothing, and other cultural aspects. As we take a look into their society’s customs we can learn additional information about the lives of these indigenous people of the United States....   [tags: Native Americans, USA, ] 610 words
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Views of War in Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade and Whitman’s Drum-Taps - Views of War in Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade and Whitman’s Drum-Taps       Even though Walt Whitman and Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote with different styles and ideals, the common theme of war gave them the similar purpose of exposing the destructive nature of battle while remaining inspiring and even optimistic. Tennyson’s "The Charge of the Light Brigade" reveals a fatal "blunder" that cost the lives of many English soldiers, while asserting that the unquestioning loyalty of the British troops causes tremendous pride....   [tags: Charge of the Light Brigade Essays]
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My Big Break - My Big Break I'll never forget the time I made it into my high school's variety show during my freshman year. Every student has dreams of being the most popular kid in school. I was the quiet kid in school. I never caused any trouble, I never asked questions and I never started conversations. I wanted to be popular, but I knew that I needed a new image. I always enjoyed music; I always thought the drums were cool, so I began to play the drums. I formed a band with a few of my friends in hope to gain little popularity....   [tags: Personal Narrative Music Popularity Essays] 1737 words
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Puerto Rican Music and Its Significance - Puerto Rican Music and Its Significance Although the policies of Americanization and degradation of Puerto Rican culture heritage improved by the United States in Puerto Rico during the early decades of the twentieth century, the utmost concern for the United States was the strategic location of the island for political and economic advantages, not of the people who inhabited it. Puerto Rico, though a poor colony, was a rich cultural spot in an area of dynamic cultural influence of the Caribbean....   [tags: Music cultural Puerto Rico Essays]
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The Beatles - The Beatles: Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) was born in Liverpool on 7 July 1940. Drums and vocals. John Lennon was born in Liverpool on 9 October 1940. He was shot dead in New York on 8 December 1980. Rhythm guitar, keyboards, harmonica, vocals. Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool on 18 June 1942. Bass guitar, keyboards, lead guitar, drums, vocals. George Harrison was born in Liverpool on 25 February 1943. Lead guitar, sitar, keyboards, vocals. The Beatles evolved from an amateur teenage skiffle group, the Quarry Men, formed by Lennon in 1956 and named after his school, Quarry Bank High....   [tags: Essay on The Beatles] 2944 words
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Frank Norris’s Novel McTeague - Greed is defined as the intense and selfish desire for food wealth, or power. In Frank Norris’ novel of McTeague the nature of greed is evident throughout the work. Many of the characters such as McTeague, Trina, and Zerkow show numerous situations where greed takes over their lives. These situations where we see greed occurs with money, love and... This essay will be discussing the nature of greed that takes place throughout the novel and supported evidence to support this greed that occurs throughout the work....   [tags: essays research papers] 1522 words
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The Beatles - The Beatles were an extremely popular and influential group in Rock n' Roll. My question is, "Why?" What drew thousands upon thousands of screaming fans to these four British musicians. Was it something in the sound of the instruments. Could it have been the bass beat, or maybe the guitar playing. What about their lyrics. They had a certain personality, too. Was that it. Let's look at each of these, and some other factors as well. What is the first thing you wonder when you hear something new on the radio....   [tags: Essay on The Beatles]
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Frank Vincent Zappa - Frank Vincent Zappa was born in the city of Baltimore, Maryland on December 21, 1941. He came from Greek, Arab, Sicilian and French decent, inheriting the Greek and Arab from his Father, and the Sicilian and French from his Mother (Zappa 15). Frank’s childhood home was in the town of Edgewood, Maryland in the Army housing facility (16) where his Dad worked as a meteorologist at the Edgewood Arsenal (19). Because Frank kept getting sick in Maryland, his parents decided to move down to Florida (22)....   [tags: Musician Biography]
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Steam Turbines - Steam Turbines The invention of the water turbine was so successful that eventually, the idea came about for extracting power from steam. Steam has one great advantage over water-it expands in volume with tremendous velocity. To be the most effective, a steam turbine must run at a very high speed. No wheel made can revolve at any speed approaching the velocity that a steam turbine can. By utilizing the kinetic energy of steam flow, the turbine could achieve a higher efficiency. As a result, the steam turbine has supplanted the reciprocating engine as a prime mover in large electricity-generating plants and is also used as a means of jet propulsion....   [tags: essays research papers] 454 words
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Customs of Amerindians - Customs Of Amerindians Taino The Taino loved dancing and singing and used the same word for both arieto. They danced and sang to the music of drums, reed pipes and wooden gongs at festivities such as the naming of a baby, the wedding of cacique or the inauguration of a new cacique. Another Taino custom is the flattening of foreheads of newborns. The Taino saw it as a sign of beauty. The newborns heads were bound between two boards to flatten the forehead a few days after the child was born....   [tags: essays research papers] 524 words
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Music and Musicians in the Renaissance - Music and Musicians in the Renaissance If music be the food of love, play on. ~ Orsino, Twelfth Night In the Elizabethan Era (1558-1603) and the Jacobean Era (1603-1625), there was a fondness for spectacle and pageantry. At court, trumpets and drums resounded to announce mealtimes; in town, these instruments were used by theatre troupes to herald upcoming performances (Renaissance & Baroque Society of Pittsburgh, 2003, and Folkerth, 2002). Music, then, is applied boldly and lavishly in everyday life and in drama, an imitation of life....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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The Evolution of Rock Music - The Evolution of Rock Music In this essay, I'm going to introduce to the reader a topic not touched a lot because of its complexity and its avoidance by conservative adults. This topic is, of course, Rock Music. During one week, I looked for information in the library and at my house, and from the information I gathered and my one knowledge about the topic, I'm going to lead the reader to a better understanding of Rock n' Roll. I chose to do Rock music because I can identify myself with it. Rock music is very complex....   [tags: American America History] 1237 words
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Voodooism in Haiti - Voodooism in Haiti Introduction: My Exposure to Voodooism Voodooism is a fascinating way of life. Ever since living in Haiti in the early 1980's, the constant thumping of drums in the twilight has intrigued me. Their melody and rhythm seemed to consume the moist evening air like a pungent odor that will not dissipate. Life is very different in Haiti than it is in the United States, and however odd it seems to Western mentality, I could feel the presence of spirits in and around almost every aspect of life in Haiti....   [tags: Science Religion Religious Essays]
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The Magic of The Coral - The Magic of The Coral The Coral fly under the radar of popular mainstream music in America: less marketed than Australian rock band and Strokes-sound-a-likes Jet, The Coral are probably slightly less-known than The Shins, perhaps on the same level as British Sea Power. But The Coral needn’t worry. Those who know them like them, and want to spread the word (despite the good feeling of discovering a band that is a gem of a secret). I first discovered The Coral about a year ago—I saw they had been on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and their CD was $10....   [tags: Music Band Musical Essays] 844 words
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African Music of the Rastafari, the Rasta Community, the Dreads - African Music of the Rastafari, the Rasta Community, the Dreads Nyabinghi music played at Rastafarian grounations, which includes drumming of at least three hand drums, chanting, dancing, spiritual use of the holy herb, and praise to Jah Rastafari, are considered the most important and inspirational meeting of Rastafari. The term "nyabinghi" is said to have come from a religious, spiritual, and political movement in East Africa beginning in the 1850’s until the 1950 led by a series of spiritually influential women and focused on military actions against white imperialists and colonialists....   [tags: Jamaica Africa Jamaican African]
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The Role of Music in Puerto Rican Popular Culture - The Role of Music in Puerto Rican Popular Culture What is Puerto Rican music like. Where did it develop, and around when did it develop. What makes it up. These are very valid questions for someone who does not know anything about Puerto Rican music or Latin music in general. To understand Puerto Rican music and what it means to Puerto Rican people in general, you must look at the beginning. First there are different kinds of music that can be considered Puerto Rican. In general, Salsa is considered to be Puerto Rican music of today, but a famous musician by the name of Tito Puente says he plays Cuban music....   [tags: History Cultural Puerto Rico Essays]
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The Holland Tunnel - The Holland Tunnel The concept for the Holland Tunnel was developed in 1906.1 In 1906, a coalition of the New York State and New Jersey Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Commission began studies for a bridge connecting lower Manhattan to Jersey City, New Jersey.2 By the end of World War I (1918), the number of cars and trucks on U.S. roads had skyrocketed. This trend did not differ in the streets of New York City.3 At this time the Hudson River ferries were carrying about 30 million vehicles each year (24,000 vehicles a day3) from New York to New Jersey....   [tags: ] 2595 words
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A History of Jazz and Classical Music - Upon entering a modern record store, one is confronted with a wide variety of choices in recorded music. These choices not only include a multitude of artists, but also a wide diversity of music categories. These categories run the gamut from easy listening dance music to more complex art music. On the complex side of the scale are the categories known as Jazz and Classical music. Some of the most accomplished musicians of our time have devoted themselves to a lifelong study of Jazz or Classical music, and a few exceptional musicians have actually mastered both....   [tags: Jazz Classical Music] 1739 words
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