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The Flute
Number of words: 2996 - Number of pages: 11

.... There are three major things that affect the sound of . The first is construction type. A basic element common to all wind instruments is that of an empty space encompassed by a long or round object which can be held in the hand (Meylan, p. 13). The sound produced is a result of the resonance in the cavity by the motion of the airstream as it flows through the cavity. There is not enough space to fully go into the scientifics of musical acoustics however, a brief description of the basics of how the instrument works is necessary. A second factor affecting the sound is the type .....

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The Blues
Number of words: 1362 - Number of pages: 5

.... Cross-rhythms are multitudinously used in and are the foundation of West African drumming. The most common way of creating this beat was by separating the melodic line from the groundbeat, putting the two in rhythmic conflict. To do so, the musician would sing or play in a manner that emphasized the off beat. The second main innovation was the way musicians expressed rising emotions with falling pitch by bending or flattening certain notes with one’s voice or instruments. This technique produced “blue notes”, which were also practiced by the Akan people of Ghana. The final innovation B .....

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Industrial Music
Number of words: 561 - Number of pages: 3

.... For the past two years, Trent has been the artist of the year in Spin magazine and NIN has been the number two band of the year. In 1994, Nine Inch Nails was announced MTV's band of the year. This was a great honor because MTV spends most of it's time with rap and hip-hop. When NIN's first album came out in 1989, it was mostly rock and roll with a techno twist, containing songs full of depressing, suicidal lyrics. Then as the next two albums arose, Trent became more evil with his music, using machines and pretty much anything he could find that would make his music sound angered and .....

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The Clifford Ball
Number of words: 943 - Number of pages: 4

.... and clothes. At around 12 midnite Friday morning we hit the road and embarked, on what would be a scared trip. Tom drove the van with his brother and myself. Tim in his red Festiva with Joe and Sean, and Beau in his blue Festiva with Alex. Stopping only to piss and re-fuel, we busted up to Plattsburg, arriving around 6am. It was amazing to see all the VW Westvalias up I-87 with Steal you Face, and dancing bear stickers. Once arriving, we picked a spot to set camp (out of the Wetlands of course) We followed the lead of crickets bouncing gently round room to a nice spot. Close to the .....

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Rock Music
Number of words: 1151 - Number of pages: 5

.... his "Rock Around the Clock". In this decade, Elvis Presley introduced a music that was sexual-suggestive, and outraged many adults of that time. In time, he changed the style of the music by adopting a country and western style and became a national hero. By the end of this decade and the start of the next, Rock n' Roll started to decline because it was formula-ridden and it was too sentimental. Teenage audiences transferred their allegiance to Folk music. In 1963, the renewal of Rock n' Roll came when The Beatles started to play. The Beatles, for some the best rock group ever, were from Liv .....

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Best Of Van Halen: Volume I
Number of words: 978 - Number of pages: 4

.... the words VAN HALEN BEST OF on the top and VOLUME I on the bottom. There is not any fancy art work or anything. I think Van Halen is strong enough to let their music be the artwork for the album. They took their hit songs from all of their records and put them in order by year. The first song, Evolution, incorporates a monstrous guitar solo by non other than the master himself, Eddie Van Halen. The next five tracks are not included in my favorites due to simple fact that I was too young to recognize the songs when they were first out. Still awesome songs, they just don’t get me psyched .....

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The Difference Between Punk And Ska
Number of words: 584 - Number of pages: 3

.... easy to hear what they are playing. Although ska doesn’t really use distortion, they do use a sound gate that makes their guitar sound very snappy. Ska also uses a lot of unusual effects just for fun. Punk bands have a lead guitar player, and sometimes a rhythm guitarist who backs up the lead guitarist. In ska, all the guitars make quick, snappy, upward strums and quickly palm mute the strings. All of the guitarists do the same thing, and occasionally someone will have a solo. One of the other ways ska and punk can be identified is by the beat. In punk music, the beat of the drums is .....

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Jimi Hendrix: A Reflection Of A Man Through His Music
Number of words: 3639 - Number of pages: 14

.... His music has not been forgotten, as it is still popular today. If his addiction had not overcome him, he could still be revolutionizing the style of rock today On November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born as John Allen Hendrix in Washington at Seattle General Hospital. His childhood was not a privileged one, however, he did indulge himself in one particular way: Jimi loved to play the guitar. At first he played an old acoustic, and later a cheap Silvertone electric, which were both strung for a lefty on a right-handed guitar, one of the defining Hendrix traits (McDermot 24). As a teenager, y .....

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Bluegrass Music
Number of words: 809 - Number of pages: 3

.... Flatt, and fiddler Chubby Wise. The Scottish-Irish music of southern Appalachia was a powerful form of entertainment as folks gathered in the evenings to dance and socialize. It was what people back then loved. The people back then probably looked at bluegrass music in the same manner as I look at alternative music today. It was just a style of music that they could relate to and express some of their ideas through. Bluegrass spread when Appalachians fled to the cities after the war to find work. These people maintained a link with their former culture through nostalgic songs of .....

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The Beatles
Number of words: 830 - Number of pages: 4

.... Pete Best, drums ; Stuart Sutcliffe, bass guitar. In March of 1961, the Beatles began to play at the club that would later be nicknamed "The Home of the Beatles". The Cavern Club, which's premises comprised a small group of cellars below a seven story warehouse which had originally been used as an air raid shelter during the war. Later, Alan Sytner, a jazz fan decided to open it up as a new jazz club. After a few years, he sold it to Ray McFall another jazz fan. The club was originally strictly jazz and no rock. Luckily for the Beatles, the times were changing and McFall quickly changed .....

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