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Mexican music

Mexicans are fond of music and dance. They can never imagine a life without music or dance. They never waste an opportunity to celebrate and music is always a part of all celebrations, big or small. Mexican musicians use flutes, drums, gourd rattles, and other similar instruments to create different kinds of musical sounds and melodies. Many Mexican traditional musical compositions were created when Mexico was a Spanish colony. However, the Mexican folk songs were popular right from the 16th century. Mexican music became popular in the USA during the mid 20th century. During the Mexican Revolution of 1910, many Mexicans crossed over to the US in search of jobs. They brought their culture and traditions along with them. Mexican musicians introduced their musical styles to the native culture of whichever place they went to. Though most musicians are male, a few female musicians have also contributed to the Mexican musical extravaganza.

Some Famous Mexican Musicians

There are many Mexican musical groups who perform in the restaurants, streets, and also during the festivals. Some

Vinyl Records

During spring cleaning, have you found a set of old vinyl records that until now were just collecting dust in the attic? Well, it is possible that these can be the pot of gold you have been searching for. Depending on what the records are, it is possible that they may be worth quite a bit of extra cash. If you want to check their value, then this article will tell you how you can check the condition of the records, and how you can evaluate them to see if there is a possible profit that you can make.

Valuation of Vinyl Records

You first need to understand the different types of records that you may be in possession of. Long Playing records (LPs) are 12” vinyl records. 78s are records that play at 78 revolutions per minute and measure at 10”. 7” vinyl records that have one tune per side and are known as 45s, play at 45 revolutions per minute. Once you understand the key differences between the different types, appraising them will be much easier.

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Spanish Music

Spanish music, over the centuries, has been heavily influenced by French, German, and Moorish cultures. All these cultures have left their indelible mark on Spanish music. Guitar and flamenco are words which instantly conjure up in our minds when we think of music from Spain. But there’s much more to Spanish music than just this. Western classical music has been deeply impacted by Spanish music. The Renaissance period from 15th to 17th century saw a great many Spanish composers traveling all over Europe, especially Italy, and returning to Spain to spread their skills, armed with superior musical knowledge. The most notable among early Spanish composers was Tomas Luis de Victoria. The Baroque era saw the evolution of zarzuela, a form of light opera, which became immensely popular in the 18th century.

Spanish Music by Region

Every region in Spain has its own distinct genre and instruments. Let us see in detail the musical styles originating from the various regions of Spain.

Galicia, Asturias, and Cantabria
These regions lie in northwest Spain and the music is full of Celtic influence, since the Celts settled

The Renaissance

The Renaissance, which means ‘Rebirth’, marked the end of the medieval period or the Dark Ages in European history, and heralded the beginning of an extraordinary cultural upheaval in art, science and technology that was influenced by a resurgent interest in the classical works of ancient Greece and Rome. Since the Italian city-states of Florence, Venice, Milan, and Ferrara were the great Maritime trading powers of the time, they had become extremely wealthy and could indulge in cultural pursuits, and it was under them that the Renaissance took root. In complete contrast to the earlier Church supremacy, artists, musicians and the aristocratic families that nurtured them began gaining in influence, and their socially progressive ideas and inventions filtered down amongst the rest of the society.

Development of Music

The Musical Renaissance, which occurred between 1430 to the late 1620s, began in Flanders mainly, which then comprised modern Belgium, Holland and France, and by the late 16th century had moved base to the richer Italian cities.

Since the classical works were fashionable, the musicians closely followed the Greek philosopher Plato’s diktat about words being more important than music, and so mainly composed music for singing rather

Louis Armstrong

Early Life

Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901, in the Storyville District of New Orleans. He however claimed that he was born on July 4 1900, which is incidentally the American Independence Day. His father, William Armstrong, abandoned him in his childhood. His mother, Mary Albert Armstrong was apparently a prostitute. He grew up in New Orleans and had a tough childhood. Louis was barefoot most the time and owned little more than the shirt and pants he put on in the morning. He dropped out of school at 11 to join an informal group of musicians. On December 31, 1912, he fired a gun during a New Year’s Eve celebration, for which he was dispatched to reform school. He studied music there and played cornet and bugle in the school band, ultimately becoming its leader. He was eventually released on June 16, 1914.

Musical Career

Louis moved to Chicago to join Oliver’s band in August 1922. Armstrong made his first recordings as a member of the group in the spring of 1923. In 1925, Louis exchanged the cornet for the trumpet, and recorded the first album as leader of his own band,

American Musicians

Music is an important and popular part of American culture. USA, Japan and the UK are the three main music markets with the US being the world’s largest music industry, catering to a global audience. Rock and roll, country, techno, jazz and pop are the most widely known types of music in the US.

The most prominent musical genres are classified as follows:
♬ Blues
♬ Country
♬ Contemporary Christian Music
♬ Hip Hop/Rap
♬ Jazz
♬ Pop
♬ Latin Pop
♬ Punk Rock
♬ R&B/Soul
Music touches the core of our heart, and is an expression of our heart’s saying. It has the ability to change our mood or feelings, so listening to the right kind of songs is very important. To understand and know more about the various genres of music, let’s take a look at the following noteworthy contributions made by these famous American musicians.


This music genre originated in the beginning of the 20th century and is traditionally sung by African-Americans. The vocals are accompanied by a guitar and a harmonica. Certain groups also use drums and saxophones for a deeper effect. This type of music has evolved over time

Musicals for Kids

Most schools encourage their students to participate in drama and musicals. Schools are increasingly seeing it as a way to expand the creativity of children and encourage them to take up this form of art. It is largely being accepted now, that the acting skills of budding actors can be better honed with an early start. Hence, there is a rush to know some of the Broadway acts that your child can perform. While there are still others who believe that showing their kids some of the classic musicals might spark their interest in the field of drama and Broadway.

Sound of Music
When it comes to musicals, it must take someone pretty silly to overlook what was perhaps one of the greatest and most famous musicals of all time. This movie is about a governess, Maria, who is hired by a Captain Von Trapp to take care of his seven, high-spirited children and educate them. And what follows are perhaps some of the most enduring bunch of songs of all time. This makes it one of the best Christmas and Easter musicals owing to their strong ‘family-ties’ message.

The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of

About Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the most influential, creative, and powerful musician that history has ever known. Baptized on December 17, 1770 at Bonn, this German composer and pianist has produced some classical pieces of work in the field of music, which includes many symphonies, an opera, concerti, piano sonatas, etc. Beethoven was a legend known for his great music, as well as his temper! Mentioned below are some interesting facts about Ludwig van Beethoven, the classic and historical gift to the world of music.

Facts about Ludwig van Beethoven

In his life span of 56 years, Beethoven had accomplished a lot in the field of music and is a renowned name in the history of music. He definitely had a gifted sense of music, and his father, Johann van Beethoven, was sure of it. It was he who started giving music lessons to his talented son, who soon became a world renowned musician. Have a look at these facts about Beethoven’s life and know how he was different from the others, just like his compositions.

– Including Ludwig van Beethoven, there were a total of 7 siblings, out of which 4 passed away

Polynesian Music

Music is truly the universal language. All the shades of different emotions can be expressed through music; be it joy or sorrow; hope or despair. Music can say it all, and in a way that appeals to every soul. You do not need to understand the technical nuances of music to be able to enjoy it. You do not need to learn music to derive divine pleasure from listening to it. Music binds together distant cultures and unites minds.

Music varies across different regions around the world. With changing cultures and varying traditions across the globe, tastes for music change. Perhaps, the difference in the ways of life across different cultures, have led to the emergence of different genres of music. Here is an overview of the Polynesian style of music which is special in its own way.

Polynesian music is described as a form of music that originated from the various islands of the Pacific Ocean. In fact, the word, ‘Polynesia’ is derived from the Greek word meaning ‘many islands’. And Polynesia is a group of island chains across the Pacific. It includes Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island, along with many other territories. This

German Music

Some of the best musicians and composers in human history were from Germany, and they took music to a whole another level. The beginning of German music can be traced back to the 12th century, when Hildegard of Bingen wrote traditional Christian music, hymns, and lyrics that were considered mystic and auspicious. The following content will elaborate on the different forms of folk and classical music of Germany.

Folk Music

This form underwent a lot of transformations, largely inspired by English and American music revivals. There are many regions in Germany where people practice unique forms of dance and music. The kind of music promoted by East Germany was based on pure notes from traditional music. Later, during the 1970s, folk musicians incorporated revolutionary concepts in the songs. During the mid-1990s, children were taught Volkslieder, that contained lyrics of optimism, joy, reality, and passion. It was sung to celebrate German heritage. To name a few, Hannes Wader, Oktoberclub, and Wacholder were some renowned folk players during that period. Traditional German wedding pieces composed by Richard Wagner, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and Johann Pachelbel, although cliched, are still played during receptions and auspicious ceremonies.

Traditional folk music was


The term “rhythm”, taken from the Greek “ῥυθμός” – “rhythmos”, designates any kind of regular and recurrent symmetrical motion. It could also be described as an orderly succession of regulated movements, of both weak and strong elements. Many cyclical natural phenomena can be said to possess this kind of general time and recurrence pattern. Starting from microseconds to millions of years, most anything can be measured by periodicity or frequency.

Rhythm occurs of course in the performance arts. There, it represents the way events are timed on our human scale. Musical sounds and silences are also timed by rhythm, as well as the steps of a certain dance or the meters of poetry or mostly any kind of spoken language. Visual presentation can be referred to by rhythm as a sort of time-measured space movement. Many scholars have recently initiated researches on the subject of rhythm and musical meter. In this respect, we could mention books written by Maury Yeston, Jonathan Kramer, Christopher Hasty, William Rothstein, Joel Lester, Fred Lerdahl and Ray Jackendoff.

In his well-known work entitled “Arbeit und Rhythmus”, Bücher writes about his having reached the conclusion “that while in the first stages of

The Chieftains

My introduction to Celtic Music began on a great note―listening to the Irish Folk Band ‘The Chieftains’ on the ‘Luciano Pavarotti and Friends’ album. Later, I bought their CD ‘The Long Black Veil’, and it played more or less continuously for weeks afterward―I just couldn’t get enough. They were, and are just absolutely amazing.

Paddy Moloney was a native of Donnycarney, a small village near Dublin. He was born on August 1, 1938, into a musically inclined family. His grandfather was a flute player, one of his uncles played professionally in the Ballyfin Pipe Band, and there were regular, informal music gatherings at his home. When he was quite young, just six actually, Moloney’s mother bought him a toy tin whistle ‘for one shilling and nine pence’, and he taught himself to play that. A bit later, at the age of eight, he began taking lessons in the traditional Uilleann Pipes, with the well-known musician Leo Rowsome. Moloney’s obvious talent pointed to a future career in music, but perhaps, to be on the safe side, he chose to become an accountant, and accepted a position with one of Ireland’s largest building firms―Baxendales. In his free time, he

The Calypso Music

Every type of music has its origins in some or the other country. Calypso music is a type of traditional music whose roots are found in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. It is a type of music that has tropical rhythms, beats, and lyrics which are associated with issues such as social injustice, slavery, and politics. Since its development and spread throughout other countries, it has influenced others music genres such as reggae, soul calypso (soca), and jazz.

Calypso Music History

Calypso music is a type of music which was first developed in Trinidad and Tobago, as a result of mass migration of people from different parts of the world. In the late 19th and 20th century, there was a large migration of people from regions such as India, Africa, and other parts of Asia. These people were then used in slave trade by French, Spanish, and British immigrants. Since the slaves were from different regions, cultures, and languages; they could not communicate clearly. It is even believed that these slaves were not allowed to communicate.

As a result, they used music to communicate, which eventually turned out to be Calypso. With the

Music Festivals Around the World

This is the year where you party harder because you have worked hard. It is time you leave everything behind, bury your worries, grab the backpack, travel light and far, and drown yourself in some music therapy. What is life if you haven’t partied all night, met random strangers, made friends with them in craziest circumstances, and lived truly, as though your each moment was last.

Music festivals are sonorous reminders of all those things you keep daydreaming about while at work, buried under piles of files. However, now is the time to act on that impulse and do what you really need to do, to know who you really are. The best part about these music fests is that some of them are free too! So, in case you are worried about blowing up your saved-up money, here’s your chance to live wild, and young, and free! Check out the famous music festivals around the world and the magic they conjure for every hippie at heart.


Tomorrowland is a grand electronic dance music (EDM) festival held in Belgium. It started in the year 2005. The first ever Tomorrowland fest was held on August

Learn How to Mix Songs Together

Are you trying to mix your songs at home and create some groovy music? You can learn how to mix songs together at your own home on your own computer. This Buzzle article will give you some music mixing tips, that you can try to know more on how to remix songs. There are many music mixing software available on the Internet that you can try to mix songs together. Let us see some of the music mixing software and learn how to mix songs together.

DubStep Studio
This is simple music mixing software that is included with a decently sized library that allows you to mix many songs together. You need to:
– Add a song by clicking on the ‘Add song’ button.
– You will see a panel pop up that splits songs in other categories like ‘keyboard’ or ‘sound effect’.
– You need to preview all the tracks before finding one of your choice, as there is no search box and tracks are not named according to their sound.
– You can add the desired song by clicking on the + sign next to song name.
– You need to click the beats that

The Irish Music

Music is one medium that can bind hearts all over the globe. It can appeal to the soul no matter what kind of language is used to support it. Irish music has various styles and a kind of a lyrical soothing feel to it, and it is still very much firmly rooted in Ireland. The one thing that crops up in my mind about Ireland’s love for its music and dance is an act known as Riverdance, which popularized many aspects about Ireland. It had such an appeal that it gave a new dimension to the Irish music and dance scene. Although experts argue about the authenticity of the music used (because it has a lot of influences as well), personally I loved Riverdance; its beautiful sets, brilliant dancers, exquisite costumes, and the very talented musicians had me asking for more.


Irish music still has a strong foothold today despite the emergence of new genres. This music saw its peak from the 9th to the middle of the 11th century. Singing was always used in accompaniment with this music, as one’s voice was obviously one of the oldest instruments one could use. The traditional aspects

Music Affect the Brain

Inside Your Brain!
A study was conducted to track patient’s ratings of their own anxiety. Before undergoing a surgery, they were randomly assigned to listen to music or take antianxiety pills.
The Outcome: Patients who listened to music had less anxiety compared to those who took pills.
Music has been an integral part of the human lifestyle from a long time. It is believed to have been a part of civilizations which existed 50,000 years ago. It is very interesting to note that music evolved as a means of expression, and hence, generally reflects the social, economic, environmental, religious, and other aspects related to humans. Thus, music was, and still is, a way to express a range of emotions and feelings. This process, in itself, has a great relieving effect and works wonders for the peaceful operation of the brain. When the mental faculty is provided a vent for its restless thought process, it automatically boosts the functioning of the brain and conclusively of all the other body processes.

Brain development is a method of training the thought process in such a way that it maintains proper working. There are two possible ways to understand the effect of music

6 Reasons Why Your Advertising Voice-over Services

Even though most companies still rely on traditional forms of media, such as television and radio, for their primary advertisements channels, web-based advertising offers much more advantageous forms of advertising. An audio element that has been professionally done to replace visual form of an ad acts as a valuable communication channel with the audience. Comprising narrations as well as memorable slogans is one of the most effective ways to come up with the best voice over for your advertising plan.

In almost every marketing scenario, there is a need of talented voice over artist services to convert potential customers into regular customers. Here are six of the most essential reasons explaining why you need a professional voice over artist onboard during your marketing campaigns.

� Voice-overs help make your brand more memorable
Potential customers get exposed to advertisements where there is no face attached to them. In this situation, creating interest in such buyers becomes very difficult. However, with the help a professional voice-over artist who has an exceptional voice to market your brand, your brand can easily become memorable. It is much easier for most people to recall a voice instead of a textual content.

Importance of Music in Movies

Did You Know?
Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture, composed by James Horner, sold over 30 million copies globally and became the highest-selling film score of all time.
It is hard to imagine people sitting through a silent film without any live music to accompany the scenes. From the very inception of motion pictures, the relevance of music has been clearly established. Music has always been recognized for its ability to invoke emotions among the audience and set the mood for specific scenes in movies.

Silent movies always featured live music, and it was first employed by the Lumière Brothers for backing their first projected motion picture, Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory) on December 28, 1895. By 1910, theaters had begun permanently employing complete musical ensembles which, in turn, was replaced by the theatre organ. The period between 1910 – 1930 also relied heavily on photoplay music, which was written music meant specifically for silent films. This Buzzle article discusses the importance of music in movies in further detail.

Historic Film Score Examples
Max Steiner’s film score for the 1933 monster movie, ‘King Kong’ is ranked as the thirteenth greatest

Factors To Consider When Choosing A Voice-over Artist For E-learning Narrations

When offering a course over the internet, enhancing the enjoyment and perception of your audience is one of the most important factors. This can be achieved through the integration of a flawless voice into your e-learning narrations. Using a professional voice over artist can make a lasting impact on your audience.

A voice narrator doesn’t have to be just anyone. He must act professionally and sound knowledgeable, even in a situation where he does not understand the narrated subject. He must create an emotion and mood out of his narration to fit the project’s content. However, choosing one from the vast majority of skilled voice-over talents can be an overwhelming task. You can narrow down your selection process by considering the following factors.

1. Gender

Gender is a very important concern as far as enhancing students’ perceptions is concern. Think about the response of your students when listening to both female and male voice over artists. The gender of the narrator will be dependent on the intended audience as well as the e Learning course type being developed. Younger audience, such as children,could respond much better to a female narrator. If you are dealing with