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Lecture Week 12

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University of Guelph
MUSC 2150
Shannon Carter

Week 12 MIDI: was a huge development in music In 1985 there was a shift to compact discs Synthesizers in the beginning were big and expensive; MIDI helped make them smaller and inexpensive Early 80’s Music -In the early 80’s synthesizers were hugely popular -Madonna and Michael Jackson were the head of mainstream music in the 80’s -New wave punk came from punk music, and became mainstream. +The Police - don’t stand so close to me : song has a literary reference to LOLITA. And the criminal Nabakov (kidnapped a girl and made her perform sexual favors for privileges) Socially conscious lyrics, a real social issue -new wave in the 80s can be socially conscious and have meaningful lyrics Police, prince, modonna, michael Jackson are the most popular of the 80’s Heavy metal has simple lyrics and virtuosic musicians. ( i.e motley crue) Metallica was the most popular band and tried to copyright the minor second interval, also had very intelligent lyrical content +Metallica- one. -By the late 80’s 30% of blacks were unemployed which is double that of whites racial inequality remains - racial profiling was prominent in 1988-1990 during a gang thing or riot, police only arrested Hispanics and blacks -rodney king was beat by police and tasered officers were charged with use of excessive force -operation hammer and Rodney kind, led to resentment against the police by affrican americans. Fueling rap music -rap became socially concscious, about the struggle of growing up in the ghetto. -gangsta rap came out of this as well. +grandmaster flash- the message is considered early rap Funk went into rap music and hip hop. -groove is being maintained from -run dmc – rock box sound comes from blues based rock. Groove is boring Mainstream rapi s fluffy light lyrics, rock music broadens appeal Nwa- fuck the police = gangsta rap is socially conscious rap. MTV -Cable tv let mtv rise to the forefront of specialty channels -Mtv is owned by warner, it was the first ever 24/h music station -Mtv is aimed at a specific demographic and most of the acts shown were white, black artists were only featured at odd times like 2am -early mtv featured ro
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