[VPMA93H3] - Final Exam Guide - Everything you need to know! (61 pages long)

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VPMA93H3
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE
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Introduction to Listening and Sound:
John Blacking’s View:
Listening to music is as important as musical ability.
Track 1:
Darth Vader steps in.
Made by orchestra.
Track 2:
Spooky feel.
Imagined a person walking down a dark alley.
Created by a single person using electronic music.
Track 3:
Pleasant ball room music feel.
Imagined a concert hall or oneself relaxing at home.
Created by a small group of string instruments.
Track 4:
Salsa touch to the music.
Imagined France in the 60s, oneself relaxing in a lounge or going in an elevator.
Created by a variety of instruments
Each of the different tracks were made using specific sounds and specific types of
instruments but as listeners we all imagine ourselves somewhere unique while
listening to the track.
For a composer to compose music there must be a listener who consumes the music.
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A listener is musical and has a high degree of musical sophistication without the
ability to understand the complexity of a piece.
Listeners link music to experiences.
The society categorizes music into various genres and tends to associates certain
groups of people with specific genre.
Music is also compared and contrasted in terms of its quality.
Radio stations claim to have the best music while the music they play sounds very
similar on a global level to people belonging to different ethnicities and cultures.
Value judgments on music are wrong.
For example, classical music is often considered to be too hard to understand and is
widely believed to be listened to by a small number of people who are mostly
snobbish.
All music is equal and it has its own terms, ideas and meaning.
All music is worthwhile listening to.
Music is a mode of communication.
Performers and creators all try to covey meaning to the audience, making value
judgments meaningless.
Sound:
Vibrations in a medium that travel through the ear drum and the middle ear to the
inner ear where they are translated to electrical impulses.
20Hz to 20000Hz is the normal frequency of sound that humans can hear.
Can have various levels of loudness.
Soundboard in musical instruments displaces music for sound.
For example, a guitar has strings stretched across a sound box which resonates
vibration by displacing more air.
Frequency:
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Listening to music is as important as musical ability. Imagined a person walking down a dark alley. Created by a single person using electronic music. Imagined a concert hall or oneself relaxing at home. Created by a small group of string instruments. Imagined france in the 60s, oneself relaxing in a lounge or going in an elevator. Each of the different tracks were made using specific sounds and specific types of instruments but as listeners we all imagine ourselves somewhere unique while listening to the track. For a composer to compose music there must be a listener who consumes the music. A listener is musical and has a high degree of musical sophistication without the ability to understand the complexity of a piece. The society categorizes music into various genres and tends to associates certain groups of people with specific genre. Music is also compared and contrasted in terms of its quality.

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