From cave tunes to thrash punk, cotton-field blues to the early days of hip-hop, the urge to make music, using whatever is at hand, is a constant in human behaviour. Percussion instruments created from stones, sticks, rocks and logs – cut in different shapes and designs to change the quality and pitch of sound – were being made more than 165,000 years ago. And if you look around today, you’ll find DIY music everywhere.
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The Giving Project announced it will launch an August campaign to benefit Music is Art.
The online professional fundraising platform works closely with local companies to generate money for deserving charities while providing them with a low-cost and effective marketing tool.
Each month, the Giving Project will feature a new campaign to benefit a charity. These campaigns – at www.givingproject.com – will be sponsored by area businesses and individuals who create exclusive prizes and experiences for the purposes of an online sweepstakes. When individuals donate to the charity via the website, they’re rewarded with entries to win the prize.
This month’s prize is two front-row seats to the Goo Goo Dolls concert at Shea’s Performing Arts in Buffalo this October, as well as a meet-and-greet with Robby Takac, an autographed guitar, and a private tour of Takac’s recording studio. The contest kicks off Aug. 1 and concludes after the Music is Art Festival on Sept. 8.
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In 1932, the musicologist Wilfrid Perrett reported to an audience at the Royal Musical Association in London the words of an unnamed professor of Greek with musical leanings: “Nobody has ever made head or tail of ancient Greek music, and nobody ever will. That way madness lies.”
Indeed, ancient Greek music has long posed a maddening enigma. Yet music was ubiquitous in classical Greece, with most of the poetry from around 750BC to 350BC – the songs of Homer, Sappho, and others – composed and performed as sung music, sometimes accompanied by dance. Literary texts provide abundant and highly specific details about the notes, scales, effects, and instruments used. The lyre was a common feature, along with the popular aulos, two double-reed pipes played simultaneously by a single performer so as to sound like two powerful oboes played in concert.
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