In these sections, I'll be producing a playlist of videos that will illustrate the points I make in each lesson. One of the fantastic things about exploring music, is that we need to do lots of listening, something you probably already do for fun! Here we see vibrations passing through a string, they are much easier to see in slow motion. These vibrations eventually reach our ears via the body of the instrument and the air around us.

 

While we can see a guitar string vibrating, vibrations in other instruments are not so clear until we really slow them down. This is a cymbal being hit in super slow motion, you can see the waves of energy passing through the metal as the cymbal bends out of shape.

 

If you asked them, a lot of people might say that music was about producing things that are "good to listen to". But really, the definition of music is a lot wider than this. I've talked about music being "Humanly Organised Sound", so if we take any sounds and choose to arrange them, then this becomes music. This piece is arranges sounds in unconventional ways, was written by the Hungarian composer György Ligeti. This is possibly not the piece to listen to after a hard day at work or school!

 

Which sounds composers choose to organise into music tells you a huge amount about who they are, when they were alive and where they lived. Many songwriters tell stories about the places they come from in their music, like this song by New York rapper Jay Z.

 

There is music in every society in the world. In some cultures, music is used to mark the changing of morning to afternoon and of summer to winter. This piece of music from Japan is called "Sakura" and depicts the cherry blossoms that appear there every spring.

 

Vibrating String

In these sections, I'll be producing a playlist of videos that will illustrate the points I make in each lesson. One of the fantastic things about exploring music, is that we need to do lots of listening, something you probably already do for fun! Here we see vibrations passing through a string, they are much easier to see in slow motion. These vibrations eventually reach our ears via the body of the instrument and the air around us.

Vibrating Cymbal

While we can see a guitar string vibrating, vibrations in other instruments are not so clear until we really slow them down. This is a cymbal being hit in super slow motion, you can see the waves of energy passing through the metal as the cymbal bends out of shape.

Not Just Nice Tunes

If you asked them, a lot of people might say that music was about producing things that are "good to listen to". But really, the definition of music is a lot wider than this. I've talked about music being "Humanly Organised Sound", so if we take any sounds and choose to arrange them, then this becomes music. This piece is arranges sounds in unconventional ways, was written by the Hungarian composer György Ligeti. This is possibly not the piece to listen to after a hard day at work or school!

Do you get where I'm coming from?

Which sounds composers choose to organise into music tells you a huge amount about who they are, when they were alive and where they lived. Many songwriters tell stories about the places they come from in their music, like this song by New York rapper Jay Z.

A World to Explore

There is music in every society in the world. In some cultures, music is used to mark the changing of morning to afternoon and of summer to winter. This piece of music from Japan is called "Sakura" and depicts the cherry blossoms that appear there every spring.