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2 Music Documentaries - What Is Music?, On The Art, Science, Craft And Psychology Of Music Exposed; And Dancing With The Devil, About Satanic And Subliminal Messages Embedded Into Rock Music - All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive!
WHAT IS MUSIC? (56 Minutes, Color, 1989)
This is where Science meets music! How do you make musical sounds? What makes a fine old instrument fine, or a completely new one valid? How does music and the mind affect one another? All these questions and more are asked and extensively answered in the course of this exploratory documentary from the venerable Nova TV series, going to a centuries-old bell manufacturing concern in Holland where computer technology was first being applied; the National Cathedral in Washington's 13th century organ where its conception and musical production is compared to a 1989 era synthesizer; the famed Anechoic Chamber sound proof room of Bell Labs in Murray Hill NJ where studies were ongoing to digitally copy and reconstruct by computer sounds based on their wave characteristics; violinist Zina Schiff's collaboration with chemistry professor at Texas A&M University Joseph Nagyvary to duplicate the wood composition of Stradivarius violins; the quest for making computerized music adaptable to human touch; a scientific analysis of how human musicianship and interpretation differs from a mere mechanical playing of notes in time; Dr. Diana Deutsch's experiments in how the human mind creates melodic integration out of dis-integrated melodic phrases to create a coherent whole, and compares her research to the symphonies penned by composers who deliberately employed such techniques; neuroscientist Dr. Manfred Clynes' revolutionary work in the area of how human touch is a vehicle for emotional expressiveness which lead to discoveries of a universality of expressions of specific emotions as expressed through use of the hands and fingers; and more besides!
DANCING WITH THE DEVIL (49 Minutes, Color, 1991)
This documentary begins in musical innovator Prince's hometown of Minneapolis with a night time burning of record albums deemed offensive by Christian fundamentalists. Their negative reaction to suggestive lyrics such as those in Prince's songs are understandable, being founded upon traditional standards, even more so when it comes to death metal, and especially so regarding Satanic rock; but they also assert that the easy-listening music of Bob Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" is about drugs and that of the rock band The Eagles is about Satanism, assertions pressed to the point that many believe that they have taken their arguments too far. Simultaneously, the PMRC moved to put Parental Advisory labels (PALs) on audio recordings deemed to have excessive profanities or inappropriate references, with the intention of alerting parents of potentially unsuitable material for younger children. While some may consider such labels a justifiable reaction to explicit material in art, their validity regarding supposed subliminal messages contained in rock music is best dramatized by the 1989 court case against Heavy Metal band Judas Priest, in which a lawsuit that alleged that subliminal messages were embedded in the song "Better By You, Better Than Me" which had caused the suicide of two young men in Sparks, Nevada resulted in a highly publicized public trial in which the band and their record company CBS were found not guilty due to lack of evidence.
Music is generally defined as the art of arranging sound to create some combination of form, harmony, melody, rhythm, or otherwise expressive content. Definitions of music vary depending on culture, though it is an aspect of all human societies and a cultural universal. While scholars agree that music is defined by a few specific elements, there is no consensus on their precise definitions. The creation of music is commonly divided into musical composition, musical improvisation, and musical performance, though the topic itself extends into academic disciplines, criticism, philosophy, and psychology. Music may be performed or improvised using a vast range of instruments, including the human voice. In some musical contexts, a performance or composition may be to some extent improvised. For instance, in Hindustani classical music, the performer plays spontaneously while following a partially defined structure and using characteristic motifs. In modal jazz, the performers may take turns leading and responding while sharing a changing set of notes. In a free jazz context, there may be no structure whatsoever, with each performer acting at their discretion. Music may be deliberately composed to be unperformable or agglomerated electronically from many performances. Music is played in public and private areas, highlighted at events such as festivals, rock concerts, and orchestra performances, and heard incidentally as part of a score or soundtrack to a film, TV show, opera, or video game. Musical playback is the primary function of an MP3 player or CD player and a universal feature of radios and smartphones. Music often plays a key role in social activities, religious rituals, rite of passage ceremonies, celebrations, and cultural activities. The music industry includes songwriters, performers, sound engineers, producers, tour organizers, distributors of instruments, accessories, and sheet music. Compositions, performances, and recordings are assessed and evaluated by music critics, music journalists, and music scholars, as well as amateurs.