This post investigates the style of music known as Dub, which was an early form of electronic dance music. In the late 1960s, artists like King Tubby and Scratch Perry began creating alternative versions of existing reggae songs by rearranging sounds within multi-track recordings. This innovation, now called remixing, marked the birth of dub.
Rhythm & Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll
In this post, Brian Jump explores the history of rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll. He covers exciting musicians like Ike Turner, Ray Charles, and Elvis Presley, and explains their crucial contributions to the evolution of both styles. Also included are listening suggestions, video links, and study questions.
Music on Earth
This post offers a broad view of humanity's musical customs. It explores the evidence for prehistoric music making, and it explains how music got passed down through the ages. The world's musical traditions are also explored, as are the earliest efforts to notate music.
Reign of the Soloists
This blog post explores three swing-era musicians who were known for their brilliant soloing styles: Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Swing, Bands, and Leaders
This post explores the swing style of jazz. It summarizes swing's defining characteristics, and it covers two influential swing musicians: Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington.
Audio Recording: Definition and Process
This post covers the definition and process of audio recording. It introduces the concepts, explains the formats, and inspects the techniques used by sound engineers to capture and produce professional audio.
The Bebop Destruction
This blog post is about bebop, which is a form of jazz that evolved during the 1940s and 1950s. It covers how bebop changed the jazz genre, and it examines how Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell contributed to this change.
Summary of Jazz History
This blog post offers a synopsis of jazz history. It covers the origin, character, and trajectory of the genre, and it briefly describes the context in which jazz music evolved.
The Sons of New Orleans
This blog post introduces three influential musicians who were operating in New Orleans during the earliest years of jazz: Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, and Louis Armstrong. It covers the contributions each man made to jazz music.
The Unusual and the Simple
This blog post covers Avant-garde music. It discusses the definition of that term, the concept of Modernism, and three important composers operating within the genre: John Cage, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass.