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Feel the Rhythm

Culture changes drastically from generation to generation; art is usually the voice of culture. Contemporary art constantly changes as a result.

A prime example of this is music, something that’s been present since the dawn of time.

 To start, let’s trace the origin of music. The concept began with naturally occurring, simple rhythms. This pattern continued until around the Middle Ages, when sound texture and pitch became more widely used. Development continued gradually over time, with it becoming both an acceptable cultural outlet and a sustainable career for many.

A lot of genres stemmed from other contemporary ones, however.

“Nearly every form of music today is some kind of derivation from field holler and gospel songs,” Mike Nelson (social studies) said.

In a way, artists inspire one another and heighten their creativity as a result.

Speaking of inspiration, there’s many great people to discuss that have shaped contemporary art. Examples of this are Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong influencing blues and jazz. This led to people like Elvis Presley starting rock and roll, where the mid-1900s began booming with the new rock sound.

The creation of rock and roll led to world-renowned bands like the Beatles becoming an international hit. The echoes of this rock boom were heard decades after and even today in a lot of instrumental production. In the same way that gospel influenced rock, rock moves on to alternative culture. This includes metal, grunge (mostly in the 90’s), and even some folk groups.

Even though some categories of music aren’t relevant, there’s a debate on if a genre can truly die out. Omarrionn Nesbitt, freshman, said “A lot of music trends lose popularity quickly, but they can be revived pretty easily too.”

Like it or not, artforms change and music is one of them. Even younger genres like rap have evolved from the 1990s into something far more popular. Drew Gadd, freshman, said “Instrumental use has improve a lot since the ‘90s, but I think the lyricism has been dumbed down.”

Regardless of your taste, music as an art has developed drastically from prehistoric times. It’s become a great outlet to express yourself, between the artist and the listener.

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