Showing posts with label Music History. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music History. Show all posts

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The History of Rock In an Interactive Infographic

From Gospel to Grunge: 100 Years of Rock is a fun and informative infographic about the history of rock music. The infographic is presented in a vertical timeline format. As you scroll down the timeline you'll see the various stages and styles of rock music as they've evolved over the last 100 years. As you move through the infographic you can click on a style to hear a sample of the music. For example, when you click on "grunge" you hear Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. The infographic also highlights the connections between styles. Click on a style to see a web of connected styles.

Click image to see the full interactive music graphic(via Concert Hotels).

Applications for Education
From Gospel to Grunge: 100 Years of Rock could be a neat resource to include in a music appreciation course. It's also the type of thing that I might include in a lesson about the history and evolution of American culture.

H/T to Open Culture

Monday, November 7, 2011

Videos - The Year that Changed Jazz

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This one is for the music teachers, US History teachers, and lovers of jazz music. Today, through Open Culture I learned about a documentary titled 1959: The Year that Changed Jazz. The documentary was produced by the BBC. The documentary examines four musicians and the landmark albums they released in 1959. Those featured musicians and albums are Miles Davis: Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck: Time Out, Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um, and Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come.

As a former "band geek" (I played all of the brass instruments at one point or another, but really loved playing tuba in high school and college) I get excited about these types of documentaries. I watched the first segment, embedded below, and can't wait to watch the rest later this week.

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Best of 2011 So Far - The National Jukebox

Now that my school year is over I'm taking a short fly fishing vacation. The posts for the rest of the week highlight my favorite resources of 2011 so far.

The National Jukebox is an archive of more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. These are recordings that were made using an acoustical recording process that captured sounds on wax cylinders. The recordings in the archive can be searched and listened to on your computer. You can search the archives by recording date, recording type, language, and target audience. The National Jukebox has also arranged playlists that you can listen to in a continuous stream. You can also embed the recordings player into your blog or website as I have done below.

Another great feature of the National Jukebox is the interactive Victrola Book of the Opera. The book contains 436 pages of history and descriptions of 110 operas. Recordings in the book can be launched and listened to within the pages of the book.

Applications for Education
The National Jukebox could be a great resource for teachers of history, music, and music history. As a history teacher I might have students choose recordings that they like, research the performers,  and research the cultural and or political context in which a recording was made. Music teachers may want to do a similar project in which students trace the evolution of a particular style of music.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Snag Learning Film of the Week - The Kartal

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is The Kartal. The Kartal, produced by, is a short video featuring the traditional Indian instrument of the same name. The kartal (or khartal) is a small instrument created from two blocks of wood with small metal jingles attached and played with a clapping motion. Watch the video below and learn more about it here.

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To learn more about traditional Indian music watch's video India's Song.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New York Philharmonic Archives Are Now Online

The New York Philharmonic is putting its archives online. While the entire collection is not yet digitized and online, there is a lot of good stuff available now. If you visit the New York Philharmonic archives today you will find images, programs, scores, and business documents. In the near future you will be able to find audio and video recordings in the archives as well as press clippings and concert magazines. You can search the archives by date, by era, or by artifact type.

Learn more about the New York Philharmonic archives in the video below.

Applications for Education
The New York Philharmonic archives could be a great resource for teachers and students of music history. When the audio and video elements come online, the archives will become a great resource for teachers of music appreciation too.

H/T to Open Culture