Our Top 5 Favorite New Genres of Music

One thіng wіth Wеѕtеrn Music is that it spins fast in еvоlutіоn. Bу thе time Disco fіzzlеd оut, we had not hаd еnоugh of іt. It lаѕtеd frоm thе еаrlу eighties tо thе mid-eighties that соіnсіdеd with thе hаtсhіng of Hip-hop muѕіс.

I hаvе аlwауѕ thought thаt a ѕtуlе оf music ѕhоuld bесоmе extinct оnlу when there isn’t interest іn іt anymore: іt doesn’t mаkе ѕеnѕе tо еnd thе rаvіng of a genre when реорlе аrе ѕtіll іn lоvе wіth іt, buуіng every single сору оf the muѕіс gеnrе іn thе market.

Muѕіс іѕ a universal jоу thаt реорlе frоm аll ages аnd rасеѕ саn appreciate. Hоwеvеr, wіth thе іnvеntіоn оf technological methods, nоw реrvаѕіvеlу used іn the muѕіс іnduѕtrу, there іѕ a bіt of controversy whether іt іѕ асtuаllу аn іmрrоvеmеnt оr a hіndrаnсе.

Automation is a kind of technology thаt uses vаrіоuѕ соntrоl ѕуѕtеmѕ to mаkе іt wоrk. Automation іѕ responsible fоr сrеаtіng a nеw mаіnѕtrеаm оf muѕіс, which іѕ part оf where the соntrоvеrѕу bеgіnѕ. Thоѕе whо еnjоу thе purity of unembellished muѕіс might fіnd thаt thеѕе аutоmаtеd programs to bе thе ѕоurсе of thе problem. Mаnу mау say, “іѕ this rеаllу muѕіс?”


This genre of electronic music originated in Brazil. Rаѕtеrіnhа is a nеw trеnd оf Bаіlе Funk, соmіng frоm funkeiros, іn a ѕlоw, different beat from tаmbоrzãо or voltmix, еvеn dіffеrеnt from thе bеаtbоx (uѕuаl know as tаmоbоrzіnhо). This beat іѕ nеw. It also hаѕ thе influence of rаggа and axé music, but іt sounds dіffеrеnt frоm bоth, bесаuѕе it is more fосuѕеd оn dаnсіng.

Thе favela doesn’t саrе wіth the grіngоѕ or thе undеrgrоund ѕсеnе; they lіvе their оwn rоutіnе; their оwn сulturе аnd don’t tаkе much іnfluеnсе from оthеr movements. And now thіѕ nеw movement іѕ frоm thеm! They created thіѕ beat; thеу wаntеd tо slow it dоwn. Thіѕ new іnfluеnсе іѕ hоmе grоwn.



5 Examples of Controversial Modern Art

What іѕ аrt? It’ѕ a ԛuеѕtіоn fоr whісh there іѕ no аnѕwеr. Art іѕ еntіrеlу ѕubjесtіvе; lіkе beauty, іt’ѕ in thе еуе оf thе bеhоldеr. That’s how we are аblе tо gо frоm the сеіlіng of thе Sistine Chapel tо Pісаѕѕо аnd еvеn furthеr on tо artists whо mаkе ѕсulрturеѕ оut of сhеwеd gum оr human faeces.

 Art is…

Wіkіреdіа, the world’s fаvоurіtе ѕоurсе of іnfоrmаtіоn, defines аrt аѕ “the рrоduсt оr process of dеlіbеrаtеlу arranging ѕуmbоlіс elements in a wау thаt іnfluеnсеѕ аnd аffесtѕ thе senses, emotions, аnd/оr іntеllесt”. It uѕеd tо bе thаt аn artist was еіthеr a раіntеr оr a ѕсulрtоr. Anуthіng еlѕе wаѕ being a burdеn tо one’s parents.

Thеѕе dауѕ, mаkіng movies іѕ art; so іѕ wrіtіng, creating music, рhоtоgrарhу and dеѕіgnіng соmрutеr wеbѕіtеѕ. Art dоеѕn’t hаvе tо саrrу a mоnѕtrоuѕ рrісе tаg оr rесеіvе сrіtісаl ассlаіm to resonate wіth уоu. But some people’s idea оf аrt is a little more unіԛuе than others.

  1. 1Chеwіng gum? – Live Sculpture

By carefully moulding ѕtіll wаrm сhеwеd gum, Maurizio Sаvіnі hаѕ managed to еаrn himself ԛuіtе a tіdу lіvіng. Sоmе оf hіѕ ѕсulрturеѕ hаvе netted hіm £40,000, nоt tо mеntіоn a rерutаtіоn аѕ аn аrtіѕt. Itаlіаn аrt critic Mario Codognato said thаt Sаvіnі’ѕ work “rеmіndѕ of thе ѕеnѕuаl act оf сhеwіng, the voluptuous wаrmth оf rеbеllіng saliva, thе artificial аnd ѕесrеtlу аѕерtіс fragrance which spreads from the mоuth as a рrоmіѕе аnd mіѕѕеd kіѕѕ.”



The Most Influential Figures in Rock Music

Rock Music has no shortage of larger-than-life figures. People like Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper, and Marilyn Manson have all captured the perfect balance of theater and music; you can’t take your eyes off their show. Even more reviled bands like Insane Clown Posse have taken this to an art form. It’s really a gift. But here are a few of the most important and influential figures in rock music today; the measurement for “influence” in this case is how many other bands they have directly affected and how much young musicians like them! Here we go.

Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is one of those artists that is fairly well-known but has always operated outside of the mainstream. The most mainstream Nine Inch Nails ever got was a stint in Woodstock ‘96, where NIN made a mud-covered appearance that captured the attention of the entire audience. They had one of the largest draws of any act at the show that year.

Reznor has not only released NIN music; he has scored films and video games as well! His score for Quake is horrifying and plays on your nerves. His score for The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo also keeps a strange atmosphere.

Corey Taylor

Corey Taylor is the frontsman of two bands (Slipknot and Stone Sour), an author, a father, and sometimes an actor. He is a busy man, and his influence goes beyond the world of music. He is one of those artists that has perfected the idea of “performance art;” a Slipknot live show is an unforgettable sight. Taylor seems like he would be a terrifying person; his live persona is full of screaming rage.

But he is actually a very sweet and normal person in real life. He has several beautiful dogs; he’s exactly the kind of person that would spoil his dogs with lots of toys from Dogs Rant. His dogs appear in some of his interview videos; they are very well trained! They were likely trained with some kind of high-quality dog training book, like the ones you can get here. Corey Taylor is both a sweet and caring man and a rock god!

Dave Navarro

Dave Navarro is not very well-known himself, but he has a lot of influence in the rock sphere. He is the guitarist for Jane’s Addiction, and the former guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His guitar tones are widely imitated by other guitarists.

He has a unique combination of classic hard rock tones and smooth jazz tones. Listening to him play for any band that he plays for is truly fun to watch. He is a male model as well, and an influence on every kid that played guitar in the 90s.

These rock stars are some of the biggest influences for young wannabe rock stars; they have had a huge impact on the lives of a whole bunch of people. Take some time to listen to their music today!


Why You Should Go To Burning Man

Burning Man is one of the oddest festivals/parties/art shows you will ever go to in your life. Seriously. It’s amazing, and there is nothing I can compare it to. I’ve seen a lot of articles on the web about “Why Burning Man is Overrated” and “Why You Should Stay Home From Burning Man,” etc. I truly don’t understand these people. Burning Man changed the way I see art, and has affected my life and how I view other people in profound ways. Here are a few of the reasons that you FOR SURE need to go see Burning Man next year in Nevada:

  1. The Art Installations are Stunning

why-you-should-go-to-burning-man-1I can’t think of another place on the planet where you will be able to see art installations on this scale. Much of the artwork is 30 feet high or more; it’s amazing to see these works that obviously take months of planning and material-gathering to make. And the variety is amazing as well! On the first day I saw a massive metal wolf statue, the famous “burning man” statue, “trees” made of metal with massive cloth “fruits….” the minds of these artists are truly amazing. You can’t find stuff like this anywhere else, so if you love art you need to attend!

  1. The Workshops Have a Lot to Teach You

Burning Man Workshops can teach you almost any modern subject under the sun. And I’m not talking about boring subjects like math or science… They don’t offer those classes at Burning Man. They DO however offer classes about Radical Improv, Knife Throwing, Open Relationships 101, How to Play the Gong, and How to Talk With Strangers. There was even a Sexual Spanking class! You can really open your mind to new things and learn all sorts of things that you never knew before. If you attended Burning Man only for the workshops, it would be time well spent. It’s a myth that Burning Man is ONLY for artists; it is very artistic, but it is for many types of people who want many types of information!

  1. Gift Economy

Burning Man operates on a gift economy only; with money you can only buy ice! Everything is paid for through gifts. It is so refreshing to see that people can be unselfish and giving; I was given everything from artwork to alcohol as the week went on, and you better believe that I gave a lot back! It’s so nice to see that people are giving to others. I almost had to use a pallet from Kronus Collars to take back everything that I got from there!

Burning Man is more than a festival; it’s a commune. And for many attendees it is the best part of their year, and what they want the world to look like. It’s a great way to stretch your comfort zone and show you a side (a wonderful side!) of humanity that few get to see.

Why Folk Music Is Making a Comeback

Folk music has started to make huge waves in the music world in the past few years. Arguably the modern folk revolution began with Mumford and Sons; their music combined pop sensibilities with folk sounds. This combination of sounds has captured the hearts of millions of people, as evidenced by their massive charting hits. Tennessee’s Bonnaroo festival has also sold out every year for the past several years.

Folk music seems like an odd thing to become popular in the past few years; after all, EDM is the only other style of music that has had the same type of meteoric rise. I believe that folk music has seen the rise that it has because people are tired of hearing the same type of electronically processed music.

why-folk-music-is-making-a-comeback-1Autotune can sound ok, but people prefer authenticity over electronic manipulation. Once people get tired of a certain style (modern music!) than they often get a nostalgia for the old days of music. Pink Floyd and The Beatles have made a comeback as well; I suspect it is largely for the same reasons. Their sound was made in the studio, in real-time takes. Pink Floyd didn’t use autotune! Their music is real.

“Real” is an odd term as well. You can view “real” music as music that was created by people with actual instruments. That’s not to say that electronic music producers aren’t “real” musicians; they actually are more akin to the brilliant composers of past days like Bach and Beethoven.

However, the skill behind bluegrass bands is different from the skill behind Skrillex. There is something nice about listening to music where you KNOW that the instruments are being played in real time, by real people.

Another part of the equation is that classical music has seen a resurgence. People are now seeing classical music as a way to gain exposure to the high arts; classical music is also much cheaper to see live because fewer people usually want to see it. People flock to hear masterful trumpet players playing instruments like the ones from Wind Plays; live music is one of the best ways to hear the music that you really love.

Music tends to move in cycles. People flock to one style, then move on to another. We had a phase of electropop (that we are still largely in) that led to many people becoming disillusioned with heavily processed music.

Bands like Mumford and Sons all the way to Jack White have become the preferred music of of the past few years; their music uses very little studio processing and older effects. Jack White actually prefers to use equipment that is older and less modern than many guitarists would prefer.

If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon for folk music, you should give it a shot! Folk music is one of the coolest styles of music, because you know that the musicians have nothing to hide behind!


Djembe: The Most Influential Of All African Drums

Music was an ever present and vital part of life in African culture. Aside from providing enjoyment, music was also a way to pass on culture. It was a way for people to create emotional connection with important milestones in life and to overtly show their beliefs.

Among the different musical instruments played in African music, it is the African drums that hold a distinct place in the history of this rich culture. In Western Culture, drums are more often associated with entertainment or merely to add rhythm to a song. In Africa, drums are celebrated for its deeper historical and symbolic meaning.

The ancient drums of Africa are definitely not like the modern drum sets one can see at Barkingdrum.com. These cultural drums are made of local, indigenous materials and are often clad with unique artwork that celebrates the stories of the community. It’s a fitting tribute to its vital role in the people’s lives.

Drums are used along with other musical instruments and ritual dance for different milestones – births, marriages, deaths, religious celebrations. Several drums are played alongside each other. The vicious sound of drums pound together awaken emotions in a war or battle to inspire passion and courage.

Among the different drums in African culture, the Djembe drum is the most basic and influential of all. Dating back to 500 AD, the Djembe was originally used as in sacred healing ceremonies, warrior rituals, ancestral worship, rites of passage, and at times social dances. Usually, the djembe is played at night, particularly during summer, spring, winter harvest time, full moon, honoring of others, and baptisms. In some Muslim communities, the djembe may also be performed at the completion of the holy Ramadaan season.

Because of the essential role of the d’jembe in African culture, it has also become a signature piece of artwork and music. This cultural drum continues to be used to mourn, to celebrate, and to communicate. The significance of the djembe is interwoven throughout the African culture. It most commonly used by ethnic communities in West Africa and in Mali.

Like the modern drum sets, which are made of different parts, such as the high-quality drum head, the djembe is also comprised of several parts each using a different material and representing a spirit. In African culture, the djembe is believed to house three spirits: the spirit of its maker, the spirit of the animal (the drum head made of animal skin), and the spirit of the tree. In a different legend, the djembe is said to be given as a gift by a Djinn (a genie or a malevolent demigod).

A carefully crafted djembe drums are carved as single piece using a hollowed-out trunk from Dimba or Devil Wood tree. Traditionalists believe that drums made from segments or slats of wood that are glued together do not bear the soul of the tree. The inside of the trunk is not smoothened out but instead should have a series of teardrop shaped indentations which gives added tonal qualities. For the drum heads, goatskin is used. As much as possible, female goat is used while adult cow should never be used.

Today, the djembe is still used by some communities. They use it for ceremonial purposes as well as for sending messages to distant locations. It has also become a signature artifact and a symbolism of the vibrant African culture!

How Our Hunting Culture Has Changed Over Time

How Our Hunting Culture Has Changed Over Time

Before reaching today’s massive food production, human has gone through several modes of subsistence. The first way of survival practiced was hunting and gathering. Hunting has become a vital part of many cultures around the world.

The dependence on hunting has later changed to pastoralism, to horticulturism and lastly, agriculture. Although hunting and gathering came first in history, several native groups managed to preserve their hunting tradition.  Moreover, some people in the mainstream population also show interest in hunting.

What is hunting?

Hunting emerged as a practice when the early humans depended on environmental resources for their basic needs. The body’s need for specific nutrients was provided for by eating animal meat and other plant crops. Meat is a good source of protein. Hunting is the practice of catching and/or killing an animal for food. The target animal is referred to as the “prey” or “game”.

Hunting societies

Groups that perform hunting-gathering or foraging culture uphold specific social dynamics. Gender roles are usually observed in a foraging group. Women assume household activities such as gathering and storing staple crops. Children stay at home to be taught by their mother while older men do the work of hunting huge-sized games. A foraging group requires a land area rich enough to supply for the needs of the population. Hunting societies usually move from one place to another since they have to search for another place for food after exhausting the resources of a previous area. Permanent residence hardly occurs in such societies. It is difficult to find a place abundant to give a long term food supply for a continuously growing community.

The number of hunting-gathering communities continues to see a decline year after year especially now that domestication and massive food production are widespread.

Hunting Tools and Weapons

Weapons used for hunting evolved through time. The first tools recovered from ancient settlements were sticks and stones. Stones and sticks are modified into sharp objects in order to cut animal flesh.

Stone tools later on evolved to blades. Blades are obviously more effective as compared to stone tools. Blades, which are generally sharper, can cut through a game and kill it in an instance. Once pierced with blade, the game has very slim chances of escaping.

The emergence of metallurgy made hunting even easier. Knives and blades came in different sizes and shapes. These weapons were also created with intricate details, some even serve as a symbol of power and status.

After blades, spears were invented next. Spears are very advantageous to the hunter. Aside from attacking the game, the spear also served as a self-defense against the game. The spears are used to attack animals from a distance. The spear was also used in killing big-sized preys.

The use of bow and arrow is like using a modified spear. Instead of using the spear manually, it can be drawn to the prey through the bow. It is relatively easier to use but keen vision is needed.

Modern day hunting has seen drastic improvements. Hunters now use of guns. The gun is kind of similar to the bow and arrow. It may however be used single-handedly, it is handy and makes use bullets instead of arrows. Guns, air rifles and air rifle accessories come in many forms and models that you can read about here at http://riflejudge.com/. With the deluge of different air rifles and hunting guns, choosing which one to use has become more of a challenge.

Five of the Best Music Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss!

A music festival is an organized series of outdoor concerts that celebrates music.It usually comes with a theme relevant to the current situation of the place where the festival is held. Themes that have been used before include holiday, genre and peace. These themes are another way of catching the interest of the audience.

Festivals for a cause easily sell their tickets since people love to experience a good music while being able to extend a helping hand. Besides great music, music festivals attract a lot of audience for its wide ranged amusement booths.Freebies, food stalls and souvenir stores may be found all around the concert grounds.

Considered as one of the earliest music festivals, “The Monterey Pop Festival” gained a lot of rave reviews from its satisfied attendees. Since then, musical festivals became a mainstay with countless festivals organized around the world each year. Musical festivals that came after the Monterey Pop, modeled their program similar to Monterey Pop. Through the years, music festivals moved up to a whole new level. People travel to different parts of the globe just to attend a music festival.

Summer or second week of April marks the start of the music festival season. Missed it? No worries because there’s a bunch more! Below is a list of the 5 most-loved music festivals you should see.

  1. Rock in Rio

The first ever Rock in Rio was organized by Roberto Medina in 1985. It was called Rock in Rio because the first artists that performed for it are the most famous rock bands and singers of that time. They were Rod Stewart, James Taylor, George Benson, and rock bands Queen, Yes and AC/DC. In a span of ten concert days, Rock in Rio 1985 gathered a surprisingly 1.4 million music lovers. Some recent years, Rock in Rio took place in other countries like Lisbon, Portugal and Madrid, Spain. Present day pop artists have guested for the fest, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars to name a few.

  1. Splendour in the Grass

This festival came much later in Australia in 2001. It was held during winter at Australia. It was intentionally scheduled at this time of the year to counter the connotation of winter season as a plain season. Splendour in the Grass became the most awaited winter event in Australia. It started only as a one-day event. Winter 2002, a day was added to the concert due to lots of attendees.  The festival is still up until today, featuring genres like electronic dance music, indie rock and hip hop.

  1. Tomorrowland

Unlike the previous festivals mentioned, Tomorrowland focuses on electronic music. Instead of producing music by the use of usual musical instruments, electronic music utilizes electromechanical technology. Examples of electronic instruments are electric guitar, telharmonium and Hammond organ. Of particular curiosity for me is the digital piano. I’ve actually been reading about it here at https://digitalpianojudge.com/.

Tomorrowland emerged recently, only when electronic music made it to mainstream music industry. Tomorrowland was first held in Bloom, Belgium in 2005. Today’s most famous EDM DJs are Alesso, Martin Garrix, Avicii, and Steve Aoki.

  1. Exit

Of course, Exit music fest will make it to the list of the internationally acclaimed music festivals. It has collected thousands of worldwide patrons and music awards for a couple of years now.  It was initiated by a group of Serbian and Balkan students as a form of activism, in support for the struggle for freedom and democracy. It is more inclusive of different genres like hip hop, punk, reggae and even metal. The goal of the fest of encouraging youth’s social awareness and involvement never changed.

  1. Coachella

Last but not the least, Coachella. It is probably the most popular of all the music festivals. It celebrates music and the arts. Like the other fests, it began as a single day festival but later on extended to a weeklong festival due to increasing number of attendees. Coachella invites performers from different genres and work experience. Guests range from famous to amateur musicians. An open area is provided for artwork exhibits.  Coachella is also famous for its fashion, reliving the hippie revolution.