Notes - 2/9, 2/11 Trickster Tales More about freestyling...

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2/9, 2/11 Trickster Tales More about freestyling Humorous tales Ways of coping Stories provide hope Animal : o Depended on region in which where you lived o Br’rabbit: fox, bear, dog, wolf o Br’rabbit’s victories became the victories of the slave Slave : o Conspicuous, used Ebonics so the slave owner did not understand what they were talking about o About real stories, aspirations, etc. o Rapped about lying, stealing, faking illness, etc. o Not as revealing as Animal tales o Slave Driver: the good slave West African Musical Roots (pg 186 Maltsby Timeline) Three Traditions of Black Music o Black American Sacred Traditions o Black American Secular Traditions (non-Jazz) o Black American Secular Traditions (Jazz) Sacred traditions were not as popular as Secular traditions during the 1600’s Blues came around during Black Reconstruction after slavery ends (1865) Style of Delivery o How performers use body movements o Style of dress is as important as the musical sound itself o Music-making in Black culture symbolizes vitality (sense of aliveness) o Expressed through visual, physical, and musical modes Sound Quality o Black or African sound o Sound can be ethnic and racial o Sound of audience is a big deal o Every day lived experience is translated into a sound Mechanics and Delivery o Improvisation o Demand variation in music performances o Time, Texture, and Pitch Mechanics of Delivery Pillars for Black Music (time, text, pitch) o Generated intensity for the song
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o Call and Response structure adds audience involvement (hand clapping, stomping, grunts) Time : stretch or restructure the song o Text : add layers of music, and add things while playing live o Pitch : overall tone/sound of a song White Label White 12 inch vinyl records Produced in small amounts (<300) Promotion of a single Originally developed by DJ’s who tore the names off of records to keep away from spying DJ eyes “Secret Weapon” Track Non-copyrighted music Terminology & Business Structure Imprint : o Musical label that is “brand” or “trademark”, not a company o Marketed as a project, unit, or division of a label company o Rockefeller Records, Def Jam Recordings Music Group : o Controlled or owned by music groups o Music groups are owned by a “holding company” o Consist of publishing companies, record manufactures, record distributors, and record labels o Holding companies have non-musical divisions “The Big Four” Music Groups : o Warner Music Group o EMI o Sony BMG o Universal Music Group o Control 80% of the country’s music o 70% of music across the world Independent Record Labels : o Record company outside the big four record companies 2/14 Music in the Slave Community (Africanisms PDF) Slaveholders let slaves preserve their identity o Let slaves bring instruments to sing and dance their pain away (exercise) o Makes the slaves nonresistant Soul Music (Africanisms)
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“By-product” of the 1960’s movement
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2012 for the course BAMS 373 taught by Professor Yasserpayne during the Spring '11 term at University of Delaware.

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