Chapter 1: Sound and Silence
I. Chapter 1: Sound and Silence (read about John Cage’s piece on page 3)
B. The Properties of Sound (the specific parts of sound that a musician can control and that we can discuss)
- Dynamics (how loud the sound is)
- Duration (how long it lasts) Listen: Log in to Cengage and listen to Shamanic Drumming. Shamans were the first doctors and priests. To access their powers, they enter an altered state, almost always aided by the kind of drumming heard in this recording.
- Pitch (how high or low it is) Definite pitch means there are regular sound waves; indefinite pitch does not have these. Listen: Log in to Cengage and listen to Chanting Om. Chanting the syllable “om” is a spiritual practice that is over 3,000 year old. Notice how the experience is shaped by the fact that the pitch never changes — there are no interruption or modifications of the sound.
- Timbre (its distinctive tonal quality; the unique sound each voice or instrument Read the rest of this entry »