Music of the 80's vs New Age Music

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80's Music vs. New aged Music
Chelsey Stafford
COM/170
January 10, 2013
Tameka Winston

In today's society our music comes from a different era than it was in the 80's. The genre and style of the generation will follow. Music comes from the Ancient Greek muses, who were the nine goddesses of art and science. Music actually began around 500 B.C. when Pythagoras experimented with acoustics and how math related to tones formed from plucking strings. The main form of music during the middle Ages was the Gregorian chant, named for Pope Gregory I. This music was used in the Catholic Churches to enhance the services. It consisted of a sacred Latin text sung by monks without instrumentation. The chant is sung in a monophonic texture, which means there is only one line of music. It has a free-flowing rhythm with little or no set beat. The chants were originally all passed through oral tradition, but the chants became so numerous that the monks began to notate them. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, about the 12th and 13th centuries, music began to move outside of the church. French nobles called troubadours and trouveres were among the first to have written secular songs. Music of this time was contained among the nobility, with court minstrels performing for them. There were also wandering minstrels who would perform music and acrobatics in castles, taverns, and town squares. These people were among the lowest social class, along with prostitutes and slaves, but they were important because they passed along information, since there were no newspapers. The age group of the 80’s is different to the new aged music because a lot of young teens are starting to realize that the 80’s actually has meaning and not just random lyrics like the todays music has. There has been a lot of research and survey’s that has stated that even 14 year old teens like the 80’s better because they say it had more character and diverse music. The age group of the 80’s is...
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