Exploring Polyphony: The Multiple Voices of the Motet

When music combines multiple human voices, melodies, and rhythms, it can gain a powerful expressiveness that is complex, rich, and misterious. Contemporary Western music rarely explores polyphony and the beautiful texture that simultaneous lines of melody and multiple voices can create. We have got used to monophony and musical textures with one voice and dominant […]

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The New Music Industry: Transformations, Challenges, and Opportunities

During the past two decades the music industry has experimented deep transformations as a result of the massive adoption of digital technologies and the evolution of the networked communication environment. The spread of Internet connectivity and peer-to-peer networks, the emergence of dynamic Web platforms and services, the availability of cheaper audio equipment and free/open software […]

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Youth Voices from a Moving Community: A Workshop at Cambio Creativo

Last summer I had the opportunity of collaborating with Panamanian youths from Cambio Creativo in several activities that took place in Coco Solo and Buenavista. As their community has started to move from the Panama Canal Zone, near Colón and the Atlantic sea, to the interior land of Buenavista, Cambio Creativo has been organizing projects […]

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Norteño Accordion Sound

The sound of the accordion in Norteño music accompanies songs from an ample repertoire. Rancheras, corridos, baladas, polkas, cumbias, huapangos, and chotis all include the melodic sounds of the diatonic scale produced with an accordion. Contemporary young Mexican musicians, coming from genres such as alternative rock, electro-pop, and hip hop, have been incorporating the accordion […]

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