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The Influence of Mass Media on the Development of Modern Music

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Rock music is a generalization of the name of a number of areas of popular music. “ In studying the history of music it is, of course, necessary to learn certain facts about musical forms and styles in the different historical periods, but it is even more necessary to get to know the music itself. The facts are but dry bones: the music alone gives them life and meaning” . The word « rock» indicates the characteristics of these areas, rhythmic sensations, associated with a particular form of motion, similar to « roll» , « twist» , « swing» , « shake» and so forth.

Such features of rock music, as the use of the instrument, creative self-sufficiency (for rock musicians characterized by the execution of their own compositions) are often confusing for those, who is not familiar with this style. For this reason, the belonging of some musical styles to rock is contested. Rock is also a special subcultural phenomenon; fashion, hippie, punk, metal, emo and so forth are inextricably linked with certain genres of rock music. Rock music has a large number of areas, from "light" genres such as dance rock and roll, pop rock, Brit-pop, to brutal and aggressive ones, such as death metal and grind core.

The content of the songs varies from strong to light, relaxed, deep and philosophical. Rock music is often contrasted with pop music. Its main difference from pop music lies in the predominance of the rhythmic and harmonic melody of the first. More specific definition can be given to the so-called "musical expression", which, in comparison with other kinds of music, dynamics (volume) of performance, is a special kind of many rock styles directions.

” As all with musical styles, there are some “ good” examples, some “ bad” examples, and a lot in between. It is inaccurate to say that all rock is bad as to say that all classical music is good. Such musical value judgments should rest not upon a total style per se, but upon how creatively and skilfully the musical creator uses the musical resources appropriate to the specific style” .

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  • Pages: 18 (4500 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Music
  • Level: Undergraduate
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