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Intro to Music: Rhythm

This week, I’m going to introduce some basic concepts and language of rhythm. Rhythm, broadly speaking, is the process and organization by which music is set in time. Just as pitch—which is a continuous attribute of sound—is discretized into twelve pitches, rhythm also fits into a system of separate, distinct categories. Additionally, just as pitch […]

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Intro to Music: Chord Progressions

To recap from last time: We have triads built from the major scale. Following the exact same procedure as what was described before, you could also construct the triads coming from the minor scale. A note about this: if you construct the dominant triad in a minor scale, you will end up with a minor […]

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Review: They Want My Soul by Spoon

The first crunching power chords of the album opener “Rent I Pay” make it apparent that Spoon is back with something to prove. Regardless of whether the glory boys of Austin, Texas have faded into the background of recent alternative rock conversation, their newest release, They Want My Soul, is a cohesive LP that may […]

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Intro. to Music: Harmony and Chords

This is the second part of my series on basic music theory. If you want to, you can go to the Quest website (www.reedquest.org) and find the first part. Where we were last time: we have twelve pitches in the interval of an octave, and we can assign letter names to these twelve pitches, so […]

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Intro to Music: Pitch

Let’s talk about music. Broadly speaking, there are five or so “essential” elements to music: pitch, how high or low the sounds are; rhythm, the placement of those sounds in time; timbre, how it sounds—voice vs. drum vs. guitar and so on; textual content, if there are words, and the interaction of the words with […]

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Das Rapist: Should Heems Have Performed at Reed?

On Saturday, a concert was held in Reed’s Kaul Auditorium featuring Himanshu “Heems” Suri, a rapper formerly affiliated with the group Das Racist. Suri performed alongside Young Braised, who describes himself on Twitter as a “contemporary urban recording artist,” and SneakGuapo, whose most popular song on YouTube, “Suicide Capitol,” has about 9,000 views. Suri’s performance […]

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Stalk up on some Tarkovsky

by Lyle Daniel, Max Carpenter and Sammie Massey Three films of Andrei Tarkovsky’s sparse but numinous repertoire will be shown by the Russian House over the coming week in celebration of the monumental director’s 80th birthday. One of these showings, The Mirror, already passed, on Tarkovsky’s true birthday April 4, but there are two other […]

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Subgenre of the Week: “Disney Shit”

This week’s subby is a quicky but goodie. Surely, by now, you’ve seen Rebecca Black’s  YouTube gem “Friday” and its subsequent parodies (if not, I would highly recommend watching before continuing reading). It’s terrible, and we all know it. And yet, I really don’t understand what the fuss is all about. Yes, “Friday” is the […]

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Subgenre of the Week: Plunderphonics (feat. Kanye West)

We live in an age where our post-modern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has led to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week, we here at the Quest do our best to help you make […]

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Subgenre of the Week: Nu-disco

We live in an age where our postmodern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has led to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week, we here at the Quest do our best to help you make […]

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