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Dec 31

Electronic instruments. Electronics are so fused in today’s music world, we hardly notice their presence anymore.  The process of amplifying and recording music on it’s own has cemented electronics as a cornerstone of music-making in the 20th century. But how do electronics fit into an exploration of different types of instruments?

Simple answer: not very easily!

Dec 27

Third collection! Bite-size harmonies of poetry and visual art; expressions of life, truth, and wisdom; snippets to breathe inspiration, wonder, and beauty into your being. If you’ve enjoyed these, revisit the previous Snippets of Beauty collection! Is there a quote you think would make a great Snippet of Beauty? Tell us in the comments, and

December is upon us! Walking down the street, buildings are covered in twinkly lights, the wandering crowds are filled with cheer, and the air is ringing with that sound we all know – the holiday bells. Bells are a classically religious instrument in Christianity, Shinto, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Bells have always had strong association with

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Dec 18

Second collection! Bite-size harmonies of poetry and visual art; expressions of life, truth, and wisdom; snippets to breathe inspiration, wonder, and beauty into your being. If you’ve enjoyed these, revisit the first Snippets of Beauty collection! Is there a quote you think would make a great Snippet of Beauty? Tell us in the comments, and

The wide world of strings! From screaming electric guitars to the most delicate of violins, string instruments are among the most-loved sounds in the musical buffet. So, how exactly do stringed instruments work?
 Actually, a lot like drums! Like drums, string instruments have two essential parts: the material held in tension (which will create the

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Dec 11

Bite-size harmonies of poetry and visual art; expressions of life, truth, and wisdom; snippets to breathe inspiration, wonder, and beauty into your being. If you’ve enjoyed these, be sure to check out the next Snippets of Beauty collection! Is there a quote you think would make a great Snippet of Beauty? Tell us in the

Dec 10

Today we continue our journey through the world of instruments with some hand-smacking fun – drums! A drum is an instrument whose sound is caused by a membrane suspended in tension.  A drum consists of at least two simple sections: the membrane (or head) itself, and the supporting structure that stretches the membrane tightly. Unlike

Dec 03

Couldn’t resist. So if that’s not the sort of pipe (or not-pipe, as the case may be), what is the sort of pipe we’re talking about? Or, not-pipe we’re talking about. Or… pipe we’re not-talking about?

 Ok, enough semiotics for today. As per our last article about types of instruments, we’ll call any instrument a

Nov 26

We’re currently touring South America… about as far south as one can go. The area is a beautiful countryside, sprinkled with an eclectic variety of locals and tourists. I have never been more present to what North Americans and South Americans share as I am these days. Our history is deeply interlocked – as is

Art imitates life, life imitates art. A phrase we’ve likely all heard, and an idea that blooms in a breadth of perspectives of art, and what art is to us, what it means to our lives. Do we unwittingly shape our lives to resemble the stories we read or see on the screen? Do we

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