Electronics and Electricity: The Fusion of Science and Art in Sound

“I’m more of an arts/humanities person than a math/science person,” say many high school students upon taking standardized tests or choosing their major before going to college (admittedly, I have been guilty of uttering this phrase). TV shows, such as¬†The Big Bang Theory¬†utilize scientific characters to poke fun at people in the humanities for their flowery language and inability to hold down a stable job. Laws, such as the COMPETES Act and the famous No Child Left Behind Act have been passed, determining which educational areas to make cuts in during economic crises, and one can’t help but notice the bitterness arts advocates and their scientific counterparts hold toward one another when the funding goes toward their opponent’s field. Yet, more recently, people have developed methods to bridge the gap between the two disciplines, making it questionable as to whether they are more interconnected than most people assume.

*DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A SCIENTIST, SO IF YOU ARE, PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR ANY GENERALIZATIONS/DEFICIENCIES YOU MAY NOTE IN MY EXPLANATIONS! THE INTENT OF THIS ENTRY IS TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC/TECHNOLOGICAL WAYS OF CREATING MUSIC.*

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1970s Push and 1980s Pull: Examining Social and Political Trends in Music

Branching off of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” topic is a closer look at pop and rock music of the 1970s and 1980s. Although the songs of these decades may appear to fall into a mutual “Oldies” category due to the differences in instruments and technology implemented, vocal tone qualities, and fashion choices made by the artists when compared to pop artists of the 2000s, there are several factors which distinguish 1970s music from 1980s music. But, what possibly could have contributed to so much change within ten short years of music history? Pop music, and even rock music in the form of New Wave in the 1970s, heavily emphasized lyrics of love. It focused more on the singer than on instrumental solos, and mostly stuck to the basic short form (or structure) of verse and chorus, rather than trying to get creative with each section of a musical piece, which could cause the piece to be lengthier. Read More »