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What Makes Rock

19 Apr 2017

Rock music is different from other forms of music in its use of multiple sources of inspiration. More than any other type of music, rock music is a hybrid, combining elements from Black blues music, British music, folk music, American gospel music, and country and western music ("Rock Music"). Rock music is also different from the rock and roll music that came before it because rock and roll was meant primarily for dancing, while rock music is often written for listeners and not for dancers ("Rock Music").

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Tragedy

31 Mar 2017

The term tragedy could be literally transmitted to “goat song, which in turn refers to the ritual of Dionysus. We, however, would not focus on the roots of tragedy as defined here; rather we would focus on Aristotle’s concept of tragedy. It was basically from the story of Dionysus, as well as from other sources on which Aristotle’s concept of tragedy was deeply embedded. One of the major features of Aristotle’s description of tragedy is “an imitation of noble and complete action, having the proper magnitude” which basically means that a tragic character is noble person or someone who is great or emits an aura of certain “magnitude” Aristotle, 350 B.C.).

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What is art?

31 Mar 2017

Art is a broad term that encompasses study and expression of whatever we witness and create. It lends itself a subjective taste in contrast to science which looks objective rationale as its basis. Art is creation of what otherwise lies dormant within us. Poetry for instance is an art form for it expresses among many things the feelings of the human soul which can’t be put down in precise ‘scientific’ manner and remains open to interpretation owing to its innate nature. Science may be considered a ‘mind’ thing adhering to certain rules and regulations but art involves a certain involvement of ‘heart’ in it for it to be open to human perception and creation.

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Stonehenge: A landmark for the human spirit and ingenuity

28 Mar 2017

Five thousand years ago, massive stones and lumber were moved, from different locations to one special ritualistic space, in order to form one of the greatest man-made structures in the world, Stonehenge (Jones, 2008). Stonehenge is located on the open downland of Salisbury Plain in Southern England. It is not a solitary structure, and it is made of earth, timber, and stone structures, which were believed to be remodeled over a period of more than 2000 years (Jones, 2008). Stonehenge reveals the tenacity of the human spirit and the ingenuity for an artistic enterprise that demands respect and admiration.

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On Gothic Cathedrals

28 Mar 2017

The word Gothic, when used in context and in describing the type of architecture seen during the late medieval period in Europe, can be pointed to be directly related to some discernable architectural features seen in a cathedral or church. Gothic architecture evolved to be the most known and most common type of architecture seen in European churches and abbeys. In describing Gothic architecture, primarily in churches, one must look for some structures and characteristics present on these types of buildings. 

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What Art Is and How Art Should Contribute To Society?

17 Mar 2017

Undoubtedly, art is a very multifaceted concept, which has many different meanings. Art can be defined as a number of forms (ex. music, poetry, cinema, sculpture and others), which help to express human mind, feelings, vision, imagination, etc. Also, art means applying a person’s talents, skills or abilities in a creative manner to reflect his or her personal apprehension and perception of the reality. Finally, art is an important element of any national culture, which accumulates spiritual and aesthetic values of the nation.

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American West

09 Mar 2017

In his painting, “Against the Sunset”, Frederick Remington plays on the stereotype of the American West as man against the environment, a lonely quest taken on by nothing more than a man and his horse. His painting depicts the lone rider against a setting sun, shown by the yellow to red wash beyond the horizon. The color choice of reds and yellows instead of traditional sky blues is meant to show the unrelenting heat of the West. Coupled with the foreground sagebrush, it depicts the harshness of the climate that was fit for neither man nor beast. Remington’s painting is itself a myth of the West, leading the viewer to assume that life in the West was a solitary pursuit. He shows the environment as much more harsh than it truly was, using blurring of the foreground to again imply extreme heat and dusty conditions. In this piece, as in mch of his work, Remington chooses to focus on the cowboy and imply that the West was a lonely place where men fought the elements by themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Art Offense

09 Mar 2017

To draw the line between freedom of expression and art offense, it is worth to consider what can be viewed as offense. Cambridge Dictionary defines offense as “upset and hurt or annoyed feelings, often because someone has been rude or shown no respect” (“Offence”). Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives a more elaborate definition of the adjective ‘offensive’: it is something “of, relating to, or designed for attack”, or “giving painful or unpleasant sensations”, or “causing displeasure or resentment” (“Offensive”). This definition seems to be too wide as it can encompass almost every work of art. Indeed, somebody may find Mona Lisa as “causing displeasure”, but it cannot be the ground to regard this work of art as offensive. It is not possible to satisfy every viewer, and it is not the artist’s goal and destination to satisfy everybody. Art is inconceivable without freedom. Otherwise it looses expression and originality. Therefore, it will be more appropriate to regard as offensive only the works that “show no respect” at all for others’ feelings, according to the Cambridge Dictionary definition. These can be, for example, the works that offense religious feelings, or that are evidently insulting. Yet, even such works have the right to exist if they are the true displayers of the artist’s view, they only should not be displayed at public places in order not to offense others. However, the works of art that stir up hatred, discrimination, racism, and violence should be definitely regarded as offensive.

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Western classical music in modern society

09 Mar 2017

Music has constantly evolved from ancient times to the present era and it represents cultures of both ancient civilizations and modern society. The music that modern society enjoys now is music that is a conglomeration of many kinds of music influencing current forms. However, one kind of music has barely changed over the years and is still performed much the same way now as it was hundreds of years ago; this is classical music. In the Western World, classical music was lauded for its elegance and quality, as well as its complex musical characteristics. Aside from the way it was performed and the instruments used, there is little or no change at all to this kind of music.

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The Renaissance and Theater

03 Mar 2017

Within the scope of modern civilization, there are periods of time which stand out for the wide reaching and impressive advances made in one area or another. An excellent example of this is the renaissance, a period of time which set the pace for many of the things that even today are recognized as outstanding. There are those who claim that the renaissance was more of a social phenomenon than a chronological time period, especially in terms of the theater, which truly saw its most formative period during the renaissance. This research will discuss not only the historical significance of the renaissance, but also other facets of the era and the role of theater as well.

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