Genre Implosion Revisit, Episode III – RHYTHM
GI was the name of a graduate research project I completed as part of the requirements for my M.A in Music Criticism, in the always unique and unfortunately now-defunct program founded by Allan Walker at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and offered from 1981 to 2007. The project, which consisted of a major research paper, a 21-episode weekly radio show and a survey that sought to understand how we classify music into genres and how we are in turn influenced by that system of classification is chronicled on an area of my own main website… genreimplosion.orgalt.com.
IAM is hosting my re-visit, and perhaps your first visit, to this project as it aired Wednesday mornings from November 2005 to April 2006 on CFMU, the student radio station at McMaster University that kindly agreed to support my work. I’ll say only briefly that every 30-minute episode chose a simple musical premise that could be applied broadly across genre lines, and offered selections drawing attention to how this premise appeared in widely divergent styles.
Episode III, in classic GI “not even scratching the surface” tradition, dealt with rhythm.
Wed 23 November 2005 – SHOW III: RHYTHM
Central to a piece of music’s life, rhythm is both a founding principle, a pervasive pattern of structure and a flexible parameter at the disposal of musicians and composers to make musical points, imbue energy, and finesse the mental connection between a piece and the body of the listener.
J.S. BACH: Prelude, BWV 846 from ‘Das Wohltemperierte Klavier’ (2:07)
(Ton Koopman, harpsichord)
AASHID HIMONS: Little Red Rooster (5:09)
(The Mountain Soul Band, from ‘West Virginia Hills’)
CHRISTÒBAL MORALES (c1500-1553): Sanctus (4:44)
(Hilliard Ensemble, Jan Garbarek, Saxophone)
DAN LOCKLAIR: Caput Serpentis from ‘Constellations’ (1:15)
(George Ritchie, organ; Albert Rometo, percussion)
FATALA (Guinean drumming ensemble: Yoky (2:03)
MAURiCE RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloe: Opening to Scene I (excerpt 2:30)
(Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal / Charles Dutoit)
JOHN STAFFORD SMITH: Star Spangled Banner (excerpt 4:50)
(Jimmi Hendrix, recorded live at Woodstock)
—– Music 22:08