Essay on Popular music

Dangdut: Jazz and Indonesian Popular Music

Dangdut is a genre of Indonesian popular music that is partly derived from Arabic, Indian, and Malay folk music. It developed in the 1970s among working class Muslim youth, but especially since the late 1990s has reached a broader following in Indonesia. A dangdut band usually consists of a lead singer backed by four to […]

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Classical vs Pop Music

There are a lot of differences between the two most popular styles of music. These musical styles have different history, used instruments, size of audience and height of popularity. Classical music and popular music are both part of the culture of most Americans and Europeans. They share some aspects of musical language, but there are […]

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Towards an Aesthetic of Popular Music summary

In the article, “Towards an Aesthetic of Popular Music”, Simon Frith tries to show the aesthetic value of poplar music in the sociological field, while most of the academic musicologists think popular music, submitted to social forces, is aesthetically worthless. There are two different sociological approaches to judge the value of music. First is technique […]

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