What is The Fascinating World of Music?

It’s a series of listening sessions where, after setting the chosen music in a context, we listen to it collectively.
Bearing in mind social and economical factors, as well as clarifying anecdotes, we establish genres, historical periods and geographical spaces. Trying to move away from a one and only history and chronology, we explain subjectively the past to understand the present, but, above all, we want to enjoy fascinating music!

How are the listening sessions organised?

In these, which can last between one hour and a half to three hours, we use a turntable, a CD player, one amplifier and two loudspeakers to listen and enjoy music with all our senses, not only with the hearing.

Where can the sessions be held?

In any room with capacity for between fifteen to one hundred people, where the assistants can sit and start a listening journey with the help of some introductory explanations.
Libraries, community centres, cultural associations, classrooms… are ideally suited for these listening sessions.

Choose your adventure

This is one of the ways that “The Fascinating World of Music” can be carried out.

Although there is a series of more or less set modules, which include from two to three to ten listening sessions, “The Fascinating World of Music” modules can be adapted to various needs and enjoyed in a different order.
To date, we offer “The Fascinating World of Electronic Music” (ten episodes), “The Fascinating World of Caribbean Music” (three episodes) and “Colonising the Colonist: Jamaica in the UK (two episodes), which are complete courses whose episodes can also be held individually.

Below these lines you can find sound samples and a brief explanation of every listening session’s contents.
“The Fascinating World of Music” has already been held in public libraries from Barcelona like Biblioteca Vapor Vell and Biblioteca de la Sagrera (six episodes about electronic music), in the Convent de Sant Agustí community centre as part of the Recorreguts Sonors series (a one-off special listening session about female pioneers of electronic music).

First Electronic Music

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A review of the first electronic music from the beginning of the 20th century, and from 1950, of the use of new electronic instruments – intonarumori, theremin, moog, buchla – in cinema, TV and radio. Artists that take us in a journey to the future, music from the 21st century right in the 20th century.

Jamaica and the Dub

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In a little Caribbean island, what we know today as remix (“version” in the Jamaican jargon) was invented. The Jamaican pioneers used the mixing table as the essential instrument with which they created a whole new genre. They called it dub, and it was a new way of looking, listening and dancing to music.

 

The birth of Hip-Hop, take the street!

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Sound recycling from the past to the future. The block parties and the birth of the sampler. Jamaica‘s outdoor party moved to the Bronx and held by African-American and Latino communities. The DJ who converts pieces of forgotten albums into key pieces for the creation of new music while the MC rhymes you will rhyme!

 

Electro and the Galaxy

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Electro is hip-hop’s bastard brother, son of<strong> Kraftwerk</strong>’s fantasies, <strong>George Clinton and Sun Ra</strong>. Drum machines and synthesizers to cook a clearly afrofuturist music. From <strong>New York to Detroit</strong> and then the whole world

Chicago vs Detroit. House vs Techno

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La Wind city vs la Motor City. O com el House neix a Chicago intensificant el beat de la música disco amb instruments electrònics com les rolands 303 i 808 fins a crear l’acid house i com paral.lelament a Detroit porten la pista de ball fins a Mart via novament els omnipresents Kraftwerk  i l’electro de New York.

El Fascinant Món de la Música Electrònica

 

Pioneering Women in Electronic Music

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Music avant-gardes hide many women who were true pioneers. From theremin’s instrumentalist par excellence, Clara Rockmore, to the creator of the Oramics technique and member of the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, Daphne Oram, her successor Delia Derbyshire, the Danish Elsa Maria Pade, Elianne Radigue, Pauline Oliveiros and the deep listening… A thrilling musical journey.

Cuba: Africa and the Iberian Peninsula collide

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Africa is at the heart of Cuban music, and the African continent’s traditions permeate in most of its artistic expressions. Rumba and santeria meet the Spanish lyrical poetry and Christianity. Iberian Peninsula’s ballroom dance music are essential in the danzas, contradanzas, congas, son, guarachas; where the colony becomes creole.

The Fascinating World of Caribbean Music

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