Ok so for each species we have a music genre that matches with their dance styles.
Triangle- traditional folk music and percussion african type music
Square- Pop/R and B/Dubstep/Techno
Circle-classical music- string based music
Tradition Irish Folk
Traditional Irish music was introduced by the Celts around 2,000 years ago, which was influenced by the East. Traditionally this was learnt orally, tunes were learnt by ear and not recorded on paper as such, allowing adaptations and variations in tunes. In ‘A History of Irish Music’ by W.H. Gratton Flood it states that there are ten main instruments used in Irish Folk music. These are the cruit (small harp), a clairseach (larger harp), a timpani (small string instrument), the feadan (fife), the buinne (oboe/flute), guthbuinne (horn), the bennbuahal and corn (hornpipes), the cuislenna (bagpipes), the stock and sturgeon (clarions or trumpets) and the cnamha (castanets). Fiddles were also recorded as being used in the 8th century. Irish music was used mostly for celebrations for dancing at celebrations such as weddings. Each tune is divided into two eight bar strings, played repeatedly. This type of music is isometric (of equal measure) as they contain steps. Each 16 measures are known as a “step”, with one 8 bar strain for a “right foot” and the second for the “left foot” of the step. Tunes that do not follow this are known as crooked, making them very danceable. Below are some examples of traditional Irish Folk music- hopefully I’ll be able to record some live in Belfast.
Video courtesy of Shooter McNally.
Video courtesy of Uğur Bektaş.
Video courtesy of Livetrad.
I noticed the beat of the music- how it makes you want to move, to clap and throw your arm in the air and grab a partner. It’s intoxicating and very catchy.
Music in Africa is part of every day living – it is communal and allows people to connect as the sing and dance and clap together. This music type is also oral, not written down, and taught by ear. It was mainly driven by the slave movement as a way of unity for people. Instruments that are used are predominantly drums (made from wood and coming in a variety of sizes), which are beat either by hand or with sticks. The most common used one is the West African Djembe. These drum ensembles are structured in that they have a lead drummer who forms the basis of the main beat, with the other drummers playing alongside him. They play through cross-rhythm (playing conflicting beats at the same time) and polyrhythm (when two different pulses of beat are played at the same time). These beats act as a timeline, single beats pulsing together to hold the piece together. Other instruments used are of the string variety such as the lute, harp or zither. Two xylophone like instruments, the balafon and mriba are also used. Finally, sometimes wind instruments such as the flutes, horn, trumpets and reed pipe are used. The below videos show the use of these Djembe drums and balafons.
Video courtesy of Jalikunda African Drums.
Video courtesy of World Street Music.
Video courtesy of My Africa.
“The meaning behind the name is this: the “rhythm” part comes from the music’s typical dependance upon four-beat measures or bars and employ a backbeat (beats two and four accented in each measure). And the “blues” portion came from the lyrics and melodies of the songs, which were often sad, or ‘blue’ during the music’s emergence in the World War II era.”- randbabout.com.