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The Eight Sounds of Music – Conclusion and Final Remarks from the Reporter Beijing Province Posted May 2, 2012 by Joel

Conclusion and Final Remarks from the Reporter The Eight Sounds are, in the World of Music as a whole, one of the most interesting superficially simple structures while yet also being extremely complex at second glance.  There is frankly no ...

The Eight Sounds of Music – The Eighth Sound, Bamboo Beijing Province Posted May 2, 2012 by Joel

THE EIGHTH SOUND (第八音) Bamboo (竹/zhú) The final sound, but yet it covers almost all aspects of woodwind instruments.  Like with silk, there are three main categories, but they have to do with the way they are blown, not strung.  ...

The Eight Sounds of Music – The Seventh Sound, Clay Beijing Province Posted May 2, 2012 by Joel

THE SEVENTH SOUND (第七音) Clay (土/tǔ) While certainly not the most expansive sound of Chinese Music, the clay (also translated as soil or earth) category has definitely been influential in China, even in the most modern of times.  Many may ...

The Eight Sounds of Music – The Sixth Sound, Silk Beijing Province Posted May 2, 2012 by Joel

THE SIXTH SOUND (第六音) Silk (丝/sī) China, a country known for its silk, has by no means spared the music world with such an element.  In fact, it is the most expansive of all the Eight Sounds, the makeup of ...

The Eight Sounds of Music – The Fifth Sound, Stone Beijing Province Posted May 2, 2012 by Joel

THE FIFTH SOUND (第五音) Stone (石/shí) Today in China, stone is perhaps the least played of the Sounds.  However, in the past, it was extremely important in imperial and ritual music.  The 编磬/biānqìng (the arranged stone) is one such instrument. ...

The Eight Sounds of Music – The Fourth Sound, Gourd Beijing Province Posted May 2, 2012 by Joel

THE FOURTH SOUND (第四音) Gourd (匏/páo) From trees and wood to the use of the tried out heads of fruit, the next sound is that of gourd.  Out of all the Eight Sounds, this one is perhaps the most obscure ...

The Eight Sounds of Music – The Third Sound, Wood Beijing Province Posted May 2, 2012 by Joel

THE THIRD SOUND (第三音) Wood (木/mù Another logically usable element to build anything, let alone instruments, is wood.  Naturally growing, it is a sturdy and carvable resource, much easier to shape than metal, and it has already been encountered as ...

The Eight Sounds of Music – The Second Sound, Metal Beijing Province Posted May 2, 2012 by Joel

THE SECOND SOUND (第二音) Metal (金/jīn) As in Western music, metal seems to be one of the main choices for percussion instruments.  The loud clanging is easily more preferred than the sound of a drum.   It’s use as a bell ...

The Eight Sounds of Music – The First Sound, Hide Beijing Province Posted May 2, 2012 by Joel

THE FIRST SOUND (???) Hide (?/gé) Starting with hide (or leather), one can see that the Chinese instruments may not have been as different from the Western world as one may have thought.  When animal hide is wet and dries, ...

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The Eight Sounds of Music – Introduction Beijing Province Posted May 2, 2012 by Joel

            THE EIGHT SOUNDS (八音) Joel Batchler (武乔尔) Reporter’s Introduction, Acknowledgements, and Thanks Ever since childhood, Chinese culture has always grabbed my attention.  What fascinated me the most about it was that it is, today, ...

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