6 posts from October 2015

October 29, 2015

Poor Unfortunate Gender Stereotypes: Gender Transgression and Masculinity in the Music of Female Disney Villains

In the spring of 2015, Dana Gorzelany-Mostak hosted a semi-formal writing competition in her Music Since 1900 course at Rider University. Students were free to explore a wide variety of musical topics and were instructed to model their essays on those found on The Avid Listener. Co-editor Felicia Miyakawa visited Gorzelany-Mostak's class via video chat and discussed the writing, development, and revision process that goes on behind the scenes at TAL. We're thrilled to feature the winning essay here, and we invite readers to send us their own classroom success stories!

Michael Fauver

Managing Editor 

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The Avid Listener Digest, November 2015

To help readers navigate the growing list of essays published on The Avid Listener, we've created a downloadable "digest." In it, you'll find links to all our content—organized by category—as well as information on upcoming features. Check it out, and keep coming back for more!

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October 26, 2015

Autistic and Epileptic, In a Rock Concert

Amy Sequenzia (Rockledge, Florida)

Being in a loud rock concert—where there are blinking lights, no places to sit, and a lot of people very close to each other—can be very overwhelming for most Autistic people. Many will avoid such events. And loud noises and lights can trigger seizures in those with epilepsy.  

I am Autistic and epileptic, and I eagerly attended a concert by the Headstones at Rapids Theatre, Niagara Falls, NY in July 2015. So what was I doing in a rock concert?

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October 19, 2015

Survival through Song

Kendra Leonard (Humble, TX)

If you lived in the future world of Canadian writer Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam trilogy, you might learn about the properties of plants through song rather than in a biology class: “The Dandelion shoots, for spring, / Before their flowers burst; / The Burdock root is best in June / When it is fat with juice.” Throughout Atwood’s trilogy, song plays an important role in transmitting knowledge in a place and time where the communications structures we take most for granted—the Internet, phones, and even books—are gone or hard to come by.

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October 12, 2015

Nintendo, Stravinsky, and the Aesthetics of Limitation

William Gibbons (Texas Christian University)

Not many video game consoles have the historical or cultural cachet of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The unassuming gray and black box became a ubiquitous feature of living rooms across much of the world in the 1980s and early 1990s, its massive success simultaneously revitalizing the flagging game industry and establishing standards that continue to affect many aspects of game design even today. The NES’s influence on video game music was (and still is) considerable. Music from its more popular games—including the Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Mega Man series, for example—ranks among the best known and most beloved game soundtracks, endlessly recycled in more recent games, requested in game music concerts, and reproduced in YouTube arrangements.

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A History of Western Music

J. Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout, and Claude V. Palisca

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Kristine Forney, Andrew Dell’Antonio, and Joseph Machlis

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