Saturday, January 31, 2009

Howard Goodwall’s How Music Works

How Music Works Series - with Howard Goodall 

We finished watching the four part series How Music Works with Howard Goodall and wanted to recommend it to those interested in music. The series analyzes the fundamental components of music breaking the components into melody, rhythm, harmony, and bass. Each component is treated in a 50 minute segment. The series was first broadcast on Channel 4 in 2006. 

How Music Works largely focuses on western music. Within western music though, it touches on a little of everything from early church music to classical to jazz to pop to rap. You’ll even catch a couple of snippets of modern music videos. And, you can’t help but come away with the fact that Goodall is just a little smitten with Stevie Wonder who is featured at several points in the series. In particular, two of Wonder’s “classic-period” albums Innervisions (1973) and Fullfillingness’ First Finale (1974) are given high praise.

Innervisions - Stevie Wonder - album cover Fulfillingness' First Finale - Stevie Wonder - album cover

1 comment:

  1. (imitating the Tourettes Guy) I am very partial to the host, Howard Goodall, so I tuned to YouTube. I watched all four episodes - and when it was finished, I said, "WOW!"


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