Reverse Engineered Influences-Danielle taylor

For my Reverse Engineered Influences Project I decided to pick the song “July” by Noah Cyrus. The song is absolutely beautiful song with a calming feeling to the song, with a guitar playing in harmony with Noah Cyrus’ voice (Cyrus). “July” serenades the listener with acoustic instrumentation and I feel as though this is my favorite part, there are not several instruments distracting from the young singer’s voice, instead a guitar and Cyrus’s voice. I thought the song sounded as though it was country in genre but it is classified as pop by the American singer. The song narrates Cyrus’s perception of feelings about and towards someone else in a rise and fall of string glissandos.

Noah Cyrus claims that her father is a huge musical influence to her career. Noah Cyrus was born in Nashville, Tennessee on January 8th, 2000 and is the fifth child of Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus (Noah, 2020). She became a musician just like her father Billy Ray Cyrus who is one of her strongest influences to her music. She originally started out acting at the young age of three years old in shows like Hannah Montana, accompanied by her well known sister Miley Cyrus, and in other shows like Doc and Mostly Ghostly. Her father was a strong influence on her music career and later Noah Cyrus came out with her first single Make Me (Cry) which came out in 2016. Her sister Miley Cyrus also had a strong influence on her musical career by being a guiding older sister who became very well known for her harmonic voice.

Another musical influence of Noah Cyrus is Lady Gaga, Cyrus said that she admires Gaga for her honesty with her fans. She also claims that Lady Gaga taught her “how to stay true to herself” (Barton, 2017). Lady Gaga has made a great effort to reach out to those with mental health issues with her music and social standing and Cyrus claims to be greatly motivated and influenced by Lady Gaga’s work. Noah Cyrus and Lady Gaga both have struggled with depression but Cyrus is especially appreciative to Lady Gaga for helping her through her tough times and influencing her music (Hussaini, 2019).

Lady Gaga was named in several articles as one of Noah Cyrus’ main influences. Lady Gaga was born on March 28th, 1986 in Yonkers, New York. Lady Gaga learned to play the piano at just four years old and wrote her first piano ballad at thirteen, she continued on in school while studying music. She made her very first performance at a nightclub in New York at fourteen years old (A&E, 2020). Lady Gaga made her way into the spotlight in 2008 with her huge hit Just Dance (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjyltncPu7I). Since then she has put out many more well-known pop hits, that mostly encompass a pop culture and clubbing atmosphere, such as “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” (Billboard, 2020). Lady Gaga herself was influenced by other various artists, she stated her three main influences are David Bowie, Queen, and Madonna (Marquez, 2020).

These artists are all very similar in their very unique and out of the usual styles/appearances. Their music is similar in that it is very dramatic, vibrant, and their choreography uses multiple dancers on stage to create a jaw dropping performance (Marquez, 2020). Madonna is a very well-known musical artist who was born on August 16th, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan. Her family on her father’s side were Italian immigrants and when her father met her mother, a French-Canadian descendant, they got married and had Madonna three years later. Madonna is an extremely well-known pop singer and also an actress and she became very well known to the musical community in the 1980’s. She had created 21 top 10 hits by 1991 and sold more than 70 million albums globally. In 2008, Forbes magazine declared Madonna the world’s wealthiest female musician. Madonna worked hard after going solo, and put out the song “Everybody” and pushed her records to a New York Producer Mark Kamins (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOqr_x_9fMc). Who soon got her a record deal with Sire Records and “Everybody” hit number 1 for dance music in 1982 (Madonna, 2020). You can draw a connection between Madonna’s music and Lady Gaga’s because of the pop/techno sort of genre. It is music that would inspire people to let go, and get up and dance.

An amazing musical artist like Madonna don’t just arise from nowhere, she was influenced by artist like: Donna Summer, Debbie Harry, and David Bowie (Levine, 2018). Debbie Harry was a well-known pop style genre singer who was born on July 1st, 1945 in Miami, Florida. She was named Angela Tremble and was adopted by Richard and Catherine Harry at three months old. She was raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey where she sang in the local choir and attended college for two years before dropping out. She then up and moved to New York City in the later part of the 1960’s, by this time she had worked as a Playboy Bunny and sung for the band called Wind in the Willows. Harry later came to join a band called the Stilettos where she started to become romantic with the guitar player, Chris Stein. The two later made their own band called Blondie in 1974. By 1976 they had released Blondie’s self-titled debut and by 1977 they were on tour for their second album. Their second album, Plastic Letters, took the British charts by storm falling in at number 2 with their very well-known single “Denis” (Debbie, 2020).

It was not until their third album when they became very popular in the United States, known as Parallel Lines. Their song “Heart of Glass” climbed its way to the top in 1978 in the U.S. (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGU_4-5RaxU). This song has a very strong start to it, with an upbeat tempo, that long the other songs influenced by her… makes you want to get up and dance. Harry’s blonde hair and signature looks were known to inspire others, and she was one of the first to rise in the music industry as a woman, she led the way for those she influenced such as Madonna (Debbie, 2020).

Now that I have drawn my research together to form this immense history of musical influences it does paint a bigger picture for me when listening to the song I chose. Also, it helps me to better understand the inspiration for Noah Cyrus and where she gets inspiration for her songs. While the song I chose was slower tempo then the songs sung by her influencers, she has their influence by providing an outlet for those that are not always in the happiest state of mind. Noah Cyrus provides an outlet for sad times faced by listeners and her music helps you slip into a happier or more decompressed state of mind. Similar to her influencers like Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Debbie Harry that provide those who listen with an escape whether that escape being able to finally cry about what has been troubling at their darkest times, or to get up and dance anyway. To be able to find a place of peace in music from the bad times, and even a place of happiness. Which is an amazing thing how music can have the power of changing someone’s mood and demeanor.

 

References

A&E Television Networks. (2020, May 29). Lady Gaga. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://www.biography.com/musician/lady-gaga

Barton, L. (2017, August 09). Noah Cyrus Reveals Her Biggest Musical Influence. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://tigerbeat.com/2017/08/noah-cyrus-lady-gaga-music-influence/

Billboard Staff. (2020, March 28). Lady Gaga’s Top 10 Billboard Hits. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/chart-beat/6813645/lady-gaga-top-10-billboard-hits

Cyrus, N. (2019). Noah Cyrus – July (Official Video) [Video file]. United States: You Tube. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhjTa_7Nq6Y

Debbie Harry. (2020, May 04). Retrieved June 30, 2020, from https://www.biography.com/musician/debbie-harry

Hussaini, F. (2019, October 08). Noah Cyrus Expresses Her Gratitude For Lady Gaga. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://dankanator.com/15252/noah-cyrus-shared-thankful-instagram-post-lady-gaga/

Levine, N. (2018, August 16). Six ways madonna influenced pop. Retrieved June 30, 2020, from https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/ywkxwy/six-ways-madonna-influenced-pop

Madonna. (2020, March 02). Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://www.biography.com/musician/madonna

Marquez, H. (2020, March 19). A Star Was Born: How Stefani Germanotta Gave Birth To Lady Gaga. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://culturacolectiva.com/music/lady-gaga-biography-name-albums-best-songs-movies

Noah Cyrus. (2020, June 27). Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Cyrus

Reverse Engineered Influences-Danielle Taylor

For my Reverse Engineered Influences Project I decided to pick the song “July” by Noah Cyrus. The song is absolutely beautiful song with a calming feeling to the song, with a guitar playing in harmony with Noah Cyrus’ voice (Cyrus). “July” serenades the listener with acoustic instrumentation and I feel as though this is my favorite part, there are not several instruments distracting from the young singer’s voice, instead a guitar and Cyrus’s voice. I thought the song sounded as though it was country in genre but it is classified as pop by the American singer. The song narrates Cyrus’s perception of feelings about and towards someone else in a rise and fall of string glissandos.

Noah Cyrus claims that her father is a huge musical influence to her career. Noah Cyrus was born in Nashville, Tennessee on January 8th, 2000 and is the fifth child of Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus (Noah, 2020). She became a musician just like her father Billy Ray Cyrus who is one of her strongest influences to her music. She originally started out acting at the young age of three years old in shows like Hannah Montana, accompanied by her well known sister Miley Cyrus, and in other shows like Doc and Mostly Ghostly. Her father was a strong influence on her music career and later Noah Cyrus came out with her first single Make Me (Cry) which came out in 2016. Her sister Miley Cyrus also had a strong influence on her musical career by being a guiding older sister who became very well known for her harmonic voice.

Another musical influence of Noah Cyrus is Lady Gaga, Cyrus said that she admires Gaga for her honesty with her fans. She also claims that Lady Gaga taught her “how to stay true to herself” (Barton, 2017). Lady Gaga has made a great effort to reach out to those with mental health issues with her music and social standing and Cyrus claims to be greatly motivated and influenced by Lady Gaga’s work. Noah Cyrus and Lady Gaga both have struggled with depression but Cyrus is especially appreciative to Lady Gaga for helping her through her tough times and influencing her music (Hussaini, 2019).

Lady Gaga was named in several articles as one of Noah Cyrus’ main influences. Lady Gaga was born on March 28th, 1986 in Yonkers, New York. Lady Gaga learned to play the piano at just four years old and wrote her first piano ballad at thirteen, she continued on in school while studying music. She made her very first performance at a nightclub in New York at fourteen years old (A&E, 2020). Lady Gaga made her way into the spotlight in 2008 with her huge hit Just Dance (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjyltncPu7I). Since then she has put out many more well-known pop hits, that mostly encompass a pop culture and clubbing atmosphere, such as “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” (Billboard, 2020). Lady Gaga herself was influenced by other various artists, she stated her three main influences are David Bowie, Queen, and Madonna (Marquez, 2020).

These artists are all very similar in their very unique and out of the usual styles/appearances. Their music is similar in that it is very dramatic, vibrant, and their choreography uses multiple dancers on stage to create a jaw dropping performance (Marquez, 2020). Madonna is a very well-known musical artist who was born on August 16th, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan. Her family on her father’s side were Italian immigrants and when her father met her mother, a French-Canadian descendant, they got married and had Madonna three years later. Madonna is an extremely well-known pop singer and also an actress and she became very well known to the musical community in the 1980’s. She had created 21 top 10 hits by 1991 and sold more than 70 million albums globally. In 2008, Forbes magazine declared Madonna the world’s wealthiest female musician. Madonna worked hard after going solo, and put out the song “Everybody” and pushed her records to a New York Producer Mark Kamins (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOqr_x_9fMc). Who soon got her a record deal with Sire Records and “Everybody” hit number 1 for dance music in 1982 (Madonna, 2020). You can draw a connection between Madonna’s music and Lady Gaga’s because of the pop/techno sort of genre. It is music that would inspire people to let go, and get up and dance.

An amazing musical artist like Madonna don’t just arise from nowhere, she was influenced by artist like: Donna Summer, Debbie Harry, and David Bowie (Levine, 2018). Debbie Harry was a well-known pop style genre singer who was born on July 1st, 1945 in Miami, Florida. She was named Angela Tremble and was adopted by Richard and Catherine Harry at three months old. She was raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey where she sang in the local choir and attended college for two years before dropping out. She then up and moved to New York City in the later part of the 1960’s, by this time she had worked as a Playboy Bunny and sung for the band called Wind in the Willows. Harry later came to join a band called the Stilettos where she started to become romantic with the guitar player, Chris Stein. The two later made their own band called Blondie in 1974. By 1976 they had released Blondie’s self-titled debut and by 1977 they were on tour for their second album. Their second album, Plastic Letters, took the British charts by storm falling in at number 2 with their very well-known single “Denis” (Debbie, 2020).

It was not until their third album when they became very popular in the United States, known as Parallel Lines. Their song “Heart of Glass” climbed its way to the top in 1978 in the U.S. (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGU_4-5RaxU). This song has a very strong start to it, with an upbeat tempo, that long the other songs influenced by her… makes you want to get up and dance. Harry’s blonde hair and signature looks were known to inspire others, and she was one of the first to rise in the music industry as a woman, she led the way for those she influenced such as Madonna (Debbie, 2020).

Now that I have drawn my research together to form this immense history of musical influences it does paint a bigger picture for me when listening to the song I chose. Also, it helps me to better understand the inspiration for Noah Cyrus and where she gets inspiration for her songs. While the song I chose was slower tempo then the songs sung by her influencers, she has their influence by providing an outlet for those that are not always in the happiest state of mind. Noah Cyrus provides an outlet for sad times faced by listeners and her music helps you slip into a happier or more decompressed state of mind. Similar to her influencers like Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Debbie Harry that provide those who listen with an escape whether that escape being able to finally cry about what has been troubling at their darkest times, or to get up and dance anyway. To be able to find a place of peace in music from the bad times, and even a place of happiness. Which is an amazing thing how music can have the power of changing someone’s mood and demeanor.

 

References

A&E Television Networks. (2020, May 29). Lady Gaga. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://www.biography.com/musician/lady-gaga

Barton, L. (2017, August 09). Noah Cyrus Reveals Her Biggest Musical Influence. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://tigerbeat.com/2017/08/noah-cyrus-lady-gaga-music-influence/

Billboard Staff. (2020, March 28). Lady Gaga’s Top 10 Billboard Hits. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/chart-beat/6813645/lady-gaga-top-10-billboard-hits

Cyrus, N. (2019). Noah Cyrus – July (Official Video) [Video file]. United States: You Tube. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhjTa_7Nq6Y

Debbie Harry. (2020, May 04). Retrieved June 30, 2020, from https://www.biography.com/musician/debbie-harry

Hussaini, F. (2019, October 08). Noah Cyrus Expresses Her Gratitude For Lady Gaga. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://dankanator.com/15252/noah-cyrus-shared-thankful-instagram-post-lady-gaga/

Levine, N. (2018, August 16). Six ways madonna influenced pop. Retrieved June 30, 2020, from https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/ywkxwy/six-ways-madonna-influenced-pop

Madonna. (2020, March 02). Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://www.biography.com/musician/madonna

Marquez, H. (2020, March 19). A Star Was Born: How Stefani Germanotta Gave Birth To Lady Gaga. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://culturacolectiva.com/music/lady-gaga-biography-name-albums-best-songs-movies

Noah Cyrus. (2020, June 27). Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Cyrus

Sound Events in Painting-Danielle Taylor

I thought this was an interesting assignment, to look at a picture and describe the sounds that picture elicits to myself as the viewer. This painting is overall very interesting to me, as a whole it is almost as the corners are fade into darkness while the center of the photo is bright and very clear. This is sort of like a song as some parts of the music and melody fade off, while others are loud, very clear, and almost sort of bright. It as if the middle of the photo has a very strong rhythm that you can clearly see and hear. When you look to the back left of the photo, you see an open door, it looks as though there are guest being served at a party, you see perhaps the host giving a toast. While others at the table are possibly talking or even whispering, I can hear the echoing noise of the guest and the host talking, as it spirals down the staircase.

Then we can see possibly a server who is coming down the staircase with her pointer finger near her mouth, as if to silence the viewer. This to me creates an eerie illusion or almost a break to allow all the other sounds to create a unanimous harmony. She is also holding something in her other hand and I cannot quite tell what it is, maybe a glass? As you look to your right down the hallway, there is what appears to be another server—a woman who has a man with his arms around her shoulders and chest. She has a very blank and calm stare; she seems to be calm but also not present in that moment. Whereas the man who has his arms around her appears to be looking at her lips, almost as if he is desiring a romantic or passionate moment between himself and this woman. This seems to be almost scandalous, but it is very subtle because no one seems to know this is happening except possibly for the woman coming down the stairs.

Maybe she is keeping a secret for a friend, or possibly trying to catch these two star cross lovers in the midst of an affair? You can also see two other open doors, one to the right showing another room. There seems to be a counter which has some sort of animal on it, maybe a cat or ferret. This almost pops out of no where like a single note hit in the midst of the song that stands out to some but not so much to others, you could miss it in a second if you weren’t paying attention. You can also see another open door behind the man and woman that leads outside where there is a large building and possibly a person walking in front of it. Maybe it is just my eyes but it almost looks as if it’s a witch, with a tall black hat on and a black cloak. This is almost as if it is a far-off instrument you can hear playing in the background of a song.

The overall painting made me think of multiple singers or instruments combining to create a tutti. It also creates such emotion especially from the woman who is almost in the center of the painting, wanting the viewer to be quiet it reminded me of an aria because I feel as though she expressing something she is currently trying to evoke to viewer-a specific emotion. Also, it gives me a similar feeling like the Doctrine of Affections because of those specific emotions it is trying to arouse, of calm, eerie, surprise, unity, and even desire.

Roden’s Soundwalk Pt. 1: 3 Musical Parts-Danielle Taylor

The three sounds that I find musical created an image and emotion within me.  It was not until 5:07 where the image began to form in feelings and vision.  During this first section I chose, I felt calm and peace.  It felt like submersion into the ocean where my heart rate slowed and wonderment filled me.  Then at 7:45 I felt things change, suddenly my heart rate picked up, there were things around me that I was hearing and I felt as though I was not alone.  My eyes could see nothing but my mind and body felt it.  I don’t know if it was good or evil but I knew it was there.  Then at 10:00 my senses went crazy, it was there, right on me.  FEAR is what I felt.  Music in any form makes you feel emotions and these three pieces invoked these specific thoughts within my being. That is why I would choose these three pieces of Roden’s Soundwalk because I think these are extremely unique feelings, and each listener may perceive them differently. Therefore, this would make my own sample idiosyncratic.

Roden’s Soundwalk Pt. #1: 3 Musical Elements-Danielle Taylor

The three sounds that I find musical created an image and emotion within me.  It was not until 5:07 where the image began to form in feelings and vision.  During this first section I chose, I felt calm and peace.  It felt like submersion into the ocean where my heart rate slowed and wonderment filled me.  Then at 7:45 I felt things change, suddenly my heart rate picked up, there were things around me that I was hearing and I felt as though I was not alone.  My eyes could see nothing but my mind and body felt it.  I don’t know if it was good or evil but I knew it was there.  Then at 10:00 my senses went crazy, it was there, right on me.  FEAR is what I felt.  Music in any form makes you feel emotions and these three pieces invoked these specific thoughts within my being. That is why I would choose these three pieces of Roden’s Soundwalk because I think these are extremely unique feelings, and each listener may perceive them differently. Therefore, this would make my own sample idiosyncratic.

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