All about the Musicby Cassandra on 11/15/13
That's right this time it's all about the music. The 'About Middle Eastern Music Section is completely finished! That brings us to about 40% completion of phase III of the website renovations. It's been a long process but I'm very happy with the new pages and their expanded content. This portion of the Music section is for learning (as the name so subtly suggests) about Middle Eastern music. There are three pages in this section.
The first is a list of Middle Eastern musical genres. The list is probably the most extensive list of Middle Eastern musical genres you will find on the web. Right now the page is mostly a list but after the main phases of the website remodel are completed we'll be adding a page for each genere individually (linked from this list) which will contain information on the genre. It will give examples of the music, any dances that are generally performed to it (or if dancing to it is not approptiate) as well as popular artists in the genre.
The second page is all about the structure of Middle Eastern music. This page is only a brief introduction meant to simplify the concept to make it easier to understand this complex musical form. It also links to several informational links to let you read more if your ready for it.
The third page is about Musical Trends in Middle Eastern music which follows it from what we know about 13th century Medieval Arabic music through colonialism, nationalism, and westernization/globalization. It's sort of a condensed history of Middle Eastern music. It contains music videos (or audio set to video/stills) to show examples of the overall influences and trends.
So be sure to check out the new pages under the Music section.