The word is derived from the Greek term “mousike” meaning the art of the Muses. As a form of art it is counted among the very few things that all cultures and societies have in common. The common definition of music is that it is a form of art that uses sound as a medium. It is comprised of the several major elements including pitch, rhythm, tempo and meter.

Though it may come as a surprise for some people, music has a strong connection with mathematics. The delicate process of the creation of music, its performance and meaning are defined by their cultural origin.

From ancient Greece and Egypt to the preset day, music has played a crucial role in various secular ceremonies, religious rituals and social movements. Today, music is present in various branches, from entertainment to business and education and even therapy.

When it comes to the classification of music, there are four distinctive groups, formed in the accordance with the historical time table, the prehistoric and ancient music, biblical period and early music. Each of these categories has developed a number of genres of their own.

The documentaries and video materials provided in this category are concerned with every aspect of music, from its therapeutic significance to the contemporary genres and the overall state of the music industry.

Watch the documentary on Ireland`s DIY bands and the culture that has been developing over the course of twenty years.

Find out how the long-play records have changed the course of popular music history between the mid 1960s and the late 1970s. The three minute single became the thing of the past. The new technology enabled the musicians to record full albums which, in turn, had a significant impact on the way in which the music industry works.

Follow the story of the last 24 hours of Jim Morrison. The events prior to his untimely death will reveal a different side of Morrison, a dark and troubled one. The battle with his demons ended on July 2, 1971 in Paris along with his life.

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American Hardcore
American Hardcore

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American Hardcore is a music documentary. The director of this video is Paul Rachman and scripted by Steven Blush. It is inspired by the book called American Hardcore: A Tribal History by S. Blush. It was first screened on September 22nd in 2006 for a limited period of time. The film offers some early pioneers of the in-your-face punk music scene including Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, SS Decontrol, D.O.A., The Minutemen and a number of other bands. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the DVD on February 20th in 2007. This documentary addresses the origin and advancement of in-your-face punk rock from 1978 to 1986, in spite of the fact that the cover says 1980 to 1986. The narrative gloats far reaching underground footage shot at the peak of the ‘no-nonsense’ scene. The film includes a number of recorded meetings with bad-to-the-bone punk musicians from groups like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Black Flag and other similar bands from this movement. The film was shot and altered in the course of five years with numerous recorded scenes of 80s hardcore groups being sent in by the groups themselves. A portion of the footage was shot by Paul Rachman in the 80s with the most remarkable bit of footage being the last show of Negative FX which generated uproar after the electricity was cut during the performance. A large portion of the meetings were filmed in both Paul Rachman's and Steven Blush's flats, but in different parts of it, in order to make it look like that they were filmed elsewhere.If you want to watch more music documentaries, click here.

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The Music Instinct: Science and Song
The Music Instinct: Science and Song

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The Music Instinct: Science and Song give a noteworthy investigation into how and why the human creature and the entire recurring pattern of the universe is moved by the evident impact of music. This takes after visionary analysts and achieved artists to the intersection of science and culture looking for answers to music s profound riddles. This is a complete take a gander at how the cerebrum responds in execution, simply tuning in, atonal music, the tangible responses from individual to individual, instrument, voices to others . The mic and cam into the uterus of a pregnant lady demonstrating the infant grinning and listening to the music. All subjects affirming what music producers have constantly accepted - we are hardwired to acknowledge and perform music with the cortex of the cerebrum demonstrating white hot light in the MRI - the mind on music. Extremely energizing project and all the more dismal and discouraging when it likewise demonstrates the significance to our childrens' instruction in all subjects when they figure out how to play music before the age of 10 and we have cut music and craftsmanship as unimportant subjects.If you enjoyed this documentary and would like to see more science related videos, click here.

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Johnny Cash: The Last Great American
Johnny Cash: The Last Great American

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This is a BBC 4 documentary about the legendary singer Johnny Cash. It portrays, retrospectively, his life and work. The major contributors to this film are his long-time manager, Lou Robin, his children John Carter and Rosanne Cash, musicians Cowboy Jack Clement, Merle Haggard, Little Richard, Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Costello.Cash gained his country music superstar status in the 60s when he established the legendary Man in Black persona. Hit songs of that period were ‘I Walk The Line’, ‘Ring Of Fire’, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ and ‘A Boy Named Sue’. At that time, he was battling drug issues and had a peculiar lifestyle of spirituality and fame. He eventually settled down with June Carter, with whom he had two children. His career took a new and fresh direction, turning to a younger audience in the 90s, when he started collaborating with Rick Rubin, a producer from Def Jam. He won a number of Grammy and other similar awards for his last album. He died in 2003, just after the release of a CD set called ‘Unearthed’, an acoustic performance which revived his career.If you want to watch more music related documentaries, click here.

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Sex Pistols - The Filth And The Fury
Sex Pistols - The Filth And The Fury

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The Filth and the Fury is the second film Julien Temple made about The Sex Pistols. His first exertion was The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, which was screened in British films on 15 May 1980. This prior exertion was vigorously censured for being excessively skewed towards the Pistols' director Malcolm McLaren's rendition of occasions about the band. The Filth and the Fury recounts the story from the perspective of the band individuals. The title of the film is a reference to a feature that showed up in the British tabloid daily paper The Daily Mirror on 2 December 1976 after a meeting on ITV's "Today" exhibited by Bill Grundy. The title of The Daily Mirror article was itself motivated by William Faulkner's novel The Sound and the Fury which was thusly taken from a line in Shakespeare's Macbeth Sanctuary's narrative graphs the ascent, decay and fall of the Sex Pistols from their humble beginnings in London's Shepherd's Bush to their breaking down at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Sanctuary puts the band into recorded setting with Britain's social circumstance in the 1970s through archival footage from the period. This film was seen in a few routes as an open door for the Pistols to recount their side of the story, generally through meetings with the surviving individuals from the gathering, footage shot amid the time, and outtakes from The Great Rock and Roll Swindle.If you want to watch more music videos, click here.

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It Might Get Loud
It Might Get Loud

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It Might Get Loud is a 2008 American narrative film by movie producer Davis Guggenheim. It investigates the vocations and styles of noticeable rock musical performers Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White. The film was releasedca on August 14, 2009 in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics. The film debuted at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, and played at both Sundance Film Festival and the 59th Berlin International Film Festival in 2009. The film got by and large positive audits, attaining to a normal faultfinder audit score of 70% on Metacritic, and presently holds an ensured crisp rate of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an agreement of: "A tender tribute to shake's most different instrument, It Might Get Loud is canny and musically fulfilling". As indicated by Phil Alexander, who gave the film a four star survey in Mojo magazine, "It Might Get Loud is without a doubt both a triumphant and genuinely engrossing 90-moment display that furnishes the viewer with extraordinary understanding and excitement in equivalent measure. Barney Hoskyns of Uncut provided for it four stars and called it a "retaining film".If you enjoyed this documentary and would like to see more music videos, click here.

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American Hardcore
American Hardcore

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American Hardcore is a music documentary. The director of this video is Paul Rachman and scripted by Steven Blush. It is inspired by the book called American Hardcore: A Tribal History by S. Blush. It was first screened on September 22nd in 2006 for a limited period of time. The film offers some early pioneers of the in-your-face punk music scene including Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, SS Decontrol, D.O.A., The Minutemen and a number of other bands. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the DVD on February 20th in 2007. This documentary addresses the origin and advancement of in-your-face punk rock from 1978 to 1986, in spite of the fact that the cover says 1980 to 1986. The narrative gloats far reaching underground footage shot at the peak of the ‘no-nonsense’ scene. The film includes a number of recorded meetings with bad-to-the-bone punk musicians from groups like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Black Flag and other similar bands from this movement. The film was shot and altered in the course of five years with numerous recorded scenes of 80s hardcore groups being sent in by the groups themselves. A portion of the footage was shot by Paul Rachman in the 80s with the most remarkable bit of footage being the last show of Negative FX which generated uproar after the electricity was cut during the performance. A large portion of the meetings were filmed in both Paul Rachman's and Steven Blush's flats, but in different parts of it, in order to make it look like that they were filmed elsewhere.If you want to watch more music documentaries, click here.

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Heavy Metal in Baghdad
Heavy Metal in Baghdad

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This is a 2007 documentary that is produced by Suroosh Alvi and Eddy Moretti. They are on a quest of locating the Iraqi a metal band called Acrassicauda in the midst of the Iraq War. In 2003, the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda were featured in a magazine article in Vice. With the help of the magazine, they found themselves able to make a show in 2005 that was sold out. Producers from Vice came back to Iraq in 2006 to find the band. Upon their return they found the huge number of death and mayhem, and the music studios were demolished by bombs. Authentic meetings with the members of the band enable you to see into a sub segment of society saturated with American popular society and the dangers this pulls in. The film was shot more than three years. Shooting areas included Erbil, Baghdad, Lebanon, Beirut, Syria and Damascus. The film was conveyed by VBS TV, a fraction of the Vice. Amid the shooting it was uncovered that the Syrian government did not approve the visa extension for the band in order for them to remain in Syria, therefore, the movie producers started to raise money in order to move the band in a more secure location, as opposed to going back to Iraq. The band received refugee status in 2009 and was permitted to move to the United States.If you want to watch more music documentaries, click here.

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War Dance
War Dance

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War/Dance is a 2007 American documentary composed and directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine. The producer is Susan MacLaury, a teacher at Kean University along with Albie Hecht. It received nomination for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and won the Emmy Award for Best Documentary and Best Cinematography in 2010. The story follows three kids, Nancy, a 13-year-old choir member, Rose, a 14-year-old dance student and Dominic, a 14-year-old xylophonist. They are individuals from the group of Acholi ethnics, residing in the far north of Uganda, placed in a refugee camp of Patongo, which is guarded by the Lord's Resistance Army, a terrorist amass that has been opposing the government for as long as two decades. In 2005, the camp's grade school won its provincial music rivalry and headed to Kampala to take part in the yearly National Music Competition. War/Dance concentrates on three of the eight classifications: Western choral execution, instrumental music, and conventional move, where the understudies perform the Bwola, the move of the Acholi. Throughout the span of three months, the film's imaginative group watches the three adolescents as they get ready for the occasion and increase their certainty enough to have them talk about the loathings they have encountered and express their individual reasons for alarm, trusts, and dreams.If you want to watch more social documentaries, click here.

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The World Of Backup Singers
The World Of Backup Singers

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A backing singer, or a backup singer, is the person providing the harmony, vocal wise, in coordination with the lead singer. There are cases when a backup singer performs a solo or serves as the lead-in of the main vocalist theme. This type of singer can also be responsible for providing the melody which is opposite of the main one. This documentary is concerned with the backup singers, the people behind the lead singer. They are the unsung heroes of the music industry. The documentary contains the performances and the interviews from backup singers such as Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Jo Lawry, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and a number of others.The director of this documentary is Morgan Neville and it was produced by Gil Friesen. The idea for the making of this film came from Friesen, who is an executive in the music industry. His ever growing interest for the backup singers, and their point of view in the industry, finally resulted in the making of this incredible documentary.On the 86th Academy Awards, held on March 2nd in 2014, this documentary won the prestigious Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. If you enjoyed this documentary and would like to see more videos about music, click here.

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Fishbone
Fishbone

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This documentary is revolving around Fishbone, an American rock band, and their struggle against racial prejudice and the music industry. The band was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1979 and their music represents the combination of rock, punk and ska.The gained a notable group of followers in the 80s due to the amount of humor and social criticism embedded in their lyrics. Despite their efforts, the band never achieved mainstream popularity. The critics described the band as being among the “most eclectic and distinctive bands to perform in the 80s”. The lineup of Fishbone constantly changed, with the exception of the founding members Walter Kibby, John Norwood Fisher and Angelo Moore. Along with them, the current lineup is formed by Phillip Fisher, Kendall Jones and Christopher Dowd.The documentary premiered in June 2010 in the US and it was directed by Chris Metzler and Lev Anderson. The aim of this documentary is to show the bands career retrospectively. Among the celebrities featured in this documentary are Flea, Gwen Stefani, Ice-T and Tim Robbins. It was narrated by the famous actor Laurence Fishburne. If you enjoyed this documentary and would like to see more, click here.

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Dave Grohl: The Sound City Studios
Dave Grohl: The Sound City Studios

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This documentary, created in 2013 is directed and produced by the musician Dave Grohl. This is his first project of this kind. It is concerned with the Sound City Studios, a recording studio located in Van Nuys in the city of Los Angeles. The album ‘Nevermind’ from the band Nirvana was recorded in this studio. Dave Grohl was the drummer of Nirvana, and at the time of recording he came up with the idea of a documentary about the studio. Grohl purchased some of the equipment from the studio after it was closed in 2011. The studio was known for its ability to produce hi quality drum records using an analog console Neve, which Grohl later purchased from the sudio. Some of the artists that recorded their albums in this cult studio are Slipknot, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac.The documentary is covering the story about the studio since the very beginning in 1969, and to the end of its existence in 2011. The end credits of this documentary have a dedication to the key grip of this film, Brian Hauge who sadly passed away in 2012.The premiere of this film was in January 18th in 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival.If you enjoyed this documentary and would like to see more related videos, click here.

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Festival Express
Festival Express

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Festival Express is a documentary about the 1970s train tour across Canada, some of the biggest rock bands from America played during the tour like Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. In the film, you will see the whole footage during the tour and the scenes aboard the train you will also see interviews from the present-day with numerous participants who attended the train tour.The festival was staged in three cities in Canada and was supposed to start at the 24th of June in Montreal but it was canceled by the city, continuing the trip to Toronto were the groups performed on the CNE Stadium with over 37,000 attendances that day. First of July the train arrived Winnipeg and the played on a stadium with the same name in front of 4,600 people, and when they left it they just wanted to finish this tour. At the McMahon Stadium in Calgary they performed the fourth and the fifth of July in front of a 20,000 people audience, the Vancouver concert was also canceled.The musicians decided to go with the train rather than flying by plane to each city, they charted a Canadian National Railways train.

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Robert Nesta Marley
Robert Nesta Marley

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Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee Scratch Perry. After the Wailers disbanded in 1974, Marley pursued a solo career which culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977 which established his worldwide reputation and produced his status as one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, with sales of more than 75 million records. He was a committed Rastafarian who infused his music with a sense of spirituality.This documentary gives you an insight into the life of Bob Marley, the social difficulties he had and the reason for which he was, at times, considered as an outcast. Follow his rise to success which would be finally crowned with the Order of Merit, which is the fourth highest honor conferred by the nation of Jamaica.

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The Story of Anvil
The Story of Anvil

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Anvil is a heavy metal band from Canada, formed in 1978. The members of the band are Steve “Lips” Kudlow as the vocal and guitar player, Robb Reiner on drums and Chris Robertson on bass and back vocals. Anvil influenced one of greatest metal bands of all time including Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth, with their 15 studio albums over the years.This film will show you the whole process and creation of the band with their problems and achievements through their career. It begins with the Super Rock Festival in Japan 1984 and its headlining one of the most sold bands of all time the Scorpions, Whitesnake and Bon Jovi, they all managed to sell millions of records which Anvil failed to achieve. Their whole life they just tried to become of the bigger bands in the metal world, and they managed to make a name for themselves.This film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008 and it received numerous of positive critics, even The Times called it “possibly the greatest film yet made about rock and roll”. After the release of this movie the band received mass popularity giving them the opportunity to attend on several festivals and shows.

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Pantera: The Journey
Pantera: The Journey

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Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. It was formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers, drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Other members at the time were Terry Glaze and Tommy Bradford.The band soon replaces Bradford with Rex Brown. The vocals change when the band turns to heavier sound and Phil Anselmo joins in. The problems for the band begin in 1995 due to Anselmo`s drug problem. The definite breakup happened in 2003 and was initiated by the Abbot brothers. They form their new band called ‘Damageplan’, while Anselmo and Brown start working together on a new project; a band called ‘Down’.Follow the incredible story of one of the most popular metal bands ever to exist and witness it`s demise and the tragedy that followed.

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Copyright and Culture
Copyright and Culture

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This documentary is looking into the current state of copyright and culture. Learn about copyright and culture in the context of Internet, peer-to-peer file sharing and other technological advances. It is directed by Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen and Henrik Moltke.In order for one to be able to grasp the idea of this documentary, the authors have explained the current legal situation concerning sampling, licensing and copyright.The documentary features interviews with a number of people with various perspectives on copyright, lawyers that worked on cases involving the violation of copyrights, producers, artists and some of the file sharing service providers.The main issue of the documentary itself is the process of creativity and is that process jeopardized with the use of the intellectual property of others in the making one`s own.The self imposing question is how to protect one`s rights when it comes to intellectual property? The authors are also looking into the matter of the recent shift towards user-generated content, mash-up music and video culture.

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Notorious B.I.G. vs Tupac Shakur
Notorious B.I.G. vs Tupac Shakur

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This thrilling documentary is revolving around the deaths of the rival rap stars Tupac Amaru Shakur and Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace.Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 7, 1996 and died six days later on September 13, 1996.The Notorious B.I.G. aka ‘Biggie Smalls’, was murdered in a similar drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California on March 9, 1997.What is the link between these tragic events? Writer Randall Sullivan and filmmaker Nick Broomfield are on the quest of uncovering the truth behind these two unsolved murders. Watch this documentary and see what is the connection between LAPD, Death Row Records and it`s owner Suge Knight. The new evidence that Sullivan and Broomfield have discovered will shed light on these crimes. If you want to watch more music related documentaries, click here.