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.
Latest Documentaries in Music
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A unique film charting the extremes, excesses, highs and lows of international DJ trio Swedish House Mafia2 years, 15 countries, 285 gigs… one unique film.TAKE ONE is a hedonistic rollercoaster that offers a glimpse into the work, play and lifestyle of Swedish House Mafia, the electronic group that have fast become one of the hottest names on the dance music scene.
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This is the first in a series of DJBroadcast documentaries, produced by ‘Opslaan Als’.It zooms in on the Serbian Exit Festival, the people behind it and their continuing struggle to organize a wide variety of events under difficult circumstances. Counter culture as a means of progress in society.Directed by Kevin Boitelle & Sander van Driel for ‘Opslaan Als’ Productions.Official website: djbroadcast.nl
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The Texas Heritage Music Day celebrates a unique way of learning local history using songs & stories! Over 50 performers gather to share with teachers, students and the Hill Country community. This documentary showcases the day’s activities.
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American humorist Dave Barry said it best: “Eventually everybody has to die, except Elvis”. In many ways in both culture and the law, Elvis Presley never really died. Today, after more than 35 years since Elvis Presley’s death in 1977, the “King of Rock and Roll” lives on to profit, both for the owners of “Dead Elvis”, Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE), but also for others who seek to live off the many products and derivatives of this dead entertainment icon. Shot mostly at Elvis’ former Chino Canyon home in Palm Springs, California, “Seeking Elvis” explores how Elvis, in many ways, is still alive. Elvis lives on today in both media, culture, commercial exploitation and general social expression. The fans still seeks Elvis, while others seek to profit…The Chino Canyon Presley estate in Palm Springs was the only home Elvis owned at his death other than Graceland. It is currently openfor tours for fans and provides a rare and unusual alternative glimpse into Elvis Presley’s last seven years of life at his part time home inCalifornia. It exists much to the dismay of Elvis Presley Enterprises and is not endorsed by EPE.
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Wicky wicky wicky. We have all heard this sound effect if you have listened to music in the last 25 years. The scratching of a vinyl record is key to most all hip-hop songs. Scratch is a 2001 documentary chronicallying the lives of several famous “turntabalists” who subscribe to a sub-genre of hip hop called “turntabalism”. Several key DJs are interviewed such as DJ Qbert, DJ Shadow and the Beastie Boy’s Mix Master Mike.
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“Rise up and Sing – The Movie” documents the journey from classroom to recording studio for the middle school chorus students of New York’s PS 127.Singing a song written specifically for them, the students experience all the hard work, excitement, exhaustion, and joy that comes with recording in a professional studio.
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A brief and bold introduction by Writer/Director, Brett Gregory to his latest work in the Beyond Series: “documentaries exploring the world of independent music at the beginning of the 21st century”.The film demonstrates that independence and diversity are thriving in the Manchester music scene and that mostly this is achieved with little or no financial backing. Clips from over 40 independent music artists’ videos are linked together with interviews with some of the city’s key advocates of the scene; the Producer, Aniff Akinola; the Label Owner, Louis Barrabas; the Venue Manager, Jay Taylor; the Talent-Spotter, Chris Long; the Events Organiser, Jeff Thomson; the Musician, Peter Jobson.
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Landfill Harmonic reveals a mind-boggling, inventive effort to change that – musical instruments made from trash. In the barrios of Paraguay, a humble garbage picker uses his ingenuity to craft instruments out of recycled materials – and a youth orchestra is born. Music arises and children find new dreams.Find out more or donate at: www.landfillharmonicmovie.com
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Using archive footage, dramatic reenactment and interviews, this documentary details the last hours of his life and the events that led to his tragic death in Paris.July 2, 1971. Jim Morrison is one of the most famous rock singers in the world. He’s also the ultimate sex symbol, but Morrison is at war with his own dark demons. In 24 hours his darkness will consume him and he’ll be dead. Using archive footage, dramatic reenactment and interviews with his closest companions, we detail the last hours of Morrison’s life and the gripping events that led to his tragic death in Paris.
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Idiosyncratic, intelligent and involving, Iceland: Beyond Sigur Rós (2011), Serious Feather’s latest not-for-profit film production, is a memorable celebration of Iceland’s dynamic and diverse contemporary independent music scene.Filmed in full HD, the 30 minute documentary features insightful interviews with Haukur Magnússon, flamboyant editor of Reykjavík’s Grapevine Magazine, Ólafur Arnalds, world renowned pop-classical composer and music producer, and Pétur Úlfur Einarsson and Hafsteinn Michael Guðmundsson, ambitious co-founders behind online music distributor Gogoyoko.With wonderful performances also from cutting-edge Icelandic acts such as Reykjavik!, Hafdis Huld, Berndsen, Mugison, Ólafur Arnalds, Lára Rúnars, Bloodgroup, For A Minor Reflection, Seabear, Sykur, Severed Crotch and DJ Musician, Iceland: Beyond Sigur Rós (2011) has been receiving rave reviews from around the world and really is something you shouldn’t miss.
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Brennan Heart, a pioneer in hardstyle music, was followed by cameras for 18 months, documenting his life, work and concerts. Accompanied by interviews with other artists, live concerts with previously unheard songs, and the pure passion of his fans, this documentary is a must-see for any hardstyle/trance/DJ-led music junkie.
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This documentary explores a subculture some have never heard of: VJ. VJ is a video performance art mixing different medias and projecting it on to large screens often with other performance art. All of the mixing is done live and creates a truly unique experience.
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"Produced by Braden Wambach, this documentary explores the Chicago “Underground” Hip Hop Scene. Interviews & Performances by Pugs Atomz, Ang 13, The Primeridian, Urbanized Music (Coolout Chris And Amina Ayo Hawkins), Awdazcate, Dirty MF, Philip Morris, and The Smoking Section and Tomorrow Kings."
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"This is a music documentary looking at some of Ireland’s DIY bands and culture over the last twenty years or so. It is a Dublin Community Television production and was made by the Community Of Independents collective that works with the channel. Featuring live footage and audio of various Irish artists as well as insightful interviews with some of the people that have been involved in the growth of this scene."
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On November 8th, 1965, the 173rd Airborne Brigade on Operation Hump, War Zone D in Vietnam were ambushed by over 1200 V.C. Forty-eight American soldiers lost their lives that day. Severely wounded and risking his own life, Lawrence Joll, a medic, was the first living black man since the Spanish-American War to receive the United States Medal of Honor for saving so many lives in the midst of battle that day. Our friend, Nialls Harris, retired 25 years, United States Army (the guy who gave Big Kenny his top hat) was one of the wounded who lived. This song is his story. Caught in the action of 'kill or be killed' - 'greater love hath no man to lay down his life for a friend.'