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Ways of Listening


Music surrounds us in the everyday, but often we listen to music very passively. Music creates a backdrop or wallpaper to our everyday activities, from commuting to exercising, but often we don't give music it's due diligence in terms of active listening. Perhaps the most illusive of the arts, music is intangible, and demands that we listen attentively to gleam all of the details of its inner workings, and even then, repeated listening to music often reveal even further details. But how do you actively listen to music, and what are you listening for? 


Music can be broken down into four major categories: rhythm/meter, pitch/harmony, form/structure, and orchestration/instrumentation which are naturally occurring in the other humanities in slightly different manifestations. For example, form, the structure of music, holds many analogies to constructs like the Hero's Journey, or the prototypical format of a James Bond film. And orchestration and instrumentation? Very much like expressing oneself in different visual mediums of color (from oils, watercolors, acrylics, clay,...). 


Join us for this special Olio as we demystify music, figure out how to more actively listen to music by talking about what all of these elements are, and how to hear them through listening examples from the Renaissance era to the popular music of today!




Location: Nowadays

56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385

Trees, ping pong, checkers, grass to lie in, fresh air, and the occasional passing freight train.


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Taught by Whitney George
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

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Sep 26

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Taught by Maureen Matarese
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Sep 28

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Taught by Charles Riley
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Sep 29

OlioHouse Weekend | Afrofuturism & Herbalism

Taught by Makeba Lavan
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Sep 29

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Taught by Sofi Thanhauser
4 p.m. at Mana Contemporary

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Oct 9

Olio Seminar | The New Deadly Sins

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Nowadays

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Oct 12

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Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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