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Arthur Buckner and Nahre Sol are accomplished musicians and music teachers exploring the music theory, production, history and culture behind our favorite songs and musical styles.

Jazz Drummer Learns Japanese Taiko Drumming

9m 28s

Taiko drumming is an art form that balances music, dance, and athletics into a dynamic demonstration of Japanese culture.

In this episode, host Arthur Buckner visits TaikoArts Midwest to learn how to play taiko, and Linda Diaz speaks with Tiffany Tamaribuchi, an O-Daiko player who is known not only for her powerful playing style, but also as an advocate for female empowerment in the artform.

Episodes

  • Jazz Drummer Learns Japanese Taiko Drumming: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jazz Drummer Learns Japanese Taiko Drumming

    S3 E7 - 9m 28s

    Taiko drumming is an art form that balances music, dance, and athletics into a dynamic demonstration of Japanese culture.

    In this episode, host Arthur Buckner visits TaikoArts Midwest to learn how to play taiko, and Linda Diaz speaks with Tiffany Tamaribuchi, an O-Daiko player who is known not only for her powerful playing style, but also as an advocate for female empowerment in the artform.

  • Why Is Brandy Called the “Vocal Bible”?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Is Brandy Called the “Vocal Bible”?

    S3 E6 - 11m 13s

    At just 15 years old, Brandy Norwood proved herself to be the new “it girl” of the 90’s. After releasing her self-titled debut album Brandy, she instantly became a cultural phenomenon and a role model to young Black women around the world. This episode explores why Brandy is often credited as your favorite singers’ favorite singer.

  • Is Pop-Punk Coming Back?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Is Pop-Punk Coming Back?

    S3 E5 - 12m 53s

    We are amidst a pop-punk revival. This time around, Gen-Z is at the forefront, and artists like WILLOW, Meet Me @ The Altar and Pink Shift are creating an inclusive community, unlike anything this genre has seen before.

    Hosts Linda Diaz and Arthur Buckner explore pop punk’s popularity and FeFe Dobson helps us answer the question, “Why now?”

  • How Do R&B Singers Create Background Vocals? ft. Linda Diaz: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Do R&B Singers Create Background Vocals? ft. Linda Diaz

    S3 E4 - 8m 26s

    If you’ve ever listened to a song SUPER closely, you might have noticed the arrangement of vocals floating around in the background. These are called backing vocals!

    In this video, we’re going to look at some ICONIC backing vocals from our favorite R&B songs, and host, Linda Diaz, is going to explain how she came up with the backing vocals for her hit song “Green Tea Ice Cream"

  • How Did Pop Music Evolve into HYPERPOP?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Did Pop Music Evolve into HYPERPOP?

    S3 E3 - 10m 49s

    After coining the term in 2019, Spotify left many of us wondering, "What is hyperpop?"
    What started as a way to categorize "genre-less" music quickly evolved into a music phenomenon that has allowed artists to freely express themselves through sound.

    Our hosts Linda Diaz and Arthur Buckner talk to artists, Midwxst and Zhone to learn more about the genre’s influences and history.

  • How Black Culture Influenced Drum line: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Black Culture Influenced Drum line

    S3 E2 - 9m 48s

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities have heavily influenced some of today’s biggest hits. Songs like “Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X and “Love Lockdown” by Kanye West wouldn’t sound the same without the catchy, marching band inspired beats.

    Arthur Buckner talks to percussionist Dasmyn Grigsby about the evolution of HBCU marching bands and how they continue to influence pop culture today.

  • In Defense of Auto-Tune: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    In Defense of Auto-Tune

    S3 E1 - 11m 37s

    Thanks to artists like T-Pain, Cher, and Kanye West, Auto-Tune went from being an industry secret to an industry staple. But it didn’t happen overnight. In this video, our hosts Linda Diaz and Arthur Buckner, uncover how Auto-Tune became THE in-demand tool for recording studios, helped artists find their artistic selves, and evolved popular music.

Extras + Features

  • Is This Even Music? John Cage, Schoenberg and Outsider Artis: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Is This Even Music? John Cage, Schoenberg and Outsider Artis

    S1 E6 - 9m 26s

    What is music? From John Cage to Legendary Stardust Cowboy, avant-garde artists have forever been pushing on the edges of what is considered music. Composers like Arnold Schoenberg, Harry Partch and outsider musicians like The Shaggs are constantly changing music.

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