Ten Tracks Explorations

Part I:
Object based learning is a fun way to learn about a topic or time period. In the box on the table is an object that will kick off our learning journey.

You have 10 minutes to find out everything you can about the object. You are free to use any means of research available to you. You can work with a team, as a class, or as an individual.

After 10 minutes, we will discuss what you learned, why you think the object is important and relate it to our work together.

Part II:

A. Doctrine of Ethos
Both Plato and Aristotle from the 4th century B.C.E. wrote about the importance and power of music. The Doctrine of Ethos was a Greek idea that there is a power in music akin to the power of words for influencing human thought and action, and an artist, whether in music or words was obligated to exercise this power with due regard for its effect on others. Aristotle felt that music directly imitates the passions or states of the soul-gentleness, anger, courage, temperance, and their opposites. The Greeks believed when someone listens to music that imitates a certain passion, that person becomes imbued with the same passion. If the person listens habitually to the kind of music that compels behavior that is harmful, then that person will become that in nature.1

1 (Martin, Ravonna. Retrieved 8.04.13 from
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B. Tom Moon authored an exciting book about music; 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die! “This is a book both broad and deep, drawing from the diverse worlds of classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, country, folk, musicals, hip-hop, world, opera, soundtracks, and more. It makes every listener a seeker, actively pursuing new artists and new sounds, and reconfirming the greatness of the classics” (1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die official website, see below).

Use the link below to access the list on Spotify and listen to at least 10 (more if you wish of course). Are there examples that you identify with? Is there a song that you feel “missed the list”. Are you passionate about a particular song that you’ve been introduce to through this list?

1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

C. Make your own list? If you had to make a track list of ten songs, what would they be? Would they reflect who you are? Have you ever made a mixtape?

EP vs Mixtape vs LP vs Album: The difference: https://medium.com/@NoahMakholwa/ep-vs-mixtape-vs-lp-vs-album-the-difference-1bed2ea8e957

Mixtape VS. Album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP7PHXonQBg
Aristotle’s Mixed Tape: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoQUy9po5bk

D. Who’s listening to what you’re listening to?

The Amazing Ways Spotify Uses Big Data, AI And Machine Learning To Drive Business Success: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2017/10/30/the-amazing-ways-spotify-uses-big-data-ai-and-machine-learning-to-drive-business-success/#280a9ed34bd2
Spotify, IBM and Google Using AI to Make Human Musicians Extinct: https://www.newsweek.com/artificial-intelligence-changing-music-799794
SPOTIFY’S SCIENTIST: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SHOULD BE EMBRACED, NOT FEARED, BY THE MUSIC BUSINESS: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/spotifys-scientist-artificial-intelligence-should-be-embraced-not-feared-by-the-music-business/

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Part III:
Discussion. Reflection.
Are we what we listen to? AND How do you feel about Artificial Intelligence choosing music for you?

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