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Synopsis - What is musicmap?
The defining feature of modern music and modern art generally is the breaking-down of all traditional aesthetic conventions , thereby unleashing complete freedom in all aesthetic dimensions, including melody, rhythm, and chord progression. The convention of major-minor tonality already heavily strained by Wagner and his successors was completely abandoned by many composers see Tonality. Even the very notion of what constitutes "music" was redefined. The development of audio recording technology, along with the ability to quickly and cheaply distribute recordings and scores, were central to the revolutions of modern music. The vast catalogue of Western art music became much more accessible. Moreover, non-Western music was suddenly open to exploration via notated and recorded works , thus exposing Western composers to countless exotic musical ideas. Recording technology also provided composers with a new "instrument": recorded sounds , which could be manipulated in endless ways. Further advances in audio technology gave rise to electronically-produced sounds.
The Modern Era has been a period of massive technological and socio-political change, sparked largely by the increasingly rapid transit of people and information via automobiles, airplanes, spacecraft and telephone, radio, television, satellite transmission, the Internet, etc. There have been more wars and outbreaks of social violence in the past century than in all previous ages combined, including two major World Wars that dramatically affected all aspects of life in Europe and America between WWI and WWII. This era has seen the gradual decline of the worldwide British Commonwealth which once included India, Hong Kong and other parts of the Far East, much of Africa, Canada, and the British Isles , the establishment of the United States as the major force of the Free World, and the rise and fall of Soviet Communism. The ever-changing delicate balance of economic and political power is now--more than ever--of urgent global significance. The Modern Era has been a period of turbulent change in musical style and taste. Many modern "art-music" composers have explored untraditional sounds and have based their music on rhythm, texture and tone color , instead of the more traditional aspects of melody and harmony. During first half of the 20th century, the two World Wars led to political isolation that impeded the sharing of musical ideas; however, since c.