NEW SAVANNA: Cultural Evolution 5: Rhythm Changes 2
NEW SAVANNA: Cultural Evolution 5: Rhythm Changes 2In the previous post <http://new-savanna.blogspot.com/2010/06/cultural-evolution-4-rhythm-changes-1.html> I took a look at Rhythm Changes <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhythm_changes> , a memetic entity that has played an important role in jazz and, in particular, in bebop. FWIW, Rhythm Changes has also been used in the theme song for well-known some well-known cartoons, Woody Woodpecker and The Flintstones. In this post I want to do several things:
- consider all the elements of “I Got Rhythm,” rather than just the chord changes,
- think briefly about how pools of memetic elements function in defining musical styles, and
- look briefly at how the chord changes to Gershwin’s tune became memetically active.
- examining this discussion of memes in music in the context of a recent article by Evelyn Fox Keller and David Harel, Beyond the Gene, and not some broad thematic similarities between their discussion and mine.
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