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From Four Tracks to Break Beats: Music & Technology
Suggested Grade Level: 5-8 / 9-12
This research guide serves as a resource for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Education Department course, From Four Tracks to Break Beats: Music & Technology. For additional information on the course and for more teacher resources, see http://www.rockhall.com/education/inside-the-classroom/rockin/4tracks/
Since the 1950s, rock and roll has been shaped by the craft and artistry of songwriters and performers who use innovative music technology to significantly impact the sound of music. In this class, we will see how Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees have used technology to record, manipulate and create the ever-changing sounds of popular music. Students take part in in-depth discussions of the earliest tape recorders used by Sam Phillips at Sun Records and the hip-hop beats used by MC Roxanne Shanté. This class includes several live demonstrations in which students analyze the impact of music technology on a given sound. Don’t miss this chance to gain insight into the world of music production in a variety of styles – from rock to hip-hop.
Search the Catalog
Our catalog has a subject category for "Inductee." If you enter this term in the search box and choose "Subject" in the dropdown box, you will retrieve information on our resources that are related to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees.
Limit your search by using the facets on the left of your screen in the library catalog, i.e. Format:
These research databases can be accessed within the Library and Archives.
For Your Students
Rock Hall Video: Interviews
These resources, pulled from class discussion and selected from the Library and Archives' collections, will help you to:
Identify ways that artists have used recording technology to capture live performances and to create the various components of musical sound.
Describe how the use of multi-track recording technology, the synthesizer, and sampling opened new avenues for experimentation with musical instruments, composition, and sound engineering.
Give examples of ways that a computer enables musicians to play, create, and store music on computers
Inductee Spotlight: Tom Dowd
Rock Hall Video: In the Museum
Depeche Mode's Synthesizer
The Les Paul Guitar
Kangol Kid and Roxanne Shante, "Roxanne, Roxanne" / "Roxanne's Revenge" / "Have A Nice Day," Central Park
Depeche Mode, "Just Can't Get Enough"