Is “Stomp” Music?

Posted in: Composition by magic700 on April 12th, 2010 | 0 Comments

A look into Stomp, and what Stomp really is.

Stomp is a well known group that uses everyday objects to create interesting music. Stomp is extremely different from regular music, but it still classifies as music because it incorporates rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics, articulations, timbre, texture and form into what they play. But how is each of these elements of music embedded into the fabrics of what they play? Hi, I’m Freebies Zebe, and today I’m going to try to answer this question.

 

            The first thing on the list is rhythm. Rhythm is simple the organized pattern of long and short notes and rests. Stomp definitely has rhythm. This is shown by the way that Stomp includes different lengths of notes and rests. It’s pretty hard to avoid rhythm. Even your feet taping the ground while you walk is likely to a rhythm. Tied closely to rhythm is melody. Melody is defined as three or more pitches that follow one after another in a single line of music. But how does Stomp incorporate melody in their music?

 

            Just because Stomp doesn’t use usual instruments that are actually tuned doesn’t mean that Stomp doesn’t have melody. For example, Stomp has used basket balls for an instrument. Though basket balls aren’t tuned to be perfectly in pitch, you can still make different noises depending on how hard you make them it the ground. A basket ball lightly hitting the ground, with little force upon impact, will make a softer, lower pitched noise, while a basket ball hitting the ground with a massive force will make a much louder, higher pitched noise. This is not only a great example of how Stomp uses melody, but also how Stomp uses dynamics, the varying degrees of loudness.

 

            But what about harmony? How does Stomp include that in their music? Well, harmony is defined as two or more pitches that are sounded simultaneously. Stomp often uses more than one “instrument” at the same time, and rarely has every object make the same pitch. A good example of this would be when stomp uses brooms in groups of people. At some points in time, a few brooms will start doing something other than what the rest of the group is doing.

 

            Next comes articulations and timbre. Articulation is the style in which a particular pitch is played, while timbre is the quality of sound different instruments make. Stomp shows articulation by forcing some notes out to make them stand out, while letting others come out softly to let them fade into the background. This is shown extremely well whenever they use pots and pans as their instruments. Timber is naturally shown as Stomp plays different instruments in a harmonious way. Now we come to a close with texture and form.

 

            Texture is the number of different musical lines that can be heard, and form is the overall structure and organization of a piece of music. Stomp shows different textures when they use different objects. For example, when Stomp uses brooms the group displays monophonic textures for the most part, but homophonic textures every now and then. Stomp’s form is very amazing. The use of brooms is a good example here too. When using the brooms, stomp will often repeat a small portion for a short wile, then throw some unique pattern out of seemingly nowhere.

 

            Overall, Stomp is a very good musical group, and what they play is definitely music. Thanks for reading.

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