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The English word “folk,” as we use it today, has Germanic roots and was at one time was defined as all of the following: “people”; “army”; “common people”; “men”; “tribe”; “multitude.” Antiquarian William J. Thoms invented the word folklore in 1986, reviving a modern sense of something that was “of the common people, whose culture is handed down orally”, and opened up a flood of related things, including folk art (1921), folk dance (1912), and folk music (1889). The nature of folk art is specific to its particular culture; varied geographical and temporal prevalence and diversity of folk art make it difficult to describe as a whole, though some patterns have been demonstrated.

The use of the keyword “folk” on REDEFINE can be used to describe:
     1. Traditional folk music (1889): Music that may be: transmitted by worth of mouth; music of the lower classes; music with unknown origins. Also known as “traditional music” or “roots music” in the United States.
     2. Contemporary folk music (1958): A evolved form of traditional folk music that reached a zenith in the 1960s. Also known as “folk revival music.”
     3. Folk art: Works of art that may be: produced from an indigenous culture or laboring tradespeople; utilitarian or decorative rather purely aesthetic; characterized by a style where “traditional” rules of proportion and perspective are not employed.

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Strangefruit – Sea of Fog Music Video (MV of the Week) + Director / Musician Interviews

"The original concept was that the music video would become almost like an art film. Something powerful, dramatic and theatrical, drawing on my research into psychoanalytical theories revolving around the origins of desire, sexuality and power. Exploring gender roles, the uncanny, the macabre, and Freudian theories of death and sex." Laura Clarke, Director
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Broken Deer – Polaraura Album Review

Releasing an album means recording, mixing, mastering, and sharing a piece of yourself through music -- and the way all that happens can be unbelievably revealing. In Broken Deer's experimental, ghostly, and cassette-recorded fifth release, Polaraura, we get a unique window into Lindsay Dobbin's musical temperament as well as her natural and spiritual concerns. At...
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Junip – Junip Album Review

On their self-titled full length sophomore release, Junip stake a definitive claim into the world of indie folk. As a band, Junip have been in existence for over a decade, but the fact that this is only their second album (the first, Fields, came out in 2010), is quite unusual. Junip made a few EPs...
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Tuva’s Meridian of Musicality, Spirituality, and Cross-Cultural Place: A Primer On Tuvan Throat Singing

“Music is the art of the intonated sense; the sound, the groan, the cry and the song where the aural quintessence of the spiritual world of human beings. The aura that personifies sound is transparent through timbre and tone, envelops and tightens the other side of sound, the space of meanings and feelings.” - Sainkho...
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Haiku Salut – Tricolore Album Review

Haiku Salut Tricolore How Does It Feel To Be Loved? (2013) Unless you closely follow the little known — but still robust — musical sub-genre of folktronica, Haiku Salut’s Tricolore will likely be unlike anything you’ve heard before. In their full-length debut, Haiku Salut — made up of musicians Gemma Barkerwood, Sophie Barkerwood, and Louise...Read...
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Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – What The Brothers Sang Album Review

Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy What The Brothers Sang Drag City Can we appreciate older music, without it being retrostylized, sculpted and reconfigured for modern ears? Will Oldham, the right honorable Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and Dawn McCarthy (of Faun Fables fame) seem to think so, dishing up thirteen slices of pure unadulterated Americana on...Read...
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Remix City: Tame Impala + Canyons / Todd Rundgren Remix “Elephant”, Asaf Avidan + Wankelmut Turn Folk Into Dance

Remix City sifts through mountains of remix trash so you don’t have to, in an attempt to find those that contribute something original to their originals. Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala get some love from labelmate Canyons, and German producer Wankelmut creates the weirdest dance track out of a folk song by Asaf Avidan & The...Read...
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Bumbershoot 2012: Festival Previews & Picks

Seattle’s discipline-defying Bumbershoot Festival is annually packed with everything an art-minded individual could want, from comedy and dance to art installations and music. Our festival preview for 2012 pulls from all areas, but has a minor focus on dance, as we will presenting our Motion & Movement in Music Video discussion panel this year. Read...Read...
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