Recently, our lovely Xalle edited and combined some older, inaccessible documents from the old Armageddon site into this information. I'm slicing the helpfile for MUSIC THEORY AND HISTORY down - if you want to read it in full, it's located here: http://armageddon.org/help/view/Music%20Theory%20and%20History
Onto the tidbits I find worth focusing upon:
Long after the dragon left the known world, many tribes began to settle the comparatively fertile region of Gol Krathu. The proximity of so many disparate cultures led to further homogeny of musical form. This did not stagnate musical style, however. It inspired it.
The tribal populations have struck largely to their roots, with percussive and rhythmic musical form alongside dance and group singing. Each tribe may have their own characteristic style of performing, but in essence they are all very similar.
With the rise of the city-state of Allanak and the wealthy elite, music began to emerge as a form of art as well as a form of mere entertainment. The average citizen of Allanak, largely a slave population or free laborers so oppressed to resemble slaves, often enjoy a rowdy, simplistic form of song with little political or social ties. The songs are often made up of a solo instrument or small ensembles typically containing a corded instrument and percussion made of insectoid shells. Lyrically these songs often tell simple tales of sex, drinking and violent acts committed on the less desirables of the population (elves, breeds and magickers mostly, nobles and templars in seedier parts of the city.) Chords are generally simple, built out of octaves, and more emphasis is placed on the entertainment value of the story being sung.
The upper classes of Allanak are an entirely different matter. Never to be outdone, the nobility of Allanak have reached an appreciation of music so difficult to understand, so outstretched, that many would suspect that the nobles themselves only claim to like it in a vain effort to tout their intellectual superiority over their peers. The music complicated without bounds, with the scale of notation reaching up to 16 different notes. Harmonies are dissonant and lack most, if not all rhythmic structure, as percussion driven music is too often associated with the barbaric tribes of the sands and the common dregs of the city, whereas literate, educated and civilized tastes are seen to be far more "sophisticated". Instruments are often used for the sake of their value, with ornately decorated violins, harps and flutes which are often more pleasing to the eye, than the ear. Music in the upper class is often used as a backdrop to theatrical entertainment instead of dance or song, with heavy themes of political power and presentations of Allanaki history being common.
Let's focus even further upon Allanak, Luir's, and tribals by breaking it down for the TL;DR folks:Allanak & Music & Performance
Commoners in Allanak like rowdy songs about sex, violence, and drinking. But if a performer wants to climb the social ladder, then they go to House Fale. Why? House Fale is the premiere House in Allanak when it comes to holding events and parties: it is literally, the reason they exist.
The upper classes of Allanak prefer their events or get togethers to be backdropped with intricately performed pieces that are usually from string instruments because drums are base and tribally boring (unless, of course, the event is of a tribal theme). Beyond the chaotic octaves most Allanaki nobles prefer played in their presence, they enjoy sung or spoken-word pieces about themselves, their families, or the almighty power of Tektolnes.
Allanak has an historical culture of performance art, even if it is rarely reflected in the PC population. There are various NPCs in game, there is an instrument shop, and courses in the Atrium focused specifically upon learning how to play an instrument, sing, or otherwise entertain.TL;DR further:
: Fucking, fighting, drinking. We need a soundtrack in the background while we brawl!Red's
: Something a touch more refined than the former.Silver Ginka
: Patriotic songs for the off-duty soldiers.Noble Party
: Whatever they want, though if they're not specific about subject matter, fluffing their family name, their personal prestige, or the Highlord's omnipotence are always good bets.Luir's & Music & Performance
Luir's is the epicenter of tribal amalgamation when it comes to vast tribal cultures coming together as one - if only temporarily as visitors to the Outpost. It is one of the few places in game where you might find virtual representation of tribal, Tuluki, or Allanaki performance arts all in one.
Luir's usually has a hostess, employed by House Kurac, and oftentimes this person's work is influenced by whatever tribals might be visiting the Outpost that week.Tribals & Music & Performance
Focusing more upon tribal music, we must note that everything comes from an origin of beats: Drums and banging fists and clapping hands are the natural, original source of music of primitive cultures. While, of course, tribals also have access to a variety of instruments, a lot of them will be well versed in the adept patter of a beat.
Many tribal cultures in Allanak have a focus upon the above, chanting, storytelling, and upon dancing: they had to evolve from the simple forms of music of the first two elements, drumming and chanting, to remain competitive in a musically evolving world.
Most tribes perform together, oftentimes as celebration, or as a way to unwind from the day's labour.Tuluk
I suppose we don't really need to go into this, because Tuluk isn't playable. But there's more than enough information above to read if you want to play a Tuluki based bard.Examples:Dissonant Harmonies
(Witty commentary supplied by Xalle)
(The guy second from the right isn't a big emoter.)
Skip to 1.40 if you want to miss the birdsong intro.Something 'Nakki Nobles & Tribals Might Lovehttps://youtu.be/1oSeTtUt2xw?t=111Something 'Nakki Nobles Might Lovehttps://youtu.be/r8L7dNKllyo?t=71Something Tribals & Luir's Denizens Might Love
(Also, Abraham Adzenyah is the shit. Watch all of his YouTube videos. He used to have a talking drum video that I wrote a whole dance for in game years and years ago.)Of course, as always, there is leeway allowed in the type of music one might know or be able to perform. Not many people do in Zalanthas: it takes time, and skill, and frankly money that many common people do not have the luxury of wasting upon instruments, costumes, or the voice lessons or practice it requires to become adept enough to earn a living with. That is *not* to say that an average 'Nakki commoner or Luir's denizen wouldn't know a few songs or dances: they simply wouldn't be adept enough to make a living off of them.
Do you have any questions? Do you need anything clarified? Better yet, do you have any videos of performances that make you think of one of the playable areas/cultures in game?! Post below!