Long time ago I saw a youtube video of Javi Alonsox where he related some artistic periods to his favourite albums, I thought it was really interesting and I have decided to do the same but with songs from my Spotify and some architectural periods.
Please consider also reading this page I wrote about the different architectural periods and their main representatives.
During this period they used rudimentary tools and simple materials and at the end of the historical period the first dwellings appeared, just like Saint Bernard by Lincoln, which does not use much instruments, most part of the rhythm is marked by clapping or footsteps, except for the chorus that uses a pair of instruments.
It refers to Ancient Greece and Anciente Rome style. They introduced symmetry and proportion into architecture, it inspired most of the building we have nowadays, in a more direct or indirect way. The exact same as Canon in D by Johan Pachebel, which has inspired a lot of popular songs like Memories by Maroon 5.
It might look kind of simple at first, but this architecture uses complex structures and ornaments such as domed roofs, elaborate mosaics, and classical forms, it was a period that mixed eastern and western traditions. Very similar story to Tequila by The Champs, at first it seems kind of bland because the lyrics to the song are just “tequila”, but when you listen to the harmonies you realise they are well-thought. Furthermore they mix R&B and Pop, afroamerican style and mainstream style, which in 1958 was something not common to see.
The architecture of thsi period was extremely influenced by the Republic of the Ancient Rome, and so does the song Pompeii by Bastille. The buildings had heavy and resistant walls with minimal openings, just like this song!
What can be a more minimal opening to a song that a bunch of eh’s and oh’s? Is there any heavier topic for a song that the Ubi Sunt* of a town that died from an eruption of a volcano?
Eh-eh-oh, eh-oh Eh-eh-oh, eh-oh Eh-eh-oh, eh-oh Eh-eh-oh, eh-oh Eh-eh-oh, eh-oh Eh-eh-oh, eh-oh Eh-eh-oh, eh-oh Eh-eh-oh, eh-oh
Ubi Sunt: Unknown character from beyond, from the other shore of death, materialized in rhetorical questions about the fate or whereabouts of people who have died.
This architecture determined a huge development into the dimensions of buildings, they did not need thick and a lot of walls to maintain the structure as they discovered pointed arch, as well as building elements such as columns, arches and ribs. Gothic stained glass windows are one of the most striking elements of Gothic buildings.
Is the same case as Bring me to life by Evanescense, normally in rock-emo music you tend to hear very low-pitched voices that come from men, in this song Amy Lee shows how she can do this genre perfectly with her higher-pitched voice, just like archs can maintain the weight of the building. The gothic stained glass of this genre would be the topic of the songs: Depression, a very characteristic topic in Emo music.
This period was characterized by harmony, clarity and strength. The buildings were meant to reflect elegance. Like Hallelujah by John Cale.
The architecture of the opulence, it used complex shapes and elaborated ornaments, very common to see broken pediments. Furthermore, it became more emotional, it wanted to appeal to the senses and theocentric.
Take me to church by Hozier is the baroque in music. It uses a more complex instrumental base than most pop songs, besides the eco and the backing voices seem like elaborated ornaments to me. We can also point out the broken pediment, the main character of the song, who says:
I was born sick
in the eyes of God (theocentric), he asks for forgiveness, but he also hates God for mistreating him. This internal battle can appeal to ourselves.
They came back to the Classical ideals, therefore the buildings they constructed during this period followed the Classical orders, architects didn’t add anything new, they did not develop the ideals. The buildings were the same as in the Classical period but surrounded by a modern atmosphere. Just like Creep by R3hab and Gattüso, a remix of Creep by Radiohead, in my opinion unnecessary.
This movement was a form of escapism from reality, a hard time in which industrialization began, something completely alien to the society of the time. What better song than Runaway by Aurora to run away from your problems.
If 19th century people didn’t sing:
But now take me home Take me home where I belong I got no other place to go
feeling completely identified because they wanted to go to primitive times, then I don’t know what they could be singing.
Furthermore, the voice and rhythm of this song are magnificient, like Gaudi’s work.
Gothic ideas portrayed in a new type of building: Skyscrapers. Like Rojuu with his song RIP, where he portrays extreme lovesickness that makes him wanting to die, a commonly use in emo music, but with an electronic instrumental.
Combines technological innovation and Russian futurist influence, like Судно by Molchat Doma, whose music is described as post-punk, new wave, synth-pop, and cold wave, all of them trends from 70’s period, when music was into futuristic ideas.
It reflects a purpose a function, such as selling Colacao.
Brutalism is characterized by monolitic and rigid forms, its buildings are usually clad in rough unfinished concrete, similar to Underneath the streetlights in the winter outside your house by Wallows, which follows a very rough and marked rhythm, whose sound quality may suggest that it was not finished because it is necessary to retouch the instrumental base and the voices so that they are heard more clearly. But no, that is what both, Wallows and Brutalism wanted as a result.
It has an absence of symmetry, continuity or rhythm, like Hunting Bears by Radiohead.
Uses advanced technology and materials, its transparency due to the lack of walls would make traditional-minded people turn around, just like Tienes reservado el cielo by Sen Senra, who uses a modulated voice to sing and lacks of an instrumental base. Song for which my mother laughed at me for listening.
It was against the formality and lack of variation in modern arquitecture, so it wanted to create novelty, like Bohemian Rhapsody By Queen, which introduced Art Rock, Opera Rock, Hard rock, Progressive Rock and Ballade, all in the same song.
I had too much fun doing this exercise and it also helped me a lot to understand and memorize some characteristics from these periods.