mfbrandi Posted October 17, 2022 Report Share Posted October 17, 2022 (edited) Quote A skilled musician, [Jar-Eel] uses [her magical lyre] to inspire, seduce, and produce a wide range of other strong emotions. (Guide p. 15) Quote It is said by the Lunar poets that the music from the glass temples, the commerce from the caravans, and the beauty of the Emperor’s daughter, all combined to convert the unruly populace to the benefits of the Empire and its goddess. (Guide, p. 321) Quote The Loskalmi idealize the human form, and each city holds contests both athletic (including boxing, wrestling, running, jumping, and horse-riding) and intellectual (including logic, poetry, and music) to display physical and spiritual prowess. (Guide, p. 203) So we know something of the uses to which music is put in Glorantha: dance; trance (shamanism); seduction; magical traps (e.g. music heard by the deaf); religious conversion; showing off/status seeking; partying. But that is primarily music as a means to an end, not as an end in itself. And we know something of the musical instruments of Glorantha: harp/lyre (Harana Ilor, Jar-Eel, etc.); chime bells (Ernalda); bagpipes (Orlanth); flute (Erabbamanth); goblet(?) drum (Hombobobom). We can guess some of the instruments Glorantha does not have: valve trumpet; saxophone; piano. But given how much we “know” about population counts, religion, and mass bloodshed, the musical arts do seem rather neglected by Glorantha’s creators. What do we know of Gloranthan instrumental music as an independent art — about music for its own sake? Are there rival tuning conventions? Is it ever melodically, harmonically, or rhythmically sophisticated? Does it have its Charles Parker, Pauline Oliveros, or Swapan Chaudhuri? What do the musical arts sound like in your Glorantha? Are the Uz masters of layakari? Do the Dragonewts have their own take on serialism? Are the Mostali stockpiling Morton Subotnick CDs? We need to know — tell us! Edited October 17, 2022 by mfbrandi Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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