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Musical Kaleidoscope shows are approximately 1-hour presentations that showcase works of musical art from the World's great popular and classical traditions past and present. Audio/Video content is drawn from the extensive Musical Kaleidoscope library of publications,recordings and video files.

The Musical Soul of Ireland

The people of Ireland have an innate love of music. In this show, Musical Kaleidoscope presents some great examples of Irish popular music from the past few decades

Drums of India

Let's take a look at an important tradition belonging to all types of music in India, popular and classical, and both North and South Indian culture.

The "Notes" Show with Don Robertson

Below are the first three episodes from my gradually evolving "Notes" series featuring video documentation about the role of music, art and literature in the 21st century.

"In 1967, I made an important discovery when I realized and discussed how there are in reality, two poles that govern the physical, mental and emotional effect that music has on us, on animals and all life as well. One pole is positive, harmonious and concordant, the other is negative, disharmonious and discordant. As the 20th century began unfolding in the early 1900s, classical composers began creating a new style of music based on discord. This gradually made its way into the concert halls and became a mainstay in the film industry, to provide negative emotional resonance for violent and suspenseful scenes in crime and horror films. I discuss this and give examples in Episode One of my "Notes" series..."

In Episode 2 of my "Notes" series I discuss how positive and negative music can effect us, and why:

As negative music entered 20th-century concert halls and finally invaded the world of popular music, a parallel tradition of negative are also emerged. The average person confronted with this new "abstract" and "modern" art as it entered the studios and galleries during the last century did not know what to make of it. Everyone was told that we were not to question it, and instead appreciate it and it, just like the 20th-century's negative "modern music," became something "normal" that we simply became "used to." I will expand on this subject in Episode 3 "Positive and Negative Art"...