Composition lessons requirements;
- 1 piece to perform live.
- 4 pieces in portfolio different genres using different instruments.
- Track must be over 4 minutes long and represent you.
We were tasked with describing genres:
Historical context/when genre was established. Geographical reasons for instrument choices. Cultural choices. Development of technology, e.g. Double reeded instrument, use of metal in instruments; brass, valves. Metal horns are simple – evolved from hunting. Blues was just singing due to lack of instrumentation.
Monophonic – unison one melody. Polyphonic – counterpoint, 1 or many melody’s. Homophonic – one melody supported by harmony (with embellishments). Hetrophonic – single melody played by two or more musicians with slight variations (e.g. slight variations from performer to performer)
Dance, influenced the rhythm of the songs. Mood. Time signatures e.g. 3 for the waltz. Marching/rowing/working, pirate shanties require a consistent rhythm. Heartbeat – shuffle feel, natural. Ritual – ceremonial music has different patterns.
Scales, keys, minor, major (eg keys in blues) harmonic vocabulary for certain genres. Diatonic? Jazz, simple chords, 50s Jazz became more colourful, blossomed in the 60s. What are the differentiations between subgenre’s. ‘Cool jazz’ is defined by Miles’ earlier albums
Certain genres are stereotypically listened to/performed by certain types of people. eg metal – long hair, black clothing, angry attitude.
massive amounts of detail about tone qualities – combination of instruments) eg jazz kit tuned differently. How somethings recorded can also apply (eg old samplers for old school hip hop)
- Historical context
How genres have developed from others. Tango’s originated in the brothels of Bueno’s Aires
After discussing these initial ideas, we conducted a test recording to see what could be established through listening.
Track: Zera a reza – Gaetano Veloso
- Guitar – nylon stringed
- Guitar – electric with wah.
- Hammond Organ – electric
- Backing vocals
- Fusion of rhythms
- Bossa nova – Brazilian
- Hip hop influence
- Rapping influence in the radio voice part
We were subsequently tasked given a list of subgenre’s of Latin American music and through a random number calculator we decided who would be assigned which genre. A presentation will be given next week on the following.
- Mambo – Raph
- Samba – Ash
- Conga – Joe Davis
- Bossa Nova – Seb
- Tango – Mirron
- Mozambique – Harry
- Andean – Joe Lewis
- Mariachi – Luke
Playing to the tempo of your heartbeat. – Composition idea to be expanded upon!