Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles. Analysis 1966

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  • "Tomorrow Never Knows" - The Beatles 1966
    • Influences
      • "The Psychedelic Experience, a Manual, Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead". Timothy Leary's version was picked up by Lennon and it talks lots about tripping on acid. Lennon said 'TNK'  was the first acid song in an interview in 1984
        • Hipster Composers. Schoenberg. There is a beep in exactly the middle of the track, in Schoenberg's "Mondfleck" the second half is a complete mirror image. Coincidence? Probably. Stockhausen also did musique concrete
      • Meditation and other hippie ****. George Harrison explained how meditation's goal is to go beyond just sleeping and walking. To 'Turn of your mind'. The self is coming to it's pure state of awareness.
        • Indian music. The intro uses a pulsating Tambura drone on the pitch of C which is also the root note of the song. Basing the song on one note is a very Indian thing to do. They tried this technique in the song "the world" but not to this extent.
    • Melody
      • The vocal melody is based on a pentatonic scale
      • The instrumental section is almost atonal due to the musique concrete
    • Harmony
      • Whole piece is based off the key of C major (ew) pedal point which is very Indian of them. The only slight harmonic movement is at the end of each verse
    • Rhythm and Metre
      • "Turn off your mind" =Slow Triplets
      • Rhythmic backing is pretty simple. The drums and bass play a heavy grounding ostinato. Drums play a break-beat.


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