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Blues

The blues is a style that was developed by the rural African-American population in
the southern states of America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The
songs were often about hardship and deprivation.

As the popularity of the blues…

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Popular Music of the 1960s

The late 1950s were dominated by rock and roll and although popularity declined in
the 1960s, it had a massive influence on British bands such as The Beatles, The Who
and The Rolling Stones.

Towards the end…

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An intro (instrumental)
Different verses
A repeated chorus
A bridge (contrasting)
An outro




Rock Music
Rock music developed in the 1960s out of rock and roll and rhythm and blues. Groups
such as The Who started using more powerful amplifiers and a…

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Timbre & Dynamics Much rock music is dominated by heavy electric guitar sound,
which is often distorted
Singers are almost always male
In live concerts rock music is played at a very loud dynamic

Structure & Form A verse-chorus structure is common,…

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Timbre & Dynamics The instrument backing is usually made up from synthesised
and sampled sounds
Singers are often female and have a smooth style of singing
influenced by soul
Rapping will sometimes appear

Structure & Form Songs usually have a verse-chorus structure…

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Complex but repetitive rhythmic patterns are produced by
layers of sampled and looped sounds

Harmony & Tonality As the music is often based on just a rhythmic rap over a
drum loop, there may be little use of harmony in some
songs,…

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Key Features
Musicals usually consist of alternating sections of spoken dialogue and songs
They tend to contain a variety of different types of song, such as ballads (slow and
emotional), patter songs (fast and comic) and production numbers (involving most
of the…

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As film has developed, so have many different approaches to writing soundtracks.
Today you can find soundtracks in all sorts of jazz, popular and classical music styles.

Contemporary film composers:

John Williams (Star Wars, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones)
Hans Zimmer (Pirates…

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