Edexcel GCSE Music- Why does my heart feel so bad?

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1999 Moby
`Why does my heart feel so bad' from
Style and period Club Dance music:
Extensive use of samples and loops
Layering textures
Links to the club scene
Real name: Richard Melville Hall
Other Moby songs from play:
Natural Blues
Melody Vocal samples (male and female) for melody are from a
1953 recording of a gospel choir which include surface
noise from the original.
A melancholy mood is achieved through the use of falling
3rds, minor chords, and the words.
Dynamics In the outro there is a gradual fade out.
The dynamics are fairly normal throughout with a build up
towards the By1 section.
After the break the dynamics are quieter but build up
again gradually.
Tempo 98bpm ­ No change in tempo
Rhythm Varying note length
There is syncopation in the piano par in Verse 4
Rhythms are strongly syncopated
There are backbeats (accents on weak beats- 2+ 4)
played by the snare drums.
Metre 4/4- No change
Them Description Features
Intro A1 Intro piano only
Verse 1 A2 Male singer

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A3 Percussion Sampled Hip-hop breakbeat and
A4 Bass and string synthesiser
A5 Syncopated piano chords
Chorus 1 Bx1 Female singer
By1 New chord sequence Added echo canons and shouts
Verse 2 A6 Male singer and second vocal line Q&A vocal line, Heavy EQ and Delay
A7 A6 repeated
Break One bar pause with fading echoes
Chorus 2 Bx2 Female singer, no piano or Reverb
By2 Piano and percussion return Echo Canons and shouts
By3 By2 repeated
Outro A8 Male singer, no piano or…read more

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Sampler Use of a filter to treat `answer' vocal
Drum machine sample.
Reverb Machine Use of drum machine and sequencer.
Echo is used on vocal sample ( A6)
Sub-bass- a type of bass which is felt
Electronic effects:
more than heard
EQ (boosting or lessening certain frequencies)
Looping Samples
Digital Delay Uses two vocal samples, both from a
High-pass filter- removes lower frequencies(sounds 1950s gospel choir.
like listening to a sound on the telephone) Neither of the vocal tracks has been
`cleaned up' significantly.…read more


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