- Uses two vocal samples.
- Taken from a 1953 gospel choir.
- Melody in verse is male.
- Melody in chorus is female.
- Samples have not been 'cleaned up'.
- Icludes vocalisation of 'oohs' and 'ahhs'.
- Pop structure
- Based around two chord sequences
- In 8 bar sections
Harmony and Tonality
- Whole song is based on two simple chord patterns.
- Only six chords are used.
- Piano intro and verse Am/Em/G/D
- Chorus is C/Am/C/Am and then F/C/F/C....
Chord sequence1-verse-'why does my heart feel so bad' Am x2 Em x2 Gm x2 D x2
Chord sequence 2a-chorus-(first half)- 'these open doors' C Am C Am
Chord sequence 2b-chorus-(second half)-'these open doors' F C F C
- The notes in each chord are
Am= ACE Em= EGB Gm= GBD D= DF#A C= CEG F= FAC
- Harmony is diatonic and simple(characteristic of danse music).
- Both vocal samples are in A minor but they harmonise differentey.
- The verse uses more minor chords and the chorus uses more major chord, which gives the song a lift form the previous minor tonality and brightens the mood.
Timbre and Texture
- Build up due to instruments being added.
- Electronic sounds, such as a piano and kit, which sounds rather unnatural and mechanical.
- Ends with a vocal sample (ghosting) and uses a synth organ.
- The start of the track builds....
1ST-SOLO PIANO 2ND-VOCAL 3RD-DRUMS 4TH-SYNTH STRINGS
- Use of loops.
- Reverb on piano and vocals (Yamaha SPX990)
- Telephone effect (EQ).
- Delay (YAMAHA SPX990)/ echo in the breakdown.
- Use of a filer.
- Drum Machine (Roland TR909).
- Sampler (Akai S3200).
- Synth/string pad sounds (Yamaha SY22 and SY85).
- Bass synth (Roland Juno 106).
- Technology was considered old fashioned for 1999, but preferred by Moby.
- Drum machine
- Synth pads
- String pads
- Vocal samples
- Most of the piece is made up of samples, as Moby uses two samples that are gospel singers (one male and one female) and a hip hop drum beat sample.
- Starts quietly but becomes louder in verse one, as more parts enter all at once.
- Dynamics remain the same until the bridge.
- One bar of silence at the break.
- Volume suddenly changes in last chorus as instruments re-enter.
- Soft in the outro with only two instruments.
- Oragn fades out at the end.
Tempo and Rhythm
- 4/4 tempo
- Moderate tempo
- Dance music
- From the album 'play' released in 1999.
- Moby is a electronica artist and uses ideas rom other types of music.
- The piece has ambient, techno and hip hop influences.
- Ambient music can be known as 'chill out music'.
- Hip hop is music from the hip hop culture with jamaican and african american influences.
- Techno sounds very mechanical and has a very fast beat.