Club dance music Key features
Started in 1970s. Electronic. Strong beat + steady tempo
Synthesizers, Sequencers + Samplers used.
Sequencers= Computer software. MIDI recording + playback device. Tells MIDI instruments what to do.
Samplers= Take samples which can be altered + looped
Panning= Changes which speaker the music comes from
Reverb= Change in acoustics
Phaser= 'Whooshing' sound
EQ= Removes a certain frequency
Sub bass= Bass line lower than normal
Why does my heart feel so bad? from Play- Moby
Moby is American. Play was released in 1999. 4th track on album.
Samples taken from 1950s Gospel choir + hip-hop drumbeat
Synthesized strings, sub bass, piano (panning used), drums (backbeat sample), voice (samples) + synth organ (last 8 bars only)
Verse-chorus structure with breakdown- one bar of silence
Looping, reverb, EQ + delay used. Syncopation used in piano mainly.
Instrumentation + texture builds up. Texture becomes thinner after breakdown. Diatonic harmony.
Verses are A Dorian mode. Use Am, Em, G + D chords- each for 2 bars
'These open doors' uses C + Am chords
'These open doors' looped uses F + C chords
Choruses are in C major. It is in 4/4. Crotchet = 98.