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Sgt Peppers Loney Hearts club band-

Made in 1967- experimental album, directed by Paul Mcartney. Alter ego- outfits influenced from Edwardian Millitary. 

In 1966 the Beatles conqoured the 'pop world'.

Sound effects of audience cheers+claps+tuning of instruments. To create a live atmosphere. Techology (space race). Album was their 'concert'. Rock style.

Sturcture- Straight into song.

 

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Lucy in the sky with diamonds.

Making the "ordinary" seem "extrodinary"- expressed through the word painting "cellophane flowers yellow and green that grow so incredibily high".

Contrasting verse and chorus-

Verse- 3 beat bar, slow, dreamy, static melody.

Chorus- 4 beat bar, more rhytmic + dynamic, syncopation.

Techonolgy sfx (space race)

East + West Tambora drums (Indian)

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Lucy in the sky with diamonds.

Making the "ordinary" seem "extrodinary"- expressed through the word painting "cellophane flowers yellow and green that grow so incredibily high".

Contrasting verse and chorus- BSB

Verse- 3 beat bar, slow, dreamy, static melody.

Chorus- 4 beat bar, more rhytmic + dynamic, syncopation.

Techonolgy sfx (space race)

East + West Tambora drums (Indian)

Opening chromatic angular figure- harpsichord and electric guitar (high+low). 

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Within you, without you.

George Harrison-

Influenced by Budist meditation. (East + west)

Indian instruments-

Sitar, Dilruba, Tabla, Dulcimer, Violin!

Meldoy inspired by on a Raga scale- Long and decorative.

Use of drones.

Structure- Versus, but sound like they flow into another- technology.

Irregular length.

Improvised instrumental.

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Being for the benefit of Mr Kite.

Influenced from a Victorian circus poster- names and acts for the lyrics.

Circus atmosphere created by  layering Calliopes and fairground organs- SFX Technology.

BSB: Time signature change, after verse 2 from 3/4 to 4/4 after the lyric "Henry the horse dances the waltz".

Marching band effect- provided by off-beat cymbols (POM POM baseline). 

Drama- use of characters.

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When I'm sixty four.

Vauderville style (polite entertainment for middle classes 20's) 

Jazz influences- reworking earlier styles. Clarinets, swing and syncopated rhythms, drum kit and jaunty basslines.

High and low art forms- Tumblar bells (off-beat) unexpected, eccentric. 

Speeding up of Pauls vocals on tape to make it sound higher and jolly.

A man looking anxiously into future- drama.

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A day in the life.

BSB- was originally two songs, but combined into one. John Lennon's song became the verse, whilst Paul Mcartney's song became the centeral bridge section. The bridge section is reached via an orchestral cresendo, all instruments playing a chromatic scale lowest to highiest E at different speeds.

BSB- Follows from the sgt pepper reprise, not having a clear beginning or ending.

Cresendo reprised at end, no link to anything.

SFX- alarm clock, panting, crowd noises, high pitched frequency at the end.

Combo of high and low art forms- orchestra and pop instruments.

Turning the 'ordinary' to the 'extrodinary'- lyrcis inspired by new paper article stories, art form philisophical "now they know how many holes how to fill the Albert hall". 

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Music technology for the album.

Artificial double tracking.

A rotating leslie speaker rewired.

Backwards guitar and vocal sounds.

Tape splicing and splitting,

Experimenting with different timbres and sound.

This is all due to the space race, which advanced the use of technology, allowing musicians such as The Beatles to be more 'experimental' within their work. 

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The magical mystery tour.

Eponymous title.- 1967 November- all dressed in silly costumes.

The album is based on a bus ride in Liverpool where you don't know where you're going to end up- this is called "The magical mystery tour". The album reflects the "magical tour".

The album reflects the fragmentation that occured within The Beatles-  they all had different interest.

  • George Harrison- Indian culture.
  • John Lennon- withdrawn into a world of his own,
  •  Ringo Starr- Acting.
  • Paul Mcartney- wanted to carry on, continued the group's exploration by creating apple recrods, producing merchendises and films. 
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Strawberry fields forever.

Inspired by a children home in Liverpool called "Strawberry Fields".- The song is based from a childs perspective.

The song is linked to "Being for the benefit of Mr Kite"- 1 minute. The rock band texture metamorphoses into brass strings, backward sounds and unusual strings. 

BSB: Starts with the chorus- the mellotrone finale becomes the introduction.  NON LINEAR STRUCTURE.. Third version of the songs, idea of moving parts around. EXPERIMENTAL... Improvised out-tro.

Classical (high and low)- 3 cellos playing counter mellodies, 4 trumpets playing fan fairs.

Inidan style (East and West)-  use of swordmandle (Indian harp) along with the main pop/rock style.

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I am the walrus.

Art does not have to have a meaning.

John's response to critics like Charles Mason who are always trying to find hidden meaning within the lyrics, he wrote these to have no meaning- art for art sakes,

The lyrics do not make sense.

Regular rhythms, not like the pop metrical rhythms.

Technology- collage of "King Lear" by Shakespeare. SFX- radio tuning and "bell ringing".

High and low art forms- Shakespeare and Classical brass and strings- combined with rock style vocal.

NON LINEAR STRUCTURE... Montage of out-tro of SFX recrodings, guitar riffs choir chants.

Intertexuality "Lucy and the with diamonds" and "King Lear".

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All you need is love

The intro- the french national anthem "La Marseillaise"- Intertexuality- Green sleves, In the mood- Glenn Miller- Bach Brandenburg- concerto 2 and self-refrencing "She loves you".

Collaboration with some of their rock star friends- Keith Mooon + Mick Jagger- they shout and chant things. 

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