Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

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Melody

  • The melody is based on 2 samples from a 1953 gospel choir
  • In sample A, a male voice is used in the verses, and in sample B, a female voice is used in the choruses
  • The samples are manipulated to change the meaning of the words. 
  • The piece has a vintage feel as he did not clean the recordings. 
  • The samples are looped.
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Harmony and Tonality

  • The piece is diatonic
  • There are 3 simple repeated chord sequences. 
  • Chord sequence 1- Am, Em, G, D
  • Chord sequence 2- C, Am, C, Am
  • Chord sequence 3- F, C, F, C
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Structure

  • Intro - Verse - Chorus - Verse 2 - Break - Chorus - Outro
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Texture

  • The texture builds up as more tracks are introduced.
  • The texture becomes thinner as the piano and drums drop out.
  • There is also the use of silence.
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Instrumentation

  • Synthesiser, sampler, drum machine and sequencer
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Effects

  • Panning, Reverb, EQ, Delay, Echoes
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