DR (T) SMITH on 'Killer Queen' by Queen

These questions are based on some things from the pearson music book.

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When was 'Killer Queen' released in the album 'Sheer Heart Attack'?
1974
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Name 3 musical features that give the song an essence of grandeur, theatre and glamour?
Use of unusual keys, anthemic melodies, adventurous structures
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The song consists of mostly ______ phrase structures.
uneven
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Define Stereo field.
The virtual space where the sound is coming from.
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What is the time signature of the song?
12/8
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Is it in simple or compound time?
compound
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There are occasional bars of _ time signature, which you count in 2.
6/8
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Define Whole Mix.
Everything all together - tapes.
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What is the technical term for an upbeat?
anacrusis
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What is the key of 'Killer Queen'?
Eb Major
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What could people think the key could be instead?
C minor
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Define 'Dry' and 'Wet'.
Less reverb and more reverb
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What is a perfect cadence?
It is a V-I chord. In D, a perfect cadence is G-D. It makes phrases sound finished.
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What is the most common extended chord?
A 7th chord.
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What is a modulation?
A key change
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Where can we spot the circle of 5ths being used?
Bars 20-21, moving through the chords A, Dm, G7 and C.
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What is a pedal note?
A repeated or sustained note (not to be mistaken with the pedal on the piano).
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At which bar do we see a pedal note?
Bar 27
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Define 'Word Painting'.
Where the sound effect reflects the lyrics.
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What filter does the wah-wah pedal use?
A frequency filter
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Define 'Panning'.
Changing where the sound is coming from left/right to create a live effect on a recording/ on speakers.
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How many tracks did the tape recorder that Queen used have?
24
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Define 'Multi-tracking'.
Where you record a performance on seperate tracks where each track can be edited or changed.
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What motion do the backing vocals often move in?
a parallel motion.
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Define 'Flanging'.
Created by 2 identical sound waves that are slightly delayed to create a swirling/whooshing sound.
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Name the technique that means a 'slide' (used on the word 'Queen' bar 15).
'Portamento'
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Name the 2 main reasons why Queen wrote their vocal harmonies in a parallel motion.
To emulate the style of Gospel singing and to provide harmonic support.
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Which 2 words describe the guitar parts that gave Queen a unique sound?
Multi-tracking and layering.
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Define 'Reverb'.
An effect which creates the impression of being in a physical space. It is a technical term for echo.
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Why did Brian May use a sixpence rather than a normal plectrum (pick)?
It had a serrated edge to achieve different effects.
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What type of instruments sound did May try to recreate when he layered his parts?
Saxophones
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Name the 2 other percussion instruments used in 'Killer Queen'.
Triangle and Aeolian Chimes
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What is 'Antiphony'?
Different instruments played in different places. A live version of panning.
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Describe the difference in sonority between a jangle piano and a regular piano.
The jangle piano sounds more 'tinnier' than the regular piano.
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Why were Queen proud that they did not use a synthesizer in their album?
They wanted to be unique and show everyone their musical abilities and skills.
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What is overdubbing?
Where voices/ instruments are recorded indiviually and layered on top of eachother.
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Name the 4 guitar techniques used in 'Killer Queen' by Brian May.
String Bend, Slide, Pull-Off, Vibrato
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What is the timbre of the bass?
a 'warm' and 'round' timbre
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What was Roger Taylors drumming influenced by?
Complex Jazz
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John Deacons bass part provides ________ support.
harmonic
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What is 'Melismatic'?
When there is more than one note per syllable to a note.
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What is the texture in the opening from when the vocals enter?
Melody-Dominated Homophonic
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How many guitar parts?
3
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