Electric Counterpoint


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When was it first performed?
1987
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Key features of minimalism?
Repetition of simple ideas, layered texture, little variety in instrumentation
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What are the instruments used?
1 Live guitar (amplified), 7 pre-recorded guitars and 2 pre-recorded bass guitars
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What is the structure?
1) Syncopated quaver motif, 2) A new syncopated quaver motif, 3) A more sustained motif
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What is the melody like?
1 bar motif repeated to form an Ostinati. Introduced by the live guitar and top 4 guitar parts creating a Canon. Note addition is used. It has a resultant melody.
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What is the texture like?
Contrapuntal and it gradually builds up in layers. There is also the use of panning.
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What is the tonality/harmony?
Tonal ambiguity at the start (hints of Em) 3 main chord sequences: C, Bm, E5 - C, D, Em - C, D, Bm
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What is the rhythm/metre/tempo?
3/2 and 12/8. 192 bpm = very fast. Syncopation used, there is rhythmic displacement.
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