GCSE Edexcel Music 9-1 - AoS4 Release

Questions on Afro Celt Sound System's 'Release', from AoS 4 GCSE Edexcel Music 2018. (including background, dynamics, rhythm, texture, structure, melody, instruments, tonality and harmony.)

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Who composed 'Release' and when was it released?
Afro Celt Sound System released it in 1999
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Who are Afro Celt Sound System?
a group formed in 1995, fusing Irish(~), African(^) and modern Western(#) music
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Why was the song written?
to help the band cope with the loss of their keyboard player, with lyrics by guest singer Sinead O'Connor
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DYNAMICS
intro is quiet, natural crescendo as instruments are added, fades at the end
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TEMPO
moderate speed, about 100bpm, but the intro is in free time
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METRE
steady 4/4 throughout^
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RHYTHM
syncopated^, slightly swung, triplets~, loops create ostinatos#, rapid short notes~, underlying pulse^
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TEXTURE
mostly homophonic acc. the single swung melody, some counter melodies - polyphonic^, 28 loops#, continuous drone
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STRUCTURE
STROPHIC (no chorus): intro, V1-female, V2-male, solos -pipes, whistle, hurdy-gurdy, V3-both, drum break, build, outro
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MELODY - voices
V1 - Cm pentatonic~, falling phrases G-C, narrow 6th range. V2 - top C, wide 13th range in loop 19. BOTH - stepwise, some 3rds, syllabic^, part-spoken^#
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MELODY - accompaniment
reverb used#, solos have more leaps and empahsise G and C (the min notes of the mode)
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INSTRUMENTS - Afro (African)
kora, djembe, talking drum
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INSTRUMENTS - Celt (Irish)
uillean pipes, low whistle, hurdy-gurdy, bodhran, fiddle, acordian
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INSTRUMENTS - Sound System (Western)
vocals, synth, samples, electric piano, drum machine, shaker, tambourine, digital effects
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TONALITY
Aeolian mode~ C (natural minor) throughout, anchored to C by drone and patterns on Cm. There's no B which is the leadin note of Cm (so it can't be described as Cm)
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HARMONY
diatonic, slow harmonic pace, modal: traditional for folk music)~
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