Why does my heart feel so bad?-Moby (1999)

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Which album is "Why does my heart feel so bad?' from
the 1999 'Play' Album
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Which Genre of music is the song?
Dance music
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What are the features of Dance music?
Extensive use of samples and loops, layered textures, strong back beat emphasised by drums and bass
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Which recordings are used to loop the melody?
A male "why does my heart" sample and a female "these open doors" sample from a 1953 recording of a gospel choir
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Why did Moby leave in the background noises?
To heighten the emotions of the song
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Where was the song mixed (and partly recorded) ?
In Moby's home studio?
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What instruments are used?
A Roland TR drum machine, a hiphop backbeat (with the tempo changed to suit the vocals), vocal samples, Synth (strings), Sub bass, Keyboard, sampler
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Which electronic effects are used?
Distortion, delay , EQ (boosting/lessening of frequencies) , reverb
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What is the tempo?
98 bpm
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What is the time signature?
4/4
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How many chords are used?
6 chords
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Describe the intro
8 bar piano intro ( where A minor key signature is established)
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What chord sequence is used in the verse?
Am,Am,Em,Em,G,G,D,D - A It is used 4 times
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Describe the structure of the verse
A1, A2-male singer comes in, A3 Percussion comes in, A4 Bass and Synth, A5-Syncopated piano chords
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Describe the first chorus
Uses 'these open doors', the key is now ambiguous Bx-C,Am,C,Am By-F,C ,F,C
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Describe the structure of Verse 2
A6, A7
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What comes after verse 2?
A bar's silence with a fading echo
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How does the second chorus start?
Bx2- female singer, no piano or percussion, just held synth chords
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Describe the 2nd part of the Second Chorus
By2- piano and percussion return, By3
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Describe the outro
OUTRO: a8-male singer, no piano or percussion
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Describe the Texture
Builds gradually through intro and 1st verse, suddenly thins in silence, Fuller texture returns in 2nd chorus, Outro is just 1st sample and static chords on synth
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What is the texture?
Homophonic
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What are the dynamics?
Mf, then crescendo to F in chorus (but mostly depends on texture)
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Describe the rhythm
Drum loop with emphasised backbeat (2 and 4) used, Synth uses sustained chords, Syncopation in vocals and other parts
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What is the harmony?
Simple Diatonic harmony used, which is also Modal
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Which position are all the chords played in?
Root position
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