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The analytical essay requires you to demonstrate the depth and breadth your sense of historical perspective regarding the social, cultural, economic and political conditions that influenced the artists and the works that they produced. It is important that the key technical elements and aesthetic conditions be examined through the analysis.

Ensure that you provide a clear and insightful overview of the selected period (or movement). It must be evident through the report that you have conducted research on the periods and the selected works (or artists). Other than reading on the topic this should also involve extensive examination of a variety of creative works. Ensure that you consistently use quotes and other materials to support the analysis.

ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION:

SAM COOKE BIO

Sam Cooke – Wikipedia [Accessed: 06.04.12]

‘Dream Boogie’: The Life and Death of Sam Cooke – NPR.com [Accessed: 06.04.12]

Biography – AllMusic.com [Accessed: 07.04.12]

The Death of Sam Cooke – TruTV.com [Accessed: 07.04.12]

The Songs of Sam Cooke [Accessed: 16.04.12]

Sam Cooke – Answers.com [Accessed: 18.04.12]

Sam Cooke – Abcko.com [Accessed: 19.04.12]

AIN’T THAT GOOD NEWS 1964 ALBUM

Ain’t That Good News – Wiki [Accessed: 06.04.12]

Review – AllMusic.com [Accessed: 07.04.12]

PROQUEST

Black Pop Songwriting 1963-1966 [Accessed: 06.04.12]

Twistin’ the Night Away with Sam Cooke: Soul Master Stirred the Masses with a Voice Made in Heaven [Accessed: 06.04.12]

GOSPEL

Popular Song and Music Theater: Performance Styles and Musical Characteristics of Black Gospel Music – ProQuest.com [Accessed: 23.04.12]

Getting Gospel Going – ProQuest.com [Accessed: 23.04.12]

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This assignment requires the student to reinterpret (or adapt) a musical work (song) by another artist into a new work that is representative of another distinctive genre or style. You will need to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the elements that define each of the two stylistic movements (genres) that each piece represents in order to create an effective re-interpretation.

WIKI LINKS:

Landslide – Stevie Nicks / Fleetwood Mac [Accessed: 14.03.12]

VID LINKS:

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For this assessment task students are required to prepare an analytical written report.

Select at least five (5) online or off-line articles, by five different authors and three (3) other sources (interviews, audio tracks, pictures, films, video clips etc.), that are related to your specialised area of interest (as defined by the Creative Project 2 topic).

The material should be selected carefully. Primarily seminal documents of influential authors should be considered. They must be appropriate, authoritative and relevant demonstrating differing perspectives (or opinions) on the specific topic.

ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION:

CONTEMPORARY POPULAR MUSIC :

Music Makers: Popular Culture in Music Education – Popular Music in the Classroom: Where to Begin? – Sarah Morrison [Accessed: 07.12.11]

The Great Pop Boom – Herrera & Trust [Accessed: 07.12.11]

“Popular Music and Society” and the Evolving Discipline of Popular Music Studies – Gary Burns [Accessed: 10.12.11]

“Now We’re on the Top, Top of the Pops”: The Performance of “Non-Mainstream” Music on “Billboard’s” Albums Charts, 1981-2001 – Jim Sernoe [Accessed: 10.12.11]

Radio Friendly: Part 2 – Kevin Sinclair [Accessed: 11.12.11]

DEFINING THE MELODIC “HOOK”:

The Persistence of Musical Memories: A Descriptive Study of Earworms – Bartlett & Hapbern [Accessed: 29.11.11]

Centaur Reading – Earworms (“stuck song syndrome”): Towards a Natural History of Intrusive Thoughts – Beaman and Williams [Accessed: 30.11.11]

The Selling Power of Song: Catalog Evergreens Pop Up as Jingles in Increasing Numbers – Lichtman [Accessed: 30.11.11]

A Typology of ‘Hooks’ in Popular Records [Accessed: 07.12.11]

THE “HOOK” FORMULA:

Two-and-a-Half Centuries in the Life of a Hook – Mercer Taylor [Accessed: 26.11.11]

Effect of Music Training and Musical Complexity on Focus of Attention to Melody or Harmony – Williams [Accessed: 25.11.11]

Music Makers: åSong Structure – Farish [Accessed: 25.11.11]

Factors of Musical Perception – Three Points of View – Cuddy, Keane & Zuk [Accessed: 11.12.11]

Melodic Contour Similarity Using Folk Melodies – Mark Schmuckler [Accessed: 12.12.11]

MISCELLANEOUS:

The Basics – Pentatonic Scales [Accessed: 25.11.11]

Reviews: “This Is Pop: In Search of the Elusive at Experience Music Project,” Edited by Eric Weisbard [Accessed: 25.11.11]

The Effect of Pattern Recognition and Tonal Predictability on Sight-Singing Ability [Accessed: 25.11.11]

Soloing: The Importance of Melody [Accessed: 25.11.11]

Keyboards: Getting Outside the Tonality While Staying Inside the Melody–Part 1 [Accessed: 25.11.11]

Sign on the Dotted Void: Peppy Songs with Hooks and Beats – the New Underground Craze! [Accessed: 06.12.11]

JYU Academia.edu – Melodic and Contextual Similarity of Folk Song Phrases [Accessed: 30.11.11]

WEB LINKS

Philipp Tagg’s Online Texts [Accessed: 06:11:11]

Share Ranks.com – Best Song Hooks [Accessed: 25.11.11]

RollingStone.com – 500 Greatest Songs of All Time [Accessed: 25.11.11]

The Telegraph.co.uk – 100 Greatest Songs of All Time [Accessed: 25.11.11]

Songwriter’s Resource Guide [Accessed: 01.12.11

WEB VIDEOS

World Science Festival.com – Bobby McFerrin Hacks Your Brain With Music [Accessed: 24.11.11]

World Science Festival.com – Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus [Accessed: 25.11.11]

Select two influential producers. Write a report that provides an analysis of key works that define them as a creative force. Ensure that you provide a descriptive overview of the key elements of each producer’s style. Using a variety of examples, consider how their professional work has contributed to developments within the field.

ASSIGNMNET SUBMISSION:

TIMBALAND

SOUNDS:

Selected Discography:

Solo
Tim’s Bio: From the Motion Picture: Life From Da Bassment, Atlantic, 1998.

With Timbaland & Magoo
Welcome to Our World, Blackground, 1997.
Indecent Proposal, Virgin, 2001.

As Producer
Aaliyah, One in a Million, 1996.
Ginuwine, Ginuwine… the Bachelor, 1996.
Missy Misdemeanor Elliott, Supa Dupa Fly, 1997.
Jay-Z, Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life, 1998.
Cali Kings, Hip Hop Mix, 1999.
Missy Misdemeanor Elliott, Da Real World, 1999.
Ginuwine, 100% Ginuwine, 1999.
Da Brat, Unrestricted, 2000.
Jay-Z, Vol. 3: Life and Times of Sean Carter, 2000.
K-Ci & Jo-Jo, X, 2000.
Memphis Bleek, Understanding, 2000.
Ludacris, Back for the First Time, 2000.
Snoop Dogg, Last Meal, 2000.
Aaliyah, Aaliyah, 2001.
Fabolous, Ghetto Fabolous, 2001.
Ginuwine, The Life, 2001.
Jadakiss, Kiss tha Game Goodbye, 2001.
Bubba Sparxxx, Dark Days, Bright Nights, 2001.
Missy Misdemeanor Elliott, Miss E.… So Addictive, 2001.
Jay-Z, Blueprint, 2001.
Limp Bizkit, New Old Songs, 2001.
Ludacris, Word of Mouf, 2001.
Aaliyah, I Care 4U, 2002.
TLC, 3D, 2002.
Karen Clark Sheard, 2nd Chance, 2002.
Baby, Birdman, 2002.
Destiny’s Child, This is the Remix, 2002.
Missy Misdemeanor Elliott, Under Construction, 2002.
Eminem, Eminem Show, 2002.
Jay-Z, Blueprint2: The Gift & the Curse, 2002.
Mack 10, Presents the Hood, 2002.
Justin Timberlake, Justified, 2002.
Fabolous, Street Dreams, 2003.
Lil’Kim, Bella Mafia, 2003.
Solange, Solo Star, 2003

WEB LINKS:

Wikipedia [Accessed: 22.11.11]

Production Discography – Wiki [Accessed: 22.11.11]

All Music.com – Biography [Accessed: 22.11.11]

Artist Direct .com – “One of the Greatest”: An Interview with Timbaland [Accessed: 22.11.11]

Answers.com – Timbaland [Accessed: 22.11.11]

Rollingstone.com – Timbaland [Accessed: 22.11.11]

PRO QUEST:

ProQuest.com – “That Ill, Tight Sound”: Telepresence and Biopolitics in Post-Timbaland Rap Production [Accessed: 22.11.11]

ProQuest.com – The Critics: Pop Music – The Timbaland Era [Accessed: 22.11.11]

MISC WEB RESOURCES:

Wired.com – Superproducers [Accessed: 22.11.11]

Select two influential producers. Write a report that provides an analysis of key works that define them as a creative force. Ensure that you provide a descriptive overview of the key elements of each producer’s style. Using a variety of examples, consider how their professional work has contributed to developments within the field.

ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION:

NIGEL GODRICH

SOUNDS:

Air – Pocket Symphony (Producer)

Air – Talkie Walkie (Producer, Engineer, Mix)

Beck – Guero (Mix)

Beck – Sea Change (Producer, Engineer, Mix)

Charlotte Gainsbourg – 5.55 (Producer, Mix)

Paul McCartney – Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (Producer)

Radiohead – Kid A (Producer, Engineer, Mix)

Radiohead – Amnesiac (Producer, Engineer)

Radiohead – Hail To The Thief (Producer, Engineer, Mix)

Radiohead – In Rainbows (Producer, Engineer, Mix)

Radiohead – King of Limbs (Producer, Engineer, Mix)

Thom Yorke – The Eraser (Producer, Engineer, Mix)

WEB LINKS:

Wikipedia [Accessed: 20.11.11]

Nigel Godrich.com [Accessed: 20.11.11]

Dead Air Space.com [Accessed: 17.12.11]

CBC.ca – Everything In It’s Right Place – The Productions of Nigel Godrich [Accessed: 20.11.11]

ProQuest.com – Rock & Roll: How to Become a Producer in Eight Easy Steps [Accessed: 20.11.11]

Pitchfork.com – Nigel Godrich Talks “From the Basement”, Radiohead [Accessed: 20.11.11]

Les Inrockuptibles, “Nigel the Nihilist.” [Accessed: 18.12.11]

The Mix [Accessed: 20.12.11]

PRO QUEST:

ProQuest.com – “Goldmine” Interviews – Paul McCartney: Behind the Scenes Recording and Touring “Chaos & Creation” – and More [Accessed: 16.12.11]

Here, There, and Everywhere [Accessed: 17.12.11]

Wax On, Wax Off [Accessed: 17.12.11]

Sir Paul Rides Again [Access: 17.12.11]


A written report that provides a descriptive outline of the project must be submitted with the practical work. The report must provide a descriptive overview and an analytical critique of the processes and outcomes of the project.

ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION

Each student is required to submit an individually written report in the form of a diarised logbook. The logbook should contain detailed accounts of the events that took place during the BAP160.2 Practical Assignment. It should commence from the planning stage right up to the finished project. The diary should give an account of the day’s accomplishments, whether or not events occurred according to plan, plus an indication of what could have been improved.

ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION

Select two influential producers. Write a report that provides an analysis of key works that define them as a creative force. Ensure that you provide a descriptive overview of the key elements of each producer’s style. Using a variety of examples, consider how their professional work has contributed to developments within the field.

ELLIOT SCHEINER

SOUNDS:

America – Homecoming (Producer/Engineer/Mix/Surround Mix)

Donald Fagen – Morph The Cat (Mix)

Donald Fagen – The Night Fly (Producer/Engineer/Mix)

Eagles – Hell Freezes Over (Producer/Engineer/Mix)

Eagles – Long Road Out of Eden (Mix)

Queen – A Night at the Opera (Surround Mix)

Steely Dan – Aja (Engineer)

Steely Dan – Gaucho (Engineer/Mix)

Steely Dan – Two Against Nature (Engineer)

Toto – Toto IV (Mix/Surround Mix)

WEB LINKS:

Wikipedia [Accessed: 10.11.11]

Excerpt Interview – The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook [Accessed: 12.11.11]

Discography JD Management.com [Accessed 11.11.11]

Discography Panasonic.com [Accessed 12.11.11]

Mix Online.com [Accessed: 12.11.11]

Guitar Jam Daily Interview Session 1 [Accessed: 12.11.11]

Guitar Jam Daily Interview Session 2 [Accessed: 12.11.11]

Panasonic.com – ELS Surround Sound [Accessed: 19.11.11]

ProQuest.com – Still In The Mix [Accessed: 20.11.11]

ProQuest.com – Q&A with Elliot Scheiner [Accessed: 20.11.11]

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BOOK LIST:

Elliot Scheiner Interview, pp.218-228, Owsinski, B. 2006, The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, 2nd edition, Thomson Course Technology PTR, Boston.

MISC WEB RESOURCES:

Record Production.com [Accessed: 10.11.11]

Safari Books Online.com – How Does It Sound Now? [Accessed: 19.11.11]

Deliver a 10-minute presentation to peers and outlining the proposed project to be completed for creative project 1. A question and answer period may follow the presentation at the discretion of the examiner(s). Students should demonstrate thorough, detailed knowledge of the subject, reflecting appropriate levels of study and the ability to plan and conceptualise the practical and theoretical tasks to be undertaken for the project. The presentation must be well organised, make effective use of audio/visual resources, and demonstrate the student’s ability to effectively communicate the project objectives and focus to the audience.

ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION

NEW MUSIC STRATEGIES

New Music Strategies Website [Accessed: 03.08.11]

New Music Strategies Ebook [Accessed: 05.08.11]

Andrew Dubber – Vimeo [Accessed: 05.08.11]

CASE STUDIES OF NEW MUSIC STRATEGIES

Smithereens Frontman Launches Subscription Service [Accessed: 05.08.11]

IN RAINBOWS – RADIOHEAD (REVIEWS)

Pitchfork.com [Accessed 27.12.2010]

Guardian.co.uk [Accessed: 27.12.2010]

EW.com [Accessed: 27.12.2010]

Dusted Magazine.com [Accessed: 29.12.2010]

Almost Cool.org [Accessed: 29.12.2010]

BON IVER- BON IVER (REVIEWS)

Pitchfork.com [Accessed: 06.08.11]

Time.com [Accessed: 06.08.11]

Prefix Mag.com [Accessed: 06.08.11]

Sputnik Music.com [Accessed: 06.08.11]

Popmatters.com [Accessed: 06.08.11]

GOTYE – LIKE DRAWING BLOOD (REVIEWS)

Pitchfork.com [Accessed: 06.08.11]

Popmatters.com [Accessed: 06.08.11]

Sputnik Music.com [Accessed:06.08.11]

Coke Machine Glow.com [Accessed: 06.08.11]

Music OMH.com [Accessed: 06.08.11]

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Pay What You Want For This Article [Accessed: 06.08.11]

Interview: Bon Iver [Accessed: 06.08.11]

Interview: Gotye: Like Drawing Blood [Accessed: 06.08.11]

VIDEOS – RADIOHEAD

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VIDEOS – BON IVER

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VIDEOS – GOTYE

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MISC

Music in 5/4 Time [Accessed: 07.08.11]

Students are required to submit their own original logbook for the practical assignment. The logbook should contain detailed accounts of the events that took place during the BAP130.1 Practical Assignment. It should commence from the planning stage right up to the finished product. The logbook should give an account of each session’s accomplishments, whether or not events occurred according to plan, plus an indication of what could have been improved.

ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION

The following are useful links and quotes for studio practice from recording/mic techniques to mixdown and post-production for a specific digital studio assignment. In this particular assignment I have taken on the task of recording a song which has the following instruments:

 

• Drums

 

• Bass

 

• Electric Guitar

 

• Vocals

 

• Synth Pad

 

The following resources are research materials to get the best out of these instruments in both the recording and mixing stages of this assignment.

 

DRUMS

 

References:

 

Owsinski, B. 2009, The Recording Engineer’s Handbook, 2nd edition, Course Technology PTR, Boston.
Chapter 8, (pp. 142-184)

 

Web Links:

 

Pictures of Miked-up Drum Kits [Accessed: 22.04.11]

 

Practical Drum Kit Miking [Accessed: 23.04.11]

 

Video Links:

 

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ELECTRIC GUITAR

 

References:

 

Owsinski, B. 2009, The Recording Engineer’s Handbook, 2nd edition, Course Technology PTR, Boston.
Chapter 8, (pp. 191-198)

 

Huber, D.M. 2010, Modern Recording Techniques, 7th edition, Focal Press, USA.
Chapter 4, (pp. 153-154)

 

Web Links:

 

Pictures of Miked-up Guitar Cabs [Accessed: 17.04.11]

 

Comparative Guitar Amp Recordings [Accessed: 23.04.11]

 

Video Links:

 

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