Afro Celt Sound System: Release (Tempo, metre and rhythm (Free time at the…
Afro Celt Sound System: Release
Afro Celt Sound System was originally formed by guitarist Simon Emmerson 1995 and has featured a number of guests over the years.
The music is a fusion of African, Celtic and electronic dance music.
Volume 2: was put on hold until Sinead O'Connor stepped in and wrote the lyrics to a track which became release.
Performing forces and their handling
kora, talking drum
hurdy-gurdy, uilleann pipes, bodhran, fiddle. whistle, accordion
male vox, female vox, synthesizers, breath samples, drum machine, electric piano, shaker and tambourine.
Much of this piece is made from looping.
Glissando, ornamentation, double stopping, open and closed hi-hat.
Use of nonsense lyrics.
Main verse is syllabic.
Some spoken parts.
Limited range for the female vocal (6th). The male has a more extended range of a 13th.
Use of glissando.
Tempo, metre and rhythm
Free time at the start.
Steady tempo established at 50"-100 bpm.
Simple quadruple metre.
Slightly swung semiquavers.
Triplets, sextuplets, Accents.
Use of loops,use of riffs.
Harmony and tonality
Key of C minor.
Chord sequences are repetitive.
Hint of chromaticism.
Use of drone.
Use of extended chords.
There is a distinct verse form.
It contains intro, solos, breaks and an outro.
There are no choruses in this piece and the piece contains three verses.
Use of layering.
Main texture is homophonic.
heterophonic texture (during outro).