"Why does my heart feel so bad."-Moby (Structure: (Intro: Bars 1…
"Why does my heart feel so bad."-Moby
Intro: Bars 1-8, chord sequence 1
Verse 1: bars 9-40
Chord sequence 1
1st vocal sample - Why does my heart
Simple piano accompaniment
Sustained synth pads (high and low)
Synth bass part and string pads
Same as part 3 but piano rhythm has changed
Chord sequence decorated with extra sus4 and sus2 chords
Chorus: bars 41-56
First change of chord sequence to 2a
Ambiguous tonality - C major or A minor?
Second vocal sample - These open doors
Bars 49-56, Chord sequence 2b
Verse 2: bars, 57-72
Echo effect on the vocal sample with ‘telephone voice’ EQ
Break: bars 73
All parts drop out for one bar
Vocal sample 2 (sounds distant)
String pad chords (heavy reverb)
Drums re-enter in bar 81
Very similar to Chorus 1 (less reverb)
Repeat of bars 82-89 - unexpected
Lets us know the song is nearing the end
Texture breaks down to just the first vocal sample with synth pad accompaniment (chord sequence 1)
•There are 3 chord sequences in 8-bar blocks
•The song has only 6 chords, showing a limited harmonic range:
A triad with the major or minor 3rd replaced by the 2nd note of the scale
A triad with the major or minor 3rd replaced by the 4th note of the scale
•The opening is piano and, in general, the dynamics increase slowly but constantly before a quieter ending.
Sample (when a portion, or sample, of one sound recording is reused as an instrument or sound recording in a different song or piece)
Remix (a piece of audio that has been altered from its original state).
Loop (a repeating section of sound material. Short sections of material can be repeated to create ostinato patterns).
Overdub (when a performer listens to a pre-recorded track that they perform with. The live track is also recorded to create a layered piece).
Sequencing (the act of recording, editing and playing back music by handling musical information in MIDI format).
Synthesiser (an electronic musical instrument that generates electric signals that are converted to sound through instrument amplifiers (headphones/speakers).
Effects (FX) (sound effects).
Synth pad (a sustained chord or tone generated by a synth - the pad is usually used to provide background harmony).
Panning (the effect of distributing audio signals through a stereo sound field).
Trigger (a device used to convert drum signals from acoustic energy into an electronic format).
Reverb (an effect that gives audio signals depth, using echo to give the feeling of a different performance location).
EQ (Equalisation) (the process of adjusting bass and treble frequencies).
Delay (an audio effect that records audio, stores it and then replays the stored file after a period of time).