Afro Celt Sound System: ' Release' (Tempo, metre and rhythm…
Afro Celt Sound System: ' Release'
Tempo, metre and rhythm
2 and 4-bar phrases
Short rhythmic phrases
Slightly swung quavers
Simple quadruple meter
Steady tempo established at- 100 bpm
Free time at the start
Harmony and tonality
Slow harmonic pulse
Hint of chromaticism
Chord sequence are repetitive
Key of C minor
Main texture is homophonic
Improvisation from opening female vocals
Limited note range
Main verse is syllabic
The music fades out
The bass loop drops out and the second fiddle loop re-enters.
Female voice sings ‘Reach out and you’ll touch me’
Female vocal samples interject as a new
uilleann pipe solo creates a heterophonic texture with the hurdy-gurdy.
layered with the low
chromatic synth strings.
Layered on top is an electric piano playing a syncopated two note
melody over a chordal/arpeggio semiquaver
The bass re-enters with a more complicated drum part
At the end the bodhrán enters playing its original entry
The hurdy-gurdy and uilleann pipe solo playing underneath
the main vocals
This creates a polyphonic texture.
Towards the end the male vocals are joined by the hurdy-gurdy
The solo continues with the low whistle playing a more complicated version of the pipe solo
Low synth strings accompany the low whistle along with the accordion
It is more varied in rhythm and an increase in rhythmic variety
The solos are accompanied by the accordion loop (playing accented chords) and bodhrán
Whistle plays mainly running semiquavers with the occasional glissando
Uilleann pipe starts
Verse- chorus form
Towards the the low chromatic synth strings enter
More complicated drum pattern
Male vocals take over singing a variation of verse 1.
Modal quality from the riff that plays a C and Bb
At the end a short bodhran solo
Kora enters at the end of the verse with low synth strings that play an ascending chromatic line.
Tambourine takes over from the shaker, playing steady semiquavers
Filtered low pass filters
Performing forces and their handling
Information and performance circumstances
In 2000 Afro Celt Sound System was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best World Music
After the death of a core member of the group release was put on hold until Sinead o' conner wrote the lyrics
Afro Celt sound system
Fusion of African, Celtic and EDM
Formed by guitarist Simon Emmerson in 1995