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Date of composition

1987

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Genre

Minimalist

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Genre stylistics

Metamorphosis- gradual change
Layers
Repetition/ostinati/loops
Phase shifting
Drones

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Use of technology

Panning- sound travelling from one speaker to the next
Multi-tracking- different layers on top of each other
Looping

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Tempo

192 bpm- very fast

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Metre

3/2 with shuttle shifts to 12/8
Cross rhythms make the metre hard to spot

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Rhythm

Cross rhythms make the metre hard to spot
Original motif is syncopated

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Harmony-how is the motif treated?

The motif is developed and explored
Original motif is played on a high register
Motif is hexatonic (6 pitches only)

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Tonality

Tonal ambiguity-sounds like E minor or Gmajor
Modal- E-Aeolian
No traditional cadences
B section- constant change between E minor and C minor

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Instrumentation

Soloist with pre-recorded multi-track recordings
1 live soloist:
plays the resultant melody, strummed patterns, cross rhythms
7 pre-recorded electric guitars:
2 pre-recorded bass guitars:
adds depth to texture, developed through addition, creates cross rhythms

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Dynamics

Ends with a crescendo and a forceful E5 chord

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Structure

Loosely Ternary form with a coda
ABA(coda)

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Texture

Panning+ interweaving rhythms make it feel like the texture is changing
Starts monophonic
Ends polyphonic
Polyphonic-contrapuntal texture (only melodies)

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Section A (texture)

Begins monophonic
More layers are added- 4 part cannon
Texture built up by bass
Bass and live guitar create cross rhythms
Resultant melody played by the live guitar


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Section B (texture)

C minor (or is it Eb major)
Change in metre to 12/4, two guitars stay in 3/2
E minor again
C minor (metre keeps changing)
E minor (metre and key makes it more ambiguous)

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Coda (texture)

Stripped back
4 part cannon
crescendos until the E minor chord

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How do we know it's tonality

G major or E minor
E-Aeolian
E minor but no D#

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Interest kept in section A

Addition of texture

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Interest kept in section B

Tonality and metre changing
E minor and C minor

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Live player

Pat Methany
Jazz guitarist

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Texture buildup

Texture builds up
Texture stays the same (interest kept in other ways)
Shorter, texture thins

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Indonesia

Gamelan
Repetition of a cell

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Africa

Inspired rhythmically
Syncopation
Cross rhythms
Rpetition