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Musicology 120 History of Rock Ch. 14 Notes

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Musicology 120 History of Rock Ch. 14 Notes MUCO 120

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These notes are from the first week of school over chapter 14
History of Rock
Sean K McCollough
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Musicology 120 History of Rock




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Date Created: 01/28/16
Musicology 120: History of Rock Chapter 14 Instructor: Sean McCullough  What Is Rock Music? 1. Not one particular genre, made up of multiple elements 2. It tends to have a rebellious theme  How do we choose what to listen to? 1. From record sales? 2. From the popularity? 3. From the message of the music? 4. From innovation? (How it influences other people)  Digital Vs. Analog records 1. The sounds are different 2. Vinyl records sound warmer, and are more realistic sounding 3. Digital sounds better when more instruments are involved Ex. A whole band playing versus a single instrument  Singles Vs. Albums 1. Early rock was mostly singles 2. Nowadays, there are more albums than back in the old days 3. The Beatles were the first to actually sell albums instead of singles  Recordings Vs. Live performance 1. Records tend to have better sound quality (Depending on the artist) 2. Live shows have more energy, and interaction and also provide a unique experience  The Changing Technology of Recording 1. It has changed a lot over time 2. Recordings are now layered instead of all at once in old times Ex. Drums are recorded first, then guitar, then the singer, etc.  Some Types of Recording Techniques 1. Multi-track recording 2. Editing 3. Stereo placement 4. Compression/Limiting  Elements of Music 1. Rhythm- A repeated pattern of sound - Tempo- Speed at which sound moves through time - Meter- A certain bar or measure in music a. Simple Duple b. Compound Duple c. Simple Triple d. Compound Triple e. Simple Quadruple f. Compound Quadruple 2. Melody- A series of notes - Pitch- A single rate of vibration or frequency - Note- A pitch that we give a name - Scale- Set of notes Ex. Chromatic scale (12 notes) - Interval- Distance between notes - Key- The scale and home pitch used - Riff- A short fragment that acts as a building block - Tune- Organization of notes we understand to the ear - Hook- Tune that repeats over and over, the catchy part of the song - Subset- Using a few notes in chromatic scale, not all 12 - Blues scale- A mix of major and minor scales (common in rock) 3. Harmony- When you play more than one note at a single time - Chords- Accompany of a melody (3 or more notes) - Chord progression- Chords in a certain order 4. Dynamics- How loud or soft the song is at any moment Ex. Bob Dylan Vs. Jimi Hendrix - Compressing hurts the dynamics of a song (makes loud sounds softer or soft sounds louder) 5. Tone color- Quality of the sounds Ex. A foot pedal to an electric guitar


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