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Roland TR-REC Sequencing Game

Posted: December 17, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Homework, resource
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If you find yourself with nothing to do over the Christmas hols, why not try this free game developed by Roland. It’s basically a drum machine patterning game that gives you points for speed and accuracy. You might even get some new ideas for beat patterns from it!

We have discussed many of these synthesizers in class, however it would be very useful to add the remaining models to your revision notes. The Prophet 5, Wavestation, DX7 and Minimoog were revolutionary in their time, and vintage synths are becoming extremely sought after for their warm analogue sound.

Study leave and exams.

Posted: May 7, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Homework, revision
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It’s that time of year again where students disappear for a few weeks before exams – all the staff in the Music department wish you the best in your revision, and remember we are available at your normal lesson times if you require any extra help. Coursework has been sent off to the moderators and we await the results!

A-Z of pickups – Music Radar

Posted: May 1, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Homework, revision
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AS and A2 students will want to take a look at this, as questions on pickups regularly feature in exams!

Blur – Special Focus Styles

Posted: April 24, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Homework, Songs
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Often described as one of the greatest British bands of all time, Blur have flirted with a range of different styles and genres across their active years. Blur took inspiration from British music of the 60s, and wrote many songs about everyday life. Graham Coxon’s signature chromatic riffs and Damon Albarn’s exaggerated ‘east end’ accent were integral parts of their earlier songs. The band started off writing ‘Madchester’ influenced songs, but only really gained critical and commercial success with the release of Parklife in 1994. Blur were part of the ‘Cool Britannia’ period in the late 90s that centred around the success of Britpop internationally, and the election of the New Labour government in 1997.

Special Focus Styles – Pulp

Posted: April 22, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Homework, Songs
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Pulp were formed in the late 70s, but only really came to prominence in the 90s, with their blend of socially aware commentary and catchy tunes. Jarvis Cocker and the band created sometimes lavish longs focusing on the minutiae of everyday life, and rode the wave of Britpop success for a few years. They were also adept at blending an eclectic mix of styles, the swagger of glam rock, disco beats, synthesisers, indie thrash guitars or folk style violins and acoustic guitar. Cocker’s iconic vunerable vocal style (with occasional breathy spoken or falsetto moments) helped the band to stand out.

The now venerable northern rockers made a huge impact with their debut album. Aggressive moods, difficult topics and total confidence (sometimes verging into outright arrogance at times, see Alex Turners 2014 Brit speech). Their signature stripped back indie style includes loud guitars, often riff based songs (especially more recent ones) Turner’s unapologetic Sheffield-tinged drawling delivery, ‘detail rich’ semi-poetic lyrics full of wit, and a relatively lo-fi sound, especially on their earlier albums.

Marvin Gaye – What’s going on?

Posted: January 23, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Homework, Songs
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Y12s – Please listen to the rest of the documentary and add notes to your Special Focus Style section of your folders.

Y12 Autotune assignment

Posted: November 19, 2014 by CSGSMrCarruthers in Homework



Please complete a written assignment on autotuned vocals. You should include the following (a detailed paragraph each):

  • A definition of autotune, short history, and its most commonly-used parameters
  • A comparison of a song which uses autotune at some point, and another which does not. Refer to style, treatment of vocal with effects (what parameters were used?), and any other features of note
  • Was autotune used intrusively in one of the songs? Or was it more subtle? Which do you prefer?

Due 25/11/14.

Exam time!

Posted: May 14, 2014 by TGASMrDunne in Homework, Songs
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Mr Dunne, Mr Carruthers and Miss Toop wish all the Chis and Sid students the best luck in their exams, you’ve all worked very hard and we look forward to seeing the results of the coursework! Good luck with revision and we will see you for the exams! The blog will be updated periodically with anything that we think is useful. Like this. 🙂