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A2 Exam Complete!

Posted: June 4, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in revision
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Congratulations to the A2 tech students for completing their final exam! Looking forward to seeing the results later this year!

AS Music Tech Exam Complete!

Posted: May 22, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in revision
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Well done to the AS students for completing their examination, (looked like a reasonable paper to me!) and good luck in your remaining exams.

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.

http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the-10-greatest-synthesizers-of-all-time-224433

Some more detail for your special focus style notes on Graham Coxon of Blur, plus lots of other interesting info on 90s guitarists. (Coxon is no 16)

http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/20-britpop-guitar-gods-621043/16

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!

http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/the-a-z-of-electric-guitar-pickups-620467

Elastica were an alt/punk/indie band whose fame peaked in the mid 90s, with the release of their self titled (fastest selling ever) debut album, which entered the charts at No 1. Justine Frischmann provided the understated, conversational style vocals, over the bands hook heavy songs. Elastica found themselves at the centre of a controversy when several bands sued them successfully for plagarism, including post punk band Wire and the Stranglers. Elastica songs feature heavily distorted guitars playing catchy riffs, close harmony backing vocals and featured many female musicians in the original and subsequent line-ups.

Sound on Sound Glossary

Posted: April 29, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in resource, revision
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This resources is one that you should have bookmarked on every device that you own. All technical terms are here, and AS and A2 students should ensure that they are familiar with most, if not all, of the terms referenced. Both AS and A2 exams feature fact based questions which can really boost your mark, and in the absence of an Edexcel supplied list (!) this is probably the best one out there!

http://www.soundonsound.com/information/Glossary.php

Create your own musical interval “cheat sheet”

Posted: April 29, 2015 by CSGSMrCarruthers in revision
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Sort your major 3rds from your minor 7ths with this handy tool to create a revision resource using tracks that you are familiar with:

http://www.earmaster.com/products/free-tools/interval-song-chart-generator.html