Task 3C – Composition Using Music Technology


PROJECT: Horizon by Kirill Kripak/Scope Entertainment

You have been commissioned to compose the music for this video. Your composition should reflect the action, emotions and pace of the film, and be timed to accurately sync with the scenes and images. You must use the movie file located on the Edexcel website and not any other version: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/music/tech/Pages/default.aspx

To locate the movie file, copy and paste or type this link into the address bar on your internet browser. You must not sample audio from any version of the movie. Your composition must be THREE MINUTES long.


The City Planners

Create a composition using the extract taken from The City Planners by Margaret Atwood. The meaning of the text must be reflected in the music. Your composition may take the form of a song (which must include recorded vocals), or a piece of contemporary music using audio samples created from recorded extracts of the text. You may adapt or re-order the words. Your composition must be THREE MINUTES long.

The City Planners

Cruising these residential Sunday streets in dry August sunlight: what offends us is the sanities: the houses in pedantic rows, the planted sanitary trees, assert levelness of surface like a rebuke to the dent in our car door. No shouting here, or shatter of glass; nothing more abrupt than the rational whine of a power mower cutting a straight swath in the discouraged grass. But though the driveways neatly sidestep hysteria by being even, the roofs all display the same slant of avoidance to the hot sky, certain things: the smell of spilled oil a faint sickness lingering in the garages, a splash of paint on brick surprising as a bruise, a plastic hose poised in a vicious coil; even the too-fixed stare of the wide windows give momentary access to the landscape behind or under the future cracks in the plaster when the houses, capsized, will slide obliquely into the clay seas, gradual as glaciers that right now nobody notices. That is where the City Planners with the insane faces of political conspirators are scattered over unsurveyed territories, concealed from each other, each in his own private blizzard; guessing directions, they sketch transitory lines rigid as wooden borders on a wall in the white vanishing air tracing the panic of suburb order in a bland madness of snows – Margaret Atwood



In 1969, Apollo 11 became the first manned space flight to land on The Moon, marking a major achievement in space exploration and scientific discovery. The programmes of discovery and exploration have changed over the years, but still continue with missions such as the European Space Agency’s Rosetta, which last year landed a module on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Create an original composition that makes use of a minimum of SIX samples of words, phrases or sounds that represent space exploration. Your composition must be THREE MINUTES long.

You may use one or more of the following themes: • Communication between astronauts and control centres • Recorded sound of rockets or shuttles at take-off • Interviews and discussions about space exploration from TV/radio • The ‘sounds of space’ as generated by converting electromagnetic waves found in space into audio.


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