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  1. Song title : TogetherComposer : Pharrell Williams and Busta Rhymes. Year of composistion : 2002Year of release : 2003Performing resources : This song is made up of 3 singers and 3 musicians.

    set of lines however would show how much his friends mean to him and how they seem like his family :- Ever since kindergarten, always been the sharpest Doin' this for my fam cause home is where the heart is As in the case with most hiphop songs, this piece is done with chordal harmony. The harmony in this case is not following the melody. Another characteristic about this song is that the music and rhythm remains constant and the same but the words in every verse and chorus change.

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  2. The production brief is to create a promo video to promote a music artist and to establish the song. The promo video would be a low budget video which can have a length of up to 5 minu

    It was easier to get an individual singer which looks like Ray J for an R'n'B video than for us to get a whole band for a Rock video and there was the problem of finding people who knew how to play the instruments. Also the song one wish could be made as a Love/Romance narrative whilst the songs on the Rock genre were mainly abstract such as "Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out". It was decided to choose Ray J's One Wish and put a narrative in it so that meaning can be conveyed to the audience.

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  3. Here I am going to analyze the different techniques used in the openings of both films as they progress. Sommersby and Of Mice and Men

    The music is cut to show us that this is a seriousness of the scene. The close up scene soon fades we are taken to the credits, which are played over scenes of this man traveling through different climates, the variety in the climates shows us that he is traveling of long distances. This also asks us the question was is he going and why is he going. The camera still has not shown us a clear image of this mans face, which still gives us an impression of mystery to the character and also shows us that the character is probably deliberately trying to conceal his identity.

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  4. What I am going to find out-1. ~ Does age affect the music styles you like?2. ~ Does having children encourage parents to listen to more modern styles?3. ~ Do females spend longer listening to music than males?

    and also adults with no children to see whether modernity increases as an adult goes from childless to having young children, to having teenage children. I also suspect that the modernity will start to decrease as the age of the children is over 21 years old. The graph in which this will be displayed will look something like this: Hypothesis 3 Females spend longer listening to music than males. I need to know:- * Gender * How long spent listening to music per week. I will do girls and boys separately and represent the data on two separate scatter graphs.

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  5. How did music develop during the period 1960 to the present day? The introduction of rock 'n' roll in the 1950's was the start of a new genre to the younger population.

    Also some of the lyrics from the rock 'n' roll era were said to be rude. The 1960's started with the same kind of music as the 1950's, but that was soon to change. The Beatles, who were a band from Liverpool, had a whole new sound, based on harmony singing, two guitars and a powerful bass guitar with a drum section. They were seen as young boys with a cheeky sense of humour, and they were all working-class youths. They had many number 1 hits, and still carry on to do so this day. There was a stage that happened towards the end of 1962, where the record-buying public was hooked and the press coined the term 'Beatlemania'.

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  6. The Development of the Music Industry

    A fourth major event in the music development was the TPS-L2 Walkman portable audio cassette player, being introduced by the make 'Sony' in 1979. They were small battery powered players with little headphones which sold millions. This was a major event due to the fact that people were able to listen to music in their personal time, whereas in the past, the only way to listen to music was to watch a band play live at a concert. CDs outselling vinyl records for the first time, in 1988, was a major event as it showed that the CD invention was very popular due to being compact and very useful.

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  7. Outline the different strategies used by record companies to market and promote their stars to audiences. Record companies have used many different strategies throughout time to promote

    With the introduction of music videos the artists image has continued to become as important as their actual music. The new romantic band of the 1980s', Duran Duran, were hugely successful because the music video allowed them to express there image to their audience, and get wider awareness from their target audience. The music video has 'established visual style as pre-eminent aspect of performance' (Shuker). In 1975 Queen released their short film for their new single 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. This was shown on Top of the pops, which inevitably increased people's awareness of the single and therefore increased the sales.

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  8. Examine the relationship between the music industry and the radio in the promotion of music. The radio and music industry work symbiotically

    The audience can only listen to what music is chosen, so the radio acts as gatekeepers to our taste. Radio 1 tries to ensure that they support new UK artists, but more commonly provide air time for the more established acts, mainly from the USA. It is often the British artists that do not get enough air time, who are operating on limited budgets and so cannot get themselves heard. According to Feargal Sharkey 'Radio 1's A-list featured only two out of 20 artists that were UK-signed, and one of those was Irish'.

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  9. Examine the relationship between the music industry and the music press in the promotion of music

    This provides advertising for the record companies and helps increase the artist's coverage. The music press does not just cover the mainstream music, but over time has catered for more specialised genres and the growth in musical diversity. The range of print coverage of music has also broadened to reflect the different age groups of music consumers. There are now specialised genre based magazines such as Kerrang, for metal music, and Mixmag for dance music. Generational based rock magazines are also being produced, including Mojo and Q. Print media can more easily cater for niche markets as they are cheaper to produce than radio or TV.

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  10. The two different pop videos I have chosen are "The Killers - Mr. Brightside" and I have also chosen "Justin Timberlake - Cry Me a River." The Killers are from the rock/indie genre

    Brightside, mainly because they focus on the woman problems that they are both having, however Justin Timberlake instead of moving on he decides to get his own back on his ex-girlfriend. Justin Timberlake is also meant to depressed because of finding out his girlfriend is cheating, this is why his outfit is totally black, which is a signifying his sorrow. This video features an event, which is Justin Timberlake breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house, and then video taping him kissing another girl on

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  11. If I have to choose one thing that I'm passionate about, then I would have to choose music. Ever since I bought my first CD 10 years ago, it has permeated me in every way I can possibly think

    Listening affects me in so many ways. In some ways, it will energize me, especially after concerts. After the last show I went to, Darkest Hour, I found myself yelling in excitement every so often in my car on the way home. I just felt like I could take on the world and go running for ten miles. It's such an amazing rush. This I usually get from my more hardcore taste in metal and rock. It's like pure adrenalin. Another way music is so passionate to me is in it's ability to let me escape from myself for an average of six minutes of a time.

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  12. I would say that's the biggest thing I have learned from music. Is the prospect of how beautiful things can become if looked at in more than one way. Music showed this to me and taught me a way to be able to finally express

    I just kept getting my hands on more and more music until I've amassed currently almost 500 albums. Much of my personality changed as well. It changed many of the ways I looked at the world because I started hearing so many more perspectives on it through the music. Instead of just a visual representation I had grown up with, I now had an audio representation of the world. So many ways of translation just coming straight to me through my ears. My views just broadened up so much and I started to accept much more into my life.

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  13. Music Essay- DraftPunk/Rock Music Social and political-

    After his attempt with the New York Dolls, McLaren relocated to England and teamed up with his friend Bernie Rhodes. The two cultivated a band that was arguably their greatest success, the Sex Pistols. McLaren and the Pistols adopted a revolutionary view of the world which made them celebrities. With spiked hair, tattered clothes, and safety pins as jewellery, they frequented talk shows and publicly badmouthed fellow artists, bands, and musicians. They spoke harshly of the British class system and the suppression of the working class.

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  14. Listening Ccoursewwork Devastating '77.

    News Reporter talking about the moral panics, fades in, fades out, last about 4 seconds. You no longer had to be a virtuoso musician to be in a successful band, which lead to more bands than ever before making records. The same thing happened when Grunge came around in the late '80s. The U.K. once again had a music scene and this time it was more energizing, excruciatingly raw and painfully rebellious. The shear energy that Punk created on stage and on records made bands like, exaggerated , The Beatles look dull and tedious, where as this was phantasmagoric!

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  15. 1960's Britain had not yet developed its own style and was still in America's shadow. Britain was dominated by 1950's fashion and traditional values. But there were elements of change developing in radio, TV

    But in 1960 new fashion ideas were introduced and children started to rebel. Jackie Kennedy became a new fashion icon, wearing shifts and A-line dresses which had been designed in 1954/5 but not worn till 1960. They soon became popular. It gave women a new sense of freedom and allowed them to dress in their own way. Mary Quant opened her first shop in Carnaby Street which soon became very popular. She opened the way for a new generation of British fashion. The third type of popular culture controlled by America was film.

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  16. Describe popular culture in Britain at the beginning of the 1960's (15) To many people at the time, they were the "swinging sixties".

    In 1958 the National Service ended which was a huge relief for some. People in England were looking to America for their icons, but America band members or artists were not allowed to enter the country, then so people like Cliff Richard was formed. Moreover in the 1960's Britain had not yet developed its own style therefore was still in America's shadow. The traditional and cultural values in the 1950's were now about to change. These were many due to the development of TV, radio and theatre which I will be exploring in this essay.

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  17. Christian Music and Chris Tomlin

    I have since seen that these thoughts could not have been farther from the truth. Artists like Chris Tomlin and his band not only bring to you the rhythm, beat, and noise that has come to be generally expected at rock concerts, but his type of "soul shaking" goes much deeper than others and keeps you in tuned with the Lord the entire time. So this brings about the questions, "What type of style do artists like Chris Tomlin bring to their concerts that intensifies the general perception of Christian music?" "Where does Christian concerts have benefits over non-Christian?"

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  18. Tomb Raider

    It creates a tension building atmosphere. The music at this point is slow strings at this point we know something important is about to happen because although the music is slow it is slowly getting louder and louder building up suspense. The next shots and contrasting the dark shots as it's an extreme close up of the ball which is giving off bright sparks. This close-up grabs the audience's attention and it also gets the audiences attention into the ball. The ball seems to be quite important and it has a lot of power. We are looking up to the ball and this shows its importance.

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  19. In my practical production project, I have created a 10-minute documentary based upon a young teenage singer called Lauren Waterworth. I have created my documentary to include certain criteria from my brief

    I have used newspaper articles, photographs, archival footage, which shows Lauren's life, this shows the media cycle that celebrities like her, are involved in. I have learnt about the relationship between the media and celebrities from our studies, in how the media portrays the celebrities to keep the crucial interest in celebrity lifestyles appealing to audiences. My documentary gives a brief insight into the story of a new young singer, which is what I aimed to portray through the use of my documentary using some codes and conventions such as interviews, voice-overs, photographs, talking heads, and music backgrounds.

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  20. The product I am making is publicity package, this package is for a new band that has just been formed.This includes :- A CD cover An interview on a national radio station

    * I have also looked on artists websites guest books. * Another thing I have done is look at the artists publicity From this research I have found that young people enjoy this type of music, music that has meaning and music you could dance to. This is what the new band can offer, they can offer a range of music with RnB, Pop and rock type styles. Also the TOTP website displays the UK top 40 singles, the top majority include RnB, Pop and Rock. Not only is this a popular type of music but it also sells well.

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  21. "What would you say are the main features of action adventure films?"

    Star wars is set way into the future and episode III: revenge of the sith sees the downfall of Anakin Skywalker, as he turns from a Jedi Knight to Darth Vadar, a member of the dark side. Anakin is trained by Obi Wan Kenobi, though the jedi council have always doubted the Anakins fate, and whether he really is destined to be a Jedi Knight. He is persuaded that he can be given eternal life if he turns to the dark side and this is something that Anakin cannot give up, the thought of eternal life.

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  22. A band called Hawthorne heights is probably the best example for this mindless and pointless music. This is the music you expect from a young and up coming band made up of young

    The older generation are making more noise than teenagers what is going on? To top it this music is aimed at the teenagers and it is just `noise' screaming the lyrics instead of singing them they make you jump and even tone death. If it isn't bad enough having wars these so called groups are singing about love and war, making this style of music depressing. It's as though it's a cry for help, you can't hear what they say because of the piecing noise pulsing through your head, even the guitars and drums give out a sense of depression while maintaining the loud noise.

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  23. Who was Billie Holiday?

    Holiday was sent to Catholic reform school at the age of ten, after she admitted being raped. She was supposed to stay there for many years but a friend got her out only after two years. In New York, Holiday helped her mother with household work, but soon began working as a prostitute for the additional money. Her big singing break came in 1933 when she auditioned for a dancing part at a speakeasy and a friend who was with her asked her if she could sing. In fact, Holiday sang at clubs all over New York City as early as 1930.

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  24. At every stage in history, there are a number of forces that contribute to creating the climate for change, and the 1960's were no exception. For the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the 1960's one of these factors was the baby-boomer generation

    A further big factor was the advances in new technology at the time, for example television and radio. This meant that everyone could listen to the new music that was appearing and they were able to be the first to find out who was number one - which was essential at the time. There was also the transistor radio, which allowed people to listen to music wherever they were. A cause for the two bands being successful was also about being in the right place at the right time, pure luck.

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  25. Carry On Time Travel

    Neil opens the door to the time machine inviting Kate in. They step into the machine. KATE: It's a tight squeeze. NEIL: It's small but effective! KATE: Turn it on! Time machine makes sounds and shakes vigorously. KATE: Ahhh, move a little to the right, ohhh to the left, Argh you're sat on my arm. NIEL: Look out below I'm coming. ACT 2, SCENE 1 In A Victorian street, Neil and Kate stagger out looking stunned and exhausted. NEIL: My time machine worked. KATE: That was great. Kate fiddling with skirt and Neil looking around confused.

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