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  1. Create a musical composition to go with a special event of my choice.

    I have now come up with a successful tuning when strummed open produces a Dsus4 chord (D,A,D,G,A,D), which was perfect because I wanted a minor sounding chord for half of the song and major for the rest of it. The sus4 bit means you suspend the 3rd of the root note and raise it to a 4th instead. My composition was written for electric guitar, but I prefer the natural ambience for this song on my acoustic guitar. This piece would not work on anything like a piano as you need to be able to use advanced techniques such as Vibrato, Hammer-on', Harmonics and my favourite 2handed tapping at once.

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  2. Elastic Band Experiment

    We put the rod because it would become easy to note down the length of the elastic band. Also the experiment would be more accurate because if we had no rod the elastic bands would have to be tied together and therefore all the elastic bands would not be of the same length. It would also be hard to measure the length. Method We started of by getting the clamp and tightening it near the top of the clamp stand.

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  3. A Life In The Day Of (creative writing)

    This causes terrible arguments over what to listen to in the car or whilst eating dinner. However, the one band that we all agree on is Nirvana. I am a massive fan of Nirvana and have flags and posters of them all over my room. This is why I listen to Nirvana in the mornings - because nobody minds. By the time I get to school, I am (almost) fully awake. I have to walk to the station and get the train to school so I arrive at school feeling like I've been up for ages.

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  4. Baz Lurhmann describes ‘Moulin Rouge’ as ‘audience participation cinema’. With close reference to the opening of the film analyse the techniques he uses to remind ‘us we are watching a movie’

    It cuts to his face crying and then cuts back to the typewriter. This is emotional; it shows how he is reacting to telling the story of him being in love. The audience are already struck by this and feel as though they already know the character. This helps the film to be "audience participation cinema". Whilst Christian is still telling us the beginning of the story and typing, there are cuts of inside Moulin Rouge; this is effective because it simply reminds us that we are watching a movie. Inside the Moulin Rouge, there are bright colours (saturated colour)

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  5. Comparing Disneys’® Beauty & the Beast and Mulan

    * Both the heroines are very bright, intelligent and brave. They are also unconventional and don't conform to societies' view of a woman. In B & B, we see Belle, during the opening song/introduction, reading a book and then makes her way to the library. Through her conversation with the librarian we learn that she's really keen on reading and this is the only way she gets in touch with the person that she wants to be. So the librarian gives her this book as a present.

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  6. Analysising Television Advertisements: Music Products

    The music continues to play and the tracks on the album are listed. The narrator then states 'It's so good you might just want to share it with everyone else'. An attractive young lady is then shown, wearing very revealing clothes, standing outside a building with the album playing, extremely loud. There are also many respectable onlookers, (men in suits, pensioners and mothers with young children) are watching with looks of horror on their faces. This essentially uses sex to sell the product however it also uses the image of being 'cool'.

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  7. A Study into the appeal of Hip Hop culture, focusing on Ali G

    (Snoop Dogg-Lay Low)-LYRICS (year 2001) Rappers also promote the use of drug taking. 'Smoke weed every day'-The use of drugs is represented as an acceptable, and sociable thing to do. (Dr.Dre-The next episode)-LYRICS (year-2000) The common use of expletives only adds to the ideology that the gangster life is one of being socially unacceptable, for example commonly used expletives include, 'I'm a down town nigger so fuck all you niggers' (Snoop Dogg- Back up off me)-Lyrics 2001 The term nigger even though they are black could be seen as racist.

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  8. Autobiography of Altan Halit.

    My relationship with my parents is quite good sometimes. I get on more with my dad, but that could be because I live with my dad. I do like my mum as well but I do have a lot of arguments more than I have with my dad. I still see my mum a lot, because she comes to the house nearly every day. I have two sisters but only one of them lives with me. My youngest sister is aged sixteen going on seventeen in November, and my eldest sister is aged seventeen going on eighteen in November.

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  9. Music Rough Description Of Composition

    Neat And In Detail Copy I composed the piece for guitar because it is my first and strongest instrument that I play. I found that the piece didn't flow too well without my effects. The effects that I used were 2 separate delays and a touch of chorus. The delay was set to a timing of 100bpm. The first was an eighth note (300ms) and the second was a quarter note (600ms), they were then panned to opposite sides of the speakers, overall with the added chorus this gave it a stereo sound, and being in stereo it gave it

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  10. How are So Solid Crew typical of the genre they belong to?

    The group were even accused of a rise in crime in their Battersea origins. In November 2001, at the Astoria Club in London, gun shots were fired at a So Solid gig and despite the band being on-stage, they were still accused in the following days and the press began to associate the band with gun terror. The group?s tour was cancelled and they were banned from performing.

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  11. Explore the importance of narratives in Ed Sheerans Music Videos.

    However the content of the video is not typical at all, in fact it is a unique music video first that has not been in any other. The video is an illustrative representation of the lyrics as 17 year old British actor Matthew Morgan signs the lyrics to the song. This may sound like something plain which will easily lose your attention, but it is quite the contrary. The signing from the young actor is more characteristic of a dance and his stern direct mode of address makes it hard to avert your eyes from the screen.

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  12. Discuss the issues raised by media ownership in the production and exchange of media texts in the music industry.

    The major being Sony, a Japanese transnational conglomerate with their headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Sony has subsidiary companies such as RCA records, Epic records and Syco music and big artists such as Beyonce Knowles, One Direction and Justin Timberlake. As Sony is heavily involved in cross-media ownership such as Sony Pictures and Electronics, if there is a risk within Sony's music industry, the risk is spread across and the company can still focus on other medias. In contrast the independent record label being Domino Records founded by Lawrence Bell in 1993, based in London, UK.

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  13. A comparative study of how women are represented in popular music videos from the 80s to the present day.

    In the 80?s, the rhetorical construction of women came from societal, family, or cultural norms, whereas today, the media plays a big role in how we perceive and construct gender. Since the 1980?s, hip-hop has changed the way people think, but not always in a positive manner. It is clear that hip-hop has been a trend setter and has guided our culture over the last couple of decades. Unfortunately, corporate sales have taken over the content of hip hop music, motivating artists to take different approaches to selling music.

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  14. Business Analysis of Ninja Records

    They currently are in the process of creating another label with a different genre but the name has not been released yet. They currently have 38 artists many of the know dupstep artists are : 1. DELS 2. Diplo 3. Wiley 4. Elan Tamara 5. Gamma 6. Infinite Livez 7. Jammer MARKETING Ninja tune market there brand by adverts on the internet and also when artists produce an album you can see the name of the label

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  15. Music Video Analysis - I have chosen to analyse the video for Das Racist Michael Jackson.

    of them and someone in a Michael Jackson mask in a van, who then puts bags over their heads and kidnaps them, this draws attention to the artists. Das Racist ends up in a dark room with actors in suits and military jackets with Michael Jackson in the middle behind a table with a feast on it and a spot light on Das Racist.

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