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  1. What is popular music

    Popular music showed that it wasn't all about the music but had huge marketing role on the industry. This was clearly shown by the Spice Girls huge marketing campaign. Since the start of pop music it was seen that the music has often been influenced by the social and political issues that were raised at the time. Even religion influenced various artists such as Cliff Richard. In the late 1960's was the introduction of Glamrock. This genre was heavily influenced by legislation of homosexuality.

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  2. The water was falling so fast that you would have thought that it was going to battle.

    A huge wall of rock surrounded the deep pool into which the waterfall plunged. It was there to protect what lay beneath, to stop intruders, and to conceal its secrets. Every now and then when I adjusted my weight a rock would crumble off the cliff side, like a soldier dying. After the initial impact I waited. A few seconds later the rock would at last plunge to its death in the deep pool waiting for it below. From the sound of the crack it felt like someone was following me, trying to scare me away and stop me from finding the secret.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. "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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. CD Cover Analysis

    The man on the left of the picture looks like he is walking with his hands in his pocket, he also looks upset, and he is dressed identically to the man in the middle of the picture. The last man is standing at a bit of an angle with one eye open and one eye closed he is also dressed the same as the other two men. In the sky of the CD cover there is an alien saucer hovering over there heads that is shining a beam of light down on the three men, the men are in an alleyway that is quite dark so the are the brightest things in the picture.

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  18. The idea of Live Aid arose when Bob Geldof, the lead singer from the group The Boom Town Rats, saw a harrowing documentary on the BBC news showing the plight of some 30 million people in Ethiopia

    Originally Geldof hoped to raise �72,000 for charities from sales of the single, but that estimate was exceeded almost immediately the record went on sale; it went on to sell over three million copies in the UK, becoming the best-selling record ever, and to raise over �8 million worldwide. Following the success of Band aid, Bob Geldof himself travelled to Ethiopia to oversee the distribution of the supplies from the money raised. Whilst there he realised that if the Band Aid organisation were to own their own fleet of trucks for transportation of the supplies then they would be able to act more effectively and have a more direct impact on the famine-hit areas.

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  19. The impacts of Elvis Presley

    The outrage meant that it must be cool to like him so his popularity grew. He also had a long term impact in that it wasn't just the music. You could get toys and films, records and books. All of this added to the impact of him on U.S society. The next thing to consider is whether it was down to his music. Whatever anyone says it was clear that he had amazing talent; this doesn't mean that everyone liked him but everyone acknowledged that it had its place. He was deemed "A white man that can sing like a black man", he was something different and in this time there was no one else like him.

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  20. Erosion, Weathering, and Mass Movement

    Weathering is a form of erosion involving elements of the weather, e.g.

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  21. An essay on the opening sequence of the film Deep Blue Sea, I will be analyzing the way the director creates atmosphere and suspense. The film is about killer sharks and is in the same genre as Jaws.

    The director has filmed this scene at night and used a long line of moonlight, this is because darkness is associated with fear and I think if this scene was filmed in the day it would be a lot less atmospheric. The first shot starts of with a long distance aerial shot straight down at the sea, at this point the sea looks almost black and menacing, the camera slowly zooms in until a large sailing boat is visible, there is very similar music to the jaws film with a repetitive sequence played repeatedly, this gives a feeling of uneasiness.

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  22. In expressive arts we are studing the topics the 60's. We listened to the song "7 O'clock News/Silent Night" Simon and Garfunkel.

    The song begins with the group singing the Christmas carol silent night accompanied by a simple piano melody. They sound soft and gentle as they are singing in a major key and harmony with each other. This creates a positive, calm and peaceful atmosphere for the audience. Gradually a sound appears in the background of the song. It is a man reading the news but it's very quiet and drowned out by the silent night melody. His voice is in monotone and has no emotion in it. This shows the audience that what he is trying to communicate, that it is not a positive and happy subject but a serious and cold one.

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  23. What advantages do new media technologies have to offer audiences?

    Many industries are finding that the market is slowly being saturated and is in need of a few new ideas to fill it back up with. This is why new technologies have been made and released so quickly. It gives the audience the chance to take their favourite past times around with them e.g. TV, film and music. Portability also opens up many other doors for certain media industries. Again iPod is a good example of this. They decided to expand on the idea of everything being portable and instead of creating two separate new technologies they brought a visual aspect to their original iPods to make the 'iPod photo'.

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  24. Youth Culture and the New Left of the 1960s

    In such works as Allen Ginsberg's Howl (1956) and Jack Kerouac's On the Road (1957), the Beats despised the competition and materialism of the fifties corporate world and derided the and derided at the "square" America. Kerouac described it as "rows of well-to-do houses with lawns and television sets in each living room with everybody looking at the same thing and thinking the same thing at the same time." They also glorified uninhibited sexuality, spontaneity, and spirituality and decried the nuclear-arms race. In 1958 and 1959, thousands participated in Youth Marches for Intregrated Schools in Washington.

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