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  1. An analysis of the media techniques employed to give the audience a negative impression of Commodus

    When Commodus arrives in his horse drawn carriage, the music stops completely. Slowly, high-pitched music is introduced and it gradually becomes louder, stronger and more moody. This shows us what sort of person he is to become - he starts off as whining and annoying, but slowly becomes stronger, more powerful and a lot more evil. When Commodus sees his father praising Maximus and smiling with him, this makes him jealous and this clearly visible on his face. A look of resentment takes over Commodus' facial expression and shows us that he does not like Maximus at all, and is also extremely envious of him because he has a stronger relationship with his father than his own son does.

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  2. Michael Jackson The King Of Pop

    Crafting a perfect mixture of pop and R&B. Michael and Quincy set out to make a record containing nothing but hit singles. With over-the-top videos for "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and the masterpiece short film "Thriller," Michael became the first black artist to have a video played on TV. Eventually selling over 26 million copies in the US and winning 8 Grammies, Thriller became the international phenomenon of the '80's. When I first heard a few of his songs from his album "thriller", I thought, "What's all the fuss about?"

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  3. Discuss the narrative techniques used by Hitchcock to set the scene for the audience in 'Rear Window'.

    These become mirrors into his mind, reflecting his apprehension he feels about his bond with the fashion-writer Lisa Carol Fremont who wants him to get married. Rear Window gets even more enthralling as it moves to an excruciatingly fast-moving climax. The opening scene, the credit sequence, creates an image in people's minds of a new day, people waking up on a summer morning. We know it is summer as there are people waking up on their balconies of their apartments.

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  4. How does Peter Medak gain the viewer's sympathy for Derek Bentley in this film?

    Whilst the people release Derek Bentley the camera zooms in from a long shot to a close up and also this shows the audience that here he became epileptic. Derek Bentley was a child when he was in the war under the pile of rubble. Later it jumps to the scene when he's in an Approved School. Derek when he becomes a teenager gets scared of going outside, so his sister makes him go outside by telling him that everything will be ok and that his sister will be by his side wherever he goes.

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  5. What can be done to protect musicians and music labels from piracy.

    Examples of these platforms would be Kazaa, Audiogalaxy, Gnutella, and the all-notorious Napster. Well, you may not imagine how quick and rampant music piracy is occurring over the internet. For one, Napster alone had 51 million users when it was still in operation a year ago. Pool together the users of all the other file-swapping programs, and you could easily obtain a stunning figure of a billion people all over the world involved in online piracy. So, if downloading your favorite music were just a click away, at almost no cost at all, who would still buy original music at such astronomical prices?

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  6. The Internet Changes the World of Music, But What Comes Next?

    According to this model, performance by companies should measure up to certain criteria. A company should provide products that are qualitatively and quantitatively what the consumer wants. Today the big music companies do not qualify on this matter. New technology makes it possible to individualize a CD. This is something that the consumer desires and that the big labels today do not offer. A company should take advantage of progress in technology and science to provide a "superior new product" to the consumer. The big labels have instead been trying to decelerate the pace of technology progress in relevant areas.

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  7. The music industry and the Internet

    On these sites you could select the song you wanted and download it absolutely free. And with the development of broadband Internet, this could be done more easily and ever faster. Of course there was a problem here, the music industry was getting concerned. Since the launch of the first free downloads site (Napster) in 1999, CD sales worldwide have fallen by over 6% and revenues for the big five record company's fallen by over 9%. Record Company Annual sales (1999)

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  8. Reggae and its Roots.

    Sound systems appeared all over Jamaica and people danced around them in areas called 'lawns'. The operators also toured the county districts in direct competition with the big bands, and soon took over from the indoor dance halls. In 1954 Ken Khouri started Jamaica's first record company 'Federal Records' pressing licenced copies of American recordings, as well as a few local artists. Following his lead in this Duke Reid and Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd both held their own recording sessions, recording Jamaican artists for exclusive play on their own sound systems in the hope of gaining the upper hand in the highly competitive business.

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  9. Oasis - Mad for it!!!

    cheeky reference to Manchester brings a smile from Noel and they launch into "Go let it out" Liam adopts his famous stance, hands behind back, leaning into the mike as videos of London play behind him. The song has a raw energy live that perhaps it lacks on the record and it's definitely apparent that new members Andy Bell (Bass) and Gem archer (Guitar) give a new depth to the band, absent from Oasis mk1. As the last Chord of "Go let it out" fades out were taken straight into "Who feels love" referred to by its writer as hippy like.

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  10. The music session we recorded involved the following: Acoustic Guitar Vocals

    The microphones we used are listed below: * Senheiser ATM 33 (vocals) * ..................... . (guitar) Another factor we had to consider when setting up the microphones was the distance each microphone had to be from each sound source. Knowing that vocal sound took less time to decay than that of an acoustic guitar we knew that the microphone used to record the vocals had to be closer than the microphone used to record the guitar.

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  11. Psycho - Shower scene study.

    As she is showering, through the translucent shower curtain we see the door open. This starts the build up of suspense. A shadow slowly approaches, adding further to the suspense, Crane is facing away from the attacker. Crane is ironically ignorant of the imminent danger approaching her. The attacker pauses for 6 - 10 seconds before swiftly throwing open the shower curtain. At this moment high pitched music played by violins starts to play. The camera zooms to a close up shot of the attackers face, the attacker is in the shadow, only her (attacker)

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  12. Multitrack Recording

    Shure SM58 (dynamic microphone) Recording: My group had the responsibility of using the Tascam 4 track recorder. We used 2 Shure SM58 dynamic microphones, which were connected to channels 1 and 2. Dynamic microphones are used for loud, low frequency instruments like guitar amplifiers, bass drums etc... and do not need phantom power. Phantom power is a DC current sent through the microphone cable from the multitrack recorder to power the microphone.

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  13. Did John Woo's Style of directing changed after he left Hong Kong for Hollywood?

    Often in John Woo films, a character will fashion two handguns and shoot his enemies with them at the same time. (Show clip: first gunfight scenes of "The Killer" and a clip of "Face Off"). The shootouts in "Face Off" are very fast paced, and often show the characters avoiding bullets by performing dives and rolls. This is very similar to the shootouts in "Hard Boiled". Woo's fight scenes are very aggressive and angry. According to item 8 of the catalogue this is because Woo often incorporates his feelings of what is going on the outside world into his films.

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  14. Compare & contrast ''Pretty in Pink'' & ''Clueless''

    the fire hydrants along the streets, the students don't have to wear uniforms for school. The students also attend debate class which is not a lesson n our timetable. The fashions and cultural differences are comparable between the two films. Andie, the character from the poor background has earrings in one ear and no earrings in the other ear. Boys and girls wore their hair long, the girls had permed hair. Their clothes were dull, drab and skirts were long. Andie made her own clothes where as Cher had expensive outfits which were colourful & bright, their hair was even dyed bright colours.

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  15. London - Stan Marshal

    Nevertheless, we could say that Lonetown is climbing the stairway that leads to the turbulent, hellish point in civilisation rather than the divine utopian society that we all long for, where the devil himself is omnipresent and wicked. What is strange is that few people perceive, let alone care. The drinking, drugs and explicit language set bad examples to the new and forthcoming generations of citizens, yet this is so widespread that society altogether is worsening. Stan Marshal and Louise Clark are two characteristic examples of different people with separate philosophies, who expose the detrimental aspects of society in a battle between what is right and what is wrong.

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  16. Les Miserable

    Phil Collins directs the song at us by saying "Its another day for you and me in Paradise". He means that we're in paradise compared to the lives oh homeless people. We were also asked to read the script from "Les Miserable"; the extract is called "Look Down". We each picked a character and then we read the script. Les Miserable is about the life of poor people in Paris and they want to start a revolution against the French government and the monarchy. However, they all say that they need Lamarque but he is ill. The similarities between the two texts are they both are about poverty and how higher class people feel towards them and they help the poor or not.

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  17. The Development and Structure of the Music Industry.

    This brought with it a new incentive and by the 1950's (the third period of expansion) the industry was coming back strong. This even more so in the 1960's with the introduction of tapes stereo's and A tracks, people could now listen to music whenever they wanted even in their cars. Another reason for this expansion was the creation of sub-culture, i.e. teenagers. More people were staying on in education whereas before the war you left school and were considered an adult at the age of 15. These people were not considered adult but were no longer children, this created a separate group perfect for marketing to.

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  18. "Why did the groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such a great impact during the 1960's"

    It was this that marked the Beatles out from so many of the performers that came before them. The last key individual was George Martin, who arranged and recorded the Beatles tracks. He produced the quality that ensured that they became instantly and overwhelming successful. More than anybody else the Beatles came to represent the Sixties. As Aaron Copland, the American composer of classical music remarked, "If you want to know about the sixties, play the music of the Beatles".

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  19. Music is the most influential of all of the art forms. It is more than entertainment. Music has been used as a powerful tool for healing, a means of communication, and a way to lift the human spirit.

    It also has a negative impact on education. "I believe it ruins the imagination of young people and makes it very difficult for them to have a passionate relationship to the art and thought that are the substance of liberal education" (Bloom, 136). Bloom has a very negative outlook on the effects of music. He believes that modern culture, specifically rock music, undermines foundations, and prevents young people from developing insights into a fuller life. I do not fully agree with this. Some music can give a listener hope for a better life. Many lyrics are of dreams and future. The music passes these feeling to the listener.

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  20. We made a list of aspects o films at the beginning of the year and we thought that it would be a good idea to look at these and think about what we will do for each of the 10 things

    This way things will look more creepy and things are likely to look more real. It should have the same effect as it did in the film The Blair Witch Project. Editing When we are editing we want it mainly to be full of jump cuts because this is the type that is used when directors want to build pace Atmosphere Dark, creepy.

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  21. Why did groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have such a great impact during the 1960's?

    The Rolling Stones added to a feeling of rebellion with songs that were about sex and drugs. The huge sales that these groups had benefited the British economy. Fashion was for the first real time influenced by pop stars. Many people began to copy the Beatle jacket and Beatle hairstyle. Fashions changed along with society throughout the 1960's. If something grew old it was changed. With the growing popularity with the television and with the new music many new music programmes were created. Ready Steady Go was one of the most popular and became essential viewing for many teenagers.

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  22. What, in your opinion, is the explanation for the events portrayed in Joan Lindsay's "factional" novel Picnic at the hanging rock? How does the author bring out, in her writing, a sense of horror and mystery?

    Maybe Miss McCraw followed the girls - she did seem very certain of the directions to the rock. For instance, Miss McCraw said - "You have only to change your route this afternoon and return by the third side. In this case, since we entered the road at Woodend at right angles the return journey shall be along the hypotenuse". However, if she had followed the girls, why didn't Albert Crundall or Michael Fitzhubert see her? On the other hand, is it possible that Edith Horton could have concocted her sighting of Miss McCraw, just to gain attention ?

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  23. It's in the Mix - Music and Your Teenager

    Why Do Teenagers Need Music? There's no denying the fact that music has power in a teenager's life. Kurt Cobain was the 27-year-old lead singer for the mainstream group, Nirvana. When he committed suicide, thousands of teenagers gathered in candlelight vigils to mourn his death. Christian music artist, Cindy Morgan, tells why. "Kids are influenced by what they listen to," she says. Then, commenting on studies done by youth culture specialist, Bob DeMoss, Morgan reveals an even more tragic result of Nirvana's music. "After the Kurt Cobain suicide, there were several teenagers who committed suicide [too] and who left suicide notes that said, 'I wanted to go like Cobain.'"

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  24. In this project, I aim to explore the different styles of popular music that have been successful from the 1960s to the present in Spain, why they have been popular, where they originated from, their history and what the music is actually like.

    It has also been used for most types of social events; especially those organised by or planned with young people in mind. Because Spanish popular music can be divided into many categories (the main ones being pop and rock, but each of these having many subcategories which will be explored later in the project), and the fact that each of these categories has a particular type of style and mood, each type of Spanish popular music has been used for different types of events, depending on the mood that the particular style, or individual song sets.

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  25. I am going to watch the film Gladiator by Ridly Scott. I hope toaccurately describe and analyse how the director creates a feeling oftension, suspense and how overall he makes the film believable. I willnot analyse the whole film, but just two of th...

    Maximus escapes being killed and returns to his home to find his wife and son murdered. Maximus is then captured as a slave and sold to an entertainer who makes him fight as a gladiator, he has a few fights and stuns the audience. Meanwhile the emperor has trouble with the senate and decides to get the people of Rome on his side he will reopen the colessium and begin the games, Maximus is made to participate in the events. Maximus is named the Spaniard and wears a helmet so that his identity is not revealed to the emperor, who is in the audience.

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