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  1. Batá Drumming in our Modern Popular Music.

    To understand why and how Santer�a has had such a major impact on our popular culture and music, we must have a basic understanding of how this religion's roots and how it came to be what it is today. Santer�a is a religion with its origins in the Yoruba tribe from West Africa, more specifically around what we know today as Nigeria and along the Niger River. They had a very powerful and complicated structure organized into kingdoms. One of the most important ones was Benin, which lasted about 12 centuries.

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  2. Why did groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such great impact during the 1960s?

    They both had their different styles and were very much rivals in the music industry. In the early 1960s it was dominated by news about The Cold War with incidents such as The Cuban Missile Crisis and the U" Spy incident. Everyone was tired of hearing information about the war and the outcome of it. People wanted to forget about the war and instead of listening to the latest happenings of it on the radio they would hear songs about freedom and love. The younger generation became more interested in fashion and music because it was a distraction from the war taking place around them.

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  3. An analysis of the influence of music on the youth today, using the music of 50 cent and Ms Dynamite.

    I think people should pay more attention and listen to what the artist is saying, and take it in and do something about it. Ms. Dynamite and 50 cent have contrasting messages and have nothing in common. The artists I am studying are of course Ms. Dynamite and 50 cent; I am using them because they have different and contrasting messages. 50 cents real name is Curtis Jackson, and his father died when Curtis was at a very young age.

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  4. The life and works of Kurt Cobain Nirvana.

    ''Nevermind'' today still stands as one of the best albums, ever. It seemed Nirvana were doing pretty d**n good for them selves in 1994. Kurt Cobain didn't show up for recording one day, he was found dead in his flat. He was not murdered but had committed suicide and was found with a bullet in his head. Some Nirvana extremists say it was his wife Courtney Love, But then again, they are extremists. People today despise others for liking Nirvana.

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  5. Music in film and television Essay: "Pop videos no longer attempt to 'Visualise' the lyrics as they did in their infancy". Agree or Disagree?

    Despite this, there still seems to be a division of opinion about their importance. For some, they are a vital part of an artist's image - an instant leg-up to notoriety and popularity. For others, they are an irrelevant by-product of record company blanket marketing that half the population never see. The music video has had a long and complicated life. The roots of the music video date back to the 1930s and 40s, when a man named Max Fleischer created cartoons and put them to songs by Jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong.

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  6. How Does Media, such as Magazines, T.V. and Music Videos affect the Fashion Industry? How is the Fashion Industry responding?

    Also, these rock stars wore exaggerated shirts, jackets, and footwear setting fashionable trend. These fashion trends remain popular till this day (Hilfiger, 12). Along with the strong sub-cultural punk movement, that started in England. Which, at the time, unemployment rates were up among young people and the low economic status fueled the punk fashion trend. The punk movement entered the fashion industry inspiring wild hair and makeup as well as dark colors, outlandish fashion combinations, spikes and studs (http://www.punktalk.com/punk_music.html ). Nowadays, Hip-hop fashion is popular all over the world. Not only the African American are wearing the Hip-hop fashion, but all different ethnic background dress accordingly to the Hip-hop trends.

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  7. The Value and Nature of Music.

    So I feel I have a wide taste in music. I have also played many different styles on my 3 main instruments as I play clarinet I have played classical and jazz on that. I also play bass guitar and I have played blues, rock n roll, heavy rock etc. on that and I am a drummer and I have played samba, rock, funk, jazz and many other styles of music. I enjoy playing all of these as I find it helps me to relax and control my emotions as I let my emotion out in the style of music

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  8. Commentary - Staring At The Sun by The Offspring.

    But the core of almost every album has been fast songs with really meaningful lyrics (and not just something that rhymes which can be often heard in punk-rock). Their album, Americana not only sold over 10,000,000 copies worldwide but also presented the band in a new light and served as a development of Californian punk-rock. In Americana, the band sings about different events that happen in the life of ordinary American families and teenagers. Staring At The Sun is one of my favorite songs not only because of the music but also because of powerful lyrics which combines well with the rhythm.

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  9. How do the makers of 'Shrek' use presentational devices to reverse this tradition to reveal the Ogre as good and the prince as evil?

    In this coursework piece I will be analysing the characters of 'Shrek' and 'Lord Farquaad.' The opening of the film is in daytime. It starts of with classical (traditional) music. All the images are computer generated. When 'Shrek' turns towards the book, the book is shrouded in bright lighting and a 'Scottish' voice telling the story, When the book opens, the camera zooms in, when the 'Princess up in the highest room in the tallest tower waiting for loves first kiss the soothing voice changes and he says, "Year, like that's ever going to happen" then the toilet flushes and rock music takes over.

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  10. Identify a local need, for a new small business; and prepare a feasibility study.

    Arcade Cinema Electronics Store Good Quality Clothes Shop Motorcar Repair Garage Music Shop of All Categories High Quality Shoe Shop Hardware Store Estate Agents Book Shop (This is a copy of the questionnaire I asked) The results of the questionnaire are shown in the table below. The evidence in the above graph suggests that the people in the area of Gravesend would like to see a new music shop. The next questionnaire that I shall ask is shown below. Questionnaire 1. Are you happy with the amount of services and amenities in your local area? Yes ? No ? 2.

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  11. The Third Rock Holiday Park is a case study involving various legal issues, which vary quite dramatically. This case study enables an in depth study of a wide range of contracts, their relevance and implications.

    By adopting a formal tendering procedure, Third Rock were obliged to consider and respond to each proposal that was delivered before the deadline Blackpool and Fylde Aero Club Ltd v Blackpool Council. If the proposal from Venus Ltd, was therefore not taken into consideration, they could be entitled to damages for breech of contract. The proposal from Saturn consisted of a promise to build the entertainment hall within three months for �105,000, or for �5000 less than any other building firm.

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  12. The Musician.

    We always peeped through the window at the man inside. He interested us so much,not that we ever saw him but all the stories that we'd heard about him from our parents about the myths of his life before telling us we shouldn't come and torture that nice old man, well what were we to do? We were just curious. We approached the house as we did each weekend with a bag of stones..... Inside the house sits a musician trying desperately to write a decent song a song that's listenable to.

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  13. Does listening to music while studying help you to concentrate.

    When dealing with statistics I will have to include a number of graphs, tables, etc. all this will make my results easier to understand and analyze. I will use primary data in this coursework because I want accurate up to date results. The main method of primary research I will use will be a questionnaire. These are cheap to produce, easy to hand out and when it involves only a fairly small number of people (approx 50 to 60) the results come in quickly and are quiet easy to analyze. As in most other coursework I have included a hypothesis.

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  14. Showing emotions through music.

    If anyone else has a different view then please share it. Then I will express my views thoughts. First, what you've done for me by Planet Shakers. This is a gospel song, which was written two years ago. Planet Shakers is a young band, they are all between 17 and 28. I just thought I would let you know some information on Planet Shakers because you would not have herd of them if you don't listen to gospel music. I found the song to show happiness, celebration and a sense of triumph.

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  15. Comparing the Works of Luhrmann and Zeffirelli.

    It also keeps in most of the script and is based around it. The first fundamental difference we see is in the opening sequence. I think that the way the openings differ is unique in their own right. The Zeffirelli version in basically filmed in medium camera shots, and rather plain in effects (evidence of the time the film was made in). This means you get to see most things going on. What I found when watching the Zeffirelli version, was that when the slow-moving, calm camera pans over Verona then throws you into a medieval, bustling market is a huge contrast.

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  16. Create a band and produce their debut album cover.

    I found out that certain acts are directed to a certain audience. In the music industry the genre and image of an act are very important. They need a certain genre and image to appeal to their target audience and so people can identify what style the act have. I have chosen the genre of my band to be R'n'B pop. The look of my band will be modern, fashionable and simple. They will mainly be seen in denim and vests while on stage. Their music will range from fast tracks to slower ballads.

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  17. A Night To Remember.

    By the time fifty five minutes had passed, although it had seemed like days, a small acquainted girl, who when turned around looked at least thirty, noticed smoke effects coming from the ground of the stage as the florescent lights illuminated the entire audience which had now filled almost to the brim shouted "its begun!" Silhouettes of the and member, Stuart Cable and both Stuart and Kelly Jones appeared on the giant screens of paper behind there instruments before bursting through leaving the 'cannibalistic' like crowd roaring and urging forward, pushing against the dim steel rails lined with security guards.

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  18. Performance Appraisal on the three pieces I have studied - Running Over Town-Terry Popple, A Little Time- Beautiful South, and Sweet Georgia Brown- B.Bernie/M. Pinkard/K. Casey.

    In this piece I think that the range of my instrument is fully explored because a variety of fills are used. Also, more than one voice is played. These voices are: * the cymbal - as well as hitting it normally the bell of the cymbal is used * the snare drum - it is hit with the snare on and a rim click is also played * the hi-hat - it is played closed and open. Therefore the drum kit has been explored and various different sounds are produced.

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  19. The effect of the size of the rock pools on the diversity of animals in the rock pool.

    When water warms up, it does not pass the warmth downward easily. Therefore, the small rock pools warm up more so than the large ones. The temperature also depends on how much water evaporates by the wind blowing over the pool. There are some biotic factors that also affect the diversity of animals in a particular size of a rock pool. Competition is one of the factors. The animals in the rock pools would compete for food in the rock pools. For example, Dog whelks feed on mussels and if there are not enough mussels in one rock pool and too many dog whelks, some dog whelks might not be able to survive.

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  20. How does La Marseillaise and another song of your choice convey the image of French people?

    Therefore, the writer endeavours to rally support by appealing to the public's sense of nationalism, resulting in the French being portrayed as extremely patriotic and proud of the Republic's principles. This is highlighted in the first line of the song 'allons enfants de la Patrie': the fact that it is written in the first person plural emphasises how united the French are. Moreover, the fact that the personal pronoun 'nous' is used, is significant as it reflects the collective sentiment of a nation, embodying the republican principle of 'fraternit�'.

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  21. Analysis of "Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath".

    At the climax of the duet, approximately 1:15, the song shifts gears with a single drawn-out and distorted note from the guitar, and the main body of the song begins, along with the lyrics. After the train-whistle-like note dies out, an entirely different rhythm and timbre define the lyrical portion. There are two persistent beats measured - one, by the bass, is slower and droning in the background; the other, sharper and twice as fast, is by a muted electric guitar.

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  22. My task is to create a music video that hasn't been released on the general market.

    My group and I have chosen the solo artist Usher Raymond because we like the lyrics he uses in the song; it's very different from other songs. Also his lyrics can be formed in to images for our music video "separated". Usher Raymond was born on the 14th October 1978 in Chattanooga. He is a young R&B singer. Usher is one of the few who can boast of real star quality. He performed at the American Music Awards as part of the all-star recording collaboration Black Men United.

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  23. How do the film makers of Chicken Run use presentational devices to reveal the good and evil in the characters of Ginger and Mrs Tweedy?

    Mrs Tweedy is a cold, evil and domineering woman who has no respect for anyone or anything. She treats her husband, Mr Tweedy with contempt and is a selfish, greedy and bitter person. She stands up straight and has her hair scrapped back into a bun which makes her look unfeminine. She is very masculine and never smiles. She has a booming voice and every chicken is petrified of her. They shake at the loud sound of her walking up and down counting their eggs. Her husband is petrified of her as well because it is her who is always giving the orders and he does everything she wants.

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  24. Definition of plagiarism/cheating - Britney and Beethoven.

    A human cannot deliberately create what he does not know. According to Count Leo Tolstoy, an ideal work of art is one which an artist recalls a feeling, recreates that feeling using a specific form of media, transmits that feeling through the medium, and finally allows the audience to share that experience through the medium (Woolman 196). Ludwig van Beethoven created "9th Symphony" based upon his experiences of joy whilst humming to himself (Swafford). Britney Spears did not create the song "I'm A Slave For You" based upon her experiences of bondage or a literal expression of teen altruism.

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  25. Why did the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such a great impact during the 1960's?

    Every teenager loved it but it was very unpopular with the BBC and the government and they tried to get it banned. There were British Pop acts though and two of the biggest were the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. When I say big I mean huge, I was born in 1988 about 25 years after the bands started out and I could quote you lyrics from some of their songs. People are still buying their music today and they are still acquiring new fans every year.

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