Extra Credit

•June 15, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I think one of the most profondest artist with his own style and voice is Louis Armstrong. His jazz music has a lot of sway in it to me. It is also easy to tell that he puts his all into his songs and performances. A perfect example of this is his song What a Wonderful World.

Sampling

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Eddie Johns – “More Spell On You”

Daft Punk- “One More Time”

How it was done!:

Certain clips from Eddie Johns’, “More Spell On You” were cut out and reconstructed to make whole new clips for Daft Punk’s, “One More Time”. Certain beats are repeated over and over again to stretch out the length of a clip. Other beats overlap each other while other portions of the song are put in between loops, to create breaks for the smaller clips. In sections of the song, small clips are inserted into the breaks and repeated several times. It is just the matter of cutting up portions on the song, reconstructing them to create a new song.

I do not know why Daft Punk sampled “More Spell On You”, according to the Brian Sredd’s video, they denied ever sampling this song, probably for various reasons. If this is true, Daft Punk could have sampled this song because it has excellent disco-esque dance beats and instrumentations. I tend to hear a lot of funk and disco beats in many of their songs and this adds to the “sound” they are known for.

Music Video

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The music video I choose is Sean Lennon’s Dead Meat. It starts of with him trying to write a song but gets distracted by a movie on T.V. Sean imagines himself as the main character of the movie that takes place in early 19th century. He is riding his horse down a hill and crosses path with an ex girlfriend and another guy and follows them into a out gathering. Sean sees his ex and “new guy seated at a table where there is a poker game going on. He walks to ward the table and his ex notices him so he decides to joins in the game of poker. During the game another guy, who is a part of the opposite team comes out of nowhere and attacks Sean. A sword fight breaks out between “new guy” Sean. They start fight though out the salon and eventually head up to a large area where a crowd gathers alone with the ex girlfriend. The fight comes to climax and Sean wears down, the man stabs him in the chest then he falls to the floor. Another girl runs up to Sean him as he drops to the floor injured. The girlfriend comforts him and holds him as he nods of into death.

The important of the video deals with the tragedy that comes along with love. Some people are willing to go as far as fight for their love. In the passion of it all, they become irrational and do what it takes to win their love back. In this video, the outcome is not a good one, and the character winds up losing both the one he loves and his life. This video does a good job with turning this situation than many can relate to, and turn it into a visual story of tragedy.

Messages in Hip Hop

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There are many artists who use music as an avenue to put forth a message of importance to them.  Artists such as Public enemy, 2Pac, Mos Def, Ice Cube, Nas, and Dead Prez have integrated controversial messages in their songs.  One song that comes to mind is Nas’ song – One Mic.  I interpret this song as the artist’s voice and eyes of what he has endure and seen in his lifetime.  Witnessing discrimination, inequality, corruption, poverty, racism, brutality and other issues that commonly affect many urban cities.  How many situations have we witness unjust behavior ensued and we just turn our heads and look away or too slow to take action.  The song One Mic, the lyrics and video grabs the audiences attention without displaying nudity, club scene or other ideas that are commonly associated with todays popular “hip hop” music.  

Lyrics – One Mic

All I need is one blunt, one page, and one pen
One prayer – tell God forgive for one sin
Matter fact maybe more than one, look back
at all the hatred against me, fuck alla them
Jesus died at age 33, there’s thirty-three shots
from twin glocks there’s sixteen apiece, that’s thirty-two
Which means, one of my guns was holdin 17
Twenty-seven hit your crew, six went into you
Everybody gotta die sometime; hope your funeral
never gets shot up, bullets tear through the innocent
Nothin is fair, niggaz roll up, shootin from wheelchairs
My heart is racin, tastin revenge in the air
I let the shit slide for too many years, too many times
Now I’m strapped with a couple of macs, too many nines…

Nas

The End

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The genre I found most interesting to listen in class that I had never cared for before was country. I found myself actually enjoying country music by select artist, such as Carrie Underwood. I enjoyed all the lectures pertaining to blues and jazz. I feel really good about what I learned about pop and rock during the course. I love hearing the different kinds of music that I had never heard before that other classmates brought to the class’s attention. I really love this class and would take it again anytime.

Hip Hop

•June 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Lady Marmalade by Patti Labelle, was a song sampled and it was performed by four other artist, Pink, Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilara, and Mya. The sample is used mostly in a way of pop/rock/and rap form. When Patti Labelle created it it was oringinally a soul/r&b song. I think maybe the producers chose to sample this particular song because it identifies a strong message that stands out more so today than it did when it was created. And with using the artist that it did to perform it, it was sure to attract the audience for which the new version on it was targeting. Both versions of the song are talking about the same thing only difference is the modern version is more straight forward with its lyrics.

Video Analysis

•June 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

 This is a video from the movie Chicago 2002 musical.  The name of it is the “The Cell Block Tango.” The theme of the song in the video is about several women who all murdered their husbands and are incarcerated because of it, but even worse is that they seem to have no remorse for what they did. Instead they speak of how the men had it coming in the first place.  Each story of the womens’ are different and the significance between them are their intro sound effects which kind of give indication to what their story is about. It is a very good video, different from what we see on the scree today, and the movie from which it come from is even better.