Saturday, 11 September 2010

Soundscape 31 analysis

I've analysed my Soundscape, noting down key musical elements that can be interpreted into actions in the hope of gaining a brief outline of my story.

0:02 - double bass, piano, trumpet and crash cymbal play a staccato note of a high dynamic. This kicks off the action, and could be the catalyst for the story.

0:02 - 0:08 - piano notes in a jazz scale are played in quick succession with the left and right hand. This part connotes quick footsteps or running if a person is to be the subject. The variation in notes and the quick tempo relate to an action scene with a high amount of cuts.

0:08 - 0:12 - In a 'call and response' fashion, the saxophone takes over playing a similar melody to the piano, and the piano plays chords over the saxophone in a decreased velocity. This part could be used to show a journey of another character, juxtaposed against the journey of a character from 0:02-0:08.

0:12 - 0:15 - The Saxophone bridges the modulation to the higher key using an ascending chord progression. If something in a scene were to heighten the action, this music would be played here as the modulation signifies an 'upgrade'.

0:15 - 0:24 - The trumpet enters with a melody ending in a held note. Layered over this long note is the introduction of the vibraphone. The vibraphone plays a descending melody, followed by a saxophone melody that switches between descending and ascending. A scene with this music would begin with a 'realisation' , such as two character identifying each other, or a character getting an idea. The opening trumpet also has a sinister tone so could be used when a character gets a sinister idea.

0:24 - 0:31 - The saxophone plays a descending melody, before the vibraphone takes over and plays both a descending and ascending melody. The saxophone comes in again, and this time creates a lead up to another modulation. In a scene, this would be the part where either the protagonist fails and then succeeds at minor tasks in quick succession, ending with the protagonist succeeds.

0:31 - 0:36 - The trumpet, saxophone, double bass and vibraphone play a staccato note, this then follows with all instruments, excluding the trumpet playing a descending melody.This would be the part where the protagonist get back on track and continues chasing the antagonist, followed by a final struggle between the protagonist and the antagonist.

0:36 - 0:45 - We end with a bright melody played by the trumpet accompanied by a 1-2 bass line. This would signify the success of the protagonist in the story.

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