Archive for the ‘Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB’ Category

10 ‘Silence Is Golden (Moral Morph)’ – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

cover of The Tremeloes track

  • only the main chorus hook has been retained from the original
  • long build up featuring loops of noise
  • final note bends upwards to a minor 3rd
  • chorus:
    I / / / IIIm / / / IIm / V7 / I / / /
    I / / / IIIm /  VIm / IIm / V7 / I / / /

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. taking only a fragment of an existing song and building a new track
  2. long build of noise and texture leading into melodic section

 

09 ‘Angie (Miniature Numerique)’ – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

cover of The Rolling Stones track

  • recognisable piano melodies
  • rapid panning of electronics
  • heavy vocoder doubled vox
  • repeated chords incorporate edit clicks and pops

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. piano melodic phrases ending in electronic ‘punctuation’

08 ‘Thatness And thereness (Mental Organic)’ – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

cover of Ryuichi Sakamoto track
(famous versions by Hatsune Miku and Momus)

  • great lyric – invented words eg. ‘thatness’
  • no ‘i this … you that’

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. poetic lyric

07 ‘Ashes To Ashes (Digital Space Replicant)’ – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

cover of David Bowie track

  • lyric prosody “i’m stuck (music stops) … (restarts) with a valuable friend’
  • switching register for different characters
    “got a message from the action man (high)
    i’m happy, hope you’re happy too (low)”
  • doubling with spoken phrases
    “i’ve never done good things (repeat spoken)
    i’ve never done bad things (repeat spoken)

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. lyric prosody

06 ‘You Are In My System (Funky Linear)’ – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

cover of The System track (made famous by Robert Palmer)

  • vocal notes made by internal loops
  • background vox sound almost real – heavy reverb though – contrasts with synth heavy rhythms

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. contrast between long sustained musically rich backing with busy, tonally minimal, electronic rhythm.
  2. actual notes made by internal vocal loops
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