Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

  • pop structures but with synthetic instrumentation
  • especially synthesised vocals

01 Superbad (Soul Substitute) – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

  1. replace guitar lick with electronic blips
  2. extend vocal words/notes with internal looping

02 ‘Be Near Me’ – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

  1. unnaturally truncated – stuttering jump cut effect
  2. bursts of tuned static for chord stabs

03 ‘Sunshine Superman’ – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

  1. mimic stereo spread of classic 60s (beatles?) track

04 ‘The Future (Spiritual Surface Noise) – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

  1. mix of recognisable instruments and electronics
  2. spoken word samples also processed, though not used musically at least stylistically integrated

05 ‘Jealous Guy (Poeme Syncope)’ – Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

  1. delay/phasing effects – droplet percussion, swirling sustained chords

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

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

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

  1. lyric prosody

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

  1. piano melodic phrases ending in electronic ‘punctuation’

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

  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

Pop Artificielle (1999) – LB

  • covers album
  • pop song structures (melody, harmony and rhythms) all retained, instrumentation (textures) are new
  • especially synthesised vocals

11 ‘H’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

  • instrumental
  • piano, electronic keys, strings, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • noise texture
  • spoken word samples used musically

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. spoken word samples used musically
  2. noise texture

10 ‘Fly As You Might’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

  • dirty palm muted electric guitar riff
  • doubled vox, distant verbed backing vox in second verse
  • tremelo organ? in the chorus
  • guitar solo in triplets, doubled in second half
  • two chord see saw IVm – V

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. two chord see saw IVm – V
  2. counter melody in triplets

09 – ‘On The Esplanade’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

  • 3/4 time
  • finger picking acoustic
  • spoken word sample, in between vox
  • string pad joins
  • vox doubled
  • key change + higher and more distant vox in final third, bass joins
  • no percussion at all
  • VIm – VIm – I – IIIm or Im – Im – III -Vm

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. key change
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