Cultural Production Project Part 2

“Music is in life. It occurs everywhere – at any moment in time, in every place” (Page 2010)

Continuing on from last month’s Cultural Production Project – Part 1 [January 2010], I will focus this month on a description and analysis of the three musical styles that I am choosing to fuse together in this creative production project – a soundscape that expresses myself musically and sonically.

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Musical Style Analysis

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To be an effective music producer, one needs to have a wide knowledge of musical styles and forms. The musical styles I have selected to draw on for my fusion-musical style are:
  • Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul;
  • World Fusion/New Age;
  • Country Folk/Indie Rock.
I believe that these three (3 )musical styles are quite disparate musical styles. I will investigate these 3 musical styles of music using all available resources to me, such as the internet, magazines, books, dvd’s, documentaries, cd’s/albums/records. I will ensure I reference all resources used, and list these in the bibliography at the end of this document. As part of my analysis, I will firstly introduce the context of each of the three (3) musical styles in detail. I will then go through each of these against specific criteria.

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Musical Style Analysis #1

Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul context

Some contemporary examples of the Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul musical style of music are:
  • Bruce Springsteen; Bryan Adams; U2; Hothouse Flowers; INXS; Michael Jackson.
-When did the Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul musical style first appear (and if applicable the end date);
  • late 1960’s/early 1970’s Britain;
-Who were the founding artists of the Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul musical style?
  • British Soul-Rock performers such as Joe Cocker; Procul Harum; Eric Burdon & The Animals; US Soul performers such as James Brown.
-What artists inspired the Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul musical style?
  • US Rock n Roll such as Jerry Lee Lewis; Billy Hailey; Elvis Presley;
  • Afro-American Soul Rock such as James Brown; Freddie King; Booker T & The MG’s;
  • Motown/R+B/Soul Performers such a Curtis Mayfield; Eddie Floyd; Sam & Dave; Sam Cooke; Otis Redding; Wilson Picket; The 4 Tops; Bill Withers; Jackson Five; Michael Jackson; Alicia Keys.
-What records/albums/songs would be considered prime examples of the Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul musical style?
  • Bruce Springsteen ‘The River’; Bryan Adams ‘Cuts Like A Knife’ ; U2 ‘Joshua Tree’; Hothouse Flowers ‘I Can See Clearly Now’; INXS ‘By My Side’; Michael Jackson ‘Stranger In Moscow’ + ‘Billie Jean’.
-What other musical styles inspired this Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul musical style (What came before)?
  • Rock n’ Roll; Soul; R+B; Post-Dylan American Heroes; Pop-Rock.
– What Prominent Producers & Engineers work within this Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul musical style?
  • Brian Eno; Daniel Lanois; Steve Lilywhite.
-How commercial successful and how popularly known is the Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul musical style and why?
  • very successful in contemporary commercial/pop circles;
-What musical style and artists has this Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul musical style inspired (What came after)?
–     Rock n’ Soul – U2; Simple Minds; Little Steven; INXS; Matchbox 20; Rob Thomas; Jeff Buckley; Government Mule; Hootie & The Blowfish; Coldplay.
–     Neo Soul; Amos Lee; Alicia Keys.

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Musical Style Analysis #2

World Fusion/New Age context

 Some contemporary examples of the World Fusion/New Age musical style of music are:
  • Peter Gabriel; Amr Diab; Enigma; Deep Forest; Oliver Shanti; Nakai & Khecog; Sacred Earth; Moby; Sina Vodjani;
-When did the World Fusion/New Age musical style first appear (and if applicable the end date);
  • mid 1990’s Europe;
 -Who were the founding artists of the World Fusion/New Age musical style?
  • performers such as Deep Forest; Enigma;
-What artists inspired the World Fusion/New Age musical style?
  • Spiritual Performers such as Buddhist Monks; Gregorian Chants;
  • Traditional/Ethnic Performers; Ennio Morricone; Jai Uttal;
  • Disenchanted Successful ‘Rockstars looking for Spiritual/Life guidance such as The Beatles – John Lennon & George Harrison; Eric Clapton, Santana; Cat Stevens;
  • British Art Rock Performers such as Pink Floyd; Alan Parsons; Brian Eno; Roxy Music; Mike Oldfield;
  • British Progressive Rock Performers such as King Crimson; Genesis; YES;
  • Technopop Performers such as Kraftwerk; Jean-Michel Jarre;
  • New Age Performers such as Eric Serra; Oliver Shanti; Sacred Earth;
-What records/albums/songs would be considered prime examples of the World Fusion/New Age musical style?
  • Peter Gabriel ‘Biko’; Amr Diab ‘Tamally Maak’; Enigma ‘The Cross Of Changes’; Deep Forest ‘Sweet Lullaby’; Oliver Shanti + Friends ‘Donovan My Timeless’; Nakai & Khecog ‘Winds Of Devotion’; Sacred Earth ‘Dancing Shiva’; Sina Vodjani ‘Straight To The Heart’; Moby ‘Look Back In’;
-What other musical styles inspired this World Fusion/New Age musical style (What came before)?
  • Traditional Christian Religion/Music; Traditional Hindu Religion/Music; Traditional/Ethnic Performers; British Art Rock; British Progressive Rock; Technopop/Technodance (with synthesizer-based instrumentals); New Age;
– What Prominent Producers & Engineers work within this World Fusion/New Age musical style?
  • Alan Parsons; Brian Eno; Mike Oldfield; Ennio Morricone; Eric Serra;
-How commercial successful and how popularly known is the World Fusion/New Age musical style and why?
  • became popular within the new age/alternative therapy industry in the mid 1990’s, following a need for more instrumental’ based music that maintained a spiritual-base/spiritual connection, relevant to a peaceful, meditative environment for the therapy sessions and/or activities
-What musical style and artists has this World Fusion/New Age musical style inspired (What came after)?
–     World Fusion/New Age – The Buddha bar series; Enya;
–     Nature New age – Tony O’Connor;
–     Ambient Music – Brian Eno
–     Disco – Donna Summer; Bee Gees;
–     Dance – many forms, but including Moby as eg;
–     Nouveau Lounge Jazz – Billy Thunder;
–     Contemporary Visual performances such as Cirque de Solei;
–     EMP – the many and varied forms of electronic music and electronic dance music, such as chill, trance to name a few

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Musical Style Analysis #3

Country Folk/Indie Rock context

Some contemporary examples of the Country Folk/Indie Rock musical style of music are:
  • Bob Dylan; Tom Petty; Travelling Wilburys; Alanis Morissette; Paul Kelly; Linda Ronstadt;
-When did the Country Folk/Indie Rock musical style first appear (and if applicable the end date);
  •  late 1960’s US;
 -Who were the founding artists of the Country Folk/Indie Rock musical style?
  • US Electric Country Folk Performers such as Buffalo Springfield; The Stone Ponies;
  • US Country Rock Performers such as The Flying Burrito Brothers; CCR;
  • US Electric Folk Performers such as The Byrds;
  • British Electric Folk/Folk Rock Performers such as Van Morrison; Pete Townsend
-What artists inspired the Country Folk/Indie Rock musical style?
  • US Folk Performers such as Woody Guthrie;
  • Country Performers such as Hank Williams; Patsy Cline;
  • Confessional Singer-Songwriters (drawing both on country and folk influences) such as Bob Dylan; Carole King; James Taylor; Joni Mitchell; Pete Townsend; Tim Buckley; Cat Stevens; Neil Young; Bruce Springsteen;
  • US Rock n Roll such as Jerry Lee Lewis; Billy Hailey;
  • US Country Rock Performers such as CCR;
  • US Folk Rock Performers such as The Byrds;
  • Rock Performers such as Rolling Stones; Jimi Hendrix; The Who;
-What records/albums/songs would be considered prime examples of the Country Folk/Indie Rock musical style?
  • Bob Dylan ‘I Shall Be Released’; Tom Petty ‘Learning To Fly’; Travelling Wilburys ‘I Was So Much Older Then…’; Alanis Morrisette ‘Ironic’; Paul Kelly ‘Leaps & Bounds’; Linda Ronstadt ‘The Blue Train’;
-What other musical styles inspired this Country Folk/Indie Rock musical style (What came before)?
  • Country; Folk; Country Rock; Folk Rock; Confessional singer-songwriter base; Rock n’ Roll; Rock; Pop-Rock
– What Prominent Producers & Engineers work within this Country Folk/Indie Rock musical style?
  • Jaques Levy; Daniel Lanois; Brendan O’Brien; Jeff Lynne; Glen Ballard; Scott Litt;
-How commercial successful and how popularly known is the Country Folk/Indie Rock musical style and why?
  • has perhaps had its main day in the 1980’s and 1990’s, but remains relevant, and ‘constant’, despite giving market share away to more current trends at the moment
-What musical style and artists has this Country Folk/Indie Rock musical style inspired (What came after)?
–     Country Folk/Indie Rock – Buckingham/Nicks; Suzanne Vega; Paul Kelly; Tracey Chapman; Alanis Morissette; Cracker;
–    Alternative Rock;
–    Indie Rock (Independent Rock) – REM, The Killers

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Musical Style Analysis – Summary of the 3 Musical styles context

Context

Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul

World Fusion/New Age

Country Folk/Indie Rock

Some contemporary examples of the musical style of music are:

Bruce Springsteen; Bryan Adams; U2; Hothouse Flowers; INXS; Michael Jackson
Peter Gabriel; Amr Diab; Enigma; Deep Forest; Oliver Shanti; Nakai & Khecog; Sacred Earth; Moby; Sina Vodjani;
Bob Dylan; Tom Petty; Travelling Wilburies;
Alanis Morissette; Paul Kelly; Linda Ronstadt;

When did the musical style first appear (and if applicable the end date):

Late 1960’s/early 1970’s Britain
mid 1990’s Europe
late 1960’s US

Who were the founding artists of the musical style:

British Soul-Rock performers such as Joe Cocker; Procul Harum; Eric Burdon & The Animals; US Soul performers such as James Brown.
New Age performers such as Peter Gabriel; Amr Diab; Enigma; Deep Forest;
US Electric Country Folk Performers such as Buffalo Springfield; The Stone Ponies;
US Country Rock Performers such as The Flying Burrito Brothers; CCR;
US Electric Folk Performers such as The Byrds;
British Electric Folk/Folk Rock Performers such as Van Morrison; Pete Townsend

What artists inspired the musical style:

US Rock n Roll such as Jerry Lee Lewis; Billy Hailey; Elvis Presley;   Afro-American Soul Rock such as James Brown; Freddie King; Booker T & The MG’s; Motown/R+B/Soul Performers such a Curtis Mayfield; Eddie Floyd; Sam & Dave; Sam Cooke; Otis Redding; Wilson Picket; The 4 Tops; Bill Withers; Jackson Five; Michael Jackson; Alicia Keys;
Spiritual Performers such as Buddhist Monks; Gregorian Chants; Traditional/ Ethnic Performers; Ennio Morricone; Jai Uttal; Disenchanted Successful ‘Rockstars looking for Spiritual/Life guidance such as The Beatles – John Lennon & George Harrison; Eric Clapton, Santana; Cat Stevens; British Art /Progressive Rock Performers such as Pink Floyd; Alan Parsons; Brian Eno; Roxy Music; Mike Oldfield; King Crimson; Genesis; YES; Technopop Performers such as Kraftwerk; Jean-Michel Jarre; World Fusion Performers such as Peter Gabriel; Amr Diab; New Age Performers such as Eric Serra; Oliver Shanti; Sacred Earth;
Folk Performers such as Woody Guthrie; Country Performers such as Hank Williams; Patsy Cline; Confessional Singer-Songwriters (drawing both on country and folk influences) such as Bob Dylan; Carole
King; James Taylor; Joni Mitchell; Pete Townsend; Tim Buckley; Cat Stevens; Neil Young; Bruce Springsteen;
US Rock n Roll such as Jerry Lee Lewis; Billy Hailey;
US Country Rock Performers such as CCR;
US Folk Rock Performers such as The Byrds;
Rock Performers such as Rolling Stones; Jimi Hendrix; The Who;

What records/ albums/songs would be considered prime examples of the musical style?

Bruce Springsteen ‘The River’; Bryan Adams ‘Cuts Like A Knife’; U2 ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’; Hothouse Flowers ‘I Can See Clearly Now’; INXS ‘By My Side’; Michael Jackson ‘Stranger In Moscow’ + ‘Billie Jean’;
Peter Gabriel ‘Biko’; Amr Diab ‘Tamally Maak’; Enigma ‘The Cross Of Changes’; Deep Forest ‘Sweet Lullaby’; Oliver Shanti + Friends ‘Donovan My Timeless’; Nakai & Khecog ‘Winds Of Devotion’; Sacred Earth ‘Dancing Shiva’;
Sina Vodjani ‘Straight To The Heart’; Moby ‘Look Back In’;
Bob Dylan ‘I Shall Be Released’; Tom Petty ‘Learning To Fly’; Travelling Wilburys ‘I Was So Much Older Then…’; Alanis Morrisette ‘Ironic’; Paul Kelly ‘Leaps & Bounds’; Linda Ronstadt ‘The Blue Train’;

What other musical styles inspired this musical style (What came before)?

Rock n’ Roll; Soul; R+B; Post-Dylan American Heroes; Pop-Rock;
Traditional Christian Religion/Music; Traditional Hindu Religion/Music; Traditional/Ethnic Performers; British Art /Progressive Rock; Technopop/Technodance (with synthesizer-based instrumentals); World Fusion; New Age;
Country; Folk; Country Rock; Folk Rock; Confessional singer-songwriter base; Rock n’ Roll; Rock; Pop-Rock

Prominent Producers & Engineers:

Brian Eno; Daniel Lanois; Steve Lilywhite
Alan Parsons; Brian Eno; Mike Oldfield;
Ennio Morricone; Eric Serra;
Jaques Levy; Daniel Lanois; Brendan O’Brien; Jeff Lynne; Glen Ballard; Scott Litt;

How commercial successful and how popularly known is the musical style and why?

very successful in contemporary commercial/pop circles
became popular within the new age/alternative therapy industry in the mid 1990’s, following a need for more instrumental’ based music that maintained a spiritual-base/spiritual connection, relevant to a peaceful, meditative environment for the therapy sessions and/or activities
has perhaps had its main hey day in the 1980’s and 1990’s, but remains relevant, and ‘constant’, despite giving market share away to more current trends at the moment

What musical style and artists has this musical style inspired (What came after)?

Rock n’ Soul – U2; Simple Minds; Little Steven; INXS; Matchbox 20; Rob Thomas; Jeff Buckley; Government Mule; Hootie & The Blowfish; Coldplay;
Neo Soul; Amos Lee; Alicia Keys;
World Fusion/New Age –The Buddha bar series; Enya;
Nature New age – Tony O’Connor;
–     Ambient Music – Brian Eno
–     Disco – Donna Summer; Bee Gees;
–     Dance – many forms, but including Moby as eg;
–     Nouveau Lounge Jazz – Billy Thunder;
–     Contemporary Visual performances such as Cirque de Solei;
–     EMP – the many and varied forms of electronic music and electronic dance music, such as chill, trance to name a few
Country Folk/Indie Rock – Buckingham/Nicks; Suzanne Vega; Paul Kelly; Tracey Chapman; Alanis Morissette; Cracker;
Alternative Rock;
Indie Rock (Independent Rock) – REM, The Killers
I will continue next month with Cultural Production Project Part 3 [March 2010], focussing on a description and analysis of the three musical styles that I am choosing to fuse together in this creative production project – a soundscape that expresses myself musically and sonically. I have referred throughout my music analysis to relevant audio examples of each of three musical styles, and summarized these in the references below.
References – Print Examples – Books/Magazines/Internet Sites

Rock n’ Soul/Neo Soul

World Fusion/New Age

Country Folk/Indie Rock

“The Illustrated New Musical Express Encyclopedia of Rock”
By Nick Logan & Bob Woffinden (1977)
 
“The Illustrated New Musical Express Encyclopedia of Rock”
By Nick Logan & Bob Woffinden (1977)
“Rock Lives – Profiles & Interviews” By Timothy White (1990)
 
“Rock Lives – Profiles & Interviews” By Timothy White (1990)
“Rock & Roll – The Music, Musicians and the Mania”
By Ted Greenwald (1992)
 
“Rock & Roll – The Music, Musicians and the Mania”
By Ted Greenwald (1992)
“Writing Music for Hit Songs” By Jai Josefs (1996)
“Writing Music for Hit Songs” By Jai Josefs (1996)
“Writing Music for Hit Songs” By Jai Josefs (1996)
“The Art of Mixing” by David Gibson (1997)
“The Art of Mixing” by David Gibson (1997)
“The Art of Mixing” by David Gibson (1997)
“The Usborne Internet-Linked Introduction To Music” By Eileen O’Brien (2000)
 
“The Usborne Internet-Linked Introduction To Music” By Eileen O’Brien (2000)
“The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll”
By John Pareles 2001)
 
“The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll”
By John Pareles (2001)
“Future Sounds –
An insider’s Guide To Making & Selling Music in The Digital Age” By Tom Frederiske & Adrien Cook (2001)
“Future Sounds –
An insider’s Guide To Making & Selling Music in The Digital Age” By Tom Frederiske & Adrien Cook (2001)
“Future Sounds –
An insider’s Guide To Making & Selling Music in The Digital Age” By Tom Frederiske & Adrien Cook (2001)
“PC Music – The Easy Guide”
By Robin Vincent (2006)
“Behind The Glass – Volume 1 + 11” By Howard Massey (2006+2008)
“Behind The Glass – Volume 1 + 11” By Howard Massey (2006+2008)
“Behind The Glass – Volume 1 + 11” By Howard Massey (2006+2008)
“The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock”
By Michael Heatley (2008)
“The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock”
By Michael Heatley (2008)
“Mixing Audio” By Roey Izhaki (2008)
“Mixing Audio” By Roey Izhaki (2008)
“Mixing Audio” By Roey Izhaki (2008)
Wikipedia
(internet as at Sept 2009)
 
References – Audio Examples – CD/MP3

Rock n’ Soul/Neo SouSoul

World Fusion/New Age

Country Folk/Indie Rock

Bruce Springsteen ‘The River’
Peter Gabriel ‘Biko’
Bob Dylan ‘I Shall Be Released’
Bryan Adams ‘Cuts Like A Knife’
Amr Diab ‘Tamally Maak’
Tom Petty ‘Learning To Fly’
U2 ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’
Enigma ‘The Cross Of Changes’
Travelling Wilburys ‘I Was So Much Older Then…’
Hothouse Flowers ‘I Can See Clearly Now’
Deep Forest ‘Sweet Lullaby’
Alanis Morrisette ‘Ironic’
INXS ‘By My Side’
Oliver Shanti + Friends ‘Donovan My Timeless’
Paul Kelly ‘Leaps & Bounds’
Michael Jackson ‘Stranger In Moscow’ + ‘Billie Jean’
Nakai & Khecog ‘Winds Of Devotion’
Linda Ronstadt ‘The Blue Train’
 
Sacred Earth ‘Dancing Shiva’
 
 
Sina Vodjani ‘Straight To The Heart’
 
 
Moby ‘Look Back In’
 
~DL with Gretsch + C414.20141006.P21
References
Analysis image courtesy of:  Analysis  Accessed 6th February 2010
DLP  image courtesy of: DLP Accessed 6th February 2010
Logic Pro 8 image courtesy of:  Logic Pro 8 Accessed 6th February 2010
Page, David L. 2010  DLP Quote  Accessed 10th January, 2010
Planetary fusion image courtesy of: Planet Fusion Accessed 6th February 2010
– ©David L Page 06/02/2010
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