Electric Counterpoint Essay

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Melody. The live guitar plays the resultant melody. Guitar parts 1-4 share a melody. The melody us formed up of a one bar motif and is built up by note addition. The motif is introduced in the live guitar and also in guitars 1-4, this creates a canon. The parts are often imitative. There is a new idea of strummed chords which starts in bar 36. Tonality. At the start of the piece there is tonal ambiguity and it is not obvious that the key is in E minor until the bass guitars enter. The piece frequently modulates between E minor and C minor. A conventional harmony progression is not used; the three chord progressions used in section A-3 are C Bm E5/ C D Em/ C D Bm. The piece uses the E Aeolian mode. Rhythm/ metre/ tempo. The metre is 3/2 but frequently changes to 12/8. Rhythmic displacement produces cross rhythms, this means the parts interlock. Syncopated rhythms are used. There is little rhythmic variation in the piece as it uses mostly repeated patterns of quavers. The piece is very fast at 192C. Instrumentation. Electric Counterpoint is written for one live guitar (played by Patt Metheny) , 7 pre-recorded guitars and 2 pre-recorded bass guitars. The live guitar is amplified to blend well with the backing tape. Texture. Electric Counterpoint starts with a sparse texture however the piece is mostly contrapuntal. The texture is built up as more guitar parts are brought in and is gradually thinned towards the end as parts drop out. Interweaving rhythms give the impression of a changing texture. Broken chords are played. Structure. The piece is in binary form with to main sections. It ends with a coda. The sections are defined by key changes and texture. Dynamics. The dynamics are fairly constant with use of fade outs. There is a crescendo at the end of the

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