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MUSI 1530 Study Guide - The Beach Boys, Albert Grossman, Phil Ochs

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MUSI 1530
Rebecca Jubis

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MAY 31
Final Exam will have 100 questions. Smattering of lecture questions based on MC TF
questions. Each listening example will have 3-4 MC questions.
We are now in the in-between years 1958-1964.
These developments were during the in between years and were carried forward to give
lead for the 1960s. The Beatles synthesized this.
Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) (b. 1942) SLIDE
what he brought to the table musically. As a young boy he heard a song by The Four
Freshmen and was amazed by it. 4 part harmonies.
When musicians build a chord they take a two octave scale C-C-C 15 notes. You skip the
second note and this creates a triad technique. C,E, G is a triad, any sequence of thirds.
First Third and Fifth notes.
Then there was a fourth note added. This thickens the mixture. This was the seventh note
on the two octave scale. Anything that was added over seven was considered an
Brian Wilson heard extensions and this was what made him so awed by the music.
"Our Love is Here to Stay" Four Freshmen begins as G, Dmaj, G13, Cmaj7, G.
Voice Leading - counterpoint- how one voice moves compared to another voice. Brian
Wilson's music did use extensions. His music consisted of contrary harmonies.
"Surfin' USA" Beach Boys. "Surfer Girl".
Pet Sounds (1966) did not do as well as hoped. The Beatles confessed tearing this Beach
Boys record and altering it to create Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The recording of the song "Sloop John B" was first recorded by Cleveland Simmons in
Jamaica (Folk song) in 1924. Brian Wilson was familiar with Kingston Trio which
recorded it in 1958.
During this time folk revival was happening in North America. Brian Wilson was not
interested in this that much he wanted to express his music as an art form. Bob Dylan
was. One of the problems of Folk music was that there were no variations in the form.
Repetitive forms. Brian Wilson worked within the limitations. He would create small
compositions within the larger ones that were already in the song. (Refer to slide under
lyrics.) One of the other things Brian Wilson did was combining different instruments
that were not normally played together for good reasons. Such as Flute, guitar,
glockenspiel, base and percussion as well as vocals. He would layer the instruments
rather than have them played together all at once.
Brian Wilson brought
Harmonic Extensions
Innovative Instrument Combinations
Additive Arranging Techniques
1960s the biggest and greatest thing was singer-songwriters.
One of the problems with the Canadian music industry, up until 1970...
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