Performing Arts Performing Arts Essay Adam Buckle January 5th 2001 The poem Trying to show and introduce various ways of writing and making music. Introduce Motifs Process of devising and improvising and performing music How we were able to devise and actually write the piece, refer back to examples. Include Melody, Harmony, Timbre, Texture, and Rhythm. Our performed piece was based upon the poem called Amber written by Jennie Fontana. This was our stimulus and my first impression of the poem was of the sea and waves. This was the overriding theme for the piece, which we were to perform.
To introduce us to the end piece we had to first understand what it was we were dealing with, in musical terms. We learnt the basic terms of music and what they meant and we tried to create a little piece which demonstrated at least one of characteristics. The piece, which I created, was based upon tempo and pitch. I played a basic set of notes on the keyboard and then speeded them up and then I stopped, (using silence) and then proceeded to step up an octave. I did this three times. Everybody else in the group did this so we could have some sound recognition about what each sounded like.
After this we had to be taught simple ways of writing down music in terms that we could understand. I have had previous lessons in guitar so I know the basic chords and notes, however with the class we learnt how to write it in a way that we used numbers and lines, TAB. The way we were taught to right a minimalist form of notation was to produce dots. Say you were using a drum and you were counting your beats, one, two, three, four. And on every third of the four beats you would hit your drum.
We would write this down like this: This gave us a way of remembering the rhythm of the piece and who should be playing what were. This was very useful especially with four people playing instruments. We used this form of notation in a piece we created. This was were we all had percussion instruments and had to come up with 4 lines of 4 bars. We had to use the above notation to create the rhythm and the piece.
When it came to rehearsing the major problem was keeping time as we all set off at 1-line intervals. So you had other instruments playing a different set of notes as you were trying to concentrate on yours. However we got through that and we performed what I considered a very good piece of exploratory music. We then after that went on to produce Motifs. These are where they can represent something, conjure up something and can be perceived to be an emotion or character. One of the pieces of motif work which we studied was performed and written by Tschaikovsky.
This showed how a simple motif could be changed and adapted to take on what would seem like a completely different melody. This was achieved by either quickening the tempo of the piece of music or playing it in different octaves, to produce more sinister sounds if played within a low octave. I produced a motif which was a basic riff on the piano going up and down the notes within one octave played really softly, this was to suggest loneliness. By now we had a fairly good but basic understanding of the basic concepts of music. This then led us to our final piece.
As everybody seemed to have a group I went away and did something myself. This didn’t work, as I couldn’t play everything that I wanted to play and everything that I wanted to perform. I decided to find myself a group and try and pass, on some ideas. This is where I started using the wave idea and thanks to the keyboard’s memory banks, the keyboard could play wave sounds at different pitch levels this gave us a background and an introduction to a tone, which we could set for the overall piece. The texture of the sound was of smooth cloth of silk with ripples going through it.
This was very effective and instantly produced a relaxed sullen atmosphere. This was thought up by Dawn who had been driving me mad by playing every single tone on the keyboard. I then tried to come up with a set of chords which could mimic the sea, so that you feel when it’s calm and then when it’s not. I produced this by having a set three for 1 round then changed on the second with almost the same chords but just changing one. This I felt gave us an undulation, with the pitch change. After this I would then strum loudly and make them more definitely with lower and deeper chords, followed by the playing of the previous chords but lightly to say as if the sea had finished now.
We also had a drum which played a constant beat throughout which gave a sense of stability also it made the whole piece sound more definite and more powerful. The sound of the drum also increased with the drumming. This was played by Jess and not only did it sound powerful it acted as a counter for me to get my strumming right. Our performance itself was I thought really good and produced a good all round effect, though I think the penny pipe would have given extra effects to the whole piece, this was played by Mrs Brooks during one of our rehearsals and it really sounded like it was at the sea, calming and soothing. Performing Arts Essay on Drama.
How we got there What we did to get there What sort of style we used First thing before we started on our mini projects we had to be told about different styles. The style which we got told to do was of Stanisnavski. This is were you try and make everything as real as you possibly can. The stage which your acting on takes on whole new worlds, ships, volcanoes. The idea is to make it seem as believable as possible.
There are a few problems with doing it this way though. Firstly the set designs are usually the main focus for attention. This can be a problem, because if you are in a west end theatre and you have a fairly large budget you will try to make everything look as pretty as possible. If you have good actors but nothing special and they don’t appeal to the audience (it could be the script as well) then the audience will start wondering around looking for other things to keep there eyes occupied, the stage setting usually do this so much that they will distract the watcher from the play itself. We got there by first looking at a poem (remember this is a first draft and you’ll be able to hand me the poem on the rewrite, thanks Adam) and tried to get some inspiration from it. We couldn’t no matter how hard we tried to. We came up with some story lines but they were of not of any high standard and so Mr Young decided to try something else.
We had to go away and make our own characters up and add them to a scene depending on what each of the characters ended up on introducing themselves to. This turned out to be all right as I managed to pull off an old and cranky man with a short life span upon his hands. Toby was a high level manager, Buzz was a slightly odd accountant, Scott owned the vinyl record shop which I bought out and Steve was the but sucking lawyer who turned Toby in. We improvised in and around the office down at the pub, curry house and then finally a leaving party for Toby who was going to the states for a new managerial job. We decided to stick with the party because it bought all of us into the limelight, also it made available the chance to use my rather loud voice which I just love to use. Our performance was really good; we tried to make it ass believable as possible but the fighting …