Week 2 – Composition BYN

Here is my small composition


Week 2 – Powderfinger/ Burn Your Name

1. Layers?

the roles of the layers in this song is to create a storyline each layer is introduced separately in the intro, each layer works as a stepping stone for the next that will follow.

There are 7 layers of sound, and they are:

Drums,  lead electric guitar, rhythmic electric guitar, main vocals, backing vocals, synths, bass

the way they relate to each other is by rhythmic pattern that each instrument is producing.

2. Density?

texture is quiet thick throughout the whole piece, however it does change at the bridge at about 2:27 where you can only hear the synths and vocals making this part of the BYN thin in texture

3. the type of texture used in this song is homophonic as you can hear many layers but mostly we can hear the main melody as it stands out more than any other of the instruments used in this piece. The other layers form the harmonic accompaniment that pretty much follow the same rhythm.

Week 1 – Sugata Mitra



talks about the future of learning and what it is, he goes on to mention that our ability to learn new things is so imperative that it impacts our networking life, our ability to understand new information is incredible  we will learn anything if given a small instruction.

Mitra later goes on to tell his audience about Indian school children learning about an object they have never seen , he leaves them on their own to investigate what this computer object is until later on he comes back to discover they are teaching each other how to browse the internet. he later goes on to tell about his other encounters with children who have never seen a computer his key word in all this is ‘encouragment’ saluting the children when they have done something correct, learning how they will react to positive reinforcement.

Activity Two

This activity will be based on group work, performing and improvising. A song called is Naive- The Kooks reinterpreted Lilly Allen- Naive

part 1

form groups of  3 or 4 to create a small ensemble. In each group there should be at lest 1 singer and 1 guitarist.

The aim is to reinterpret the song into another sub genre of popular music such as the song naive which originally is rock then reinterpreted into pop music by Lilly Allen.

In the re-interpretation of the song each member of the group must incorporate some improvisation for 1 minute of the song, this can be done by scatting in vocals changing the lyrics, guitars a short riff staying in key, and drummers a short solo.

Here are two examples of the songs.

orignal song the kooks – naive

reinterpreted cover- Lilly Allen – naive

Part 2

This part will be done in class and a debate will be set up of two teams discussing which band and artist did the song naive justice this will be done using musical concepts and each song will be played once for familiarisation.   

Unit of Work : Popular Music

Activity One 

This unit of work popular music for stage 6 is of the music syllabus. This blogpost will be based  around two sub genres but of the same song that is Sweet dreams – Eurythmics and Sweet Dreams – Emily Browning/ Sucker punch Soundtrack.  


Students are to write a report on the musical concepts used in the two songs and  to compare the differences between the two. A few hints to start the ball rolling

  • look at pitch and describe the the contour of the melody
  • is phrasing long short or symmetrical
  • discuss tone colour between the two songs
  • discuss instruments used such as vocals, guitar, drums, synths or any electronic sound.
  • discuss and analyse dynamics and expressive techniques.
  • to conclude in your opinion which of the two pieces has impacted your view on popular music.
  • reference appropriately

Sweet dreams – Eurythmics

Sweet Dreams – Emily Browning/ Sucker punch Soundtrack.