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Breathing Underwater

The study of fusional music

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What is the context of "Breathing Underwater"? (Who-What-Where-How-Why-When) WHO: Anoushka Shankar WHAT: An Indian world music album WHERE: Mumbai HOW: Sitar, Indian classical instruments and western pop instruments (including vocals) WHY: To expand beyond cultural traditional borders of music WHEN: 2007
Describe the melody of "Burn" [5] Opening sitar solo sounds like a classical raga (bar 1 to bar 29) Rising sixth (bar 6) Thirds passage (bar 10 to bar 14) Oscillations between adjacent notes (bar 30 to bar 37) Distinctive upwards fifth in verse extension (bar 62 to bar 65)
Describe the harmony of "Burn" [3] Added notes to extension chords (bar 1 to bar 29) Rather static as chords share notes (bar 30 to bar 46) Implied classical cadential 6-4 progression (bar 21 to bar 22)
Describe the tonality of "Burn" [3] Not quite strict to be in C sharp minor but has raised seventh Articulated bass anchors the work to C sharp Inconclusive cadence in coda
Describe the rhythm of "Burn" [2] Rhythmically abstract sitar phrasing (bar 14) Lombardic sarangi rhythms throughout
Describe the texture of "Burn" [5] Homophonic with enough melodic interest (bar 1 to bar 21) Synth bass tonic pedal (bar 22) Chorus section combines melodic elements polyphonically (bar 38) Contrapuntal texture with sarangi line (bar 46) Reduction in breakdown section (bar 86)
Describe the instrumentation of "Burn" [4] Vocals are in a soulful jazz/ R&B style throughout Slowing moving orchestral string accompaniment throughout Cello at the end of the song Analog style synths have wide portamento (bar 22 to bar 24)
Describe the melody of "Breathing Underwater" [3] Sitar line containing decorative melodic ornaments throughout Arched phrases moving up and down (bar 18 to 33) Vocal line is mainly stepwise with not as much ornamentation as the sitar line throughout
Describe the harmony of "Breathing Underwater" [4] D flat suspended four chord after oscillations between chords four and five (bar 17) Slash chords (bar 25) Diminished chord (bar 26) Major seventh chord (bar 29)
Describe the tonality of "Breathing Underwater" [2] Db major for the majority of the work Tertiary modulation to a Lydian inflected A major (bar 18 to bar 34)
Describe the rhythm of "Breathing Underwater" [3] Sitar is rhythmically flexible throughout with syncopation, triplets and quintuplets Each phrase is anacrusic throughout Accompaniment moves in semibreves and in minims throughout
Describe the texture of "Breathing Underwater" [3] Blocked chord accompaniment with sitar (bar 1 to bar 33) Polyphonic dialogue between sitar and vocals (bar 34 to bar 38) Voice provides descant in polyphony with the sitar line (bar 53 to bar 67)
Describe the instrumentation of "Breathing Underwater" [3] Wordless vocal line throughout Simple string section playing blocked chords throughout Frequent ornamentation in the sitar throughout
Describe the melody of "Easy" [3] Stylistic tension between florid sitar lines and vocals throughout Vocal line is restricted in range with pentatonic shapes (bar 10 to bar 11, bar 14 to bar 15) Downward movement with phrases spanning an octave (bar 42 to 49)
Describe the harmony of "Easy" [3] No progressions involving dominant chord throughout Avoids primary chord progression throughout Flattened leading note chord acts as a substitute chord throughout
Describe the tonality of "Easy" [3] In a transposed mixolydian mode throughout Consistent appearance of the flattened seventh throughout No key changes throughout
Describe the rhythm of "Easy" [3] Medium tempo throughout until near the end where it slows down Syncopated accompaniment and vocal style (bar 5 to bar 6) Flexible and complex sitar line throughout
Describe the texture of "Easy" [5] Same guitar accompaniment material throughout Piano chords and synth bass lines are added to the guitar Homophonic textures feature strongly throughout Dialogue between sitar and vocals (bar 21 to bar 33) Polyphonic dialogue (bar 42)
Describe the instrumentation of "Easy" [4] Articulated sitar pedal works in dialogue with the vocals (bar 21 to bar 33) Plucked accompaniment in guitar with ostinato like patterns throughout Piano is understated and subtle throughout Some melismatic writing in vocals (bar 13)
Created by: 13hored