Contextual Sound Installation

Contextual Sound Installation

Log Book

You log should include images, screen shots and links to audio & Moving image as well as text from a range of sources.

Contents                                                                                    Page Number

 Starting point:                     

 Research into music & technology,

 Pre 1950s






 Reflection on research and practical elements

 Peer assessment

 Decade Essay

 Genre / Artist Essay



Starting Point:

I have improved my referencing skills, as we have done it a lot in the other assignments/log books. At first I had no idea how to reference, although having to do it often, I feel I have improved massively.

This is similar with my knowledge on Logic. When initially using Logic it all seemed confusing, but having used it a lot more I now understand the basics and what is required in order to complete our tasks. I will use my knowledge in completing the sound scape task.

I believe my writing skills are of acceptable standard. I use many different techniques within my writing and feel I can put these to use when writing essays/long pieces.

Week: 1


During week 1 I made the mistake of saving the log to my desktop. Causing me to lose my progress. Luckily I learned this mistake early, allowing me to prevent it happening in the future. I did not let this drag me down and continued to work through it. I was given the task of blues in the Pre 1950’s. I included artists such as BB King and Ray Charles. I went on to add pictures and talk about when they were born and what they accomplishes during the time period.

I found this task fairly relevant, as I do play the guitar, and enjoy listening/playing the blues. It further motivated me to put in hard work and I felt I could relate to what I read and listened too. I did a small piece to reflect on the work I had done, although that was also lost. Nevertheless this has motivated me to work even harder in order to catch up and I feel I have done all I can to put this to action.

Week 2

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was born to a poor family in Mississippi on 8th January 1935 and died on 16th August 1977. Shmoop (2015) state “Elvis began attracting attention with his music in 1954, when he was 19. He infused black rhythm-and-blues songs with his distinctive style, which came to include dance moves that were considered quite sexually suggestive for the time.” And that “Heartbreak Hotel” became his first number one hit and Elvis suddenly became a national sensation. Crowds of screaming teenagers packed his shows.” (Shmoop 2015)

Sam Phillips

Sun Records (2012) Sam Phillips (Born, Samuel Cornelius Phillips) was born on 5th January 1923 and died on July 30th 2003. Phillips recorder what some say was “the first rock and roll record.” (Rocket 88) in 1951. Phillips is attributed with the discovery of Elvis Presley. Sun Records (2012) state that Blues legends such as B.B. King and Howlin’ Wolf made their first recordings at his studio. Phillips is credited for the discovery and fame of Jerry Lee Lewis, BB King, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins. Sun Records (2012) say that Phillips even launched is own radio station “WHER” on 29th October 1955. This was an all Female radio station.

Fats Domino

Rolling Stone (2015) highlight that, Fats Domino (Born, Antoine Domino) was born 26th February 1928 in New Orleans. Rolling Stone (2015) state “Domino’s big breakthrough came in mid-1955, when the Top Ten “Ain’t That a Shame” established him with white teenagers.” (Rolling Stone 2015) Rolling Stone (2015) establish that “Fats was already an established R&B hit maker (“Goin’ Home,” 1952; “Going to the River,” 1953), his records regularly selling between half million and a million copies a piece.” And go on to say that “Fats outsold every 1950s rock & roll pioneer except Elvis Presley” (Rolling Stone 2015)

The Everly Brothers

Cox (2006) “The Everly Brothers consisted of two brothers, Don born February 1, 1937, and Phil born January 19, 1939.” And goes on to establish that “ their big hit “Bye Bye Love” in 1956 went to number #2 on the pop charts number #2 on the country charts and was a million dollar hit.” (Cox 2006)


Cox, E. (2006). The Everly Brothers – A Family that Sings Together. Available: Last accessed 16th Nov 2015.

Rolling Stone. (2015). Fats Domino Biography . Available: Last accessed 9th Nov 2015.

Shmoop. (2015). Elvis Presley In The 1950s. Available: Last accessed 9th Nov 2015.

Sun Records. (2012). Sam Phillips. Available: Last accessed 9th Nov 2015.

Week 3

The British Invasion

Robbins (2015) states “The British invasion was a musical movement of the mid-1960s composed of British rock and roll groups.” (Robbins 2015) The British Invasion popularity spread rapidly throughout the United States. Groups such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks are a few of many bands/groups involved in the movement.

The Beatles

Puterbaugh (2015) establishes “This was the British Invasion, and the Beatles were its undisputed leaders.” And goes on to say, “In 1963, the Fab Four released their first U.S single “Please Please Me” and that “1964belonged to the Beatles. From the moment “I want to Hold Your Hand” was first played on an American radio station.” (Puterbaugh 2015)

Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones Logo

Rolling Stone (2015) state, “In the 1964 British Invasion the Stones were promoted as bad boys” and that “In January 1965 their “The Last Time” became another U.K. Number One and cracked the U.S.” (Rolling Stone 2015) The Stones were not as nearly rated as the Beatles during the British Invasion, however they claimed themselves to be the “Worlds Greatest Rock & Roll Band” during the sixties.

The Who

Erlewine (2015) establishes that, “Unlike most rock bands, The Who based their rhythm on Townshend’s guitar.” And that “by the late ’60s The Who rivalled The Rolling Stones as a live act and in album sales.” (Erlewine 2015) Even during and throughout the British Invasion The Who were one of the most popular bands, alongside the Beatles and the Kinks.

The Kinks

British Invasion Bands (2015) state, “Despite fickle fans, infighting and controversies of all kinds, The Kinks have managed to make hits and headlines in the music world for five decades.” And that “Neither “Sally” not their second release, “You Still Want Me,” reached the charts, but the Kinks’ third release, “You Really Got Me,” was the charm.” (British Invasion Bands 2015)


British Invasion Bands. (2015). The Kinks. Available: Last accessed 16th Nov 2015.

Erlewine, S. (2015). The Who. Available: Last accessed 16th Nov 2015.

Puterbaugh, P. (2015). The British Invasion. Available: Last accessed 16th Nov 2015

Robbins, I. (2015). British Invasion. Available: Last accessed 16th Nov 2015.

Rolling Stone. (2015). Rolling Stones Biography. Available: Last accessed 16th Nov 2015.

Week 4

All Music (2015) state, “Though much early rock & roll was based in the blues, Blues-Rock didn’t fully develop into a subgenre until the late-’60s. Blues-rock emphasized two specific things — the traditional, three-chord blues song and instrumental improvisation.” (All Music 2015)

Johnny Shines

Huey (2015) establishes that, Johnny Shines (Born, John Ned Shines) was born April 26, 1915 and died in 1992.” (Huey 2015) Henderson (2015) states, “Johnny Shines was far from predictable. Though he recorded his share of inspired electric dates, he had no problem turning around and delivering a stripped-down, all-acoustic Delta blues session like Too Wet to Plow.” (Henderson 2015)

Fred McDowell

Koda (2015) Fred McDowell was born in 1904 and died in 1972. “By the start of the 1970s McDowell was signed to do an album for Capitol Records (I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll) and his tunes were being mainstreamed into the blues-rock firmament by artists like Bonnie Raitt and the Rolling Stones.” (Koda 2015)

Alexis Korner

Eder (2015) Alexis Korner was born April 19, 1928 and died January 1, 1984. “It was during the ’70s that Korner had his only major hit, as leader of the 25 member ensemble CCS. Their version of Led Zeppelin’s “whole Lotta Love” charted In England.” And “When Mick Taylor left the Rolling Stones in 1975, Korner was mentioned as a possible replacement.” (Eder 2015) Alexis Korner Is a name that will be remembered for years to come.

Led Zep

Erlewine (2015) Led Zeppelin formed July 1968 and disbanded December 1980. The Group consisted of four members. Jimmy Page (Left) John Bonham (Centre, Right) John Paul Jones (Right) and Robert Plant (Centre, Left) Their first significant action of the 70’s was their new album “Led Zeppelin III” Which reached both number one in the U.K Charts and the U.S. (Erlewine 2015)

Jimi Hendrix

Unterberger (2015) Jimi Hendrix was born November 27, 1942 and died September 18, 1970. Unterberger states, “A few months into 1970, Mitchell, Hendrix’s most valuable musical collaborator — came back into the fold, replacing Miles in the drum chair, although Cox stayed in place. It was this trio that toured the world during Hendrix’s final months.” And “He’d been working intermittently on a new album, tentatively titled First Ray Of The New Rising Sun, when he died in London on September 18, 1970, from drug-related complications.” (Unterberger 2015) Jimi Hendrix had many different styles, including hard rock Acid rock and Blues-rock. He is one of the most notorious musicians and will continue to be for many years.

Eric Clapton

Ruhlmann (2015) Eric Clapton was born 30th March 1945 in Surrey. “Clapton was largely inactive in 1971 and 1972, due to heroin addiction, but he performed a comeback concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London on January 13, 1973.” Also “Clapton did not launch a sustained solo career until July 1974, when he released 461 Ocean Boulevard, which topped the charts and spawned the number one single “I Shot the Sheriff.” Ruhlmann goes on to say “The follow-ups to 461 Ocean Boulevard, There’s One in Every Crowd (March 1975), the live E.C. Was Here (August 1975), and No Reason to Cry (August 1976), were less successful. But Slowhand (November 1977), which featured hit singles “Lay Down Sally” and “Wonderful Tonight,” was a million-seller.” (Ruhlmann 2015)


All Music. (2015). Blues-Rock. Available: Last accessed 23rd Nov 2015.

Eder, B. (2015). Alexis Korner. Available: Last accessed 23rd Nov 2015.

Erlewine, S. (2015). Led Zeppelin. Available: Last accessed 24th Nov 2015.

Henderson, A. (2015). Too Wet To Plow – Johnny Shines. Available: Last accessed 18th Nov 2015.

Huey, S. (2015). Johnny Shines. Available: Last accessed 18th Nov 2015.

Koda, C. (2015). Mississippi Fred McDowell. Available: Last accessed 18th Nov 2015.

Ruhlmann, W. (2015). Eric Clapton. Available: Last accessed 30th Nov 2015.

Unterberger, R. (2015). Jimi Hendrix. Available: Last accessed 30th Nov 2015.


I am at the stage where I have completed the work up to the 70’s. There have been issues. I had to redo the whole of the pre-50s section (week one) as the file corrupted. I realised that saving it to the desktop caused this problem. I also began creating separate documents for each different week. Although I have now corrected this by transferring each individual file to one log book.

During week 2 I was assigned to do “The British Invasion.” I found this fairly simple, although extremely difficult at the same time. As there were so many artists and bands around during this period it made it difficult to pick. This was also a difficult period to get pictures, as there were so many to choose from. Nevertheless I am happy with my decisions.

For week 3 I had the task of Blues-rock. I think this was a respectable genre as I am a guitar player. Reading and working on this genre interested me a lot. It was difficult as there were not many artists that played purely blues-rock. Being given the 1970’s for this made it a lot easier.

Week 5

Guns N' Roses

Erlewine (2015) highlights, “Guns N’ Roses (consisted of five members) released their first EP in 1986” and that “the following year, the band released its debut album, Appetite for Destruction.” (Erlewine 2015) Erlewine (2015) states “The album did not start selling until almost a year later. Until MTV began playing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” which lead the band to huge success and fame” and “By the end of 1988, they released G N’ R Lies, which paired four new, acoustic-based songs (including the Top Five hit “Patience”) with their first EP.” (Erlewine 2015)


Erlewine (2015) establishes, “Queen were able to successfully compete with new wave with the 1981 hit single “Under Pressure” – their first U.K. number one since “Bohemian Rhapsody”” furthermore that “Hot Space was only a moderate hit, and the more rock-oriented The Works (1984) also was a minor hit, with only “Radio Ga Ga” receiving much attention. (Erlewine 2015) The band regained popularity in the UK. Erlewine (2015) highlights that “In 1985, they returned to popularity in Britain in the wake of their show stopping performance at Live Aid.”

Bon Jovi

Bio (2015) highlight that Jon Bon Jovi was the lead singer of the well known band Bon Jovi which was formed in the 80’s. “He was born on March 2, 1962.” and go on to say “In 1980, Jon Recorded his first single, Runaway.” (Bio 2015) The Groups commercial success was loved and hated. Bio (2015) state, “Their debut title came out on January 21, 1984… The album went gold… In April 1985 they released their follow-up album, which was popular with the fans, but less so with the press.” (Bio 2015)

Bibliography. (n/a). Jon Bon Jovi Biography. Available: Last accessed 8 Dec 2015 .

Erlewine, S. (2015). Guns N’ Roses. Available: Last accessed 7th Dec 2015.

Erlewine, S. (2015). Queen Bio. Available: Last accessed 7th Dec 2015.

Week 6


Nickson (2013) states, “The band formed in 1991… Their big break came in 1993.” And that “in September 1994 their debut album (Definitely Maybe) crashed into the charts taking the top spot, and at the time it was the fastest selling debut in chart history.” This led to the group’s stardom. (Nickson 2013) Songs such as “Wonder wall” and “Champagne Supernova” were released in the mid 90’s (1994, 1995) and are still highly rated to this day.


Grierson (2015) acknowledges that “In September of 1991, Nevermind wasn’t an immediate blockbuster, but on the strength of its first single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the album reached the top of the charts by January 1992.” and that “Near the end of 1993, Nirvana filmed an installment of the popular Unplugged series on MTV which featured bands performing acoustic versions of their songs.” (Grierson 2015) The band was known for their drug addiction. “On April 8, 1994, Cobain’s body was found in his home in Seattle.” This led the band to disband shortly after. But their legacy will remain unscarred.


Grierson, T. (2015). Nirvana. Available: Last accessed 7th Dec 2015.

Nickson, C. (2013). The Impact of Oasis On The 90s Music Scene. Available: Last accessed 7th Dec 2015.


I am in the progress of completing week six. I felt it was more difficult to do than the task for week five. So I have decided to tackle the more difficult one first. I like the challenge however. I am familiar with rock during this period so that did ease off the pressure. I feel like my Harvard referencing skill have further developed and I find it a lot easier and faster now.

Now having completed the two weeks i feel i have made a good attempt at both. I did have some issuse with referencing although i looked back on the assignment brief to get a few tips on referencing, in order to further develop my skills.

Week 2 Discography

Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel ~

Ike Turner/Jackie Brenston – Rocket 88 ~

Fats Domino – Ain’t That A Shame ~

Fats Domino – Goin’ Home ~

Fats Domino – Going To The River ~

Everly Brothers – Bye Bye Love ~

Week 3 Discography

The Beatles – Please Please me ~

The Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand ~

The Rolling Stones – The last Time ~

The Kinks – Long Tall Sally ~

The Kinks – You Still Want Me ~

The Kinks – You Really Got Me ~

Week 4 Discography

Johnny Shines – Too Wet To Plow ~

CCS – Whole Lotta Love ~

Eric Clapton – I Shot The Sheriff ~

Eric Clapton – Lay Down Sally ~

Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight ~

Week 5 Discography

Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine ~

Guns N’ Roses – Patience ~

Queen – Under Pressure ~

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody ~

Queen – Radio Ga Ga ~

Week 6 Discography

Oasis – Wonderwall ~

Oasis – Champagne Supernova ~

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit ~

Sound Scape Discography

Elvis Presley – All Shook Up ~

Harry Belafonte – Banana Boat Song ~

Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls of Fire ~

Frank Sinatra – All The Way ~

Bobby Darin – Mack The knife ~

Genre Essay

The Blues:

All About Blues Music (2015) states “The Blues began as a particular type of Black folk music that was first heard around the plantations of north-western Mississippi at the very end of the 19th century. It originated in the area known as the Delta.” (All About Blues Music 2015) A quote made by the blues singer Booker White states, “ You wanted to know where did the blues come from. The blues came from behind the mule. Well now, you can have the blues sitting at the table eating. But the foundation of the blues is walking behind a mule way back in slavery time.” (Booker White, 1976, cited in Giles Oakley, 1983, p10)

Elijah Wild (2004, p7) reveals that, “For its first fifty years, blues was primarily black popular music.” (Cited by Elijah Wild (2004, p7) goes on to say, “In the 1960’s, a world of white and international listeners discovered the blues, and for roughly the last forty years, the style has primarily been played for a white cult audience. (Cited by Shmoop (2015) highlights that, “between 1915 and the 1940s, the blues took root in the urban centers of the North, particularly Chicago.” (Shmoop 2015)

Blues had a massive increase in popularity after the 50’s with songs such as “Crying at Daybreak” (B.B King) and “Drifting from Town to Town” (Bobby “Blue” Bland) The Blues Developed massively over a short period of time. It was originally built from the foundations of work songs. Now it is considered as one of the world’s greatest genres of music. The Blues has had impact on many more modern styles of music, such as Rock and Roll, R&B and even Hip-Hop. Newsbeat (2015) state, “B.B King was a mentor to many famous guitarists, including Jimi Hendrix, and his style inspired many to learn the instrument.” (Newsbeat 2015)

An essence of The Blues is now used in modern day music. Many hip-hop and pop artists have taken influence from artists such as BB King and Ray Johnson and blues music in general. The blues has developed hugely from where and when it began. The style of music has been interoperated in many ways and has changed many peoples outlook on music as a whole.


All About Blues Music. (2015). The Origins Of Blues Music. Available: Last accessed 15th Dec 2015.

Elijah Wild (2004). Escaping The Delta: Robert Johnson and the invention of the blues . USA: HarperCollins Publishers Inc. p7.

Giles Oakley (1983). The Devil’s Music: History Of The Blues. 2nd ed. London: Da Capo Press, Inc. p10.

Newsbeat. (2015). BB King’s influence on modern music. Available: Last accessed 16th Dec 2015.



It was extremely difficult to find a relevant book with the accessibility i had online, and at home. Instead i decided to use a wide range of sources online. In order to ensure the information i was collecting was correct/true. I had a fairly strong knowledge on the blues and put this into practice by looking online to see if my knowledge was right or not. I have learned a lot more during writing this essay. And feel much more comfortable.


The only real issue i had within writing this essay was that the internet was extremely frustrating and it stopped working many times. However i Took it upon myself to work at home and also come into college when i had days off of both work and college in order to complete the essay.


I love the blues. So i enjoyed both writing about and researching the blues. I feel (as i am a guitar player) the blues is extremely relevant to me. Many guitarists are influenced by the blues, even f they do not relies it. I myself am one of these people. The blues has opened a whole new meaning to the word “Music” And i feel it has had one of the biggest impacts on the music industry ever.

Decade Essay


The 1960s was a huge decade for music. There were many popular music genres during and throughout the 60’s. The People History (2004) Establish genres such as, The British Invasion, Motown/R&B, Surf Rock and Psychedelic Rock and many others were highly popular during the 60’s. People such as, Jimi Hendrix, The Supremes, The Beatles and The Rolling stones, are few of many big names in the music industry, during the 60’s.

Rock music Timeline (2010) highlight that “in the sixties rock music comes of age and dominates the popular music charts.” (Rock music Timeline 2010) Rock was dominant during the 60’s due to the British invasion. Bands such as “The Who” and ‘The Beatles” were extremely dominant during these times. The Beatles took the UK by storm, and were like the “One Direction” of the decade. Rock music Timeline (2010) go on to say, “in the late sixties outdoor rock music festivals begin. First with 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival which attracts 55,000 fans per day to a three-day concert.” (Rock music Timeline 2010)

Concerts during the sixties were brutal. Almost every concert would lead to a fight or cause drama. Some people saw a concert as an excuse to cause trouble. Another type of music around during the 60’s was “Folk Revival” The Folk Revival included artists such as “Bob Dylan” and “The Kingston Trio” Ruehl (2015) signifies, “The folk revival of the 1960s is often the starting point of fascination with the style for many contemporary folk fans. One big effect of the ’60s folk revival—thanks in no small part to Bob Dylan—was that it marked the beginning of folksingers, on a large scale, writing their own material.” (Ruehl 2015)

the end of the decade was a slow one. All the music that was being played and listened to during the sixties is still alive today, Rock music is still widely loved by many and listened too all around the world. The 60’s as a whole was one of, if not the most important decade in music history.


Rock Music Timeline. (2010). 1960’s Decade Overview. Available: Last accessed 16th Dec 2015.

Ruehl, K. (2015). History of the Folk Revival. Available: Last accessed 16th Dec 2015.

The People History. (2004). Popular Music From the 60s. Available: Last accessed 15th Dec 2015.



I found an online book, And I used it in order to explain the foundation and the base of blues music. I found it fairly difficult to reference a book, although I managed to work around the issue. I also used many different websites in order to get accurate information an the sixties. I try to avoid wikipedia as anyone can publish on there. I tend to stay near to articles and news reports. Rather than wikipedia etc. I also used the timeline that was posted on the VLE in my research and found this very useful.


I found it difficult to reference a book, but I used the referencing guid on the VLE to work around the issue, other than that I learned from my mistakes and proems from the previous essay and managed to avoid the problems again.


The sixties was one of the most important decades in music history. Im glad I was given this decade as it was extremely interesting to learn about. I feel enlightened and confident on my knowledge of the sixties. Furthermore I love the Beatles and the Who and their music, I felt like I could relate to some of the things I read about them

SoundScape(Audio) Reflection.

Elvis Presley:

I opened with an Elvis Presley song as he is very well known. And it would instantly keep the listener interested. Elvis is one of the most iconic and well known musicians to have ever lived.

Harry Belafonte:

I used this song as the term “Dey-O” is used in some modern pop songs, and it will remind the listener of this and will intrigue them and hopefully interest them to hear the original song. Also this song fades well with the first.

Jerry Lee Lewis:

Great Balls Of Fire is one of the most well-known songs in history, and it is in the heart of the soundscape, in order to solid-ate and hold the soundscape together.

Frank Sinatra:

Frank Sinatra was another iconic singer during the 50’s and was lives by many. He had a one in a kind voice, and i used the song “All The Way” to show this off. I hope this song can relate to some of the “Elder” listeners and I hope they will remember this masterpiece.

Bobby Darin:

This is one of my favourite songs. And most people know this song, It has an extraordinary meaning and Bobby Darin’s voice is incredible. It ends the sound scape on a high and an upbeat fashion

Pink Floyd- Time

Intro1, Intro2, Intro3, Intro4, Verse1, Chorus1, GuitarSolo1, Chorus2 (solo), Verse2, Chorus3, Outro/Intro, Chorus4, End

East Surrey Ezone (2015) The songs intro and outro is very unusual and sounds similar to one of Pink Floyds other songs which makes “Time” sound like 2 different songs. There is a change of mood during the 3rd chorus, making it seem different from the previous ones. The song itself is very clever and reminds us how seamless time can be and also how fast it can pass by. There are many clever parts to the track, including the organ used during and throughout the chorus. The track is very unusual and is difficult to understand, however it is enjoyable to listen too. (East Surrey Ezone 2015)

The drums do not come in until Verse1 where the song comes together. The drums are driving and hold the track together. The song itself is very unusual and makes the listener feel uneasy. However the song is also relaxing giving the listener mixed emotions and intriguing the listener and making them want to hear more. The song is very popular with Pink Floyd lovers and this track created a new era of Pink Floyd music.

The clocks in the song have been used in a previous one. The song has been hugely popular over the years. There was a lot of double tracking and overdubbing in the track. Things such as frequency translators have been used to give the song its edgy feel. The guitar solo is extremely powerful and although simple, loved by many.


I am unfamiliar with Pink Floyds music, although I have heard of the band. Listening to “Time” has given me a different view on music. The song is like nothing I’ve heard before, but I feel like I could get used to it. The track is very popular and well known. The songs structure is also very different to the songs I’ve heard recently and in the past. We have recreated the intro (Clocks) of this track and I feel writing and researching this song has helped in order to complete this.

Ezone –

Led Zeppelin – When the levee breaks

Song Facts (2015) The lyrics to this song (written by Memphis Minnie in 1927) are based on The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. After the levee breached, blacks were not allowed to leave the area, and were forced to work in the relief and cleanup effort, living in camps with limited access to the supplies, which were coming in. (Song Facts 2015) The song opens with a driving drum beat, which has been sampled many times. It is easy to loop and has been used mainly by hip-hop producers.

Ethan (2009) “Bonham played a brand new drum kit at the bottom of a big stairwell. The microphones were placed at the top of the stairs three stories above. The stairwell created a huge natural reverb, making the sound both big and powerful, and oddly diffuse and distant. (Ethan 2009) The song has a very long intro until the verse comes in. the intro includes a guitar solo. The drums are held throughout the whole track and do not change keeping the song tight and together. The song is very well known due to the history behind it. Led Zeppelin is also one of the most well know bands to have ever lived.

The piece is strangely different from other blues songs produced during this time, both musically and lyrically. However it is still recognisably derivative.


I am a big fan of Led Zeppelin and it is interesting to learn about the origins of this song. This song was a big hit and is loved by many. We have not done much/any practical work on this song although I hope to do a cover or rendition of this song at one point. We have however attempted to recreate the drumbeat and it was successful in my opinion. Listening to the track over and over gives me more of an idea of the sound needed to recreate the drumbeat as best we can.


Ethan. (2009). When The Levee Breaks. Available: Last accessed 6th Jan 2016.

Song Facts. (2015). When The Levee Breaks. Available: Last accessed 6th Jan 2016.

Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side

Santoso (2012) Reed had been playing with “Wild Side” over a year before he recorded it; he had been asked to score a stage show of the 1956 novel by Nelson Algren of the same name. The play never happened, but Reed rewrote the original lyrics and came up with the song for which he is most likely to be remembered. (Santoso 2012)

The bass line to this song has been sampled endlessly, and used in some of the most well known modern music/songs to date. The song has a simple structure and is very catchy due to the simple bass line. The bass line is very simple although without it I believe the song would feel incomplete and unfinished. It fits perfectly to the song. The lyrics “Take a walk on the wild side” are contradictive to the relaxing melody and tone of the song. The song is relaxing and soft and the lyrics are talking about being wild and taking a walk on the wild side. The saxophone solo at the end of this piece is what completes it. I believe personally it is one of the most perfectly inserted solos of all time.

The girl mentioned in the opening lyrics of the song (Holly Woodlawn) sadly passed away on the 6th December 2015, which makes this song all the more meaningful.

The bass line actually consisted of 2 bassists. It started of with the acoustic bass (the double bass) and then the bass line was over dubbed with an electric bass. The drums were played with sticks to begin with and sound a little like a march.


We haven’t done much practical work on this track although it would be very engaging to do so. Many modern day songs use the bass line from this song and it is interesting to see which songs and how they have manipulated it. Researching this song has made me realise how much music is original, compared to sampled and revamped. This song is very well written and was very interesting to research.


Santoso, A. (2012). The Story behind Lou Reeds “Walk On The Wild Side. Available: Last accessed 6th jan 2016.