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Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? - Moby - GCSE Revision Notes

A GCSE Analysis of Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?, by Moby. Hopefully it will help people with their GCSE Music revision; if you find it helpful, give it a like! Visit http://adf.ly/1018942/why-does-my-heart-feel-so-bad-- to view the Prezi on YouTube

Thomas Storey

on 28 December 2013

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Transcript of Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? - Moby - GCSE Revision Notes

Moby used two different vocal samples from a recording of The Shining Light Gospel Choir taken in 1953.
The recordings weren't altered, background noises were left in the final song.
The eight bar verse is made up of the sample 'Why does my heart feel so bad? Why does my soul feel so sad?', and the chorus is made up of the sample 'These open doors' which is repeated and.
The piece is divided up into eight bar sections (except for a one bar bridge near the middle of the piece).
The piece follows a fairly standard pop structure - intro, verse, chorus, verse, bridge, chorus, verse, outro.
The instrumentation is built up (more instruments are added in each section).
The eight bar verse uses four chords, each lasting for two bars. These are A minor, E minor, G major, and D major.
The first time 'These open doors' is played, it uses C major and A minor chords (the chord pattern goes C, C, Am, Am, C, C, Am, Am). When the sample is looped, an F major chord is used, with the chord pattern then becoming F, F, C, C, F, F, C, C.
Both vocal samples are in A minor, but they are harmonised differently - the 'Why does my heart feel so bad? Why does my soul feel so bad?' sample sounds minor, as it is harmonised mainly with minor chords, but the 'These open doors' sample sounds major because of the chords used.
By ThomasRStorey
Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? - Moby
- Richard Melville Hall was born in
America in 1965. Moby was a
nickname his parents gave him.
- When he was young, he learnt
guitar, piano and drums.
- His music covers a wide range of
genres - from punk to rock to
- Moby's album 'Play' was released in 1999. It was
his first real mainstream pop success.
- On the album, he uses samples of Gospel,
folk and rock music.
Song/Artist Background
The piece starts with an eight bar piano intro, then the verse starts. The 'Why does my heart feel so bad? Why does my soul feel so bad?' vocal sample is played four times.
At first, there is just piano playing in the background, then a hip-hop drumbeat, sub bass and synthesised strings enter.
The strings add melodic interest during the rests in the vocal line. On the third time played, more synthesised strings are added, playing long notes. The piano part then changes to rhythmic chords.
The chorus section uses the 'These open doors' vocal sample. It is played twice - once with rests in between the phrases, and once on loop.
It goes back to the verse, using the same back. The vocal sample is played twice, but with an echo effect.
In the one bar bridge, the music seems to stop for a bar, but if you listen carefully you can hear a pedal point (held on low note).
After the bridge, 'These open doors' is heard again, this time with a reverb effect. It is accompanies just by the long notes on the synthesised strings.
The eight bar 'These open doors' loop is then played twice, over rhythmic piano chords, sub bass, drums and long synth string notes.
The piece finishes with one last 'Why does my heart feel so bad? Why does my soul feel so bad?' oveer the top of synthesised organ notes (the only time a synth organ is heard in the piece).
CGP GCSE Music - Edexcel Specification Book
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