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01 Watermark
02 Cursum Perficio
03 On Your Shore
04 Storms in Africa
05 Exile
06 Miss Clare Remembers
07 Orinoco Flow
08 Evening Falls…
09 River
10 The Longships
11 Na Laetha Gael M’Oige
12 Storms in Africa, Pt. 2
(Dity Dozen, 2012)



1. Discuss what impact the topic has had on other artists and popular music.
Her success with the album Watermark brought in an audience that would equally love music of similar style such as the Irish dancing of Michael Flatley, and Yanni (Raggett, 2013) This album paved the way into a new realm of music which would not have been possible without Enya’s Watermark.

2. Discuss a minimum of two unique characteristics of the topic that you have chosen.
Watermark was her second album. It’s awards included: The Billboard 200 and Top New Age Album. The single off of the album, Orinoco Flow (Sail Away): Adult Contemporary, Modern Rock Tracks, and The Billboard Hot 100. (Raggett, 2013)This gave her the title as queen of gentle new age Celtic music. The fame that came with it did not cause her to become more indulged in it, yet it showed people how true of an artist and person she really is. Listening to the album Watermark makes you realize the gentleness of each song, and the depth in the emotion that it causes. The song “Storms in Africa” is a true example. I predict many songs will have a place in the movie industry as soundtracks. (Erlewine, 2013)

Even though she was initially influenced by folk and Celtic music, her blend of classical motifs, folk melodies, and synthesized scenarios more so resembled a new age style. (Erlewine, 2013) She expected herself to closely mimic those genres, but instead her style was created into a unique personality genre style. There is always a foundation to start with or from. The rest is just your imagination and internal potential building higher and going further.

3. What impression did the topic leave with you as a listener and as an industry professional?

As a listener of Enya, I have gained a musical perspective in the genres of New Age, International, and styles of Celtic: Contemporary, New age, and Pop. These are a few of her styles over the 25 years of her musical experience. (Raggett, 2013)

4. How will you apply all the knowledge you have gleaned from the topic you have chosen to set yourself apart from your competition and advance your career goals in the next five years.
Or how do you see yourself fitting into this big field of music five years down the road?
In my industry there are genres that recording artists and engineers favor and/or like over others. Instructors have told me that the best way to advance in the industry is by expanding your interests by keeping an open mind to certain genres that you do not usually listen to or acknowledge. In every genre there will be something that may potentially catch your ear or contain a sound that does.
I have encountered many genres, especially Celtic and related styles, as played by Enya whom I have researched. With this I can say that it puts a new tool in my musical toolbox.
Five years down the road I may be in Europe and recording artists that relate to Enya’s style of music, which will create a comfortable environment for myself, and also a topic I can relate to.


“For Educational Use Only”

(Three 6 Mafia feat. Tiësto, Sean Kingston and Flo Rida – Feel it) (Tiësto, 2009)

Three 6 Mafia feat. Tiësto – Feel It (Official Music Video) (Tiesto, 2009)

World AIDS Day: DJ Tiësto, Stereosonic Music Festival Raise Funds, Awareness (DJ Tiësto, 2012)

1. Describe the music and image of Kraftwerk?

Organisation began its influential phase in 1970 with Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter with the release of an album full of treated instruments, flow, and experimental rhythm in acoustics. The following year they initiated their building of Kling Klang Studios, and changing their name to Kraftwerk which translates to “power station.” (Lay, 2011, p. 172)
The music of Daft Punk and Jean Michal Jarre are very similar to Kraftwerks earlier works. Kraftwerk seems like a group of programmers and computer geeks that invent devices and produce sounds so unique that is way ahead of any current music of their time.

2. Discuss the albums released by Kraftwerk from 1974-1981

Kraftwerk’s 1st international album, Autobahn, was released in 1974. This album gave you a feeling of driving down the actual Autobahn or highway for 22 minutes. They used repetitive melody and loops that change gradually with short repetitive phrases. (Lay, 2011, p. 172)
They continued on to the next album in 1978, The Man Machine. This brought out a new style title and description of their genre. They were deemed the bizarrely funky machines after a tour with replica mannequins replacing humans. (Lay, 2011, p. 172)
Finally, Kraftwerk stamped the electronic music world by releasing Computer World in 1981. Not only was it their most influential record, but it was one of electronic music’s most saluted and replicated submission. (Lay, 2011, p. 172)

3. Discuss a minimum of two characteristics of Kraftwerk’s music that earns them the position of the biggest influence on electronic music e.g. visual and musical aesthetic, album concepts, artists they have influenced, production qualities, lyrical themes, etc.

As New Wave musicians began to appear the sound of Kraftwerk began to be used and customized in a various amount of degrees from different bands and producers. Kraftwerk and David Bowie’s Brian Eno influenced their synth sounds and recordings. (Lay, 2011, p. 181)
Kraftwerk started the drum machine phenomenon in 1975 with a personally created Electric Percussion Musical Instrument that had the capabilities of triggering home-made synthesizers. This then brought out a British manufacturer, Simmons, that had a sight on issuing out a new class of drums similar to a 1981 SDS-V Synthesizer. (Lay, 2011, p. 188)

4. What impression does the work of Kraftwerk leave with you as a listener and as an industry professional?

I get the impression that Kraftwerk is the epitome of a flexible music group that, even after 40 years of existing, they are still at on tours. Listening to the sounds of the initial phases of electronic music, I can listen to my favorite electronic dance music and hear resemblances.
As an industry professional, I strive towards becoming more involved in EDM (electronic dance music) by producing my own music, opening my mind to new artists, and following in the footsteps of EDM artists of current time frame.

1. Discuss what impact your subject has had on electronic music

DJ Tiësto has made an impact by breaking the boundary of electronic genre into hip-hop, dance and pop. Has remixed movie soundtrack songs, pop songs, and worked with popular hip-hop artists. He has also inspired, because of his World AIDS Day Stereosonic Festival, other artists in his genre to put on concerts to benefit charity and humanity. This not only puts electronic musicians in the world spotlight, but helps the world one concert at a time.

2. Discuss a minimum of two characteristics of your subject that you have chosen e.g. the composer or artist’s works, influences of the artist or DJ, who they have influenced, the creator of the innovation, uses of the innovation, music examples of the innovation.

DJ  Tiësto was the 1st DJ in the world to sell out with over 25,000 in 2 nights at a stadium event. His first hit single Traffic was the 1st instrumental track to become a top hit in 23 years in Holland.
This track became an international club floor anthem, and was the 1st house track ever broadcasted on daytime radio in North America was the remix of Delerium’s Silence with Sarah McLachlan. On top of that it stayed at the top 10 chart in the UK for 8 weeks.
During the Parade of Athletes of the Olympics in Athens, Greece, DJ Tiësto played his euphoric sounds to the billions of viewers and athletes.
These achievements amongst many others brought the bar up high for upcoming and current DJs. Many other star DJs such as Armin Van Buuren, arose from Europe, and more so Holland aka The Netherlands. (Learmouth, 2013)

3. What impression does composer, technical innovation or artist leave with you as a listener and as an industry professional?

Dj Tiësto has given me the motivation and inspiration to follow in his footsteps as a DJ. Ever since I heard his music it changed my style of listening to certain genres. I listen mainly to electronic, trance and dance due to him and others in his category such as Armin V. Buuren, whom is my favorite overall.

What’s Going On

1. Describe the music and image of Marvin Gaye prior to the recording of What’s
Going On

Marvin Gaye began singing at the age of three in a church due to his father being a preacher. His more commonly listened to solos, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I Heard it Through the Grapevine, and How Sweet It Is To Be Lover By You, were all happy and love songs before his transformation into the controversial hit of the ’70s, What’s Going On. (Lay, 2011)

2. Discuss what social and national concerns influenced the lyrical content of
What’s Going On

During the time of the Vietnam war in 1969, the US had its own war with protestors and law officials.
Renaldo “Obie” Benson of the Four Tops had the idea of a song that would shine the light on the horrors occurring in the USA, more so in California. He witnessed Berkeley police brutality on non-violent protestors in San Fransisco. This created an inner emotion that sparked the question that turned into the title of the song, “What’s Going On.” (Edmonds, 2001)

3. Discuss who originally came up with the song idea and presented it to Marvin
Since the song seemed too much of a protest song, The Four Tops declined on the song Benson presented. This eventually made its way to Marvin Gaye after bypassing Joan Baez unintentionally. Marvin was a rebel, and a spiritual person. (Edmonds, 2001)

4. Explain the obstacles faced by Marvin Gaye to get What’s Going On recorded
and released

Berry Gordy and his Quality Control group turned down What’s Gong On. Marvin refused to release anything else with Motown until the release of What’s Gong On occurred. One positive factor that Marvin had been that his wife was Gordy’s sister. (Edmonds, 2001)
Gordy didn’t want Marvin’s career to run into protest and war songs after being situated as a sex symbol and a love song singer. (Edmonds, 2001)

5. Discuss a minimum of two characteristics of the What’s Going On album that set
it apart from other soul recordings of the mid 1960s and 70s e.g. the contrast
between the typical Motown releases and What’s Going On, production quality,
instrumentation, studio musicians, lyrical themes, etc
The incident at Kent State University was a horrendous massacre that occurred two weeks before Gaye started the recording of What’s Going On. He knew that the words and songs weren’t enough, but his offering of faith by connecting all the emotionally hurt individuals was something he could offer. (Edmonds, 2001)

6. What impression does What’s Going On have on you as a listener and as an
industry professional?

As a listener of music, more so music that involves the truth of war, I applaud this song and artist. Marvin Gaye like many other anti-artists put his thoughts into a song which is still catchy still to today, “What’s Going On.”
My experience of my industry is listening to the lyrics of songs freely sang without regret and fear. Music is an art that should have nearly have no limits in lyrical content because of free speech. Marvin Gaye pushed the limits to the max with Vietnam talks and opinions in his lyrics. This created a hole large enough for other artists to follow and create a norm of Vietnam opinion speech.

But of course history knows that What’s Going On was released.

Success with Perseverance, it works.
Marcin Banarski

1. Describe Brian Eno’s influences.

Eno grew up around two large US Air Bases within five miles of an English countryside called Woodridge.

It wasn’t the indigenous folk or popular traditions of the area that influenced his music style.

Local cafés had jukeboxes well-stocked with contemporary American pop music.

Eno’s sister would go to the PX stores and bring back records that were never heard in England or on the radio It was similar to that of the early Beatles’ Liverpool, when sailors returned with the latest music. (Tamm, 1989, p. 11)

American records. Eno stated, “English music as being boring at that era of time.” His imagination was shocked by the rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll of the early times. So much that he would play certain records constantly on his parents’ record player. He was exposed to big-band jazz too. (Tamm, 1989, p. 11)

2. Compare and contrast any two of Eno’s projects that are listed in this Google doc

– Ambient 4: On Land (1982) by Brian Eno

– Apollo (1983) by Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois (Acadian collaborator) and Roger Eno (Brother).

The release of On Land made Eno’s vision true of listening to the world in a musical way. In this album, he introduced natural nature sounds of animals such as frogs croaking, shifting sand, and stones rubbing.

The release of Apollo: Atmosphere and Soundtracks, was a shift from land to space.

Both works were ambient achievements which sparked an influence on spawning of soulless ’80s music genre New Age and several mood music record labels such as Windham Hill. A decade later these recordings would cause an impact on the blooming of the studio technology-driven electronica movement. Artists like Aphex Twins, Moby, and others would become involved. (Howard, 2004)

3. Discuss a minimum of two characteristics that set Brian Eno’s projects apart from

other recordings; e.g. visual and musical aesthetic, the pairing of art and pop music,

its influence on popular music, instrumentation and production qualities.

His followers are substantial with an audience age range from 12 to 60. His younger audience has found his progressive rock exciting while his ambient side has dropped off on their interest. This gives him the sense to create music on a line between seductive surface and meaningful content. He tries to make his music accordingly, by creating a balance for listeners to become seduced to a point where they began to search. If this is not accomplished, then he has failed. (Tamm, 1989, p. 44)

Eno’s final solo progressive album, Before and after Science, was two years in the making because of other projects he was involved in. He wanted to produce another rock innovation landmark. He was a perfectionist, not wanting to stop short of perfection even after multiple rejections. (Tamm, 1989, p. 91)

4. What impression does Brian Eno’s work have on you as a listener and as an industry professional?

Brian Eno’s work in the ambient sector catches my attention with the complexed sounds I hear. I can actually imagine nature when listening to his natural realistic nature music such as his album, On Land.

As an industry professional I see Brian Eno as a successful artist, producer and engineer. His list of albums and works says it all. The well-known artists he has worked with such as U2, Coldplay, and David Bowie is amazing and inspirational. His music is too of course.