Funk - Funk: Free Your Mind and Youre A*s Will Follow (G....

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Funk: “Free Your Mind and You’re A*s Will Follow” (G. Clinton) 1) a. Inter-racial band, male and female members, actual brothers and sisters b. Style derived from James Brown: i. Polyrhythmic vamps ii. Hard beat, funky bass line iii. Minimal chord changes iv. Sound distortion with electronic devices v. Avoidance of strong backbeat vi. Stress on all four beats vii. Memphis Soul sound in horns (percussive, staccato sound) viii.Guitar sound, performance associated with psychedelic rock style 2) General Characteristics a. Syncopated bass line b. Bass provides rhythmic direction c. Heavily pronounced backbeat on drums d. Gospel-influenced Soul singing e. Rhythm instruments often used to create melodies f. Melody instruments often used to create rhythms g. No focus on any one singer/player h. Rhythm guitars: choked style i. Live performances: Often create a collective improvisation j. Studio: “Jam groove” – collective improvisation 3) a. Formed 1970 by Maurice White b. Heavily jazz influenced
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c. Smooth vocals, frequent falsetto
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2011 for the course MUSI 2060 taught by Professor Valdez during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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