Elements from the avant garde artistic movement can

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Elements from the Avant-garde artistic movement can be seen in songs like “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Yellow Submarine”, which include non-musical sounds from everyday life (musique concrete). Another major artistic movement that impacted the Beatles career was the psychedelic movement. Experimentation with acid and other drugs gave rise to albums such as “Magical Mystery Tour”, which was inspired by Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters. The use of drugs such as LSD is said to have had impacted songs such as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. Question 5: Beginning with Rubber Soul (1965) the Beatles challenged themselves to write songs that were not typical love songs, but rather character sketches and narratives. Choose three songs from Rubber Soul and revolver and discuss how the Beatles used words and music to create experiences for their listeners and moved beyond the dance rhythms and love lyrics of their earlier career. The three songs I chose on Rubber Soul are “Drive My Car”, “Norwegian Wood” and “In My Life”. Of all the songs “Drive My Car” bears most resemblance to their previous songs, with its rock-and-roll sound. However, even then it is different in terms of the additional instruments used, such as the piano and the tambourine. Norwegian wood is drastically different with the sitar introduction to the song. This exotic, unfamiliar sound distinguishes it from others. The lyrics are obscure and include a rhyme scheme unique from their previous works. “In My Life” is a nostalgic song written by Lennon about his life in Liverpool. This song includes an instrumental verse by George Martin on the piano. Martin found that he could not play the piece at the tempo required by the song and so the solo was recorded with the tape running at half speed and then played back at normal pace at a higher octave, giving it the sound of a harpsichord. Rubber Soul was a transition period for the Beatles’ career, which reflected the effect of Bob Dylan on their lyrics as well as experimentation with new recording techniques. The full effect of these recording techniques can better be seen in their next album, Revolver (1966). The three songs I chose from Revolver are “Eleanor Rigby”, “Yellow Submarine” and “Tomorrow Never Knows”. Eleanor Rigby launches directly into the chorus. It involves a double string quartet, which mark the tempo of the song. The string instruments play in staccato giving the song an unsettling sound. This song about isolation and depression is very startling coming from a band that initially gained popularity as a rock band with dance rhythms and love lyrics. Coupled with the unsettling melody, this song marked a huge changing point for the Beatles.
“Yellow Submarine” has heavy influences from musique concrete, and is full of non-musical sounds from everyday life. Everyone at the recording session would take part in the recording of the song by creating the extra noises that were incorporated into the song. for example, the

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