Performance Analysis

I delivered a session on an introduction to Performance Analysis this week – asking the students the following questions

Place examples of

Episodic Markers (see presentation below)

and one of the following
Sonic/Tactile/Kinetic Anaphones
Genre Synecdoche
Experiments with Time & Place
Although this blog is aimed mainly at students – I am very happy to receive ideas from anyone


<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”; title=”Session 5 performance analysis 1″ target=”_blank”>Session 5 performance analysis 1</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”; target=”_blank”>Paul Carr</a></strong> </div>

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7 Responses to Performance Analysis

  1. Edward Scott says:

    Looking at the examples on the presentation, specifically psycho. I think the string sections as the woman dies is an example of kinetic anophones, representing her heart beat physically fading away. An example of creating movement within music is Devin Townsends ‘Infinite Ocean’. When I listen to the music, I can imagine the physical movements of waves.


  2. A few examples of the anophones come mind, specifically the sonic anaphone. This is a video of Herman Li, known from the band Dragonforce. In this videlo he demonstrates different effects you can create on the guitar, including the famous ‘pacman’ noise, and the ‘Elephant Noise’.

    Also, I wanted to provide you, Paul, with a link to a band that have ‘unexpected element’ you have talked about in recent lectures. This song is entitled “Coming For You” by Australian band called Twelve Foot Ninja. I recommend that everyone take a quick listen, they’re pretty damn good!


  3. Milosz Niziol says:

    As far as sonic anaphones are concerned, the example that crossed my mind first was ‘the engine sound’ – this can be heard in many rock songs, such as “Kickstart my Heart” by Motley Crue and live version of “Highway Star” by Deep Purple – – starts at 0:26.
    Another quite interesting one can be heard in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” during the ‘blanket party’- it sounds like breath, like the person breathing is in a deep sleep, which gives the whole situation out – – not for squeamish people!


  4. Ryan Evans says:

    An example of a sonic/kinetic anaphone is Kamelot’s ‘March of Mephisto’ – the intro/outro sounds like a march (the snare drum and strings) and the footsteps add to this.
    Following from Kurt’s example of expected/unexpected, here’s a Mastodon song that goes from insane pig-squealing nonesense to a melodic harmony riff and back.


  5. Elliot Dykes says:

    For me a song that comes to mind with the kinetic is the JCB song, with the engine in the background during the intro to convey the vehicle itself starting as well. As it fades out you can hear it sort of start to drive off. At the end it returns and it turns off, signifying the end of the song. I suppose one could also argue that songs that have dances can create a kinetic anaphone if you listen to it enough times. It’s not exactly one that makes you get up and dance, like a lot of club and garage music, but songs like “Let’s twist again” by Chubby Checker or even more recent “Gangnam Style” by Psy create movement upon hearing it after the second time if you’ve learned the dances from videos or other people.


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