Electro-Music Transcription: 'The Dreaming' by Kate Bush
An original Electro-Music Transcription | Kate Bush
Listening to this album/single track alone, the music appears complex and hard to analyse. With this score in front of you, the picture instantly changes and the skill of the composer is revealed.
Title track from the LP: EMI EMC 3419
You've probably noticed by now, if you're a regular reader, that E & M M transcriptions provide a special opportuniiy to study works by musicians who are making an important contribution to electro-music. This month's setting of 'The Dreaming' is no exception as Kate Bush has developed a style of composition that relies heavily on vocal lines. Many of these are multitracked by Kate and use different timbres created by her voice or through flanging and other processors.
The Fairlight CMI also adds a new dimension to Kate' music — a soundscape of sampled sources. Even though some of the samples are actual music, e.g. full orchestra chord played ff, there is no suggestion that these make the piece an 'electronic copy'. In fact, combined with live sounds recorded direct, the final mix creates an extra depth and atmosphere all of its own.
Listening to the album track alone, the music appears complex and is hard to analyse. With the score in front of you, the picture instantly changes and the skill of the composer is revealed.
Percussion parts shown on bass stave when important (pitch related). Drums played by Stuart Elliott.
D = Digeridu by Rolf Harris, W/M Wood Metal tap, HD = high pitch drum, LD = Low pitch drum, T = Tambourine, (F) = Fairlight CMI, P = Piano, Baa = Sheep noises by Percy Edwards, PI = Pipe sample, ORCH = orchestra chord sample, W = Whistle sample.
KB = Kate Bush solo (with ADT left/right), KBD = Kate extra track (dry), (FL) = Flanged effect, Haw- - = Haw-uh-Haw (exhale-inhale-exhale!), MV = Male voices, Crowd by Gosfield Goers, Bullroaring by Paddy Bush.
(L) = Left, (C) = Centre, (R) = Right, (+RE) = With Reverb, (+E) = with Echo.
Feature by Mike Beecher