Edexcel have just published their recommended listening list for this year’s (exam in 2012) Special Focus styles. We strongly urge you to begin listening to key recordings by these artists and begin to do some background research. You need to know something about each artist in terms of:
- When was the band formed, or when did the artists recording career commence?
- Where is the artist/band from?
- Band members and use of instrumentation
- Significant recordings (albums or singles)
- Key musical characteristics
- How did this band/artist contribute to the development of the genre?
- Notable production techniques/developments associated with the band/artist
- Main lyrical subject matter
- Band/artists record label(s)
Here’s a couple of choice moments for you..