KS3 Music Quiz
Soundscapes 01
An acoustic instrument is one producing sound by entirely natural means.

Soundscapes 01

Students of KS3 music will look at 20th Century music including minimalist music. They may be asked to use sequencing and audio manipulation software to create original soundscapes and to compose and perform minimalist pieces of their own. This quiz will test students knowledge of the elements behind the Unit 3 Soundscapes module.

In music, soundscape compositions are often a form of electronic music, or electroacoustic music. These have their origin in minimalist music of the 1960s, created by composers such as Philip Glass, Terry Riley and Steve Reich. Soundscapes may well feature elements like repeating patterns, interlocking rhythms or phrases, diatonic harmonies and layers of ostinati.

See how much you know about soundscapes by playing this quiz. Take your time and read each question carefully before you choose your answers. And don't forget the helpful comments after each question - they can be very useful. Good luck!

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  1. Which is the best example of an 'electronic' instrument?
    Others are electric guitar, bass guitar, 'keytar' etc.
  2. A 'sound envelope' best describes .......
    How the intensity of a sound changes over its duration is called its envelope
  3. What is a vocoder?
    The first vocoder was invented in the 1930s
  4. What is an analogue recording?
    Vinyl records and audio tapes are both analogue recordings
  5. What does MIDI stand for?
    The first MIDI synthesisers came along in 1983
  6. What is an 'acoustic' instrument?
    However, some musicians use separate sound amplification devices
  7. What is reverb?
    Reverberation, or reverb, is created when a sound is reflected. It lasts until the sound is absorbed by objects such as furniture or people
  8. Delay is best described as .......
    Delay is often used in live electric guitar improvisations
  9. How is digital recording different to analogue?
    Opinion is divided on whether analogue or digital is better
  10. A sampler .......
    Remember, it records, plays back. It does not generate

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