KS3 Music Quiz - Soundscapes 01 (Questions)

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!

1. What is an 'acoustic' instrument?
[ ] A sound card that changes background acoustics
[ ] An effect pedal that produces a specific sound
[ ] An equalisation setting to make higher tones audible
[ ] An instrument producing sound by entirely natural means
2. Which is the best example of an 'electronic' instrument?
[ ] Harpsichord
[ ] Keyboard/Synthesizer
[ ] Oboe
[ ] Saxophone
3. A 'sound envelope' best describes .......
[ ] a folder for sending saved sounds to and from computers
[ ] the attack, sustain and decay of a sound or note
[ ] the decompression of a sound file to a smaller format
[ ] the structure of a piece of music
4. What does MIDI stand for?
[ ] Multi Instrument Digital Interface
[ ] Multi Instrument Dynamic Indication
[ ] Multitrack Inaugaral Dynamic Input
[ ] Musical Instrument Digital Interface
5. A sampler .......
[ ] generates obscure sounds through a keyboard
[ ] is a library of editing presets commonly used in studios
[ ] is used to loop passages in a live performance
[ ] records and plays sounds using keyboard/sequencer triggers
6. Delay is best described as .......
[ ] the gap of time between pieces in a live show/concert
[ ] the measured time it takes for sound to travel the room
[ ] the playback of an input signal after a period of time
[ ] the silent gap between tracks on a music CD
7. What is reverb?
[ ] A discrete grammatical alteration in live vocal songs
[ ] A form of vibrato
[ ] A sound's persistence once removed from a certain space
[ ] Playback of a soundtrack in reverse
8. What is a vocoder?
[ ] A device used for analysing and synthesizing a voice
[ ] A device used to generate a rhythmic stuttering sound
[ ] A low sounding type of bass recorder built in the 1800s
[ ] A video to sound file conversion editing program
9. What is an analogue recording?
[ ] A recording using a special type of instrument
[ ] A recording using a special type of microphone
[ ] The recording of numbers as opposed to waveforms
[ ] The recording of waveforms as they are
10. How is digital recording different to analogue?
[ ] Analogue is used more often than digital
[ ] Digital recordings are an unstable and unpopular format
[ ] Waveforms are converted to numbers which are recorded
[ ] Waveforms do not undergo conversion
KS3 Music Quiz - Soundscapes 01 (Answers)
1. What is an 'acoustic' instrument?
[ ] A sound card that changes background acoustics
[ ] An effect pedal that produces a specific sound
[ ] An equalisation setting to make higher tones audible
[x] An instrument producing sound by entirely natural means
However, some musicians use separate sound amplification devices
2. Which is the best example of an 'electronic' instrument?
[ ] Harpsichord
[x] Keyboard/Synthesizer
[ ] Oboe
[ ] Saxophone
Others are electric guitar, bass guitar, 'keytar' etc.
3. A 'sound envelope' best describes .......
[ ] a folder for sending saved sounds to and from computers
[x] the attack, sustain and decay of a sound or note
[ ] the decompression of a sound file to a smaller format
[ ] the structure of a piece of music
How the intensity of a sound changes over its duration is called its envelope
4. What does MIDI stand for?
[ ] Multi Instrument Digital Interface
[ ] Multi Instrument Dynamic Indication
[ ] Multitrack Inaugaral Dynamic Input
[x] Musical Instrument Digital Interface
The first MIDI synthesisers came along in 1983
5. A sampler .......
[ ] generates obscure sounds through a keyboard
[ ] is a library of editing presets commonly used in studios
[ ] is used to loop passages in a live performance
[x] records and plays sounds using keyboard/sequencer triggers
Remember, it records, plays back. It does not generate
6. Delay is best described as .......
[ ] the gap of time between pieces in a live show/concert
[ ] the measured time it takes for sound to travel the room
[x] the playback of an input signal after a period of time
[ ] the silent gap between tracks on a music CD
Delay is often used in live electric guitar improvisations
7. What is reverb?
[ ] A discrete grammatical alteration in live vocal songs
[ ] A form of vibrato
[x] A sound's persistence once removed from a certain space
[ ] Playback of a soundtrack in reverse
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. What is a vocoder?
[x] A device used for analysing and synthesizing a voice
[ ] A device used to generate a rhythmic stuttering sound
[ ] A low sounding type of bass recorder built in the 1800s
[ ] A video to sound file conversion editing program
The first vocoder was invented in the 1930s
9. What is an analogue recording?
[ ] A recording using a special type of instrument
[ ] A recording using a special type of microphone
[ ] The recording of numbers as opposed to waveforms
[x] The recording of waveforms as they are
Vinyl records and audio tapes are both analogue recordings
10. How is digital recording different to analogue?
[ ] Analogue is used more often than digital
[ ] Digital recordings are an unstable and unpopular format
[x] Waveforms are converted to numbers which are recorded
[ ] Waveforms do not undergo conversion
Opinion is divided on whether analogue or digital is better