Peer Comment (Week 2)

Hey Andrew, Great post! I agree with everything that you have said about the Beatles. I’m with you on the fact that drugs were a major influence on how their music came out to be. Without the use of drugs unfortunately, the music would not be the same. I really loved the way they made great use of studio time because they added that Artificial Double Tracking and that made a huge difference while showing a great innovation to the world. The Beatles made future bands better because I feel as if a new band is formed and release or song or album, they are always compared to the greatest from back in the day like the Beatles or Beach Boys. Great Job overall! Looking forward to reading your future posts.

David Figueroa


What’s Going On

1. Describe the music and image of Marvin Gaye prior to the recording of What’s Going On

Marvin Gaye was pretty well known prior to recording and releasing “What’s Going On.” His voice and piano skills got him signed to Motown records and he blew up from there. Marvin did it all from Jazz, R&B, Soul, Etc. His friend Tammi Terrell passed away due to a brain tumor and that affected Marvin Gaye. He then released 1 more album prior to What’s Going On and once he released What’s Going On in 1971, the album had a mixture of jazz and funk. This Album set him on the top of charts.


2. Discuss what social and national concerns influenced the lyrical content of What’s Going On

All along it was Marvin Gaye’s brother who gave him the influence to write his lyrical content. His brother was in the military and shared his stories with Marvin and that really frightened Marvin and from that point on, he opened his eyes to something more than what have seen and that’s what influenced Marvin.


3. Discuss who originally came up with the song idea and presented it to Marvin Gaye.

The idea was bought up to Marvin Gaye from Renaldo Obie Benson. He was a member of Motown vocal group with the Four Tops. He witnessed so much violence in the streets and wanted to know what was going on. He wrote the song and presented it to his group members but they turned him down because they believed the song was about protesting instead of love, as Benson would say. He then showed Gaye the song and Marvin tweaked the song to his liking and recorded it and named it “What’s Going On.”


4. Explain the obstacles faced by Marvin Gaye to get What’s Going On recorded and released

This song is such a powerful lyrical song especially because at the time there was protesting going on and people might understand the lyrics the wrong way. No one wanted to record and release this song and Marvin wanted otherwise. He begged his record label until finally they recorded it and released it. The album made a huge amount of money and the song was in the top charts.

5. Discuss a minimum of two characteristics of the What’s Going On album that set it apart from other soul recordings of the mid 1960s and 70s e.g. the contrast between the typical Motown releases and What’s Going On, production quality, instrumentation, studio musicians, lyrical themes, etc

What really set this album apart were Marvin Gaye’s lyrics to most of his songs, 3 of which made it to the top 10 I believe. He wrote about Love and at the time not many did that. His music had R&B and Jazz and Soul and everything that really get you in that smooth loving mood. He also talked about his struggles and the things he have been through. He made it personal and that is an artist most people can relate too when you write music.


6. What impression does What’s Going On have on you as a listener and as an industry professional?

As an industry professional, I must say Marvin Gaye was the best at what he did in his time. His music became known throughout the years and became a classic. People in this century still listen to him and as an artist that is one major accomplishment even after his death!


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Brian Eno – 40 Years of changing music

1. Describe Brian Eno’s influences.

Brian Eno is a musician, songwriter, artist and producer. His work has revolutionized the music industry. There are many people that are influenced by Brian because of the way he does his work. He doesn’t just see the work for what it is, he tries to improve and make it unique and asks himself, “I wonder what this would sound like, What can I do to make it better, What if…” and by experimenting and trying to make it unique it’s what sets him apart from others and got the love and support from people that surrounded him. People would call him left and right to compose music or produce it.


2. Compare and contrast any two of Eno’s projects that are listed in this Google doc

In this section, the two albums I will be comparing and contrasting is Cold Play Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends vs. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind. I personally think these albums sound unique in certain aspects, from the keys to breakdowns and the vocals at some point. Both albums are laid back music for the most part but I feel that Coldplay has more acoustic guitar tracks that are even more laid back than U2’s. Both albums are well produced. U2’s Elevation song was a top hit off the album and I believe I’ve heard that track on commercials if I’m not mistaken. Coldplay had a hit song on the album as well and that song was called Viva La Vida.


3. Discuss a minimum of two characteristics that set Brian Eno’s projects apart from other recordings; e.g. visual and musical aesthetic, the pairing of art and pop music, its influence on popular music, instrumentation and production qualities.

As I stated before Brian Eno always looks at his projects for further Improvement and he is never satisfied because he has so many ideas that will just come to him. I feel as if he asks himself the 5 W’s in order to make the track his working on unique. Even though Brian produced albums for

Others, he made a couple solo albums for himself before he decided to do ambient music. Brian is a legend in my book and mentor in whatever doubts I may have, I just look up videos of him.


4. What impression does Brian Eno’s work have on you as a listener and as an industry professional?

As an industry professional all I can say is that Brian has defined a new way of recording and producing music to a point where people want to try and imitate but really can’t. Yes there’s delay plug INS and etc. but the way Brian actually did it and recorded it I feel that there’s no way of implementing the same sound structure into todays recording. Brian has done it all and just listening to him play the synthesizer makes you rethink your ability of knowledge. When it comes down to music, Producers back in the day really made a huge impact to today’s music. In this day and age, music is really not the same, to me, real music has always back in the day music.


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The Beatles – Revolver

1. Describe the music an image of The Beatles prior to the recording of Revolver

The Beatles were an all around band that catered to both genders, Male and Female. Their music revolved mainly in romance and they became pretty successful with the pop genre. They we played on the radio and during their success took a break, which gave them time to breathe and come up with better ideas for another project, which soon became known as Revolver.

 2. What non-musical interests influenced the music and lyrical content of Revolver?

 There was a book that influenced the Beatles calledPsychedelic Experience: A Book Based On The Tibetan Book Of The Dead” written by Tim Leary.

3. Explain how the Beatles used the studio as an instrument during the recording of Revolver

The Beatles use of the studio benefitted them in such a great way because they used a series of techniques that couldn’t be reproduced anywhere else but in the studio. They used techniques such as vocal treatments and tape loops just to name a few.

4. Discuss in detail a minimum of two innovations found on Revolver e.g. tape loops, instrumentation, vocal treatments, doubling of instruments, sound effects, and compression.

In the podcast, it stated that the Beatles used a Leslie cabinet and also did some Artificial doubling to their vocals and that gave them the one of a kind sound they were looking for. With the artificial doubling the Beatles used it on all their vocals including background vocals. One of the members had a hard time doubling so they found another way of having the same effect and that was through tape delay. The Leslie cabinet gave the vocals a phase and maybe Flanger effect.

5. What impression does Revolver have on you as a listener and as an industry professional?

When it comes to my impression of the album I must say it sounds amazing. At the time I know they were in competition for the top spot against The Beach Boys and who can release better music at the time. As a consumer standpoint, by all means, compete all you guys want, we are the ones benefitting from it. I honestly love all of the innovations that were produced on the album especially the Leslie cabinet. Thanks to all the innovations that were made back in the day, as an industry professional I can reenact all those analog effect through Plug INS and waves.

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The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

1. Describe the music and image of The Beach Boys prior to the recording of Pet Sounds.

 The beach boys were mostly known as a group of young men who were looked upon as a surf dudes. If I’ve never heard of the band and you tell me they are called beach boys, I would think of a young group of guys that like to go to the beach and go surfing.

 2. Discuss Brian Wilson and his role within The Beach Boys

 Brian Wilson did it all; he was a singer and songwriter. He would keep recording and recording until he got the sound he wanted. He had a lot of responsibilities as a member of the group but everyone’s focus wasn’t primarily on him.

 3. What influenced Brian Wilson to write and record Pet Sounds?

 Brian Wilson heard the new Beatles album Rubber soul and He was so blown out that he went to the piano and started to write a song, he wanted to make a melody, he wanted to try and top it, he felt competitive with the Beatles. (B.Wilson) That album set him off and it’s like he lost all the attention and he wanted to regain that.

 4. Discuss a minimum of two characteristics of Pet Sounds that set it apart from other popular recordings of the mid 1960s e.g. arrangements, session musicians, instrumentation, production qualities, lyrical themes, etc.

Back in the 1960’s it was mostly all unique recording and very few sailed apart from the pack; Beach boys were one of those bands. They revolutionized the way recoding were made with their different recording techniques like speed the tape up and doubling their vocals but usually delay would make that happen now a days.  They set a new way for others to compete and come up with their own styles of recording.

5. What impression does Pet Sounds have on you as a listener and as an industry professional?

 As a listener to Pet Sounds I was speechless. Now a day’s music is garbage. I always ask myself, how did music ever go from Beatles, and Beach Boys to this modern music that only talks about things we don’t want to hear about like car, money, sex and drugs. Yes I get it drugs were heavy back in the day but music didn’t reflect that, from what I know of. From their unique styles of recording to their awesome ideas really sets them apart. I’m actually glad that the Beatles Rubber Soul was made and Brian Wilson heard it because if it weren’t for that, we would have never had one of the most amazing albums of all time Pet Sounds.

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About Me

Hello ladies and gents,

My name is David Figueroa and I am currently a Full Sail student that is on his final stretch towards graduation. I was born in New Jersey and Raised in the Bronx NY. I am Puerto Rican and music has really been a part of me since I were a kid. I remember my father use to play his huge collection of records and just blast it. Listening to this music day after day really made me wonder once I got bigger, how this music was actually made and my curiosity led me to find out exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and that’s producing and engineering music.  I enjoy all types of music and my list just keeps on expanding as more music becomes discovered. My primary focus is to become a successful producer and engineer for many talented artists or even artists that are already professional. I want to be unique in the way I do things. I just don’t want to be another number when it comes to engineers. I’ve learned so much throughout my time here at Full Sail and have met a few people along the way. One day my dream will turn into a reality and when that day comes, expect nothing but the best!


David Figueroa