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Alex Ford

Comm. 1010
Informative Speech w/ PPT. outline

Goal: My audience will get to understand and appreciate the importance of

music and how it affects us emotionally.
Organization: I have chosen a topical pattern of organization because you
can break music terms into topics (i.e. dynamics, tempo, rhythm, key) and tie
them into the emotions they can stimulate per topic.
Audience Analysis: All of the audience are involved in education and are
therefore learning. I will be teaching the usefulness of understanding that
music is a real expression of emotion and realizing what you feel is what you
perceive. Knowing how to identify your emotions is key to focus and study.
Occasion Analysis: My speech is meant to be informative with a hint of
entertainment. Since most people remember things that spark their interest I
want to inform in an interesting way. The classroom is a good setting for this.
Music and Emotions: Find your vibe
Have you ever heard a song you dislike on the radio? (Play fingertips
and stop abruptly) Youd quickly switch it to something you like. (Play
Santeria chorus by sublime) Or you may just want to turn off that radio and
enjoy the sweet purr of your car as you ride along a road with a nice view of
the mountains. I dont have a working radio. I get to enjoy the sound of
silence (not the song) daily. But its not truly silent and it never will be for
anyone as long as we live. Cause sound is everywhere from loud neighbors,
to your heartbeat, and even from your mind. So we might as well utilize this
ubiquitous presence because what we hear, see, and touch deeply influences
how we feel emotionally. By using music through recognizing our dynamics
(loudness), tempo (speed), and mode (key) we can find our emotional vibe to
live healthier.
1. Dynamics: how loud do you feel?
A. (Maleguea intro) Can you hear me now? Loudness
-We can hear 0-120dBl
-Good for emphasis, meaning, enthusiasm, and authority
-Needed for letting out energy and emotions
B. Quietness.
-Anechoic Chamber Quote It was one of the loudest experiences Ive
ever had(Music 1500 professor Steve Sue)
-Good for attention getting and focus.
-Better for relaxation and healing
-Is more tolerable in large amounts
C. Ranging both (Crescendo-Decrescendo)
-For clarity and interest
-Maintaining equilibrium
-Fluctuations will happen and provide fuller experience
Well you can be as loud or as quiet as you want but you cant go anywhere
without movement.

Alex Ford
Comm. 1010
Informative Speech w/ PPT. outline

2. Tempo: how fast or slow (movement) will you go?

A. Fast (Presto)
-Get up and go energy
-Stabilizes forward movement
-Like loudness can only be taken in small amounts
-Is a stimulant used in workplaces
B. Slow (Andante-Grave)
-Can be used for focus and control
-Time is money (Prof. Larkin) harder to use in a business/competitive
C. Adaptation (Accelerando-Ritardando)
-Take note The only constant in life is change (Friend Dallas)
-Knowing how to bridge energies is important for setting changes
-Compare rock climbing importance as well?
-Not everyone has the same capacity for going slower or faster
Now that volume and movement have been discussed we need one key
factor to get into the mood of things. Or should I say mode of things?
3. Mode: Key
You can change your mood with just one note
A. Major (happy)
-Used for a basis of understanding (the modes we learn first)
-Not always the best for consoling someone sad
-Can be relieving in predominantly sad (minor) songs (play end of Is
There Anybody Out There? by Pink Floyd)
B. Minor (sad)
-Many enjoy this key cause Sad things are happy for complicated
people (Dr.Who)
-Can produce credibility and emotional connectivity (ethos and pathos)
at the same time
-Tends to be slower and reflective
Note: Both keys/emotions need to be fluctuating or else youll flat-line.
Its unhealthy to be always sad as well as always happy.
C. White (noise)
-Included this instead of mixolydian/Phrygian/blues cause its all
-Considered unimportant and irrelevant
-Provides a base for comfort and can be used to help focus (like a fan)

Alex Ford
Comm. 1010
Informative Speech w/ PPT. outline

Overall it is staggering how music can be deeply correlated to how emotions

and social conventions work. If we want to be healthier in our day-to-day lives
we need to realize our physical and mental environments by how loud they
are, how fast it is processed, and what mode we find ourselves in to be in the
vibe we aim to be. I wonder what the radio will play next? (Finish with short
wheelchair song)