Imagine Dragons is considered to be a rock band but can also be classified as pop and alternative rock, They formed in 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons has cycled through numerous members and currently, there are four; Dan Reyonlds is the lead singer, Wayne Sermon plays the guitar, Daniel Platzman plays percussion and Ben McKee plays the bass guitar. The first album released was Night Visions in 2012 which had reached #2 on the US album chart. “Demons” came out in 2013 with the album’s extended version and was produced by Alex da Kid. The song had spent roughly about 12 weeks being in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song has won a MuchMusic Video Award for International Video of the Year – Group in 2014 and an iHeartRadio Music Award for the Alternative Rock Song of the Year in 2014 as well.
Immediately, it is apparent that a girl in the foreground is hushing the viewer, which can be deduced from the facts that her index finger is raised near her lips and her eyes are averted towards the observer of the painting. She seems to be hunkered around the corner of a column to avoid exposure from her subjects. It is very likely that this girl is eavesdropping on a couple that can be seen down the hall discreetly conversing with one another; hence the title “The Eavesdropper”. There also seems to be a social gathering in the other room up the foyer where conversations may be exchanged and even laughter or sounds of dining ware. There also seems to be some less readily apparent sound events that are taking place that can be noticed when paying acute attention to detail.
To the far right of the painting, there is what appears to be a cat consuming food that is placed on a counter in what may be a kitchen. Also, further across the hall, where the conspicuous couple stands, is an exit to a garden or courtyard where sounds of nature and life outdoors could be heard. To the left of the foreground, a wooden door is ajar which can be old and creaky when a draft blows through the halls. It could also be possible that there are other people in this room since there appears to be a coat hanging from the door.
The sounds in the foreground will likely be more distinct and grow less distinguishable with distance and obstruction from walls. The “eavesdropper” will likely be heard the most clearly since she is within close proximity to the viewer however, her volume may be low to avoid attention. The couple may also be speaking in low volume in order to avoid attention yet, their conversation may be obscured by the echoes of sounds intermingling through the halls. Lastly, the gathering in the dining room may be clamorous due to the high occupancy and cross-socializing that is likely occurring. The musical texture of “Eavesdropper” would be considered as polyphonic due to the multiple sounds that can be distinguished.
There were three musical sounds that I found in Roden Soundwalk, Part 2. The first musical sound I chose occurred at 5:59 when out of nowhere in the track a loud “BONG” occurred using a gong. This brought me back to a restaurant in Norfolk because when you finish eating at that restaurant you have the choice of hitting the gong with a mallet. This sound is musical enough because musicians can use this unique sound at either the beginning, middle or end of a song. For example, a gong could be used to start a song or end the song in a big finish.
The second musical sound I chose occurred at 0:46, it sounded as if someone was plucking at one string with a guitar. When I heard it, it reminded me of when my sister got her first guitar and since I did not know how to play it. I would just pluck at one guitar string whenever I got a hold of it, it sort of was like a habit of just plucking at one string. It is a musical sound because many of those who play guitar, violin, cello, etc. pluck at each string before a performance to properly tune the instrument to get the pitch needed.
The last musical sound I chose occurred at 1:55 it sounds like a short tune that gets stuck in your head. This 4-note tune reminded me of a short tune my dad used to play on the piano, and it would be the only thing I could play and instantly when I heard it in Roden Soundwalk. It sounded exactly the one he taught me to play. This is a musical sound because many pop, rock, R & B, and country songs can make someone get a tune of a song stuck in their head for at least a weeklong. Also, the tune played at least 5 minutes straight and many songs have a tune that continually plays in the back of a singer and this helps distinct the song.