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AS Music Technology Exam Listening List for exam year 2018

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Recommended listening for Special Focus styles

June 2018 Examination

The following list gives the names of some artists whose work exemplifies the Special Focus for 2018.

Extracts for Section A, Listening, will be taken from AoS 2: Popular music styles since 1910.

Section B will be based on these or similar artists. This list is for guidance only; it is neither prescriptive nor exhaustive.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware, this list is for students retaking their unit 2 exam only.This list is not applicable to the new 2017 AS Music Technology Specification

Heavy Rock – Stylistic Fingerprints

Heavy Rock – Genre Review 

The History and Development of Heavy Rock – Article


Edexcel’s Heavy Rock Listening List:


Other Important Heavy Rock Artists:


Heavy Rock Record Labels:


Heavy Rock Technology:

  • Electric Guitar Developments
  • Electric Guitar Effects
  • Reverbs – Gated, Sprung, digital
  • Distortion – Fuzz, Feedback
  • Valve amps
  • Other Effects – Wah-Wah, Phaser


Influences and Sub Genres:

  • Rock n Roll
  • Stadium Rock – (video documentary)
  • Progressive Rock
  • Glam Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Psychedelic rock
  • Punk rock


Ska, Reggae and Dub – Stylistic Fingerprints

Ska, Reggae and Dub – Genre Review

The History and Development of Ska, Reggae and Dub – Article


Edexcel’s Reggae Listening List:


Other Important Ska, Reggae and Dub Artists


Ska, Reggae and Dub Record Labels and Producers:

  •  2 Tone Records


Ska, Reggae and Dub Technology:



    1. Author

      Hi, Thank you for getting in touch. I have just updated this post to the current 2017 / 18, unit 2 listening list. Please check the list again as a lot of the bands from the old list are not included this time e.g. ‘Cream’. In the coming months before the exam, we will update our content to include the new featured artists.

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