Beyond is a renowned music band in Hong Kong. Many people think that Beyond’s sons are excellent to listen. As our group are interested in music and we are born in Hong Kong, we want to find out more about the music of this Hong Kong’s local band. In this project, we are going to investigate Beyond’s music through of their songs, 海闊天空 , 大地 , 真的愛你 , 光輝歲月 , and analyses the style of their songs such as talking about their tempo, dynamics, atmosphere, etc.
Beyond was firstly formed by Wong Ka Kui, Yip Sai Wing, Lee Wing Chiu and William Tang in 1983. William Tang .Later Lee Wing Chiu was left and Wong Ka Kui’s brother Wong Ka Keung and Wong Koon Chung joined it.
In 1987, they released their first disc ‘The Arabian Dancing Girl’ but it was unpopular. Later, they released another disc. Some songs like ‘ 大地’ became the representative songs of Beyond. These songs became popular. In 1989, they released a song called ‘ 真的愛妳’ which was about mothers, was famous and got many support. They held a concert in Hong Kong Stadium. Later they signed another label and developed in Japanese. They learnt lots of skills and released another Cantonese disc ‘ 繼續革命’ in Japan. It includes the most unforgettable songs of beyond like 海闊天空 and 光輝歲月 . They also released some Japanese songs during that time. In 1993, the most famous singer in Beyond, Wong Ka Kui fell down from a stage in 24th July and died six days later.
In 1996, they held a concert in Hong Kong stadium after Wong Ka Kui’s death. After releasing the last disc ‘Goodtime’, they started to develop personally. In 2003, they held a concert to celebrating the 20th anniversary of beyond. In November 2004, three members of beyond broke up. In 2005, they held ‘ Beyond the Story Live’ as the final concert of Beyond. They would hold a new concert in Hong Kong Stadium to celebrating 25th anniversary of Beyond in 2008.
Although there are some arguments among them, their songs are meaningful because their lyrics are positive and with messages behind them ,like 光輝歲月 which tells us not to prejudice others .
A beyond CD
3) Beyond’s songs and our analysis
It is one of the famous songs of Beyond. Paul Wong is responsible for composing the melody. Lau Chuk Fai is responsible for writing the words. It has Cantonese version and Putonghua version.
At the beginning of the song, the tempo is quite slow and the dynamics is quite soft. These create a mysterious and sentimental feeling, and prepare the intensive feeling later.
The sound of the song becomes louder gradually and slightly. This leads a good transition for the song to express the most intensive feeling in the middle. The melody of the song is attractive and delightful, which gives a hopeful and encouraging feeling. The rhythm is lively and interesting. The tempo is moderately slow with slight variation. There are little gradation of dynamics in the song and this gives out a calm and peaceful mood. It represents the pity that there is something the writer cannot change despite the main idea of encouraging feeling of the song.The texture is polyphony. The song is 2-part form. Although the melody of the song is often repeated, it doesn’t give a dull feeling. Instead, this gives a feeling of unity and makes the sentiments expressed more impressive.
The lyrics is meaningful because it expresses cherish the memory of the hometown. It is a good song so it won a lot of media prizes like the best 10th radio billboard( 電台 排行榜 ) in 10 weeks, the best 10th Jade Solid Gold( 勁歌金曲 ).. Dr. Wong James also appreciated this song. So we can say the song is the crunch of their musical lives too.
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From the beginning till the middle of the song, the tune is gentle and continuous. This is used to express the warm, mild and continuous love which is come from mothers towards their son. This also creates a hopeful atmosphere.
The rhythm of the song becomes stronger gradually so as to emphasize the importance of being grateful to our mothers. The dynamics becomes louder in a gradual way. The tempo of the song is moderate with little variation. This shows that mother’s love is constant and will not vanish.
In the middle part of the song, the music is loud with percussion instrument used as a background. It is efficient in expressing the magnificence of mother’s love and how the singers really want to thank their mother. The melody of this song is attractive and unforgettable. Although the texture of the song is not very thin and with quite a number of kinds of sound, the song creates a simple and enthusiastic atmosphere. It expresses that the gratitude of them toward their mothers is true-hearted.
The lyrics show that the mothers are always helping their children. Even though their children are not doing things that they like very much, they still support them. Like Beyond, they like music. However, their mothers did not like it. But they still support them and give love to them. However, if we do not treasure the love, we should be guilty. Besides, we should share our glory with them if we have. It is what I can find in the song.
This song is called 海闊天空 , it was written and sung by Beyond. The sound of this song becomes low and soft at the beginning. We can hear the singer's special sound. It create a comfortable and peaceful atmosphere. There is become louder at the middle of the song. The tempo becomes a bit faster and the music becomes strong and energetic. The atmosphere becomes grand at last. This song has used guitar in it and makes a gentle and simple effect on the mood of the song. The rhythm is energetic and dynamics is loud.
The song is very meaningful because it gives a plaintive feeling to me .It is showing a man who has experienced a lot and his heart start to feel tired because of the soft and relaxed sound.
The middle of the song gives a strong emotion to me that the man does not want to stop or give up, and he wants to do more and achieves more although he is very tired. He is not afraid of anything including failure. The loud dynamics and the fairly slow tempo create a hopeful and active atmosphere for the music. It is useful to show the positive message of the song.
This wonderful song is sung by Beyond so I think Beyond is very great since he has sung many other great songs. Beyond has a good image in people's heart and they are famous .They also use their song to express some feelings or encourage people to be better. They have their style and trust their songs. They do not want for differences. Only singing their song good is enough.
It is one of the famous song by Beyond. The tune is soft and gentle at the beginning. The dynamics is soft and the texture is quite thin at first. The tempo is slow also at first It is because the song is introducing the background information at the beginning and this gives a rather hopeless and sad feeling.
In the middle of the song, the melody becomes attractive and unforgettable and the dynamics become very strong and loud. It can express their eagerness in achieving liberty. The rhythm is quite strong and energetic, representing how determined they are to deal with the situation. The tempo is moderately fast . It expresses the feeling that things need to be changed immediately, but the truth is that the situation can only be refined bit by bit. There are little changes of dynamics in the middle of the song and this creates a constant and solid feeling of them towards their goal. The pitch of the song becomes very high in the middle, and can express the feeling of opposing the devil reality running high. The atmosphere created is a bit wild but still comfortable.
Although the music of the song is a bit classical, it is better than many modern music. First, the tune is very tempting and impressive. It is easy for people to remember the melody. Second, the lyrics are really meaningful. It wants to express that the political and national situation and how terrible the conflicts among them are.
These may probably are the reasons for the popularity of this song.
(1) Chan Ka Hei
I like the style of what they sing. Its style can let us know their heart and they sang with great passion. It shows that they were active in saying their view by singing. Before this project, I only know that there is a band is called Beyond. But now, I had searched for their information and know that they affect Hong Kong people. Their message from music is same as Hong Kong people heart. Their song can show others of Hong Kong’s cultures.
(2) Chan Kin Ting
After I listen to Beyond’s music, I think it is really meaningful because it is about the important things in our life. Beyond’s music is mainly rock-the tempo is quick, sound is loud and the singer’s sound is very sexy. These are all the characteristics of Beyond. It told us that why they can be famous, Beyond only love to play their style’s music, don’t love of anything. It is very great!
(6) Chung Ka Kit
Beyond is very famous. Their songs usually had positive meaning. They had willpower and great since they keep a company by themselves. It is good for us to learn .They did not change their style to humor people. However, they are still popular even now. I think we can learn from them is their willpower we need willpower to do things.
The most faro mite song of them is ‘ 真的愛妳’ . From the song, we can know our mothers always helped and suggested us at the back. Although we sometimes do things that they do not like, they still love us. They are great. We should love them too.
(10) Lam Chak Fung
I think Beyond is a very unique band in Hong Kong. The members of Beyond are contributive to Hong Kong’s music. At that time, Hong Kong band music was not very popular. It was really brave and creative of them to begin a special music trend. I feel really distracted about the death of one of Beyond’s member, Wong Ka Kui. I appreciate Beyond’s music very much because Beyond created a great variety of music with vast variety of ideas. Beyond’s music is very inspiring and abundant in different issues. Some songs created by beyond state about the social problem, such as racial segregation. Some are about their goals. Beyond’s music encourages me a lot to achieve my goal, to love our families, to love my country. It also raises my awareness towards different problems. Beyond’s music is very cruxial and useful to my life. It is wise of Beyond’s members to produce their own way of music. The style of Beyond’s music is strong and energetic, and infuses me with a warm and enthusiastic atmosphere. Beyond’s music has lightened up the indication of my life. I think it is fortunate for me to have chances to get contact with Beyond’s music. Although someone think that Beyond is a bit weird, in my opinion, Beyond is very cool and enchanting.. It is proved as there are lots of audience when Beyond held a concert. I am also extremely tempted by Beyond’s eagerness towards producing music.
(12) Mak Chung Man
I think that beyond is a legend band in Hong Kong. They used rock in their songs but they use some positive lyrics in their songs like ‘AMARI’ that staying they want peace in the war time. Also, their songs had good, unforgettable melodies that can easily remember. These songs could encourage others. Moreover, their lyrics and melodies were originally made. I liked their creativity of the songs. I like Wong Ka Kui the most because he created most of the songs in Beyond. After his death, Beyond was no longer as strong as before. I think he was the most important person in Beyond. I liked styles of songs and this made their songs popular.
(19) Wong Sai Yin
I have heard about beyond before. I have knew beyond is a good and famous musical band. I have listened their songs before I think their songs are very attractive. The lyrics are meaningful. The melodies are attractive. And I know one of the members died long time ago. I like beyond because they are talented band. Many of their songs are composed by self.