Category Archives: Music Theory

Originally posted on The Dalmatian Effect:
The notion of timbre is frequently elusive. This is particularly the case for pieces in which melody or pitched material plays a large part. When listening to music, our ear naturally follows the melody,…

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Phi

I think this is beautiful. A very creative expression of a very natural, ubiquitous sequence. Simply wonderful, wouldn’t you say?

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Elliott Carter RIP

You will be missed. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/arts/music/elliott-carter-avant-garde-composer-dies-at-103.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 I once attended a concert in Manhattan featuring some wind quintet music of Elliott Carter. I believe it was on or around his 101st birthday and at the end of the concert he was announced … Continue reading

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Handpan Mania!

Well, okay, maybe not mania… This is truly blissful music here, such a relaxing and peaceful sound.

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How sensitive is your hearing?

So, just how sensitive are you to music and mood? What do you see in your mind’s eye when you listen to music? Do you actively think while you’re listening, and if so, what about? The music? Do you daydream … Continue reading

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12-tone Composition challenge

I have suggested at SonsofSibelius that composers challenge themselves by composing something utilizing the 12-tone method of composition. I think a lot of creativity is locked up in our own personal rules and limitations and that by smashing through our … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

This piece by Juan Ortega Aragón really got me thinking about titles. The music is very beautiful, but the title, in a medical setting, refers to something not beautiful at all! But this doesn’t, at least for me, detract in … Continue reading

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How can I accomodate you?

Been some (at times heated) discussion lately about the desirability, or lack thereof, of modifying otherwise completed musical compositions for the sake of ease of performance. At Sibeliusmusic this thread started the latest round of debate on this topic, before … Continue reading

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New music is beautiful

Here is Toby Twining’s Yes! Yes! Yes! on soundcloud. If you don’t think it’s beautiful get your ears checked! Read more about this contemporary composer here.

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Media and the modern sound

Some thoughts on the influence of media over popular music at SonsofSibelius. There’s a whole world of discussion around musical circles about this topic, but will any of it ever change anything for the better? And why does the media … Continue reading

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