January 9

Welcome to theory and current music.

Form

Time span / length

Afrojack liked the vocal line, but he wasn’t sure about the song’s structure. “It’s a thirty-second verse, a thirty-second pre-chorus, and a thirty-second chorus,” he said. “Is that right for a radio song?”

“You don’t go by time,” Preston said. “You go by bars.”

Afrojack cocked his head. “What’s ‘bars’?”

http://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2012/nov/12/morton-feldman-contemporary-music-guide

http://www.therestisnoise.com/2006/06/morton_feldman_.html

Feldman String Quartet 2

http://bit.ly/2iPGGER

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/18/6003271/why-are-songs-3-minutes-long

http://www.quora.com/Why-are-most-songs-between-three-and-five-minutes-long

http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2014-02-18/20-longest-classic-rock-songs/

http://listverse.com/2010/04/25/10-rock-songs-over-10-minutes-long/

Passion play Jethro Tull

http://goo.gl/mLNGb6

Meter

Alicia Keys – Fallin’

http://goo.gl/N6WIuv

Dance

Rite of spring

http://bit.ly/2e1Cpen

http://twentytwowords.com/6-pop-songs-in-unusual-time-signatures/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_musical_works_in_unusual_time_signatures

Nostalgia rap in 15/8

http://bit.ly/2j0AxIp

I hung my head Sting  2+3+2+2/ 8

https://goo.gl/VRfHuD

Just like you imagined NIN (10/4)

https://goo.gl/yMxdPM

Everything in its right place Radiohead 10/4

https://goo.gl/0cQemo

The eleven Grateful Dead 11/8

https://goo.gl/HzbhrN

Terminator Main theme 13/16

http://bit.ly/1qXVmTj

The becoming NIN 13/8 then 6/8

https://goo.gl/nW1W86

Bjork Hollow 17/4

https://goo.gl/Ui0R8h

Birds of Fire Mahavishnu Orch. Guitar plays 5+5+5+3 while drums play 6+6+6. Violin from time to time plays 3+3+2+3+3+2+2

https://goo.gl/9puOUN

http://www.popeye-x.com/music/mahavishnu_orchestra_notation.htm

 

Speed / tempo

http://www.sonicscoop.com/2014/06/19/the-resonant-human-the-science-of-how-tempo-affects-us/

https://www.bpmdatabase.com

http://www.beatmatchcity.com/search/label/130%20bpm

https://www.djmastercourse.com/dance-music-genres-bpm-guide/

Phrase

http://www.quora.com/Which-popular-songs-have-musical-phrases-of-non-standard-length

http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.11.17.3/mto.11.17.3.attas.html

Harmony (harmonic rhythm) 

tonality / atonality / noise

Merzbow 13 Japanese birds

http://goo.gl/mDE1P8

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/12-amazing-songs-with-just-three-chords

http://titanium1033.wordpress.com/category/all-posts/analytical-musical-elements/

http://kris.shaffermusic.com/musicianshipResources/popRockHarmony.html

harmonic rhythm
4 organs
ragas
music in 12 parts / einstein

Melody

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/songwriting/685816-elements-great-pop-song.html

http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/tech/how-to-write-a-hit-melody-539841/

Formula

http://thebillboardexperiment.com/overall.php

https://sites.google.com/site/visualizingahit/home

http://fordhamcyberculture.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/remix-culture-its-own-art-form-or-the-death-of-creativity/

Psychoacoustics

http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/magazine/psychoacoustics-introduction-feature

Emotion

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/sep/15/brad-mehldau-music-expression-stravinsky

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3764399/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_and_emotion

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3764399/

http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00596/full

Music Theory Trends in pop music 

https://popmusictheory.com/8-music-theory-trends-pop-2015/

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