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Visualizing Musical Structure
...what makes music sound good?
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One of my initial quests, when I picked up the Fiddle to learn (besides playing techniques & genre immersions) - was to figure out what makes great music sound good!  With the help of folks here on the forum (allowing me to ask MANY questions & explore ideas in many threads) I went from ABSOLUTE ZERO → to gaining a fairly decent grasp during these last few years - by self-learning to fit my needs! 

I THRIVE ON VISUALIZATION!  ...no big secret. 

Rhythm is still VERY high on my priority list, but ther's more to what makes music 'good'. 

This is an interesting presentation, "Visualizing Musical Structure", by Dmitri Tymoczko.  He starts with a little history, shows how folks were seeking to include so many details in models - they became too complex.  EVOLVES to: a simple, easy to understand model for how scales, chords & chord progressions relate to each other & ideas to use it.  How musical motives (motif) move - levels of hierarchy. 

...started the video just past intro.  AND, there's a little discussion on tunings & microtones at the end, too. 

 
💥 The one thing that Dmitri didn't jump out & shout, was by seeing chords as scales - WE'RE TALKING MODES!!!  

 

Worth me repeating from the Modal Scale/Keys Thread:

For us average hobbyists → Dmitri has a wonderful site - Mad Musical Science

ON THE SITE - there are 3 short videos showing an easy to understand, but novel way to think of 1.) scales, 2.) chords & 3.) chord progressions. 

NEXT... if you click on his 'software' link you'll see a whole series of virtual playgrounds to explore! 

INTERESTING NOTE: Dmitri Tymoczko has written code with algorithms that more reliably break down the ways famous Baroque & Classical Composers created music!  His ARCA "pattern language" may soon be available for DAW software to incorporate - like PreSonus, Pro Logic, etc... will be GREAT to use elements in popular/modern music! 

Dmitri talks about ARCA and more indepth on music hierarchy in THIS video - LOVE his presentations are for folks that may have NO music or Math background!   

 

...ah ha!  Adam Neely: "Repetition Legitimizes!" 🤣

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