What is a Polyrhythm? Learn with Musical Examples

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Cover Photo by Luana Azevedo This post was brought to you in collaboration with our partner site Behind the Score. Discover the Harmony Secrets of Modern Film and Video Games. Both polyrhythms and polymeters, as the name suggests, are techniques of combining two different rhythms, which are played simultaneously in one musical moment. When two contrasting rhythms are played … Read more

What is “Ostinato?” – Pt. 1

Ostinato

What is “Ostinato?” An Ostinato is a musical phrase repeated in succession in a composition. Ostinatos usually display melodic and rhythmic qualities. They appear in a variety of musical genres, usually as a leading or supporting device. When writing music for media, an ostinato can be a valuable tool for creating a piece with a … Read more

augmented chord – The Magic Harmony

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This is an excerpt lesson from the [STUDY PACK] VARIOUS GENRES- MOVIE IDENT, SPOOKY, SUSPENSE, CRIME DRAMA. Complete editions of video lessons, music scores (PDF), score analysis (PDF), and HD music examples used in this lesson can be viewed here. Components of an Augmented Chord An augmented chord is a triad that consists of three … Read more

Deconstructing Metric Modulation in Blockbuster Soundtracks

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This post was brought to you in collaboration with our partner site Behind the Score. Discover the Harmony Secrets of Modern Film and Video Games. The Art of Film Music by George Burt Principles Of Orchestration By Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov The Study Of Orchestration By Samuel Adler Berklee Contemporary Music Notation by Jonathan Feist What is Metric Modulation? Metric modulation … Read more

Double Harmonic Major Scale (byzantine/Arabic)

Double Harmonic Major Scale

DOUBLE HARMONIC MAJOR SCALE (BYZANTINE/ARABIC) – Scale Structure: 1 ♭2 3 4 5 ♭6 7– Characteristic Notes: ♭2 & ♮3, ♭6 & ♮7– Analogous to the fifth mode of the Hungarian Minor Scale The Double Harmonic Major originates from the traditional music of the Balkan Peninsula, the Middle East, and India. This series of notes … Read more

CREATING MELODIC LINES WITH CHORD ARPEGGIOS

Chord Arpeggios

Using Chord Arpeggios for a Melodic Idea Many composers create melodies using arpeggios. Some famous examples of arpeggio-driven melodies include the cello in Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3 (Movement 1), the brass in “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)” by John Williams, and sax in “Giant Steps” by John Coltrane. In more recent TV and … Read more

What is a twelve-tone Technique?

Introduction: Twelve-tone Technique The twelve-tone technique, also known as dodecaphony, is a method of composition that emerged in the early 20th century and revolutionized the world of classical music. Developed by Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg and his disciples, this technique sought to break away from the traditional tonal system and introduce a new approach to … Read more

Enharmonics in orchestration

Chord Arpeggios

In mm. 1-2, you may wonder why the lowest cello note is written as a D♯ instead of an E♭. The notes E♭ and B spell an augmented 5th interval, which is somewhat awkward to read. By using the enharmonic equivalent (D♯), the interval becomes a 6th, which is much easier for a cellist to … Read more

Using Pedal Points for a dramatic build-up

Pedal Points

Pedal Points for a dramatic build-up In this episode, we demonstrate using pedal points for a dramatic build-up in your piece! [Study Pack] This post was brought to you in collaboration with our partner site Behind the Score. Discover the Harmony Secrets of Modern Film and Video Games.

Polymeter in the Music of The Matrix

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This post was brought to you in collaboration with our partner site Behind the Score. Discover the Harmony Secrets of Modern Film and Video Games. Polyrhythm vs Polymeter Both polyrhythm and polymeter are techniques used to combine different rhythms simultaneously in music. This adds complexity and creates more interesting rhythmic patterns. Polyrhythm Polyrhythm involves combining … Read more