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Old 14-05-2016, 10:11 AM   #11
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Re: Harmony and melody

You can do either, or neither. If you make your melody without giving harmony a single thought, it is embedded with any number of potential harmonies. There are underlying physical and psychological reasons for that. But you don't need to know the technicalities to make a good harmony to an existing melody.

And the reverse is true. A string of harmonies, for similar reasons, have any number of implied melodies.

You can make tunes without giving any thought to melody or harmony. Starting with rhythm, texture and timbre is a great way to make electronic music. This too, for similar reasons, will have a bunch of implied harmonies and melodies, which you can either leave abstract or consciously emphasise.

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