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Old 27-08-2015, 03:21 PM   #1
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Some notes I made for myself... Pretty much all of common-practice harmony boils down to this. Useful as a cheat sheet. You probably need some familiarity with theory to understand it but the idea boils down to creating a chord progression, either by creating chords under an existing melody or chords above an existing bass line. There are very strict rules for how the chords fit together... It's kind of like a math puzzle. For example there are only a few types of chords that are allowed: major, minor, 7th, diminished, diminished 7th. Some chords we like in IDM e.g. the major 7th don't exist in traditional composition. If you follow these directions you basically end up with a chorale, which you then elaborate on by filling in tones, breaking up the chords and orchestrating (maybe) and you end up with a piece of classical music.


If you see any errors let me know.. I'll post a link to a pdf eventually.

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Old 28-08-2015, 07:26 AM   #2
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Re: composition 101 on a single powerpoint slide

Cheers saneliv but I don't have powerpoint. I'd be interested to see it since I'm all about condensing info into it's simplest form.

If it's one slide can't you screen grab it, save as jpeg in paint and upload? Should be easy.

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Old 28-08-2015, 12:29 PM   #3
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I can't attach here because even compressed, it exceeds the 19.5 kb limit. I'll have to link to it, which I will in a few days.
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Old 28-08-2015, 09:09 PM   #4
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I can't attach here because even compressed, it exceeds the 19.5 kb limit. I'll have to link to it, which I will in a few days.
edit your first post and put the link in with random spaces in it so the filter don't catch it, then PM me and i'll come edit the post to show properly.

The anti-link is there to prevent spam, if you've got something useful to share most of the mod team is more than willing to help out.

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Old 28-08-2015, 09:14 PM   #5
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Re: composition 101 on a single powerpoint slide

I feel like this is all the useful information I got out of my intro music theory course cropped and then condensed into a single slide. I was actually looking for this information recently but it was so scattered, very nice to find it all in one place.
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That's really useful! Thanks

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Re: composition 101 on a single powerpoint slide

I have never written an electronic piece with chord progression in mind.
I probably should though
I also play ska saxophone, so obviously I do know some about chord progressions, though not as much as I'd like to.
thanks for the powerpoint. it is quite informative
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Oh yeah, i remember this from my first year college music theory class.
It's basically "rules" to create music in the style of Bach. It really doesn't apply anymore.

For example no parallel 5ths or parallel Octaves, that's totally irrelevant for synth music where a lot of the best synth patches are exactly that.

Major 7th chords do exist in music theory, but likie Nyul said, not in that old old old music theory style of Bach. Similarly, that "theory" can't encompass a lot of Jazz.

When I was in college that class was a bust. But it challenged us to do music dictation. Kind of a waste of time in my honest opinion.

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Old 09-09-2015, 05:03 AM   #10
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Re: composition 101 on a single powerpoint slide

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Oh yeah, i remember this from my first year college music theory class.
It's basically "rules" to create music in the style of Bach. It really doesn't apply anymore.

For example no parallel 5ths or parallel Octaves, that's totally irrelevant for synth music where a lot of the best synth patches are exactly that.

Major 7th chords do exist in music theory, but likie Nyul said, not in that old old old music theory style of Bach. Similarly, that "theory" can't encompass a lot of Jazz.

When I was in college that class was a bust. But it challenged us to do music dictation. Kind of a waste of time in my honest opinion.
I don't think it's a total waste of time, as it teaches you an easy way to create horizontal variety. Ie . you end up with fairly long harmonic progressions and phrases and sections and it suggests the appeal of more complex forms. Of course, what you create will be sort of limited and not sound like most of today's music, but I'd argue that today's harmony is just as restrictive as the old classical music was - in that there are things in common practice you wouldn't normally do today, so sounding archaic maybe isn't that bad... I agree with you that comp 101 doesn't live up to the marketing hype and is mostly irrelevant to much of what was put out in the past 20 years or so....
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:24 AM   #11
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Major 7th chords do exist in music theory, but likie Nyul said, not in that old old old music theory style of Bach. Similarly, that "theory" can't encompass a lot of Jazz.
Just want to clear up that I only made a screenshot of the powerpoint of @[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
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