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by merlyn
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Music Theory/Songwriting
Topic: Let's talk notation, hacker style!
Replies: 20
Views: 589

Re: Let's talk notation, hacker style!

Using traditional notation for a guitarist is not very useful, because they'd have to look ahead (or be well acquainted with the piece) to use efficient fingerings. Music specifically for the guitar includes positions, fingerings and strings. For example this is Romance a well known classical guita...
by merlyn
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Original Scores & Recordings
Topic: Trying to make something Jean Michel Jarre could have made.
Replies: 21
Views: 317

Re: Trying to make something Jean Michel Jarre could have made.

You totally lost me there, a second what ? :) In C minor the second is D. In G minor the second is A. In F the second is G. If you use four note chords like Cm7 it'll end up sounding more jazzy than Jarre. Could be good. A pattern Jarre is using is 1 2 3 5. In C minor that's C D Eb G. In G minor G ...
by merlyn
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Original Scores & Recordings
Topic: Trying to make something Jean Michel Jarre could have made.
Replies: 21
Views: 317

Re: Trying to make something Jean Michel Jarre could have made.

I used Musescore to notate Oxygene 4: https://i.ibb.co/4VBt4B3/Oxygene4.png The first thing you notice is it's in 12/8 and the As are natural so it's C dorian. I used the key signature for C minor because that's the way I do it :D Some people would use Bb. Never mind about that. :D To get an idea wh...
by merlyn
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Original Scores & Recordings
Topic: Trying to make something Jean Michel Jarre could have made.
Replies: 21
Views: 317

Re: Trying to make something Jean Michel Jarre could have made.

Your track starts off like Oxygene 4 -- you got that bit. I was expecting the drums to come in differently. I already heard where I thought the beat was before they came in. The melody doesn't sound like something Jarre would do. If we take Oxygene 4 as an example the melody starts off with a C mino...
by merlyn
Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Music Theory/Songwriting
Topic: Why learn music theory?
Replies: 71
Views: 25362

Re: Why learn music theory?

It might be safe to assume that scale patterns contain some form of symmetry Symmetry applies to visual phenomena. What would aural symmetry sound like? A tritone is considered symmetric because it is its own inversion. Inversion of an interval means 'put the low note up an octave or the high note ...
by merlyn
Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Music Theory/Songwriting
Topic: Why learn music theory?
Replies: 71
Views: 25362

Re: Why learn music theory?

@thumbknuckle : I don't disagree. I use the term 'musical analysis' for the study of how music works. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_analysis Now we have theory, practice and analysis, plus history, composition, ear training ... and studying music involves all of these. You may know that Newt...
by merlyn
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Music Theory/Songwriting
Topic: Why learn music theory?
Replies: 71
Views: 25362

Re: Why learn music theory?

GFX_Garage wrote:I hope I'm explaining my issue clearly. It's quite a can of worms. :)

I think the questions you're asking go outside music theory into anthropology and neuroscience :D

Have you heard of the book This Is Your Brain On Music?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Y ... n_on_Music
by merlyn
Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Music Theory/Songwriting
Topic: Why learn music theory?
Replies: 71
Views: 25362

Re: Why learn music theory?

It's worth drawing a distinction between music theory and harmony. They have a similar relationship as arithmetic does to maths. Arithmetic is a limited subject that can be be learned reasonably fully. Maths is open ended and a person could spend the rest of their life on it. In the traditional appr...
by merlyn
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Computer Related Hardware
Topic: Thoughts on what audio interface to get
Replies: 12
Views: 462

Re: Thoughts on what audio interface to get

Hi gammtrall. Welcome to the forum. I have found getting a low latency depends mostly on configuration, not hardware. I have a PCI card and a USB 1.1 interface. The PCI card can use a buffer as small as 16 samples. This puts a huge strain on the CPU so I can't do much with that. I can use, for examp...
by merlyn
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: *Music* anyone?
Replies: 15
Views: 3274

Re: *Music* anyone?

Well done for finishing this! It was an ambitious project for your fourth song. :D
by merlyn
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Plugins, Effects and Instruments
Topic: New Dragonfly Reverb beta release v2.9.0
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: New Dragonfly Reverb beta release v2.9.0

@Alex : You're a bullshitter and you've been caught out. :lol:
by merlyn
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Plugins, Effects and Instruments
Topic: New Dragonfly Reverb beta release v2.9.0
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: New Dragonfly Reverb beta release v2.9.0

Alex isn't often right but he's wrong again. Early reflections are not relevant to a plate. The original plate reverb is an EMT 140 and it's a plate of metal LOL :

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by merlyn
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Music Theory/Songwriting
Topic: Scales, Physics and the Circle of Fifths
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: Scales, Physics and the Circle of Fifths

Triads are the basis of harmony. The pentatonic scale only contains two triads.

Five notes -- C D E G A -- Two triads -- C Am

Six notes -- C D E G A B -- Four triads -- C Em G Am

Seven notes -- C D E F G A B -- Seven triads -- C Dm Em F G Am Bdim
by merlyn
Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Music Theory/Songwriting
Topic: Scales, Physics and the Circle of Fifths
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: Scales, Physics and the Circle of Fifths

S1gmoid wrote:If you were reflecting in part to our discussion about tonality, I never implied that the prevalence of major is somehow a natural given or a necessity.

Not at all. Our discussion gave me some ideas that I posted here. :D
by merlyn
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Music Theory/Songwriting
Topic: Scales, Physics and the Circle of Fifths
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Scales, Physics and the Circle of Fifths

The earliest musical instruments that have been discovered are pentatonic bone flutes from ~40,000 years ago. Why did our ancestors choose that scale? I would think it's to do with physics. Pythagoras discovered the mathematical relationship underlying musical intervals sometime around 500 BCE. An i...

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