Rip It Up And… Don’t Start Again: How Music Is A Universal Noise.

I’ve not written a blog for a while now, so I figured I’d knock off a quick one about a couple of my favourite musical bugbears that I hear people bandying about willy-nilly… And here they are: 1. “Music that I don’t like is just a noise”. and 2. “Music is a universal language”. Arggggh!

Weighing Up The Scales: Does Your Left-Hand Know What The Right-Hand Is Doing?

So, a while back, I was teaching a bit of compositional theory (as you do) and I asked the students a seemingly outrageous question: “What is the purpose of the harmonic minor scale? Why is there a raised 7th in there?” Blank looks. But I was not deterred and thought I’d push them even further…Continue reading “Weighing Up The Scales: Does Your Left-Hand Know What The Right-Hand Is Doing?”

The ‘Watermelon In Easter Hay’ Paradigm Analysis

Those of you out there who know their stuff will no doubt be familiar with the topic of today’s blog: the paradigm analysis. And those of you with a bit of knowledge of linguistics, and what-not, will recognise the name Ferdinand de Saussure, the French structuralist and semiologist. If you do, you’re probably more preparedContinue reading “The ‘Watermelon In Easter Hay’ Paradigm Analysis”