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First, a key is only really a basis. You can have an F# in a piece written in C Major without having the piece "switch" keys. Second, keys are defined arbitrarily. Sure there is theory about what sounds good and that sort of thing, but at the end of the day it's just a group of notes that's just as valid as any other group of notes. This is made clear by ...


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A drum solo is a song without a key.


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You can go microtonal using MIDI! You don't need an extension. The question is: does your instrument/device (hardware or software) allows it? MIDI can handle microtonality from the control surface to the program interpreting it. One example of MIDI allowing microtonality in the interpreting side is Native Instrument's Absynth. You can set the instrument ...


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"Key" implies "tonality." The name of a key corresponds to a pitch class that is considered the "focus" of a key or section. Is it possible to compose a melody without a key? Of course. That was the whole point of the Second Viennese School. Of course, it is possible not to be tonal (which implies a specific framework of relationships surrounding one ...


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To add to the other answers, there is also dodecaphony, or twelve-tone technique, a method to compose music explicitly without a key by trying to give equal weight to all 12 notes of the western scale. (Look ma, no key) Another example: YouTube: Arnold Schönberg: Suite op. 25 / Musette Surely sounds interesting, but this kind of music is definitely more ...


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Possible, yes. Recommended, probably not. As other answers have stated, it is certainly possible to write a song that does not conform to defined tonal "scales" like the Ionian mode (major scale) and related modes, pentatonic scales, and variations like harmonic and melodic minor (which differ from "natural minor", the Aeolian mode, in a couple subtle ways ...


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To suppliment the answers that explain in detail how MIDI works, I would like to point out that practically all dedicated hardware keyboard synthesizers and sampler instruments, particularly digital pianos, have a built-in capability to let the user select from among several different preset tunings and temperaments rather than 12-tone equal temperament. ...


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Almost by definition, atonality implies that you aren't following a rigid chord and scale pairing structure. Atonal music doesn't have a key or a central tone. In the context of jazz "atonal" is often used to refer to a song that has no coherent, classic chord structure (i.e. there's no II IV V I type structure in play for the song). The chords follow each ...


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It happens all the time. At the risk of borrowing from one of my recent contributions - the tritone sound pulls a listener's ear in a meaningful way to a tone that's one half-step up from the involved notes. If we play a C-F# interval, music theory tells us that the most satisfying resolution to this interval will either be (enharmonically) to Db or to G. ...


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There are songs that might as well not have a key, with so many accidentals that it basically becomes tonal soup. However, even those have a key to start with. A key signature simply tells you eight of the twelve normal tones the song is written to use. You wouldn't be able to write down a song in normal notation without establishing what tone the spaces ...



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