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This depends on the circumstances, but I would suggest it is more common to write no key signature (or the best closest match like "F" if all B tends to be Bb.) especially in the case of changes that last only a few measures. Here are my reasons: 1) It's not normal for jazz music to include alot of key changes written as new key signatures. This will happen ...


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First off, I'm going to say that many people have key preferences and there's nothing wrong with that. If you want to adapt to major keys for listening or writing, it's all a matter of preference. And not all songs in minor keys have to sound sad; there are several examples of this. Panic! at the Disco, for example. Each key has different components and ...


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I'd say to write all the key changes. Average sight-readers should be able to glance at it and instantly recognize it and reposition. If you're writing accidentals then they have to check every single one. That isn't a problem for experienced sight readers, but it's still more work.


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Rudiments are just the different basic sequences. You can play them in any order, but you will find some work well and some sound less good. As with many aspects of music, it comes down to what you think sounds good. It is not random, but depends on what you are trying to do. Your best plan is to listen to drummers you really like and learn their fills and ...


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Without getting into an entire lecture, here are some things you can do to make someone feel as though a piece of music is being concluded: Go to an extreme (pitch, dynamics, tempo, instrumentation) either to the most/high/loud or the soft/slow/low end for example. Typically rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic motion slow down. If there are motives or ...


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In the same way you'd compose any other passage of music, but ignore the elements of harmony and melody. Although, as with a lot of sound art or noise composition, you can write something with the 'idea' of melody but without precise pitches. Do you want your fill to ascend in pitch, or descend? Think like this: rhythm: Are there any distinctive rhythms ...


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There is an interesting irony here, because the song Lee linked to ("Taro") doesn't do any of the things that one would immediately think of as concluding: it doesn't actually bring the rhythm to a stop, nor does it end on the tonic chord. Instead it fades out on a repeating, open-ended cycle of simple diatonic chords (ii - I - vi - V). I would guess that ...


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The classic standard song format is 32 bars in the form AABA where the A and B parts are each 8 bars long. The B part is called "The Bridge" or the chorus. The modern pop song verse-chorus form varies but, hey it's a whole new world out there. Folks are writing songs that change the forms completely, although tunes tend to keep the 8-bar units. So my ...


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Firstly, video game music is a very deep topic, and people have done very sophisticated things with it. Nowadays it runs the full gamut from simply playing one MP3 in a loop, to procedurally generating full arrangements on the fly. One example from the early 90s is LucasArts' iMuse system, which seamlessly arranges music to fit with gameplay. You have ...


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Since this question was finally reopened, I'll try to respond to it. Before giving any specific advice, a comment on the term musique concrète will be necessary. With a more traditional understanding, we may think of music as made up of pitches organised into melodies and harmonies in some rhythmic pattern that can be notated in a score. This is an abstract ...


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I LOVE musique concrete (or tape music, or acoustmatic music or electroacoustic music - whatever we call it these days. To begin just play - in fact play or 'jeu' was an concept of the original musique concrete theorists. Play w/sound, be at play w/sound. Edit, layer, put effects on. Also - go listen to the greats. Pierre Henrys Psyche Rock (it will sound ...


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In this case, as someone who sight reads jazz, I would definitely agree to start with the first key and write key changes within the song, unless it's very often. there are certainly some songs that are written all in accidentals a because there simply is no key for the song. if the key changes are helping the ready by providing a clear view of what's ...


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I would recommend a I64 V I cadence, with the bass going "so so do." For example in C major: with a ritardando. I see jjmusicnotes recommended cadences, and this one is the most common.


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This one is very speculative, but it does make some sense. I say, one reason why many musical people aren't attracted to major keys as much, in particular on piano, is that the 12-edo tuning isn't able to render a properly in-tune (i.e. just intonation 4:5:6) major tonic. Thus it won't ever sound quite satisfying to a fine ear. If major keys sound allegedly ...


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You might consider http://www.ars-nova.com/cp/ (though I haven't used it myself, so I don't know about 21st-century style). I'd also second A Practical Approach to Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint in the question to which @Dave has linked.


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It depends how much and how often the 'key centre' is going to move. Any piece will have what most would call a 'key centre' as in the start or finish sounds like home. This then would establish the key for the piece. A key signature would then be helpful. For changes of a bar or two, usually accidentals are used - they tell the reader that something has ...


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Grouping idea sounds good but to understand the odd time signatures feeling i would like to give you some examples: As we walk with a constant speed we could say that we are walking with a simple 2 beat time signature as in 2/4 or 6/8 or at some points 4/4. Imagine a cripple guy or some one who is shot in leg drags on of his feet on the ground. in this ...


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I came across this page a while ago on google. The applet only works on windows, but I found it fun and informative. http://homepage.eircom.net/~gerfmcc/SpeciesOne.html


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I'm a huge fan of music concrète as well; one of my favorites is Richard Trythall's Omaggio a Jerry Lee Lewis, which is a great manipulation of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On". (The score being included in the video is a great bonus.) It's equally possible to do this using a more modern workflow. Basically, you need a set of tools and processes that will let ...



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