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I write code and I write music. I'm currently studying for a master's in computer science, researching how music can be used to create user interfaces, and writing the music for Takamo Universe, a 4X space MMO.


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comment What does it mean for a song to be played in C minor, D, etc?
During the classical era, composers usually didn't give their songs unique names. So "Hungarian Dances" isn't the name of a single song with several different versions, but rather a style that multiple composers wrote in. The same thing is true of all the songs titled "Sonata," "Symphony," and so on.
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comment When to use a dot or a tie in music notation?
Both are acceptable, but the second is usually preferred because it's usually easier to read.
Aug
16
comment Consonance & Dissonance Relative To Melodies
-1 Consonance and dissonance ate very broad concepts in music. Saying that one can only apply them in certain situations is simply wrong.
Aug
14
comment Automatic transcription software with ABC output for Android devices?
@Kevin It would add more context to your question and make it easier to get good answers if you described which style of music you work with the most. I was confused reading your question without that information.
Aug
14
comment Automatic transcription software with ABC output for Android devices?
@Wheat Williams I've heard of ABC notation. Like MIDI, it's a data format for musical information, except that it isn't as powerful and it's more human-readable.
Aug
8
comment How do you know what beat to emphasize based on the time signature?
Sometimes, pieces use hemiola on some measures to change up rhythmic feel without changing key signature, making things a little more deliciously complicated.
Aug
5
comment Playing on white notes only
I recommend learning to play with the black keys (in addition to learning how to transpose). Even moderate beginner-level pieces will have accidentals in them, meaning you'll quickly reach a point where being unable to play with black keys will hold you back.
Aug
4
comment Max Size of a Chord
What about white noise? That's a sound produced by playing every single frequency at once (more or less).
Aug
2
comment If my music is very dynamic, should I run it through a compressor after recording?
+1 for using volume automation instead of compression. Just increase the volume of the quiet parts. This preserves the dynamic character of most of the song while making everything audible.
Jul
26
comment Is the particular skill of singing the melody correctly necessary to be able to play the trumpet?
I can't sing to save my life, but I was pretty good at playing the baritone, another brass instrument with similar technique to the trombone.
Jul
23
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
(My comment was pretty heavy-handed. I'm sorry for that. =/)
Jul
23
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
If you disagree, can we please discuss in meta?
Jul
23
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
This question looks like a shopping cart question to me, and I believe it should be closed. Please vote to close or discuss at meta.music.stackexchange.com/questions/840/…
Jul
20
comment What is the easiest/most popular way of figuring out the chords used in a song?
+0 In my experience, most of the music I listen to and write uses chords from outside the key, so this technique wouldn't be very helpful for me. I'd upvote an answer that's applicable to more styles of music.
Jul
20
comment Why am I always sticking to minor keys?
I prefer minor sounds too. :) I suggest playing with mixolydian scales instead of major ones - I personally like the sound of the lowered seventh and think you might as well.
Jul
19
comment Is a switch to the relative minor still called a modulation?
Interesting - I've never heard the term "mutation." I'd like to learn more, so is there any chance you can post a source?
Jul
19
comment How to give a song this sense of “conclusion”?
+1 This is a technique I've noticed used several times, and it really is especially satisfying and melancholy.
Jul
11
comment Song Structure: What's up with Verse/Chorus/Verse 2/Chorus/Verse 3/Bridge/Chorus?
Not all music follows this structure. Electronic dance music eschews verses and chorus for buildups, drops and breakdowns. Orchestral music is often organized in symphonies or sonatas. Film music often has to completely abandon common structures in order to follow the action that it accompanies. And so on.
Jul
9
comment What are the origins of music theory?
A couple of questions about whether music theory is strong like math, or more subjective: music.stackexchange.com/questions/16138/… music.stackexchange.com/questions/16172/…
Jul
9
comment What are the origins of music theory?
I agree with @Meaningful Username. There are several valuable questions being asked here, and I think the OP would do well to break them up into multiple other questions.