I transcribed this song recently and I wanted some insight for analyzing it. It seems to me that it is a diminished riff, using some tritones and chromatic stuff and major seconds. However, beyond this I am not certain exactly what sort of chord progressions or compositional techniques are being used in this song. For example, even if the song is atonal what sort of atonal methods are being used

recording of transcription (Seems to autoplay to some annoying songs afterwords, not sure how to stop this.) original song

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  • What will you be doing with the results of the analysis? Do you want to make new arrangements of it, possibly altering the harmony, but keeping some aspects of the original intact? Or do you want to compose your own songs by using a similar perspective into harmony and song structure that might have been used to compose this one? What comes to the annoying autoplay thing, it seems to be a SoundCloud thing. Stop using SoundCloud and take your stuff elsewhere. community.soundcloud.com/desktop-230066/… – piiperi Reinstate Monica Apr 4 '19 at 8:19
  • I was going to be using it to compose. What I was trying to ask is, if I opened up a music theory textbook what sections would I go to to learn more about this sort of thing? What would you recommend using instead of soundcloud? – alderic_ivanka Apr 4 '19 at 13:59
  • this will be a good ear training to listen and notate music. This is always more effective if you're doing by yourself and looking for feedback. But you will not find help by a theory book as this music is outside of theory of traditional harmony. Dieter de la Motte has in his Harmonielehre some chapters about individual styles of contemporary composers. (you can download the book as pdf for free and translate those chapters in English.) This could be helpful to find out concepts of modern composers. My advice: make this training with music where you can control your trials with the original. – Albrecht Hügli Apr 4 '19 at 15:44
  • If I understand your comment correctly. This is what I am trying to do, learn theory through transcribing songs and then trying to analyze what is happening rather than from a textbook. However, I was trying to figure out what sort of topics/concepts might be happening in this piece to explore further. Atonal/ Music outside of traditional theory is a pretty broad concept, so i'm not sure exactly where in that field to find concepts related to this piece. – alderic_ivanka Apr 4 '19 at 23:00

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