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Pentagram

By Devieus on October 21, 2018 7:25 am

This one is as easy as it gets, 5/4 bars, 5 bar progression, 5 progressions. The progression are the the lines in a pentagram going from point to point, so point 1 connects to point 3, to 5, to 2, to 4 back to 1, which in C Dorian is Cm-Eb-Gm-Dm-F. The reason for Dorian is because it's the only mode with its three minors in the first five chords. It's possible to do it in Ionian (major scale) and get all three majors instead in a very nice pattern (major-minor-major-minor-major), but I went with this instead.

Initially I wanted it to be something like the pyramid song, but that clearly didn't happen, so instead it's something I'd make.

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October 22, 2018 2:37 am

Interesting concept, good sounds!

October 22, 2018 5:12 am

Everything is saturated so nicely in this one! It turns out that the melody is also quite engaging, as if it were some kind of rotating sigil...

October 22, 2018 2:00 pm

I can't stop listening, I keep looping it! definitely a favorite! Great tones (love that Koto/harp) and melody, it's beautiful smile

October 23, 2018 3:06 pm

Catchy as all getout. "Easy as it gets." huh?

October 23, 2018 7:19 pm
LydiaPrimate wrote:

Interesting concept, good sounds!

Yea, it took some tweaking, but I'm quite satisfied with these.

gpsychosis wrote:

Everything is saturated so nicely in this one! It turns out that the melody is also quite engaging, as if it were some kind of rotating sigil...

Almost as if some force worked my hand.

It was me, I was the force. Melodies are my thing.

Gab Manette wrote:

I can't stop listening, I keep looping it! definitely a favorite! Great tones (love that Koto/harp) and melody, it's beautiful smile

I know what you mean, but I know it has untapped potential. 25 bars isn't quite enough.

Jim Wood wrote:

Catchy as all getout. "Easy as it gets." huh?

I mean, in theory. The song writes itself with these kinds of rules. 5 instruments, fixed 5 chord progression in a pattern (1-3-5-2-4, mode depending), 5 times through, and one track only plays notes at least 5 steps apart from the previous (two actually, the distorted guitar arp and the koto).

Just adhere to these rules and you'll find there isn't really all that much creative input required, or even allowed.

October 23, 2018 8:28 pm

I really like this.  Very beautiful.  Agreed with Gab, I am going to download this and loop it!  Excellent work.

October 23, 2018 8:29 pm

The distorted guitar type instrument is really cool.

October 23, 2018 10:10 pm

Yeah the distorted sound is cool.  Pentagrams are a nice Halloween-themed symbol also.  You know, for wholesome Halloween activities like blood sacrifices or what have you.  smile

October 24, 2018 6:56 am
orangedrink wrote:

I really like this.  Very beautiful.  Agreed with Gab, I am going to download this and loop it!  Excellent work.
The distorted guitar type instrument is really cool.

Thanks.
The distorted guitar is just the standard gadget distorted guitar with a little bit of extra effect to it.

CosmicCairns wrote:

Yeah the distorted sound is cool.  Pentagrams are a nice Halloween-themed symbol also.  You know, for wholesome Halloween activities like blood sacrifices or what have you.  smile


When I made it I had a more mathematical version in mind, but I guess this works.

October 24, 2018 11:00 am

Fascinating process. Incidentally, Dorian is my fave mode, and 5/4 is my fave 'irregular' time signature. Also enjoy how you've maximised the 5s by also having 5 5 bar progressions ^_^

October 24, 2018 12:41 pm
Avarine wrote:

Fascinating process. Incidentally, Dorian is my fave mode, and 5/4 is my fave 'irregular' time signature. Also enjoy how you've maximised the 5s by also having 5 5 bar progressions ^_^

It's a running theme with this song, I started out with the concept of a pentagram and worked my way from there.

October 25, 2018 1:27 am

this is rad!

October 25, 2018 5:13 am
kaedo sevaada wrote:

this is rad!

I concur.

October 26, 2018 4:04 pm

Really cool creative process with the 5s.  The chord progression is hypnotic with it's melody supporting it.  Nice!

October 27, 2018 7:01 am
Tone Matrix wrote:

Really cool creative process with the 5s.  The chord progression is hypnotic with its melody supporting it.  Nice!


It's definitely enchanting, I really liked the approach here with such a set theme.

October 29, 2018 12:24 am

Rich sounds and great pop appeal. the 5/4 timing gives it the feel of pushing forward or forward motion. Strong melody and accompaniment. Great synth sounds all around!

October 29, 2018 7:55 am
NWSPR wrote:

Rich sounds and great pop appeal. the 5/4 timing gives it the feel of pushing forward or forward motion. Strong melody and accompaniment. Great synth sounds all around!

Sounds like a good review then. You're right on all counts of course.

November 4, 2018 5:51 pm

This is magically good... the metallic soundworld gives it a pleasantly abrasive, almost industrial quality. It works great in contrast with the gorgeous melody lines, almost like robots putting up their own string quartet.

November 4, 2018 8:10 pm
Ashen Simian wrote:

This is magically good... the metallic soundworld gives it a pleasantly abrasive, almost industrial quality. It works great in contrast with the gorgeous melody lines, almost like robots putting up their own string quartet.

It's a lot of things and I'm not sure it's entirely done, but you're completely right on all counts. Especially the metallic sound, I was super satisfied when I just decided to up the attack.

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