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Resolve Into Suspense

By Devieus on July 8, 2018 6:41 am

Not a whole lot going on, just some pretty sounds doing some pretty things. And also every progression ends in a suspense chord.

So for those aspiring music theorists, this is for you. The first two cycles are C-G-Bb-F-D-Csus4-C-Csus2 (I-V-VIIb-IV-II-Isus4-I-Isus2), then it goes up the circle of fifths with a sus2 sung by the choir bridging the chords, or sus4 because there's overlap due to how the circle of fifths works where a Isus2=Vsus4. The last 8 bars are the same as the first, just in a different key: F-C-Eb-A-G-Fsus4-F-Fsus2.

Thus everything always resolves into suspense, though it doesn't feel very suspenseful, it somehow feels like a pretty normal resolution for the most part.

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July 9, 2018 12:12 am

That is a v pretty chord prog, great layering too heart

July 9, 2018 7:02 am

Interesting sound combination, with a very clean mix and concordant melodies. Wish I understood the underlying theory!

July 9, 2018 7:56 am

That choir is awesome in the quiter part!

July 9, 2018 3:17 pm
Mortistar wrote:

That is a v pretty chord prog, great layering too heart

Thanks. Chord progressions are my jam.

gpsychosis wrote:

Interesting sound combination, with a very clean mix and concordant melodies. Wish I understood the underlying theory!

Unfortunately the piano has ended up a big more quiet than I wanted it to be as a result, but it's servicable. I recommend watching Adam Neely on YouTube if you want to learn about music theory.

theGuen wrote:

That choir is awesome in the quiter part!

Honestly, the choir is awesome in every part, though could definitely use some touch-ups.

July 9, 2018 3:59 pm

Fun piece and a very insightful use of harmonic theory.

July 9, 2018 5:22 pm

Oh yes, glad you brought back that choir! I like the harpsicord quality of the wave overlaying the piano in the quieter part smile

July 10, 2018 10:33 am
Jim Wood wrote:

Fun piece and a very insightful use of harmonic theory.

The best two things in life, combined.

Gab Manette wrote:

Oh yes, glad you brought back that choir! I like the harpsicord quality of the wave overlaying the piano in the quieter part smile

That choir is always a treat and I love it. I guess it kind of is like a harpsichord, even though it's really just a square wave.

July 10, 2018 1:01 pm
Devieus wrote:

I guess it kind of is like a harpsichord, even though it's really just a square wave.

I think it's the attack of the piano paired with the square that tricks my ears. It is a nifty trick smile

July 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Gab Manette wrote:
Devieus wrote:

I guess it kind of is like a harpsichord, even though it's really just a square wave.

I think it's the attack of the piano paired with the square that tricks my ears. It is a nifty trick smile

It's a happy little accident.

July 10, 2018 7:57 pm

love the choir.  nice addition to your arsenal.

aspiring music theorist!  that's me!  HE'S TALKING TO ME I GOT A SHOUTOUT OMG

July 11, 2018 7:12 am
orangedrink wrote:

love the choir.  nice addition to your arsenal.

aspiring music theorist!  that's me!  HE'S TALKING TO ME I GOT A SHOUTOUT OMG

Yea, I love using it every time.

It wasn't directed as you exclusively, but if you're a music theorist, you're definitely among the target audience.

July 11, 2018 8:50 am

This has a very nice progression in it, I also appreciate that nice Glassian minimalistic vibe of it all smile Great stuff...

July 11, 2018 11:25 am

Nice, arpeggios!  And I like the feeling that the tracking is slowing down when they cut out as well.

July 11, 2018 2:00 pm

Lovely soothing progression and a choir that evokes film_score vibes

July 11, 2018 5:13 pm
Ashen Simian wrote:

This has a very nice progression in it, I also appreciate that nice Glassian minimalistic vibe of it all smile Great stuff...

I don't know what Glassian is, but it's the results that matter. Indeed it flows nicely.

LydiaPrimate wrote:

Nice, arpeggios!  And I like the feeling that the tracking is slowing down when they cut out as well.

It's not so much they cut out as they're being replaced by the piano, and also slowing down, so you got that right.

Tone Matrix wrote:

Lovely soothing progression and a choir that evokes film_score vibes

It's my jam. I love listening to it so I might as well make it so I can listen to it.

July 13, 2018 9:36 pm

I don't know about the theory stuff.  Just made me smile though. The contrast of the piano playing off the synth arps is uplifting. The vocal layering in the last third is the best part of traveling through the chord progression. You do make some really beautiful music (for being such a sarcastic smart ass smile )

July 14, 2018 7:10 am
NWSPR wrote:

I don't know about the theory stuff.  Just made me smile though. The contrast of the piano playing off the synth arps is uplifting. The vocal layering in the last third is the best part of traveling through the chord progression. You do make some really beautiful music (for being such a sarcastic smart ass smile )

You know me so well smile
To be honest, music theory isn't super duper important, it's more of an analysis tool and maybe a jumping off platform than a set of rules that say that this is good music. This is certainly decent music, but I thank the instruments for a lot of that (that choir is just so good), and I thank the theory for not making it sound like a discorded mess, though I, you, just about everyone else, can do that.
So really it's just a way of saying why I'm so good, even though I'm not particularly special.

August 6, 2018 12:10 am

Beautiful chord progression!  Interesting how it manages to feel familiar and unexpected at the same time. 
Nice work!

August 6, 2018 6:30 am
Reilly Farrell wrote:

Beautiful chord progression!  Interesting how it manages to feel familiar and unexpected at the same time. 
Nice work!

I guess that's music theory for you.

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