In 1990, hip-hop trio Bell Biv Devoe released Poison. B.B.D. was the first concert I ever saw. Gerardo and C+C Music Factory opened. B.B.D. came on stage in those tubes from the end of E.T. I’m not sure why I was listening to such sexually-charged music in grade school, but songs like “Do Me” seem […]
Sagat from Street Fighter II is known for his tiger fireballs and tiger uppercuts. The “tiger” in question is a Minor Third interval from the E-flat down to the C.
The ‘Snake Charmer’ is a popular melody for evoking the Middle East. Here it is in the key of E minor. The Snake Charmer melody comes from a song called “The Streets of Cairo” written by showman and congressman Sol Bloom. Bloom was the entertainment director of the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, and […]
The famous intro sound of the 16-bit Sega Genesis, which I assume is a choir of Japanese dudes with the most lovely singing voices in the world. What we have here is an interval of a minor third between two major chords: Eb Major to a C Major sung in parallel harmony. The chords appear […]
The second song off our new album is a bright up-tempo tune with a whole-tone hook. Drag over the black stemmed noteheads. “Black Unstemmed Noteheads” is a song about songs—a kind of metasong if you will, and I know you will. If this blog could write songs, it would sound like this. A kind of […]
Behold and Hearken! The Blessèd Circle of Fifths… Beginning at the top with a low A and following clockwise, we cycle through the 12 tones of Equal Temperament, spanning seven octaves, ascending a fifth at a time, till we return once again to the octave and back to the A. Drag your mouse in clockwise […]
New York New Yorkers have been singing lots of fresh new songs over the past couple of months. They sing on the street, and in the park, and on the bridge. They even engage in what George Orwell once called “group-sing”. They sing syncopated 4/4 call-and-answer crowd-pleasers, sung with the People’s Microphone, at plus 120 […]