Why the “California Girls” Chorus Won’t Get Out of Your Ears
Some tunes won’t get out of your ears. The chorus from the Beach Boys’ “California Girls” is one of them
Chromaticism: Accidentals Aren’t Created Equal
Why do composers use all those flats and sharps, let alone the weird x’s? Understanding this question can help you both as you play music and as you write it.
Composing Report: January 2016
As part of my PhD studies, I’ve wanted to develop professional work habits. I needed a composing system that would eliminate my excuses for not working and would cushion me against life’s curveballs.
Melodies vs. Gestures
Many people say melody — the foreground sequence of pitches — is an essential part of music, but lots of music does just fine without any pitches. Even music that uses notes often doesn’t have melodies. So how does music operate when it does not have melodies?