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Yes, but how does that make you *feel*?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

One of the things that I love most about music is how it makes me feel. But besides loving how great music can stir such emotion, I also love trying to understand what it is that makes me feel that emotion.  Sure there’s the obvious big one for transmitting emotion: lyric.  But even more fascinating to me are the nuanced and mysterious effects of chord changes, chord voicing changes, modulations, rhythm, timbre, tone, countermovement of melody etc and their impacts on the ‘feel’ of a song.

This post on is an amazing illustration of taking a familiar, broody, moody minor keyed song and processing it into a major key.  It’s pretty mindblowing to me, and I hope you too.

Major Scaled #2 : REM - "Recovering My Religion" from major scaled on Vimeo.

And here’s a cool additional look at a process to do a key shift like this (also from

PS: is good for your brain.

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