cluster chord

→ Paper Doll (pt. 2)

Originally posted by jengkook

pairing → Jungkook x Reader

genre → idol+singer-songwriter!au, drama, slight angst, smut

 warning  sex, language

word count   → 4.7k

 summary   → When the nation’s little sister, IU, gets into a huge scandal, your agency seizes the opportunity to thrust you into that now vacant spotlight. Your self-composed song Paper Doll becomes an overnight sensation, and soon people are itching to find out who was the one who broke your heart. All hell breaks loose once netizens discover that you used to date popular idol, Jeon Jungkook. Little do they know that it wasn’t him who left the relationship unscathed –  it was you.

↳ alternatively: a story on the consequences of a hit break-up song

i | ii 

 a/n  → i haven’t even been on tumblr for a week and askdjjj I can’t believe how many people liked pt. i –  also, I know absolutely nothing about songwriting or music theory, or anything really, so this is me bullshitting my way through 4k words that i haven’t proofread

You associated every song of yours to a specific time and place.

The whimsical cluster chords that opened up Blue Afternoon made you think of the view from your window last spring. Looking down on the busy streets of Seoul from your flat, a crowding of umbrellas had danced to the sound of heavy rain, and you had been immediately struck with a melody line.

That was your favorite part of songwriting – that moment when you finally had something, after having absolutely nothing.

Ironically enough, out of all the songs on your album, you disliked Paper Doll the most.

Even before it had been propelled to the top of the music charts, the song had never been a favorite. The melody line was catchy but predictable, with the most common chord progressions and an overproduced chorus. The people reviewing your songs during the album production had all loved it, however, and they had adamantly decided to push it as a title track.

It was amusing how people presumed the song described a devastating heartbreak between you and your first love. They weren’t exactly wrong, but their interpretation was completely off. Still, you weren’t stupid enough to disapprove their theories. If they wanted to believe that your first boyfriend was a heartless playboy, then that wasn’t your problem.

At least you had never thought it would have to be a problem.

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I definitely have a taste for cluster chords, or chords that sort of clash. I like things that are a little quirky, little eccentric things. I think there’s a DNA in my arrangements. I’d been contacted regularly by the acoustic guitar books for people learning how to play to learn on. I was flattered, but I didn’t know if it would work, because I think I’m more modal, like old Icelandic music. You can’t really play that on an acoustic guitar, because it’s just different. It’s another tradition.
—  Björk on why she can’t see her music being played on a guitar, Pitchfork (2017)
music hoe things
  • writing lyrics and realising u sound like an angsty 12 yr old
  • every song has the same 4 chords probably?????
  • bitter hatred of sopranos
  • ‘one-y and a two-y and a’ 
  • theres at least 3 kids in ur choir who worship eric whitacre
  • + whenever theres a cluster chord in a song one of them probably goes “hey that sounds like whitacre”
  • “why did ashley get the solo….her tone is SO forward” 
  • school admin not giving a shit abt music classes/students???????
  • when u improv harmonise in thirds and ppl think ur some kind of genius
  • best part of the movie is the soundtrack
  • why tf do certain note combos make me so happy??? story at 11
  • finding out berklee tuition and crying
  • finding out juilliard acceptance rate and crying
  • just crying bc music in general . fuck it who needs it
  • this hoe. me.  i do. i need it 

Langgaard - Music of the Spheres

Would you believe me if I told you this was written before 1920? Because it sounds like an anachronistic disciple of Ligeti and Scriabin. Polytonal cluster chords, mixing wordless choir and organ for added color, playing directly on the strings of a piano, shimmering and ethereal, mysticism at its best

must have:
1. oddness - catdog FAST
3. manychord - rugrots SLOW
7. modulateeverything SLOW
8. phone call - car show MID
24. what’s for dinner MID
29. easy FAST
53. jowl PS SLOW angry birds

2. oddity PS MID
4. moresurrealdubstep
5. dnb with mud P
6. morph b didn’t work S
9. damaged chord (lots of vel modulating) P
10. richter dnb (with the wusik cluster chords) PS FAST
11. psych reading (the one that samples andrew sisters) S
12. clicker (staccato juno) P angry bird
13. told (funky malcoun drum, great bridge) P
14. ninoiho - music festival S
15. infobeetle P
16. weirdfunk (echoing synthtom) PS FAST
17. sharp fuzz S
18. psychwaltz
19. 10 idm (citizen)
20. lazy bones PS SLOW
21. elfman SP FAST
22. aeoidf (jan 2013)
23. grunger P
25. static (very) S
26. spy
27. immediately S
28. waking up at night S could be P, SLOW
30. dada bass
31. maybe make a song (would fit better on a rocky album)
32. spression PS SLOW
33. layer fake acoustic
34. berlin mouse S
35. afterdance shifthorns PS FAST
36. trooplets S
37. at peace S
38. arched maid carrier P
39. spike
40. laughcry P
41. trash breeze opiate
42. saurus (might sound shitty)
43. adding elephants
44. timmy is ill
45. ghost grime S
46. goodmonth jerry SP MID
47. zick jits
48. lets get mojo back
49. notice the f
50. polymer SP SLOW
51. spawn mountain
52. betty (only for its rhythm)

54. newdruq PS FAST
55. bonanza PS SLOW
56. monopoly PS FAST
57. mango PS MID
58. shrubb break PS MID angry bird
59. sunburnt nitro  PS MID

FOUR Analysis: Track 4 - 18

When I first heard this track I was like, “why does it feel like I’ve been listening to this on repeat for days?” Then I remembered that I’d been listening to X by Ed Sheeran on repeat for days, so…

This is SUCH AN ED SHEERAN SONG. Everything about the melody and the arrangement and the harmonization are just so emblematic of his style. The heavy reliance on the subdominant, especially, as both a harmonic staple and a non-chord tone, is something he does a lot, and the types of ornamentations in the melody are also very much par for the course. If I hadn’t already known there was an Ed Sheeran track, I’d probably have guessed anyway.

I hear tell he wrote it about one of the boys, and it’s already been adequately demonstrated that none of the “canon” 1D relationships began when one of them was 18, so I’ll just remind everybody of the one-two KO that is “when we were 18” in conjunction with “since we were 16” in Steal My Girl. Excuse me, I’ll be weeping for a thousand years over my tiny determined OTP.

This track cements my theory that they learn by rote, at least partially, because they obviously learned this by listening to Ed sing it. You can tell from the diction, especially Niall’s line: “We took a chawnce.” This was also noticeable in Little Things in the angle of the vowel in “all” when they sing “all these little things.” It’s a very English “all”, is what I’m saying, and typically they Americanise their diction except in particular cases.

The “ooh"s in the prechorus have some interesting dissonance, but I’m still not completely convinced I understand or like it. It’s something new, anyway. Cluster chords are not exactly standard in a boyband.

The chorus of this song is totally meant to be the climax of a romantic movie. I can see wind in a high place and dramatic twirling. They should use it for the next Nicholas Sparks adaptation.