Two-Faced Snare Drum

Starting from Johan’s article Alternative pulses in pulse-based music I tried to get a simple comparison on the Workbench. Two excerpts from two pieces in straight 4/4 bars. Both of them bear an alternative pulse inside them. The alternative pulse

Two-Faced Snare Drum

Starting from Johan’s article Alternative pulses in pulse-based music I tried to get a simple comparison on the Workbench. Two excerpts from two pieces in straight 4/4 bars. Both of them bear an alternative pulse inside them. The alternative pulse

A Delayed First Beat

Pieces which are built with a steady pulse and a steady meter normally make use of that grid without disrupting or confusing it. Pulse and regular bars serve as base to other components which move into the foreground and become

A Delayed First Beat

Pieces which are built with a steady pulse and a steady meter normally make use of that grid without disrupting or confusing it. Pulse and regular bars serve as base to other components which move into the foreground and become

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Applied Abstraction in Analysis

A text published in Blatt 3000 #4 – 01. Oktober 2015 Mauro Hertig I am in love with simple shapes. I like to listen to music that contains them and deals with them in all possible ways. And I like

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Applied Abstraction in Analysis

A text published in Blatt 3000 #4 – 01. Oktober 2015 Mauro Hertig I am in love with simple shapes. I like to listen to music that contains them and deals with them in all possible ways. And I like

OPPOSITES Tool

The Opposites Tool gathers two audio examples which oppose each other in means of the words that describe them. Application Explanation of the comparison and its two opposites Audio example Opposing audio example Illustration: White circle is audio example, black

OPPOSITES Tool

The Opposites Tool gathers two audio examples which oppose each other in means of the words that describe them. Application Explanation of the comparison and its two opposites Audio example Opposing audio example Illustration: White circle is audio example, black

Alternative pulses in pulse-based music

In many pieces of music we are presented to a rhythm that is creating some kind of friction against the main pulse. But stil there are not very many examples, in music where pulse is a dominant element, to push

Alternative pulses in pulse-based music

In many pieces of music we are presented to a rhythm that is creating some kind of friction against the main pulse. But stil there are not very many examples, in music where pulse is a dominant element, to push

POOL TOOL Applied on Decelerating Shape (Part 2)

This second part is all about decelerating shapes without the grid of a steady pulse. (To part one: Decelarating shapes inside a steady pulse) As it happens, the pieces I worked on here contain accelerating shapes more or less in

POOL TOOL Applied on Decelerating Shape (Part 2)

This second part is all about decelerating shapes without the grid of a steady pulse. (To part one: Decelarating shapes inside a steady pulse) As it happens, the pieces I worked on here contain accelerating shapes more or less in

POOL TOOL Applied on Decelerating Shape (Part 1)

I have this fascination for accelerating and, even more, decelerating shapes. Most of them don’t take longer than a few seconds. When applying the Pool Tool on pieces, it quite soon became clear that it would make sense to distinguish

POOL TOOL Applied on Decelerating Shape (Part 1)

I have this fascination for accelerating and, even more, decelerating shapes. Most of them don’t take longer than a few seconds. When applying the Pool Tool on pieces, it quite soon became clear that it would make sense to distinguish

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Champagne! Caviar!

It is the grand opening of the Forum of Applied Abstraction! This forum/blog is a place to gather and discuss simple tools of musical analysis. Words are the main components of discussion. Audio excerpts from other platforms (Youtube, Soundcloud etc)

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Champagne! Caviar!

It is the grand opening of the Forum of Applied Abstraction! This forum/blog is a place to gather and discuss simple tools of musical analysis. Words are the main components of discussion. Audio excerpts from other platforms (Youtube, Soundcloud etc)

THE HEAVY DROP Applied on Vampire Weekend’s “Finger Back”

Ever since I first listened to “Finger Back” by Vampire Weekend, this opening drum beat struck me. It reappears throughout the whole song and never loses that intensity. I tried to somehow get behind why it is so special and

THE HEAVY DROP Applied on Vampire Weekend’s “Finger Back”

Ever since I first listened to “Finger Back” by Vampire Weekend, this opening drum beat struck me. It reappears throughout the whole song and never loses that intensity. I tried to somehow get behind why it is so special and

HEAVY DROP Tool

The Heavy Drop is a sub-tool to the Pool Tool. it uses an original Pool as starting point to describe why an excerpt of music is special. That special excerpt is the Heavy Drop. Application Pool + explanation of difference

HEAVY DROP Tool

The Heavy Drop is a sub-tool to the Pool Tool. it uses an original Pool as starting point to describe why an excerpt of music is special. That special excerpt is the Heavy Drop. Application Pool + explanation of difference

POOL TOOL

The Pool Tool describes a musical phenomenon through words and audio examples. It produces an assembly of the same. Application Pool = Short explanation of phenomenon + 3 or more audio examples 1. Explanation: What do you hear? How do

POOL TOOL

The Pool Tool describes a musical phenomenon through words and audio examples. It produces an assembly of the same. Application Pool = Short explanation of phenomenon + 3 or more audio examples 1. Explanation: What do you hear? How do