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Beach House

I can’t get enough of this band.

I don’t think I’ve had a favorite band in 20 years, but I do now.

Part of the appeal is the singer’s (Victoria Legrand’s) voice, which is deep and reminds me a bit of Karen Carpenter, although the style is very different, more like that of male singers in 70’s pop and rock bands. Another part of the appeal is the songwriting, the chords and the melody and how the pieces are put together – the kinds of songs I would like to write. The songs are written by Legrand and Alex Scally. And the third part of the appeal is the dreamy, droning style of constant arpeggios, like if Philip Glass were to have written pop songs. This … Read the rest

Angelo Badalamenti Reveals How He and David Lynch Composed the Twin Peaks‘ “Love Theme”

Open Culture

“On my last trip to New York, some friends took me to a favorite new-wave Chinese place of theirs. When I asked where to find the bathroom, they said to go downstairs. The staircase deposited me into one of the most surreal bathroom approaches I’ve ever experienced: a long, narrow, fully mirrored hallway with a hauntingly familiar composition piped in from speakers installed along its length. Not until I resurfaced and asked what the deal was could I identify the music: the “Love Theme” from David Lynch’s early-1990s television series Twin Peaks. Many TV themes have lodged themselves into our collective memory, mostly through sheer repetition, but few have retained as much evocative power as the one Lynch’s composer, … Read the rest


A fascinating experiment where a melody is composed one note at a time through voting.

It’s an exercise in crowd-sourcing as well as a possible window into elements of music theory.
10s of thousands of individuals have voted so far.

The chord progression is C G Am F, which may be the most common progression in pop music. It’s the basis for songs such as:
“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey (1981)
“Let It Be” by The Beatles (1970)
“She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 (2002)
“Edge Of Glory” by Lady Gaga (2011)
(Hook Theory has much more about this)

The generated tune is nearly complete and sounds quite good, novel but familiar. It gets repetitive toward the end. The melody confirms one of … Read the rest