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APR 2020: Continue the YouTube tutorial series on Neo-Riemannian Theory YouTube thumbnail for the music composition technique video tutorial Riemann Transformations: Part 2 Five Paths to Domination In Part 2 Five Paths to Domination, both simple and compound Riemannian transformations are applied to a Schillinger Dominant Pedal Point chord progression framework. Paths through the Tonnetz diagram are illustrated with short orchestral examples. And I did some serious testing of the recently released Audio Modeling SWAM Solo Brass bundle. Read more >>
MAR 2020: Start of a YouTube video tutorial series on Neo-Riemannian Theory YouTube thumbnail for the music composition technique video tutorial Riemann Transformations: Part 1 Schillinger Caught in the Tonnetz The first episode is called Part 1 Schillinger Caught in the Tonnetz, and presents the 3 basic and the compound Riemannian transformations. Each of these is demonstrated for major and minor triads in the Tonnetz with short composition examples. Read more >>
FEB 2020: The YouTube series on Twelvetone Triads and Hexachords is complete with Episode 3. YouTube thumbnail for the music composition technique video tutorial Twelvetone Triads and Hexachords Part 3 Modal Triad Polychords This part is about Modal Triad Polychords,, combining 4 structures including major, minor, diminished, sus2, sus4, Lydian or Phrygian trichords. Watch the analysis of hexachord combinations and polychord voicing. All sets are presented with chord progressions and short composition examples. Read more >>
JAN 2020: On the YouTube channel find the 2nd episode in the series on Twelvetone Triads and Hexachords. YouTube thumbnail for the music composition technique video tutorial Twelvetone Triads and Hexachords Part 2 Regular Triad Polychords Part 2 is about Regular Triad Polychords, with 4 triads in thirds (major, minor, augmented, diminished) that cover all 12 pitch-classes. You'll find the properties of the hexachord combinations and polychord voicings in terms of PC-Sets and chord tension level. Read more >>

DEC 2019: On the YouTube channel I started a Composition Technique tutorial series about 12-tone Triads and Hexachords. YouTube thumbnail for the music composition technique video tutorial Twelvetone Triads and Hexachords Part 1 Polychords Part 1 is about Polychord Structures and Properties. It demonstrates combining triads into hexachords and how triad stacking into polychords and the distribution of dissonant intervals affects the chord tension level classification. The Arranging Techniques video tutorial series for 2019 has been completed with Episodes 19 and 20 about writing Percussive Ensemble phrases for a jazz big band. Read more >>
NOV 2019: The 4th episode on writing for an ensemble, YouTube thumbnail for the music composition video Route l'amour perdu with various examples of a percussive setting for big band brass, has been added to the the Arranging Techniques playlist on the YouTube channel. Also there's a fresh composition in contemporary jazz style for big band: 'Route l'amour perdu'. See the full score on this website, listen to the audio demo on SoundCloud or watch the YouTube movie. Read more >>
OCT 2019: In the Arranging Techniques playlist on my YouTube channel YouTube thumbnail for the video tutorial Ensemble Techniques: Percussive Brass Voicings find the first three video tutorials on jazz arranging with Ensemble Techniques. The series discusses the distribution of sectional harmony settings and parts from extended chords over a saxophone and brass section. Each episode includes annotated score and audio examples. Read more >>
SEP 2019: The video tutorial Harmony Dissonanance Control: Ulehla Chord Tension Level and Hindemith Chord Groups YouTube thumbnail for the video tutorial Harmony Dissonanance Control: Ulehla Chord Tension Level and Hindemith Chord Groups has been added to the Music Composition Techniques playlist on my YouTube channel. It is based on the Chord Tension Guide in the book by Ludmila Ulehla on contemporary harmony. Nine chord tension levels are mapped on the six Hindemith Chord groups, with chord voicing and composition examples. Read more >>
AUG 2019: The 3-episode Sectional Harmony in 5 Parts video tutorial series YouTube thumbnail for the video tutorial Sectional Harmony in Five Parts: Extended 4-Part Technique has been added to the Arranging Techniques playlist on my YouTube channel. This series dicsusses the extended 4-part approach, chord voicings in 4ths and combining techniques. Each episode includes annotated score and audio examples. Read more >>
Jul 2019: Sectional Harmony in 4 Parts video tutorial series completed in the Arranging Techniques playlist, with Episode 11 Combining Techniques and a swing jazz/blues example. YouTube thumbnail for the video tutorial Sectional Harmony in Four Parts: Combining Techniques In the Composition Techniques playlist find: Schillinger Hybrid 4-Part Harmony: Chord Progressions and Examples, Part 2. And there's the recently started search for video tutorial workflow optimisation. Read more >>
Jun 2019: In the YouTube Composition Techniques playlist there is a new video tutorial: YouTube thumbnail for the video tutorial Schillinger Hybrid 4-Part Harmony, Part 1 Schillinger Hybrid 4-Part Harmony: Chord Structures, Progressions and Examples, Part 1. Two episodes added to the Arranging Techniques playlist: Sectional Harmony in 4 Parts: Eliminating Repeated Notes (9/11) and Sectional Harmony in 4 Parts: Extended and Altered Dominant Chord (10/11). Read more >>
 

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