Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Friday, May 13, 2011

Atonal House


Subject 13, Mystical Flyte

A good trick for writing dance music is bitonality: make the tune be in two keys at once, or even three, as in the mid-section of this one. The bass line and the main clavichord hook are so spaced apart melodically it's almost disturbing. Rocking. This is almost atonal. Listen to the high pedal points and the flute and trumpet lines: they have nothing to do with each other melodically. Yet they work. Your ears try to encompass each key—pretty effortless mind expansion occurs. Disturbingly between demonic, sexy, weird, and peaceful. Speculative listening. Full on drums too, in double time with the bass—another nice touch, two different speeds moving relative to one another.

2 comments:

ai said...

Yes, but what do we call it. It's more than bitonal, but less (or much more) than atonal. Polytonal, definitely, but perhaps something else: heterotonal? free tonality? tonal promiscuity? tonally noncommittal? tonal shiftiness? Cool...

Timothy Morton said...

Hey good point Adrian. I shall chew this over.