Lecture, LSO St Luke's, Thursday, 25 Apr 2024 - 18:00
Musical Consonance and Dissonance: The Good, Bad and Beautifully Ugly
What makes a piece of music challenging, bland, intriguing, beautiful or ugly?
This lecture explores the concept of ‘musical flavour’ formed by intervallic, rhythmic and timbral components and how they contribute to a sense of consonance and dissonance.
In particular we look at the interval vector, a system by which harmonic objects are analysed as a series of ‘handshakes’ between pitches, providing a measure of harmonic ‘bite’. The ‘Hendrix chord’ is used as a case study of such harmonic flavour.
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