Musical DNA

Last week I read an article in the New York TImes on musical motives and  it’s connection with our own human DNA

New York Times article on musical DNA.

This has inspired me to think about the ways we can take a small thread of music and weave an entire world out of it

I find it can be  very useful to have a set of techniques I can apply to my own motives to help realize their full potential.

Lets take a set of pitches and I will call this my motive. Below is a list of 10 compositional devices you can use to transform your motive. Next week we will look at another 10





Posted on April 17, 2012 in Music Composition

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An award-winning composer, accomplished musician and sonic storyteller, Douglas Gibson resides in New York City, where he composes and gives music composition lessons locally and online worldwide.
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