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When listeners speak of music as being “memorable,” they are often thinking of catchy tunes. A lot of composers, though, have little interest in melody, particularly of the catchy variety. I remember one of my teachers complaining about “tunes that stick to the roof of your mouth, like peanut butter.”
What do you think? Do you write catchy tunes? Do you find catchy tunes unpleasant? What, in your experience, makes a piece of music memorable – what makes a piece linger in your mind long after the sound waves have ceased? Do you think memorability is a desirable quality in music, or is it all about the moment of listening?
posted by Lawrence Dillon
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Post-Tonal Pickup Lines
Next time you’re uptown, you should try some of these out. Let me know how it goes!
You look very combinatorial tonight.
I’d still date you – even if it turned out we were Z-related.
Wanna generalize my interval system?
Baby, how about some Erwar-tongue?
Wanna get fruitful and multiplicative?
Are you looking for some strong isography?
Hey, you’re one classy pitch!
You look just beautiful in that cycle of Perles.
They call me “the masterless hammer,” and I’m very hard to play.
How about you and me do a little of the ole (012357)?
posted by David Salvage