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Walter Bishsop Jr's view of The circle of fifths/fourths. Fourths have always fascinated me although they're a bit baffling too, this is a great description. with four mallets it's four circles at a time in fourth chords, way cool. Spud Murphy...


pax Fri, 01/10/2014 - 10:03

The first two examples are straight forward. the third examples is a little more complicated (diatonic fourths?). i believe as the fourths all have to fit the Key? different fourths solve this problem, so what's the interval pattern here? That's the next post., more to come...

Root on top. 4=fourth. 5=tritone
I - 4-4-4
II - 4-4-4
III - 4-5-4 Aug Fourth in middle - tritone
IV - 4-4-4
V - 4-4-4
VI - 5-4-4 Aug IV on the bottom - tritone
VII - 4-4-5 Aug IV in the top - tritone

pax Sun, 01/12/2014 - 10:18

In reply to by pax

First thing is Lyle Spud Murphy!
Long ago when I lived in LA, a friend, Paul Lagos tried to teach me some music, his teacher at the time was Spud Murphy.
A breakdown of the video
SPUD MURPHY – equal interval composition, film music.
2:30 get it under your fingers and into your ears
5:45 Green Dolphin Street
7:00 two directions
8:00. II-V-I
10:00 thirds C F Bb / Eb Ab Db
11:20 general
12:40 specific
13:50 3/4ths ect
15:40 the shift (small intervals)
17:30 Lady Barbara, cool tune
18:40 Farmers Flight
20:40 two lines
21:20 parallel motion Lazy Bird
22:20 Invitation
23:00 Chromatics
23:25 onBreaks Night in Tunesia

tifoo Sun, 01/12/2014 - 15:23

In reply to by pax

Hey Pax, what video do you refer to ?

I've check the EIS site, pretty complex, but the sample pdf looks interesting (but still complex)

Do you have a link to that video ?

tifoo Sun, 04/13/2014 - 08:52

Hello tutti,

as for my second lesson (earning ed's saindon's great book) of the 3 months lessons due,
here are 2 examples excerpt from Pax's great video link.

I hope you enjoy them !


tifoo Tue, 05/13/2014 - 16:27

In reply to by pax

Hey Pax,
the way I see "opening the harmony" is like doing parallels in mathematic,or cicrcles.
from a center point, it's all relative.
from that center point you can stretch, but the movements have to be clear.

music from concepts...but still music !

I can't help thinking about Berg's music as the best example