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    Posted: November 16 2013 at 16:14
I've been looking for songs recently with the most interested chord progressions that shouldn't mix but do, progressions that you can't think how the artist came up with them, or just straight interesting chords. I mean albums like The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and What's Going On, etc.  Does anyone know any like this that I probably haven't heard that I should? Really keen to see what people say! Tongue

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A few of my personal faves have some really interesting harmonic languages. I'll stick to more modern ones, since it's a safe bet that the classics are guaranteed to fall into this category by default:

Discipline - Unfolded Like Staircase and To Shatter All Accord (Particularly on Rogue)

Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition

Opeth - Still Life and Ghost Reveries

Dream Theater - Images & Words and Awake

Anglagard - Hybris and Viljans Oga

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The craziest thing I've ever heard with regards to this is Cretaceous Chasm by Blotted Science.  It's not so much chord progressions as defining unusual scales or groupings of notes and building the harmonic structure of the song around those.  What they're doing technically falls under the definition of "12 tone music" where instead of choosing a key or scale to write in, you take the 12 tones that make up a chromatic scale and put them in any order you like, then you use that order to create your composition.  Here's a cool video that explains what they did and what it sounds like...enjoy Wink

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^Very interesting take on the 12-tone technique! I much prefer that to straight serialism. So much more melodic than following a fixed progression of pitches.
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^Very interesting take on the 12-tone technique! I much prefer that to straight serialism. So much more melodic than following a fixed progression of pitches.

Same for me, I think strict serialism is much more interesting in theory than in actual practice.  12 tone - at least based on Schoenberg's real world application - is much more flexible than it would appear at first glance.  When a student admonished him for not following the rules of strict serialism in one of his pieces, Schoenberg reportedly replied, "it's a twelve tone COMPOSITION, not a TWELVE TONE composition".  As far as the Blotted Science piece above, I think it's fascinating to see/hear how the subgroups of the 12 tone row create different sections of a connected piece.  
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^Very interesting take on the 12-tone technique! I much prefer that to straight serialism. So much more melodic than following a fixed progression of pitches.

Same for me, I think strict serialism is much more interesting in theory than in actual practice.  12 tone - at least based on Schoenberg's real world application - is much more flexible than it would appear at first glance.  When a student admonished him for not following the rules of strict serialism in one of his pieces, Schoenberg reportedly replied, "it's a twelve tone COMPOSITION, not a TWELVE TONE composition".  As far as the Blotted Science piece above, I think it's fascinating to see/hear how the subgroups of the 12 tone row create different sections of a connected piece.  

Very interesting story about Schoenberg. I definitely believe it too; there's so much bickering about how effective his approach was by his contemporaries and descendants. I remember learning that many of the French serialists preferred the ideas of one of his protégées, Anton Webern. His stuff is pretty out there. So sparse... The dude's entire compositional output can be played in less than 4 hours.

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The chords and chord progressions Hatfield And The North use stick out to me. Not prog but Steely Dan too. 
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The chords and chord progressions Hatfield And The North use stick out to me. Not prog but Steely Dan too. 
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Originally posted by Neo-Romantic

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^Very interesting take on the 12-tone technique! I much prefer that to straight serialism. So much more melodic than following a fixed progression of pitches.

Same for me, I think strict serialism is much more interesting in theory than in actual practice.  12 tone - at least based on Schoenberg's real world application - is much more flexible than it would appear at first glance.  When a student admonished him for not following the rules of strict serialism in one of his pieces, Schoenberg reportedly replied, "it's a twelve tone COMPOSITION, not a TWELVE TONE composition".  As far as the Blotted Science piece above, I think it's fascinating to see/hear how the subgroups of the 12 tone row create different sections of a connected piece.  

Very interesting story about Schoenberg. I definitely believe it too; there's so much bickering about how effective his approach was by his contemporaries and descendants. I remember learning that many of the French serialists preferred the ideas of one of his protégées, Anton Webern. His stuff is pretty out there. So sparse... The dude's entire compositional output can be played in less than 4 hours.


Ya, Webern, probably Schoenberg's most well known student...here's what Frank Zappa had to say about him:

The other composer who filled me with awe -- I couldn't believe that anybody would write music like that -- was Anton Webern. I heard an early recording on the Dial label with a cover by an artist named David Stone Martin -- it had one or two of Webern's string quartets, and his Symphony op. 21 on the other side. I loved that record, but it was about as different from Stravinsky and Varèse as you could get.
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Originally posted by The.Crimson.King

The craziest thing I've ever heard with regards to this is Cretaceous Chasm by Blotted Science.  It's not so much chord progressions as defining unusual scales or groupings of notes and building the harmonic structure of the song around those.  What they're doing technically falls under the definition of "12 tone music" where instead of choosing a key or scale to write in, you take the 12 tones that make up a chromatic scale and put them in any order you like, then you use that order to create your composition.  Here's a cool video that explains what they did and what it sounds like...enjoy Wink

Eh. Cool that they're trying out stuff like that, it sounds good, and they can do whatever they want, but technically I think this is just a little too loose with the tone row to count- I mean, they don't actually really use the tone row at all, breaking it into groups and picking notes from that section, etc, they're almost never actually following along the row (you could extend that definition to say all non-microtonal music is 12-tone because it's taken from those 12 notes!). Indeed, Schoenberg often didn't follow the strict rules of adhering to the tone row, whether straight, inverted, reversed, or both; but he still mostly followed it, using parts (but unlike Blotted Science, still in row order), or just skipping a note here or there, or repeating notes. Webern was much more strict.

Interestingly, you can compose tonally using a twelve tone row, this piece by Schoenberg is almost Brahms-esque at times:

Also, yes, Webern was definitely more popular in the latter half of the 20th century; after WWII when hard and fast modernism really took hold, Webern was one of the few pre-WWII composers that the composers of the time were willing to take influence from.

 

Sorry for the derail, OP, I'll think about your question later.
 
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The Gates of Delirium have some great chords.
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The craziest thing I've ever heard with regards to this is Cretaceous Chasm by Blotted Science.  It's not so much chord progressions as defining unusual scales or groupings of notes and building the harmonic structure of the song around those.  What they're doing technically falls under the definition of "12 tone music" where instead of choosing a key or scale to write in, you take the 12 tones that make up a chromatic scale and put them in any order you like, then you use that order to create your composition.  Here's a cool video that explains what they did and what it sounds like...enjoy Wink

Eh. Cool that they're trying out stuff like that, it sounds good, and they can do whatever they want, but technically I think this is just a little too loose with the tone row to count- I mean, they don't actually really use the tone row at all, breaking it into groups and picking notes from that section, etc, they're almost never actually following along the row (you could extend that definition to say all non-microtonal music is 12-tone because it's taken from those 12 notes!). Indeed, Schoenberg often didn't follow the strict rules of adhering to the tone row, whether straight, inverted, reversed, or both; but he still mostly followed it, using parts (but unlike Blotted Science, still in row order), or just skipping a note here or there, or repeating notes. Webern was much more strict.

I don't know, the Blotted Science piece does open with an arpeggio of the complete tone row, then jumps into all the subgroups.  Might have been better if they had stayed with the original tone row a bit more.  I think Schoenberg's point was to get people to step outside the bounds of common tonality but stop just short of complete random atonality...after all, Schoenberg gave the original title of his approach as "Method of composing with 12 tones that are only related to one another", so as long as the piece portrays that then it's a successful 12 tone composition : though I'd love to hear what Schoenberg would have to say about the Blotted Science piece LOL
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some Radiohead have realy spinechilly chordal structures, and progression. Isis have some realy good ones ass well

Supertamp also, :)
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Originally posted by The.Crimson.King

The craziest thing I've ever heard with regards to this is Cretaceous Chasm by Blotted Science.  It's not so much chord progressions as defining unusual scales or groupings of notes and building the harmonic structure of the song around those.  What they're doing technically falls under the definition of "12 tone music" where instead of choosing a key or scale to write in, you take the 12 tones that make up a chromatic scale and put them in any order you like, then you use that order to create your composition.  Here's a cool video that explains what they did and what it sounds like...enjoy Wink


That's pretty cool, dude! I like the momentary contrast the suspended triads at 3 minutes and the arpeggio at 4-1/2 minutes give the composition.
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Originally posted by irrelevant

The chords and chord progressions Hatfield And The North use stick out to me. Not prog but Steely Dan too
 
Yes. The time and effort that Fagan and Becker put into their songs including the chord voicings (piano and guitar fingerings) and passing chords...is just mind boggling.
 
I bought one of their songbooks years ago. The chords were pretty much correct but I had to go through my 10,000+ Guitar Chord book to find the correct voicing/fingering of the chords.
 
I don't mean to get too technical here but, for those that don't play a guitar, one chord can be played at least a dozen different ways.


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Originally posted by irrelevant

The chords and chord progressions Hatfield And The North use stick out to me. Not prog but Steely Dan too. 


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