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Inflated Inspirations will use art created by those on the ‘Pop My Mind’ forum for inspiration for the completed work. We will take a look at each artist in turn to find out a bit more about them.
Liam Taylor is a composer for multimedia and music technician from Cambridge. He has created a variety of pieces for Pop My Mind including electronic minimalism, sound designs and more traditional pop & rock compositions. Most intriguing are his creations centred around audio-visual interaction and image sonification.
Sonification is a way of digitally translating data or still visuals into audio. Liam takes works from the Pop My Mind community, and uses software to translate them into raw audio files, which are then manipulated in his recording studio. His pieces entitled Black Hole Sonification and Waves Sonification demonstrate the creative potential of sonification, with the latter introducing more reconizably “musical” ideas.
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Today I’d like to introduce you to my favourite chord of all time. Behold:
In my mind this chord could actually be any one of 3, depending on which note you decide to be the root:
- If the deepest pitch is the root then the middle note is it’s 5th, and the higher note is a 2. That makes the chord a Sus2.
- If the middle note is the root, that makes the deeper note a 4th; while the higher note is a 5th. So this chord is an Inverted Sus4.
- If the highest note is the root, then the middle pitch is a 4th, while the lowest pitch is a m7…. Root, 4th, m7th…. I don’t think there’s a name for that chord to be honest…
EDIT: Having spoken with a musical colleague we came to the conclusion that, you could refer to this chord as Inverted Stacked Fourths. Maybe read-up on Quartal Harmony for more info.
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- Guitar tab for the example song’s rhythm guitar: Stacked 5ths – Guitar Tab
OK, but… er… why?
I developed this concept back in the day when I really wanted to sound like Guns ‘N’ Roses, but obviously couldn’t. So, why don’t I just leave this concept in the draw-full of awkward teenage crap? Actually, it’s super-useful if you ever need to parody a particular band, or if you’ve found work in a cover band – the former being something I’m super into.