Working with Scenes

9.1  Musical Foundation and Structure

The communication of music and sound is most often dependent upon some sort of structure or form that makes up its musical foundation. Even in the most abstract genres there exists a unifying principle or nucleus of organization. Composer John Cage himself outlined a specific structure for his piece 4’33”—Four Minutes, Thirtythree Seconds, which is perceived by the listener as silence. If we can agree that all music has some sort of musical foundation and structure, then we can agree that mainstream popular music is no exception. Most genres adhere to a specific song form. Such terms as intro, verse, chorus, hook, bridge, vamp, and break are household names. You could even go so ...

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