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Composition for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Chapter 9. Melody, Bass, and Harmony

Most computer musicians tend to produce groove-driven music—that is, music in which the drum track is composed first, followed by the composition of a suitable bassline. Other melodic and musical parts are then added above that, including a lead melody if required. It is imperative that whatever lead is composed works with and harmonizes with the bassline. The bass represents melodic material at the low end of the spectrum—material that provides a supporting role for everything that lies above it. The lead, on the other hand, represents melodic material at the upper end of the frequency spectrum, where it represents the main foreground for listening activity.

The Importance of Musical Harmony

Between bass and ...

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