Perception and Dissonance: The Challenge of Overcoming Genre

The unmistakable tinge of a major second was palpable. Harsh, crunching artificial noise emanated from a loosely tuned guitar. Heads bobbed and banged. The sound was note-against-note, a harmonic layout that offers more tension than it does release. Yet the audience didn’t seem to mind at all, screaming along in human articulation to the scream of amplified metal strings. The catharsis of a punk show … Continue reading Perception and Dissonance: The Challenge of Overcoming Genre

Mitski’s “Two Slow Dancers” and the Musical Depiction of Growth

TO THINK THAT WE COULD STAY THE SAME TO THINK THAT WE COULD STAY THE SAME TO THINK THAT WE COULD STAY THE SAME The silence of the morning is the only kind of silence that doesn’t suffocate you. It frees you. We talk a lot about the soundtracks of our lives: silence, alarms, trains, nature, songs, the list goes on. We talk a lot … Continue reading Mitski’s “Two Slow Dancers” and the Musical Depiction of Growth

“We’ll Have It All” At Brooklyn Steel, 1/17/2019

When Soft Sounds from Another Planet was released in July 2017, the sky was purple as the sun rose, burning hot on the sidewalk pavement, glistening white over the Hudson. There was a stillness in the hot air as I brewed my tea and let the sounds of dream pop and healing run through my veins. I knew that this album would be one I’d … Continue reading “We’ll Have It All” At Brooklyn Steel, 1/17/2019

Beautiful Boy and Burning: How Music Can Make or Break a Film

Sparse bass motifs or grandiose saccharine melodies, quietly panting beats or loud, steady, pounds, melodies that barely claw their way out of the background or melodies that hammer out irony. The way music interacts with moving image is vital to a cohesive understanding of any dramatic story. Music acts as a call-and-response to the action of the story, helping to create an immersive atmosphere that … Continue reading Beautiful Boy and Burning: How Music Can Make or Break a Film

Kelly Moran at Roulette: The Power of Music

A swath of neon pink light washed over the audience who slowly bopped their heads as the bass smoothly dropped and the image on the screen morphed from blues to reds to rainbows to black. They were entranced by an artistic landscape, captivated by the sort of heightened sense that is aroused when experiencing a total immersion in sound and visual art. The evening ended … Continue reading Kelly Moran at Roulette: The Power of Music

Music, Technology, and Discovery

My sparkling red portable CD player arrived in the mail, bought with an Amazon gift card that my uncle mailed me for a birthday. I was thrilled. I slid the AA batteries in the little opening on the bottom, shut the clasp, and popped Michelle Branch’s Hotel Paper onto its wheel. I was listening with those headphones that fit over your head but are way … Continue reading Music, Technology, and Discovery