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    • For me, this is so cool because it is well executed. The difference between dissonance that makes me lean forward in anticipation and dissonance that makes me cringe is its execution. You have executed yours quite well. I don't always love tonalities that are a half step apart (i.e. C and D Flat), but I like them best when they are voiced not in thirds. Either way I like your concept and your execution :) Gustav Johnson
    • Hi new here, just started composing in the last few months and was looking for some feedback. Quite a repetitive song, I would like to write for video games one day hopefully and was wondering if this was decent at all. I plan it to be longer with an outro that will loop back to the start.
    • Nothing sounded bad to me either Luis, In fact it sounds really beautiful.  Do you think though that there are dissonances and dissonances?  By that I mean that here, the dissonance is used to great effect and with  planning and care, even what you call the hard dissonance of flat9th, when used in this way (a piece almost completely dissonant and relying on that dissonance for the mood it creates), it still seems right, but then there is the dissonances of someone playing a bum note, or trying to use it constructively without really understanding how to build it properly.
    • Well, welcome back then? I see that you are from the Netherlands! Altijd gezellig.
    • Yes, I totally agree with you Luis.  Also brief dissonances are important to create the opportunity for 'resolution'..  very satisfying.,  The dissonances kind of fall into the background and instead we are presented with an emotional mood, (perfect to set a film scene) Here I imagine a half eaten meal on a perfectly set table.. some one knocked the wind glass over, it makes a small concise stream across the table cloth, and down the side..  The place of food is cracked and slightly separated.. a small amount of food has been knocked off the plate...   and the front door is open..  That is the scene I see in my mind..     Becoming immune to dissonance  does seem to be an occurrence our brain adjusts too..  I quite like adding a dissonant note an octave or two above..  I also vary the duration, and velocity of the dissonant note. or advance it forward in time so it becomes a 'smudge'.  I think our brain 'automatically' smooths some of these things out.  I had an accomplished jazz pianist, who liked to do this, he called them 'artifacts' of the music..  Very good example of your premise... 
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