This Music Trick Shouldn’t Work

From “12tone”. ( YouTube / Nebula )

But it does. What’s up with that?
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One thing I’ve always believed is that music theory is more than just a toolbox. It’s useful, sure, but it’s also an art form, a way of constructing new kinds of beauty and meaning, and when I get the chance, I like to try to show that side of it. There’s lots of great examples, but one of my favorites has always been Jack Douthett’s infamous Cube Dance, a deceptively simple map of triads that both hides a ton of insight about harmonic relationships and also just looks really frickin’ cool!



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