Well, I meant specifically for the song Satisfaction, that
the lyrics make it.
What teenage boy can't relate to THAT song?
If a pop song HAPPENS to have good simple emotive lyrics,
it'll be permanently lodged in your brain.
(tied to the hook in the music area of yer brain)
But, I totally agree that in general lyrics are a teeny
bit outside of composing music. They're an "extra".
I should explain that where I'm TRYin' to go with this is
to make a computer program that helps with composing
So far, I've got something that'll create random chord
progressions. Just the "consonant expected" progressions
in that link at top of this thread. Along with substitutions
also shown in the link's pic.
It makes very "Bach-like" sounding progressions.
My next step was adding a totally random
melody that has a limited pitch range for next note.
And stays within the chord you're on, handspan is limited,
and stays in higher registers.
I have a list of preset simple rhythms that the melody
uses with the random pitches.
Same thing for a "bass line" melody - although the pitches
here are just bass of chord, maybe a 5th thrown in.
As you can guess, this does NOT sound musical.
But it's a start.
Next steps will probably be:
given a "real" (human composed) melody,
try some variations on it.
add some random "consonant progression"
chords to it and let me hear a few variations.
Also, somehow come up with a complimenting bass line
given the chord and melody's rhythm.
I mean, this thing won't win any awards and what it
comes up with MOST of the time will likely be crap.
But I'm hoping that every once in a while, something
nice comes out the other end.
Or, you pull out the nice parts, and put em through
another "randomization cycle"
I'm just curious what kind of things a pop composer
would find really helpful if they had a computer
programmer at their beck and call.
I'm NOT talking about these looper type of apps
where you just restring bars of techno songs.
I mean REAL composing.
Coming up with drum track, bass line and
chord progression that GROOVES married with
a great melody (and I guess the hook falls in
So, of course, what I need to start with is
the human process of composing pop.
(Somethin a little more detailed than what
my current piano teacher tells me - "Oh, I
just FEEL it"...)
I'm slowwwwly making this out by reading up
here in pianoworld. And trying to take apart
the songs I'm practicing.