why does all music theory look like time cube shit
@suricrasia 'cos you take art, apply science to it, go ooh look! More people make art based on the science only with some outside of the sciencey stuff, apply science to the art, repeat for many many generations and you have western music theory...
@suricrasia music theory is descriptive, composition is constructive (prescriptive?) So music theorists always have to fit music that "sounds good" into formulas that are mathematically right, even though math is not always the right way to sounding good.
@suricrasia Possible answer number one: a significant number of music theorists, especially historically, have had severe science envy and they've been invested in making music theory seem more like a hard respectable, "masculine" science rather than soft, squishy "feminine" artistic analysis.
Possible answer number two: Music is mathematics where the answer doesn't have to make sense and if you're not taking the oppertunity to do some truly buckwild shit, why even study music theory?
@suricrasia yeah the problem i have with music theory is that it's never shown in a way i can actually understand and use
maybe it could be helpful, i wouldn't know, but i put on a music theory video and it's 20 minutes of nothing built on nothing about nothing on a piano
and we've played string and piano and digitally produced music, so i don't know what prerequisites they want from me
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Having studied some Western Music Theory, I can tell from those videos that the ideas presented and represented aren't particularly esoteric, they just take a long time to explain when a conversation isn't using the shared jargon of WMT (or another system, but WMT for our talk).
If you haven't, try an 8-Bit Music Theory video about a video game track you know well. Even if your eyes gloss over for the hard theory bits, the videos I've seen all include a lay translation of what the choices mean in the context of the piece.
I love this shit!