Category: Music Theory

RAC – “I Still Wanna Know” | Theory & Arrangement Breakdown

Matt Donner is back with another breakdown. This time, he analyzes RAC’s “I Still Wanna Know” featuring Rivers Cuomo. Rather than focusing on the chord progression, Matt focuses on the unique arrangement of the track. He notes that although the song is sort of a “pop” song, the arrangement doesn’t follow the typical “pop format.”

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The Connection Between Music & Magic | Ezra Sandzer-Bell

Pyramind mentor Ezra Sandzer-Bell is back with another insightful video. This time, he talks about the connection between music and magic, and examples of this theme in pop culture. He uses several examples from films, including Fantasia, The Goonies, and more. He also uses examples from video games, including multiple Zelda titles.

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How Radiohead Works | Paranoid Android

Pyramind instructor Ryan Rey deconstructs Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” from their seminal 1996 album OK Computer. This analysis will help you get a sense for how Radiohead works as a whole because they employ these techniques throughout their music. 

These techniques include:

• Pedal points
• Changing meters and Odd meters
• Modes and mode mixture
• Cadences
• Planing or parallel harmony
• Chromaticism 

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