Porter Robinson & Madeon – “Shelter” | Theory & Arrangement Breakdown

Matt Donner is back with another theory and arrangement breakdown. After receiving multiple requests, he decided to analyze Porter Robinson & Madeon’s hit, “Shelter”. He talks about the melody, the chord progression, and the technique used to convey the chords.

First, Matt digs into the vocal melody. The melody embodies a predictable (but not too predictable) pattern, a concept he touched on in his “In The Name of Love” analysis. He demonstrates the notes leveraged from the scale to make the pattern, and talks about the use of triplets.

Next, he goes over the chord progression. We provide visuals so you can recreate these chords yourself. Matt talks about the inversions used, as well as a technique that involves splitting the chords between two instruments.

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