Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Effect of Minor vs. Major Keys Illustrated Nicely

Major Scaled #2 : REM - "Recovering My Religion" from major scaled on Vimeo.

Although it's apparently been around for awhile, I first learned about MajorScaledTV's videos yesterday via this post on Gawker.  What they do is feed famous minor-key songs such as the Doors' "Riders on the Storm" and REM's "Losing My Religion" and change them to major keys, presumably making use of Celemony's mind-blowing Melodyne software.  If you're familiar with the original material, the effect is quite unsettling.  And it illustrates very well the difference it makes whether a song is in a minor or major key.  It really is integral to how a song is able to manipulate our emotions, especially in conjunction with the mood of the lyrics.


Ronnie said...

It's probably Michael Stipe, but this tune still sounds pretty depressing to me ;-)

Tom said...

Haha.... Agreed.