The title of this topic isn’t quite as click-baitey as might appear at first glance.
The reasons I’m asking the question are twofold.
- The first two rejections I received were for piano pieces that were entirely melodic in nature. They were just good old-fashioned common practice piano shorts that had a melody with an accompaniment.
I suppose they are relevant to the conversation, so I’ve included them here for those who want to have a listen:
I don’t think that either of them are particularly bad pieces of music. They are no worse than many of the piano shorts that were written by any number of 19th century composers, and probably they are better than some of them.
I can’t see any issue with the mix in either of them because, by definition, there is nothing to mix when you only have one instrument. Though, I think that they could have been humanised a little better.
Nevertheless, I’m less concerned about why these two tracks were rejected than I am about the nature of what music is likely to be accepted on AJ, which brings me to the other reason I’m asking the question.
- When listening to - no, make that suffering from - TV ads or documentaries, I often notice that the background music doesn’t have a tune, per se. Rather, a lot of it has repeated figures, arpeggiated chords and suble, or not so subtle, changes of texture.
The other day I watched a fascinating film - Requium for the American Dream - that was one long interview with the American linguist, Noam Chomsky. I’ve not embedded it here, as I’ve no idea whether it is in copyright, but it will pop right up on YouTube if you search.
The music throughout the whole 1 hr 12 mins was based around the same four chords and didn’t have a single identifiable ‘tune’. I notice the same thing with a lot of the ads I endure.
Now, I’m not saying that not having a tune is a bad thing - Steve Reich’s Sextet doesn’t have one, and it is an absolutely astonishing modern masterpiece.
Rather, I’m asking this: is there any point in having a tune that will take up more of the listener’s attention, I should I focus my efforts on, to quote from above, “repeated figures, arpeggiated chords,” and the like.
If you’re more clued up than I am, then it might seem like a silly question, but I don’t think it is.
Thanks in advance for any input.