Song Deconstructed

  •   Many times, when we look at a song, we only remember the melody. This makes sense, seeing the melody is the main part of the song, its main purpose  to catch your attention. However, just as frequently we forget the other sections of the song. In my many years of experience in choir, I have learned (and have once thought so myself) that soprano is the best part. They usually sing the melody. It's high. It's the catchiest and most memorable part of the song. However, to the dismay of my sixth grade self, I was assigned as an alto, despite all my prayers to be a soprano. Over the years, after switching between alto and soprano, I have come to appreciate the complexity of harmony and its role in music. The melody, I found out, is boring as a stand alone. To be exact, any part by itself can be seen as boring. Only by all the parts coming together can the blend of voices and sound create the complexity of the song itself. 
              In this set, I created two pieces. The first piece has the four different compositions all by themselves. Each composition, as denoted by its label, represent a different aspect of a song. I created each based on the characteristics of each song (Melody: flow, movement; Harmony: stand alone, doesn't make much sense or seem unified, but once put together with melody, becomes more pleasing and acceptable; Beat: powerful, yet subtle, with repetition; Accompaniment: the background of the song, with certain adjustments but mainly to unify the song). Although they do have their own complexities within themselves in terms of color, shape, etc, they by themselves still seem to be lacking.