We know major chords make us feel happy, and minor chords make us feel sad. But beyond that, there is so much more to the composition of a song; it’s a careful construction that can conjure up a variety of emotions, from anxiety to exuberance. So this episode, we’re diving into the theory behind the songs we love and finding out what makes them so good from a technical perspective.
We decided to do this topic after reading the following articles about music criticism and composition. Check them out:

  1. Daily Beast article chastising the nature of music criticism
  2. Slate article using music theory to deconstruct Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream

Track Listing:

  1. “Don’t Play With Guns” — Black Angels, Indigo Meadow
  2. “Blue Moon” — Beck, Morning Phase
  3. “About to Die” — Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan
  4. “Birthday Song” — Frankie Cosmos, Zentropy
  5. “Water Me” — FKA twigs, EP2
  6. “Broken Heart” — Dr. Dog, B-Room
Music Theory… or Why Some Songs Are So Good 23 May,2014Noise Pop


Noise Pop

The Noise Pop Podcast is a bi-monthly series that showcases the most noteworthy and soon-to-be-buzzing music. Hosts, Olivia LaRoche and Dawson Ludwig provide witty and interesting context behind the songs played on the podcast.

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