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Default Elevator Music - 06-05-2012, 06:28 PM

Someone used the term "elevator music" on this (or another) forum and, seeing that, I feel I have to say something.

"Elevator music" is a term usually used for music one is not fond of. I could advise the person to expand their horizons of music and learn to like other styles, but that is needless, as there are styles I am not fond of, either.

But, the issue is that the person who said this may very well be missing the point of the forum. And that is learnig HOW to make music. Yes, I agree, that some music may NOT be exciting-sounding, may NOT have a driving beat, but the WAY IT IS WRITTEN applies to ALL music.

1) Start simple, add instruments as the song progresses
2) Use voices appropriate to the music
3) Try to add a counter-tune to the melody, and so-on.

These are just a few of the principles that apply to all music. What you might do, is to listen to the "elevator music" and learn new principles that you can apply to your style of music, and this is the point of this forum.....but who knows? You might end up liking another style!

"Live long and Prosper"...............................Pat

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Default Re: Elevator Music - 08-05-2012, 10:25 PM

Hi Pat,

Some good points there.

I think of elevator music as background music, or music that is pleasant enough to the ear, but doesn't grab your attention in any way.

As you say, this could make a great base from which to create your own arrangement of the piece by adding other voices and counter melodies.

I wonder how others here define the phrase elevator, or lift music?

Cheers,

Paul


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Default Re: Elevator Music - 19-05-2012, 12:26 AM

Hi Paul,

This topic reminded me of the composer Ronald Jenkees - who is a complete nutter that composes brilliant music with the aid of an arranger and synth.

One of his tracks was used on a YouTube clip called 'Elevator Music' and it always brings a smile to my face when I listen to it


All the best,

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