Sunday, January 07, 2007

The structural use of i-IV in the dorian mode in Dark Side of the Moon

Hah, here's a subject for musical geekery! If I weren't blogging from a city government sponsored terminal I'd be able to write about this in more detail but I lay out the simple outline that Dark Side of the Moon as a concept album can be viewed as a song cycle in a triptych lay-out in which the characterist minor tonic and major subdominant of the dorian mode is used as a structural modality at the start of the three major sections of the song cycle. I hope, later, to explicate how this symmeterical mode musically symbolizes the dystopian world-view of the band and reinforces both the musical and textual premise of cyclic time or the life cycle.

But, as I said earlier, this has to be explained later.