Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oShLg8JCHCg
NOTE: There is currently no DVD or 4OD release of this series, should there be any future date set for a DVD release i will remove the whole series. If you enjoy the series spread the word and buy any future DVD! ;)
Genre: Documentary - Music Theory
Time: 48:20 (Ads removed)
On: Channel 4 (UK)
Directors: Francis Hanly, David Jeffcock
Release Date: 2006
In the late middle ages western harmony started on a journey that would take it in a completely separate direction to that of the music of other parts of the world. It discovered chords, and, over the next seven centuries, began to unlock their harmonic possibilities. In this film Howard looks at how western harmony works, and how, in the present day, it has fused with other forms of music to create new styles.
Chords led to chord progressions, and Howard looks at how familiar patterns of chord progressions give all kinds of music from classical to popular their sense of forward movement. Why do the same chord patterns appear again and again, from Renaissance Italy to the latest chart hit?
Musicians have always liked to tamper with the basic chords, and experiment with dissonance. We see how these tricks of the trade actually work, and the emotional and musical effect they have. From the folk musicians of the middle ages to Bach, Beethoven, and Wagner, from Chuck Berry to David Bowie, Hendrix to Coldplay, the same harmonic techniques surface again and again.