Michel Perrault/English/Clips/Tutorials

Tutorial Clips
This page provides access to animation video clips to which he contributed scenarii and representations.

1: The Elusive Semitones
First clip in a series on Music Harmony Basics. It seems unacceptable that, in our day and age, the two semi-tones in diatonic scales should remain mysteries. Yet they do, as no one seems to know why they break the regularity of the scale.

This 60 seconds look shows why.

2: The Chromatic String Of Fifths
Second in the series, this clip shows how the unlimited string of fifths introduces a natural relative flatness/sharpness phenomenon that is at the root of musical intuition. Called Chrominicism, this phenomenon is a form of mini Chromaticism, measured in notches of 1/7th (0,142857) of a semi-tone, or 1/84th of an octave (7x12), rather than in semi-tones.

3: The Diatonic String Builds The Scale
The diatonic scales explained. After introducing Chrominicism in the first and second clips, this third clip in the "Harmony Basics" series, explains the origin and structure of diatonic scales, while also demonstrating how scales are really permutations of the natural string of fifths, that semi-tones in diatonic scales result from Chrominicism, and that Chrominicism is a fundamental music and harmony component. This also explains why diatonic scales are not uniform, why they have 5 tones and 2 semi-tones, why all steps are not equal, why are there missing black keys on the piano keyboard, as well as why keys and staff follow the string of fifths. If scales are not fundamental components but only accessory permutations, what are the foundations of music and harmony? This clip addresses and resolves these questions in just 90 seconds. More clips will build on this and resolve more major music mysteries, like they have never been before.

4: Generating Basic Materials
This 4th clip completes the first section of the "Harmony Basics" series. After explaining the elusive semitones and providing the scales, the chrominicism from the 7 fifths diatonic string also provides the foundation for harmony, tonalities, modes, chords with their relationships and progressions, as well as note functions and their resolutions. A fascinating component of the structure of the natural music phenomenon. While these first 4 clips start to introduce some of the fundamental concepts, the next clips progressively look more closely at how chrominicism naturaly structures Music. Don't miss it.

5: The Chords
5-The chords is the 5th clip of the "Harmony Basics" series. Previous clips introduced fundamental concepts about the structure of Harmony. This new clip, begins looking more closely at chords, starting with their structure, their real and foreign tones, their inner tensions, and their ultimate resolutions. In less than 2 minutes, this clips outlines chord characteristics and natural behavior. Chords are fundamental to harmony and melody and their understanding lights-up and defines harmony's verticallity which phrases and structures musical time. An important clip that will serve to build the following ones. Do not miss these unique animations and information sources.

6: Diatonic Modes Symmetry
6-Diatonic Modes Symmetry is the 6th clip in the "Harmony Basics" animated tutorial series. Building on previous clips, this clip looks at chords in Modes and how the modes are structured symmetrically and are perfectly symmetrical to one another. This clip also starts looking at chord progressions with antecedents and consequents. A content rich clip that demonstrates, in under 90 seconds, what had never been demonstrated successfully before, the perfect symmetry of the natural diatonic Major and Minor modes. Using 3D animation and fractals, this clip offers both 100% original content and container. Don't miss it and take the time to listen, observe, and understand the natural structures of music. These clips are short and dense but they loop well ... Tell us what you think and find out more from both the MusicNovatory encyclopedic site, as well as this MusicPhenomenon.com portal pages.

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