Alright I said I would write up a piece for you. Here it is.
There are three patterns I have observed in what I would consider commercially viable independent music. Ear-worms, The Rising Pause, and of coarse semantic satiation.
I’ll cover how exactly to spot and replicate a Rising Pause.
It’s rather hard to explain since I don’t have the proper musical notation to simply say
And while that is the example of a Rising Pause. The only problem is I don’t think it does justice to become the next big streaming sensation
Essentially a Rising Pause is a chord progression where the logical end of the progression is delayed just enough to have created an anticipation of the note, when supplied that note after a rest or pause
Take a good listen to these three compositions.
Sutherland uses static inside his rests, then a Wah-wuh
Kevin Mchale pauses are really only noticeable when the track fades to let his vocals which preform the rising pause, but there is silence and rest in the instrumentals, the pace is rather high and it’s not that noticeable.
The Kongos change which instrument is preforming the Rising Pause. First drums, then accordion, synth board, clapping.
In contrast to a few selections from the 90s
Which keep a consistent rhythm, Also note that the music video’s were for MTV and as such there is excess to the song so it can be cut for short, or full-length play, whereas the dead air in Sutherland and Kevin Mchale provide a rest for the listener before the loop begins anew.
I think that commercially on of the most important aspects is the rising pause. I think that it creates an immediate anticipation in the listener since it establishes a pattern and then delays the reward or conclusion of that pattern by a beat or an interjection.
And while I call it a pause it’s not silence, there are other instruments and chords being played but the most forward is setting up the pause and delivering.
Alright this has taken up 2 hours, another 2 to you tab
Not all music requires the Rising Puase
but 1:25 of this song is the clearest puase I’ve heard in a while
The point as stated before is to create anticipation in the listener and then draw out that anticipation before rewarding it. Rewards are dopamine, and dopamine is the drug of choice now a days.