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3/16/17
Annotated Bibliography

Collins, D. (2016.) A synthesis process model of creative thinking is music composition.

Psychology of Music, 33(2), 193-216.

doi: 10.1177/0305735605050651
This study followed an experienced music composer through the stages of composing a
song. The article documents the composers specific strategies when problem-solving and
creates a graphic organizer to explain. The article also explains the psychology behind
creative thinking.
[Hlecktro]. (2012, Sep 10). How to make synthpop p1. [Video File].

Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI21J9WtsMk


This video features the process behind creating a synthpop song with a computer
program. Providing a detailed explanation of making the drum beat, bass, and synth lead,
the video shows the viewer the components of a catchy synthpop song and how to create
one with the Fruity Loops studio software.
[imamusicmongul]. (2014, Aug 28). How to make a thick and massive edm synth. [Video File].

Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWj606EZ2aw


This YouTube video was created using the DAW Logic Pro, featuring an in-depth
explanation of the various adjustments available to make when programming a
synthesizer. Focusing on creating the synthesizer sound commonly found in electronic
dance music, the imamusicmongul shows the viewer the process for programming a
synthesizer through a computer program.
Leach, R. (2012). An Introduction to Cadences.

Retrieved from

https://music.tutsplus.com/tutorials/an-introduction-to-cadences--audio

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This blog post gives an in-depth explanation of what cadences are and how to incorporate
them in music. It explains the effect that authentic, plagal, and deceptive cadences can
have in the music with audio demonstrations of a song to explain the point. It continues
with an explanation of the music theory behind the cadence and the proper place to put
them in ones song structure.
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Neely, A. (2017, Feb 6). Extreme jazz fusion reharmonization. [Video File].

Retrieved from https://youtu.be/JXfQsHT5c30


This video pulls from a popular song on the radio and reworks its chord progression with
gradual complexity. Using jazz music theory, Adam Neely adds chord extensions, varies
when the chords changes, and more to create a new and less common sound. Using the
song as an example, he shows how to effectively implement these techniques and spice
up ones music.
Rise, S. (2017). The Synthesizer Academy.

Retrieved from http://synthesizeracademy.com/


This site is composed of various blog posts that start from scratch when explaining the
theory and science behind programming synthesizer waves. Aimed for an audience that
knows nothing about synthesizers, Scott Rise explains the terminology and basic
fundamental idea around additive synthesis, subtractive synthesis, waveform synthesis,
etc.
Shaffer, K., Hughes, B., & Moseley, B. (2016). Open Music Theory.

Retrieved from http://openmusictheory.com/


This site is an online textbook explaining various music theory concepts including basic
sheet music fundamentals, song form, cantus firmus, etc. Composed of various
subsections under the entire site, the site gives a detailed description of each of these
concepts, including editable sheet music and audio player.
Smith, J. (2010). Seven steps to writing memorable melodies.

Retrieved from

https://music.tutsplus.com/series/seven-steps-to-writing-memorable

melodies--audio-21726
This blog post gives seven strategies for creating a catchy melody. Emphasizing
techniques such as the importance of staying within a key signature and the effects of an
ascending and descending melody, this blog provides many options to keep in mind when
trying to write a melody.
Spain, C. (2016). World of Songwriting.

Retrieved from http://www.world-of-songwriting.com/


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This site was created by a professional musician with the purpose of advising newer
songwriters on his songwriting process. Going through the composing, recording, and
mixing process in great detail, he offers a very detailed explanation of the entire process
when writing a song, including the melody, harmony, rhythm, lyrics, etc.
[thesoundtestroom]. (2015, Jan 19). Keyboard solo tips and tricks. [Video File].

Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS4qmflcW-s


This video features a man playing the keyboard explaining the main technique behind
soloinga C blues scale. Though this scale can be transposed, he demonstrates this
soloing technique using various chords in the left hand and different tones on the
keyboard. Also utilizing the pitch bend wheel, he shows the different ways to solo on the
keyboard, providing the viewer with lots of food for thought.