Can Mixing Different Styles of Dance and Music Create a Perfect Blend?

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In summary, the author discusses how popular music is usually structured with a steady tempo and how it is easy to merge two radically different pieces of music together if the chords are the same. He provides three examples of popular songs where the chords were the same and the result was successful.
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I like to mix together dance with other music. What I've discovered that there are three cases. Sometimes it looks perfectly natural even though the tempos and beats have no relation to one another at all. Other times it is necessary to change tempo so that there is a simple ratio like 4/3. Other times only a match will do.

No particular point in this, just an interesting observation about psychology.

Recently I have been using a vocal from one song and music from another. Same thing with tempo. Sometimes you need to match it, sometimes not. There is the additional factor of the key. Usually but not always the singing and instruments need to be in related keys. There are programs that will change the key of music. Once this has been done the singing and backup fit together surprisingly often. That is, the minor changes of the tonal center called "chord changes" don't usually matter all that much. It's easy to merge together two radically different pieces of music in this way. One usually at least gets something interesting. If you get lucky the result is arguably better than either original.

All this is possible because popular music almost always has a steady tempo. It also helps that maybe 90% of popular music is structured on powers of two. Four beats per measure, eight measures per phrase, four phrases per verse, AABA form. Dramatic changes from one song tend to match those in another.

Popular music of the past was often a lot more harmonically complicated than what we have now. The Beatles were the last of that.
 
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The Beatles were the best because they wrote very good tunes and got better year on year. If they were just that they still would have been great but they were so much more.
Bands like Yes and Deep Purple admired them (covered them) but took music to a different level.
Yes (prog band), harmony chords and structure was crazy, Deep Purple playing was crazy. Virtuoso.
Focus were the same, then Jethro Tull, ELP.
ELO were more structured and wrote songs more in line with verse chorus. Like the Beatles, great tune smiths, beautiful harmony.
Mixing a tune from one song to the chords from another will get you into harmonic mayhem pretty quickly!
Do you have examples were it works?
If the chords are the same you can do it to an extent, No woman no cry and Let it be kind of work.
 
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pinball1970 said:
Do you have examples were it works?
 

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