For this activity to get the creative juices flowing – I want you to think about opposites in life.
There is a yin and yang to everything. Dark and light. Good and bad. Tension and relaxation. Both sides now to come together into one.
In music, there is a great deal of tension and release to make the music interesting as well as flowing in growth/shape. But how can you come up with some cool ways of opposites to mimic tension and release?
Take two completely opposite music genres (in your opinion) and make a Venn diagram. The outer circles will obviously be used for listing aspects of the genres that are strictly unique. As for the section of overlap, that will be common traits shared between both genres. You might be surprised by how much they overlap!
Used the overlapped traits as the basis for your composition (or completely disregard it – your choice). Then, label one outer circle your “tension” and the other “relaxation.”
Now, try composing your music using your new traits of “tension and relaxation” found in the opposites of genres from different ends of the spectrum.
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