OddScale.net is a fresh new centre for accessing great music. Many composers today like to use alternatives to the Major scale when creating their works. Over time we hope to be able to develop a library of such tunes, which is deep in its variety, yet simple to use.
Helping listeners to go direct to pieces written using whichever scale they wish to hear is our aim. For the academic researcher, navigating different scales and tone rows should be a simple and straightforward process, not a laborious one. The music we reference will generally be uploaded onto other platforms, which we will then highlight and promote.
Whilst we do not particularly wish to distinguish here between different genres of music, we do recognise that this can be an important consideration for audiences. Therefore, when notifying us of your own tunes, please do clearly state:
1. The scale used (we will be adding a classification system to assist composers who aren't necessarily familiar with all the exotic names sometimes used);
2. The genre (e.g. experimental music, library music, rock fusion, classical, etc);
3. A working link to where the piece can be heard free of charge online (you can of course continue to decide whereabouts you choose to host your compositions and whether you wish to charge for downloads, etc);
4. Any other significant compositional features (e.g. odd time signatures, exotic instruments).
Star Debris is written entirely using the Whole Tone scale. To provide some variety and movement, it includes a semitone shunt as a pseudo key change. Its middle section (from about 1:12) has some nicely distorted 9#5 arpeggios.
Big Outflow uses the Half Step Whole Step scale for most of its structure, but departs to a mixture of wider intervals and chromaticism in the improvised middle section.
You can draw attention to your work by sending us a tweet, including a working link, to @PlazaOne and including the hashtag #OddScale. We will retweet selected examples on a weekly basis. We would respectfully ask that this hashtag is not used for Major scale or other unspecified compositions, since we don't want users to end up playing a game of guess the scale! However, we are of course not in a position to exercise any control over that.
Here are some examples of lesser used scales and tone rows we've collectively dubbed Odd Scales:
A Windy Day At Talacre uses the Harmonic Major scale, which provides an opportunity for two minor chords to be played which are a semitone apart. From its downtempo beginnings, it switches to a double-time feel at around 3:30
Ice Barrel makes use of the Melodic Minor scale, which enables chord progressions featuring dominant seventh chords at both IV and V.
Please note that this site is in its early build phase. More content will be added soon. Thank you for visiting. To contact us, please tweet to @PlazaOne or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Featured music all copyright and used with consent from its respective owners. Not to be re-used without authority.
Please remember to include #OddScale and @PlazaOne in your tweets, plus a working link to your composition
Share links to your sketches, studies and improvs as well as finished works. Remember to describe what will be heard