“I CALL ARCHITECTURE FROZEN music,” said the German writer and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He was commenting on the relationships of form and function that both architecture and music share.
A beautiful building stands only because all of its structural elements are silently working together. Music also contains many fundamental elements that underpin the architecture of a song. Without the underlying structure, there is no beauty, no groove, no funk, no blues. In the next few Woodsheds, we’ll look at how triads form the foundation of bass lines and melodies.
From my Woodshed column, Bass Player Magazine, March 2010