Smells Like Rick Astley

Let’s continue on with a music day! I’m about to Rick Roll you, but it’s a Rick Roll you need.

Thanks to Jeremiah for this one. There are some other cool vids, along with an explanation for how something like this can be made easy, below the fold.

This is easier than you think, because so many songs use the same four chord progression (I-V-vi-iii for all you music nerds out there). Journey and Lady Gaga are hella guilty of this (and I love both their music, so I’m not dogging on them for their simplicity! :P)

Blame Pachelbel for the chord progression.  Blame me for making you worthless at work.  :P

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Compuholic

    Damn, i’ve never noticed that. This is brilliant.

    I really don’t know a lot about music but I was wondering: Is the same thing true in other genres, like metal for example?

    And I’ve always wondered: How is it that we all have similar ideas on what sounds harmonic? Is that a cultural thing? I for example have a hard time listening to music from arabic countries.

    Maybe some of the music experts can explain some of this to me.

    • Richard

      Chances are, it is songsmith, a program designed to separate music from lyrics enabling you to create a bastard child of two songs.

      Oh, microsoft, the silly things that you make possible.

    • mbj1

      Yeah, I’d say a lot of what we hear as harmonic has a lot to do with what we’re accustomed to, like how blues and later rock often use minor thirds in melodies over major chords, which is in a way technically “wrong”, or dissonant, but when we’ve been hearing it for over a hundred years it sounds fine.
      As far as metal goes, a lot of riffs could be considered more or less a single chord, harmonically, usually based on a pedal tone of whatever that band tunes their lowest string to, although if there are chord changes, I’d bet on a minor third or sixth being involved, or the ever popular flattened fifth.

  • Nepenthe

    Every pop song of the ’80s can be sung along to the base line of “Can’t Touch This”.

    • Steph

      …or, as it was called the first time around, “Superfreak” :)

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