Stranger Theory: Making Music without Scales (Re-Upload)

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Ray Harmony and the Hack Music Theory revolution are put to the ultimate test in this Halloween Special. Is it possible to make great music that’s not in any scale or mode? Spoiler alert: Yes! Lesson starts at 7:42.
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If Ray fails his challenge, this will be the last ever episode on this YouTube channel. In under five minutes, he needs to write a riff, but he cannot use any scales or any modes. Ray decides to use one of his favourite songwriting hacks, a note row. This method of composing was invented by Arnold Schoenberg in the 1920s and is known as serialism (AKA dodecaphony, twelve tone technique, 12 tone method) and results in 12 tone music (or 12 note music, if you’re British like Ray), which he loves! Using MIDI programming in his Reaper DAW, as well as his trusty Godin xtSA electric guitar, he tackles this colossal challenge with a combination of electronic music theory and a djent guitar mindset (the lesson/tutorial is at 7:32). Ray throws down an epic metal riff while vocalist Garbageface doom raps the grooviest verse you’ll ever hear! So, whether you’re looking for a Halloween funny horror music video, Halloween movies, horror movies, horror comedy, Halloween music, or just a Halloween song to get your party pumping, this video is for you. Or, whether you’re wanting to seriously learn about 12 tone guitar, djent metal riff writing, hardcore metal riff writing, or just how to write heavy guitar riffs, this video is for you. And, be sure to watch the guitar playthrough at 11:37 as well, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!

Hack Music Theory is a pioneering method for making great music that stands out, so you can move and grow your audience! Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony and his protégé wife Kate Harmony, from their home studio in Vancouver, Canada. Ray has been teaching music theory for 24 years, and along the way he’s made music with Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members) and many more! Hack Music Theory teaches relevant and instantly-usable music theory for producers, DAW users, and all other music makers (songwriters, singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, etc.) in all genres, from EDM to R&B, pop to hip-hop, reggae to rock, electronic to metal (and yes, we djefinitely djent!).


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Hack Music Theory says:

This is our Halloween Special that we've re-uploaded, partly cos the sound in the original was out of sync (which we've fixed), and partly cos this is our favourite HMT video. Happy Halloween!

D.K. says:

now i'm too scared to actually make music.

well, guess that LEAVEs me with my TEA. Get it? Leave?? Tea??? Haha…ha.

I'll just show myself out.

Cheryl M Brown says:

I loved this first time 'round – and I still love it! This is my favourite, too. If you ever get bored with making music – you've got a great future in filmmaking and acting…

Benjamin says:

Guys, this is a next level video. I love how you left the house and added in some drama. So epic, had a smile on my face the whole time. Plus, that riff is total fire

wojtekstach78 says:

that reminds me something 🙂


Thanks for the reupload. This is a great lesson!

Andrei Nikolaenko says:

Yes I remember this video, it's fun, the lesson is great and your acting is better than in some real movies 🙂

Jason Keisling says:

So one can make music without scales or modes, but is it possible to make music without tea?

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