Stravinsky’s Harmonization of Star Spangled Banner

Legend has it that Stravinsky was arrested in 1943 for adding a seventh chord to the Star Spangled Banner. While not entirely true, Stravinsky did put his own harmonies under the national anthem for the Boston symphony concerts after becoming a US citizen in 1940. The audience was horrified by his harmonic liberties, and although Stravinsky only wanted to do his bit for his new nation, he reluctantly removed it from the program.

You can hear the 7th chord (shocking because it’s not the 7th of the dominant, but rather V7/IV which destabilizes what would otherwise be the tonic) at 1:30.

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Music of the Day

 

This musical instrument is completely hand made. It made the front page of Youtube a while back, and has since amassed over 20 million views, and for good reason. Although I haven’t watched them, there are two videos he has since released the shows how he made them. I will include them below for those so inclined.

Music of the Day

 

 

If the embed of the audio doesn’t show up, here is the link to the page. This is a song entirely composed of sounds from a washing machine. Written by Matmos, a Baltimore-based conceptual art and electronic music duo, this piece is just one of many that make up an album called Ultimate Care II featuring a washing machine from the duo’s basement.

Matmos often creates music from unusual sources. In the past they’ve used cow parts and canisters of helium as sources for their sounds. You can read more about the duo in the link below.

 

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